Author, activist and historian Tom Paterson presents his final heritage walking tour of the year on Sept. 22.
On that Sunday, he will offer the Black Track Tour where he will share his knowledge of central Vancouver Island's coal mining history, its culture, conditions, and challenges.
Participants will explore a number of old coal mining and railroad sites in South Wellington, a significant coal-producing area during the decades when coal mining was a major economic driver for the Island.
The tour assembles at 10 a.m. at Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park in front of the 100-yearold head frame.
Transportation will be pooled to drive participants to various mine sites, but participants must provide their own transportation to and from the park.
The tour lasts four to five hours and requires a low to moderate level of fitness.
As well as a chance to learn more about the area's colourful history, these tours help to preserve historic sites.
Paterson donates ticket proceeds to Friends of Morden Mine toward their efforts to save the rapidly deteriorating head frame and tipple still standing in the park, one of only two such structures in North America. The site has been named an Historic Place by Parks Canada.
For details on the tour itinerary, what to wear and bring, visit www.mordenmine.com and look under events, email email@example.com or phone 250-714-0377.
Tickets are $30 per person, and $25 for a party of two or more.
Space is limited to 20 participants.
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