Black Track Tour examines coal history

NANAIMO – Author Tom Paterson recreates the spirit of the coal mining era.

History buffs are invited to walk back into Nanaimo and area’s 90-year coal mining era with author Tom Paterson on his May 26 Black Track Tour.

Paterson has the ability to recreate the spirit of those early days with his extensive knowledge of Vancouver Island coal mining history and his engaging and dynamic delivery.

The tour covers many aspects of coal mining as it was then:  techniques, and equipment in use, safety standards, mining disasters and fatalities, the social life and living conditions of coal miners and their families and how many Island communities were founded because coal mining was the economic driver.

Paterson also explores the history of some of Nanaimo and area’s once used railroad lines,

This is the only Black Track Tour. Space is restricted to 20. Cost remains $30 per person or $25 each for two or more in a party.

All ticket proceeds go to the Friends of the Morden Mine to assist in its goal to preserve the 100-year-old iconic head frame and tipple still standing at Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park.

To reserve, please contact or call 250-714-0377.

The tour is four hours in length, rated moderate to low in difficulty. Participants are ask to assemble at 10 a.m. at Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park.

For further information about what to wear and bring, please go to,  ‘events,’ “meetings’ or call 250-714-0377.