Gold Panning in British Columbia

Gold Panning in British Columbia

By (author): Jim Lewis, Susan Campany
ISBN 9781927527122
Softcover | Publication Date: August 25, 2013
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
224 Pages
$16.95 CAD

About the Book

“I want to gold pan; I want to strike rich. I’ve been searching for a stream of gold. It’s these fortunes I never win that keep me searching for a stream of gold. And I’m getting old. I keep searching for my stream of gold; and I’m getting close.”

If those words sound like a common refrain, don’t despair. With this newly compiled and expanded edition of Jim’s previous three bestselling gold-panning guides to BC in your library, you’ll know where to find streams of gold all over BC. Jim Lewis has been gold panning all across this province, and now he’s sharing his fortune and spilling the motherlode about which creaks pan out. Each creek is well described and accompanied by clear directions and maps. In addition to disclosing his most treasured tips and tricks, Jim teaches you how to read the river and summarizes the mining history of each region. From what time of year to head out, what to bring with you and what to watch out for, Gold Panning in British Columbia covers the basics and beyond. You won’t need a rainbow to help you find a pot of gold.

About the Author(s)

Born in New Brunswick, Jim Lewis moved west in the early 1960s to prospect for gold. He has been staking claims all over BC and Yukon ever since. He has owned and operated several BC placer mines and worked as a consultant for both placer and hardrock mining. He lives in Clearwater, British Columbia.

Born in a small farming village in Essex, England, Susan Campany (1942-2013) worked for a large mining company in London, England, as secretary to the chief mining engineer. She and her family immigrated to Canada in 1972. She met and married Jim Lewis in 1998, and the two settled in Clearwater, BC. Over the following decades, Susan worked alongside her husband in the operation of numerous placer and hardrock mining ventures throughout BC and Yukon. She liked to say, "If a person from the heart of the English countryside can learn to gold pan and enjoy it, anyone can!”


"This volume replaces (and adds to) three previous books on gold panning by Jim Lewis . . . Maps, archival photographs, and personal anecdotes round out this anything-but-dry guide to gold panning." —BC Books for BC Schools, 2014-15
"An invaluable guide of where to go gold panning in British Columbia." —Clearwater Times