Restoration on the Hosmer Mine Site began summer 2020. (Photo Contributed)

Restoration on the Hosmer Mine Site began summer 2020. (Photo Contributed)

Historic Hosmer Mine Site set to undergo revitalization

Plans are underway for making the culture-rich area more accessible for the public

The Sparwood Museum and a group of devoted locals are moving forward with restorations to the historic Hosmer Mine Site, striving to make it safe and accessible for the public in an effort to showcase the Elk Valley’s extensive mining history.

Project leaders are currently in the process of securing funding for the restoration, with priorities being to clear out brush from the sites and trails, developing a parking area, and implementing proper signage.

“Our goal continues to be celebrating the history of mining in the valley and the life that it has provided for people here, (and) the Hosmer project is one more important piece of the story,” said Joanne Wilton, president of the Sparwood Heritage Society.

“The Sparwood Museum has taken the project under our wing to help ensure the landmark is made safe and available for people to visit and celebrate. We are excited to add the Hosmer site to our story.”

The Hosmer Mine Site is located 10 kilometres North of Fernie B.C. along the Great Canadian Trail. Established in the early 1900’s as a key supplier of coke to the Canadian Pacific Railway’s (CPR) smelter in Trail B.C., the site was discontinued shortly after its inception, leaving behind the ruins of a tipple, dozens of coke ovens, a boiler house, machine shops, a cemetery, and a powerhouse.

According to Hosmer resident and restoration spearheader, Fred Lightfoot, though efforts to restore Hosmer’s mine site have been unsuccessful in the past, the future is promising.

“It’s a great project for the valley and in the times we’re in right now it’s an ideal time for the project,” said Lightfoot.

“We are the last remaining place to tell the real history of this valley, and if we let it slip, down the road people will never forgive us for it.”

According to Lightfoot, there have been a number of attempts to restore site features throughout the years – including a significant amount of brush clearing carried out over last summer.

Should upcoming restoration efforts be successful, Lightfoot dreams of one day turning the central building into a mining museum, and establishing an all-season path around the site for residents to walk, showshoe and skate on.

“To get around the site you could spend a couple of days, so the idea was to turn it not just into a central area to tell the history of mining in the Elk Valley, but also for other recreational use,” said Lightfoot, adding that a mining museum would open the door to historical tourism within the valley.

According to Wilton, the Sparwood Museum is currently working on creating a walking tour app for the mine site, hoping to have it completed by summer 2021.

For more information on the Hosmer Heritage Restoration Project, contact the Sparwood Museum.

READ MORE: What’s in a brand? Sparwood logo turns 10

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(File Photo)
WATCH: Cranbrook RCMP looking for driver after near miss between SUV, school bus

(Video courtesy Cranbrook RCMP) Cranbrook RCMP are looking for the driver of… Continue reading

A man wearing a mask against coronavirus walks past an NHS advertisement about COVID-19 in London, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
92 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths: Interior Health

The region is reporting 92 cases after the weekend

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: B.C. seniors aged 90+ can start to sign up for vaccination on March 8

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

Real estate has been moving very briskly in Kimberley since last summer. Bulletin file
Hot Kimberley real estate market leads to tightened inventory

Real estate sales in the entire Kootenay region have been brisk for… Continue reading

A health-care worker looks at a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Palais de Congress site as Quebec begins mass vaccinations based on age across the province, Monday, March 1, 2021 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Nearly 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses arriving in Canada this week: Anand

Anita Anand says she’s received assurances from the vaccine manufacturer

(Black Press file photo)
Agassiz boy, 11, dies from ‘extensive injuries’: Homicide team

Agassiz RCMP were called out Friday to assist with a child in medical distress

Dr. Amit Desai of St. Francis Hospital receives a COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 17. (Photo courtesy of CHI Franciscan)
B.C. has now vaccinated more people from COVID-19 than total confirmed cases

B.C. has reached a milestone, vaccinating roughly 1.6% of its population from the coronavirus

Nanaimo RCMP are looking for a suspect who smashed the window of an adult toy store and made off with more than $1,200 in merchandise. (File photo)
Vancouver Island sex shop out $1,200 in merchandise after suspect steals ‘colossal’ product

Suspect smashed window of Nanaimo store, cutting himself in the process

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Riverside Calvary Church in Walnut Grove. (Langley Advance Times file)
B.C. is ‘stereotyping’ churches as riskier for COVID than other spaces, lawyer argues

Judge said that freedom of expression, religion are not at issue in the case

B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell gets acquainted with Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Kim Baird’s 10-month-old daughter Sophia, husband Steve and four-year-old Amy at the B.C. legislature before a ceremony to endorse the Tsawwassen Treaty, Oct. 15, 2007. (Sharon Tiffin/Black Press)
Indigenous consent comes first and last for B.C. industrial projects

Environment minister can still approve permits without consent

B.C.’s court of appeal in Vancouver. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Kootenay man appeals 7-year conviction for New Year’s Eve kidnapping, beating

Brandon Coons, 27, was convicted on five charges, including assault with a weapon

An investigation is underway after two VPD officers were recorded posing for pictures near a dead body at Third Beach on Feb. 24. (Screen grab/Zachary Ratcliff)
Vancouver officers placed on desk duty after filmed posing next to dead body

Pair put in ‘non-deployable, admin positions’ as the investigation into their conduct continues

Most Read