Abacus acquired the holdings from Teck in 2002 and continued explorations. They determined the ore body was large enough and profitable enough to open a new mine - thus New Gold (or as some people refer to it, New Afton) was born. However, this is not an open pit mine - rather an underground operation. To get an idea of scale of the previous open pit mine workings, the little dots in the white at the bottom are full sized dump and work trucks.
There were speeches, free pizza, bannock, hamburgers, hot dogs, beef on a bun, veggie and fruit plates, and CUPCAKES!
Lots of demonstrations and information booths all around the grounds.
The busiest people in the food area - the bannock booth.
Thank you, New Gold, for this great family day and allowing us to see what this undergound mine is all about.
The final gift - a fireworks display for the city of Kamloops.