The Suquash Coalfield

NTS Map Sheet 092L/11

This small deposit, which was the first deposit to be developed on the Vancouver Island, underlies an area of about 105 square kilometres on the northeastern part of the island. A small mine operated from 1849 to 1851 and produced 23,000 tonnes of high-volatile C to B bituminous coal from Upper Cretaceous rocks. The coal generally has high ash contents and there has been little activity on the property in recent decades. 


(compiled July 2000)

  • Kenyon, C., 1990. The Suquash Coalfield, Vancouver Island. Geological Fieldwork 1990, B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Paper 1991-1, pages 387-390.