You may not know this but Ontario is rich with gold! Ontario lies on the Precambrian shield, which is one of the world’s richest areas in mineral ores. The largest and one of the best known mines is located in Sudbury where you can find anything from gold, silver, platinum, copper and nickel. Since gold was discovered in Ontario back in 1866, numerous gold rushes and mines propped up over the following century. The first one was discovered in Eldorado, Ontario.

Eldorado was nothing but a farm-town until a man named Mark Powell found what he believed to be copper on a farm. Turns out the “copper” was actually gold. He, and the owner of the farm, tried to keep things quiet about the site but soon, the cat was out of the bag and more people found out. Eldorado quickly became a hotspot for prospectors looking to get rich quick and soon became a busy, sprawling town but it didn’t last as the gold deposits ran out. Today Eldorado has been reduced to a ghost town. A historical plaque alongside the nearby highway tells the story of Eldorado and the famous gold rush of the 1860s.

If you’re looking to find gold now, here’s a current map of mining operations in Ontario:

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