To find information related to mineral titles in BC visit Mineral Titles Online. Mineral Titles Online is an Internet-based mineral titles administration system that allows mineral exploration industry to acquire and maintain mineral titles by selecting the area on a seamless digital GIS map of British Columbia and pay the associated fees electronically.
The Mineral Titles office administers the laws and manages the recording system pertaining to the acquisition and maintenance of mineral, placer and coal rights in the province. The Ministry maintains records and maps which indicate areas available for location and acquisition of title as well as the location and status of mineral and coal titles acquired under the Mineral Tenure Act and Coal Act.
In British Columbia a prospector's license is referred to as a Free Miner's Certificate. If this is the first time you have applied for a certificate, you can go to any Mineral Titles Branch office, Provincial Service BC office or FrontCounter BC office and fill out an application form for an individual or company FMC. Staff at these offices will enter the required information into the Mineral Titles Online registry and you will be issued an FMC and client number. Alternatively, you can print a copy of the individual or corporate FMC forms and mail in your completed application. Send your form along with a check in the amount of $25.00 for an individual or $500.00 for a company, made payable to the Minister of Finance, to Mineral Titles Branch 300-865 Hornby Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2G3.
To understand the basics of prospecting, try Introduction to Prospecting by E.L. Faulkner, Paper 1986-4. This resource can be accessed in pdf format on the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines website, or, the hard copy can be purchased from the Association for Mineral Exploration BC.
The BC Ministry of Energy and Mines has created a number of recreational panning reserves around the Province that are open to the general public to use for recreational gold panning. To obtain a list of maps for gold panning areas in the province visit Recreational Panning Reserves page on the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines website.
Goldpan Provincial Park
Goldpan was constructed in 1956 on the banks of the Thompson River, and it is still located there today. It is a convenient overnight camping spot for travelers on Hwy #1 and is a destination site for fishermen during peak fishing times. This is also a popular base camp for visitors enjoying guided river rafting, and exploring the Thompson/Pavilion area. It's an area rich in geological and human history. This park is located on the east bank of the Thompson River adjacent to Hwy #1, 10 km south of Spences Bridge.