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« on: March 16, 2009, 09:11:50 PM »

I'm kinda new, so forgive my ignorance if this is a dumb question. 
I'm going over the MTO map and looking at info for cells on Vancouver Island where I live.  If I use the identify tool (the little "i") and select the MTO Grid layer as the layer to query, it brings up cell information for the one you've clicked on provided you're at the right zoom level, including the cell status for mineral and placer claims. 
The mineral status for many are 'available for acquisition', but I have yet to find any cells that have an available placer status.  Pretty much all of them say "Unavailable - Covered by Reserve/Tenure/Park".  Querying in other layers doesn't bring up any other info.

Is this saying that there is no possibility of acquiring a placer claim on VI?  Does this have something to do with E&N?

Thanks for the help, I'm probably just an idiot.
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2009, 01:14:32 AM »

Not sure what's up with that. Did the same thing for me when I played around. There are placer claims in the area though so it is possible. Maybe they're part of a recently dropped parcel that the anniversary date hasn't rolled around for yet. Sounds like you need to drop them a line. Bill Adair is listed at the Land use coordination Branch / Mineral Resource Development and his email's Bill.Adair@gov.bc.ca. I don't know if he's too high up or whatever.

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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2009, 10:27:12 AM »

Thanks Geo
I sent in an email to the generic MTO email address, I'll see if I get any reply.  If I don't I'll try that guy you suggested. 
In my searching I found a few small active claims in the Mt. Washington area, but nothing that shows as available.  I spent a good half hour randomly sampling cells last night and came up with nothing that showed available.  Ones that were in the parks, specifically said so, but all the rest were coming up with that other unavailable message.
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2010, 09:41:56 PM »

if it says open for acusation you can claim on it unless it is in a park or out of placer district
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2010, 10:28:41 AM »

good day....when u bring up a map in mto,  make 'mto' the active 'layer' [as shown in the blue hilited area,  when u clik with the pointer on a square or cell it will then tell u if available for staking  as a mineral or placer claim...a big mto map of v.i.  will show the sooke area, china creek,  and bonanza creek [woss lake area] as placer areas.. . Basically what happened years back was if an area had no placer history it was made a placer reserve, hence not much ground on v.i. but lots in the cariboo, may the fever be with u.....salud bmr


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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2011, 07:38:22 PM »

I'm new to this as well,and it would seem a very important word to understand is "Alienated Lands".Thats where they say no placer activities or claims can take place. I'm from PortAlberni and the  so few placer claims that are on China Creek(6or7) are locked up tight.I claimed a few mineral claims with creeks on them for something to do.So now I'am rockhounding and trying to learn how to prospect a hardrock claim cheeply(lol)
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2011, 07:29:05 AM »

Vancouver ISland has very little in the way of placer ground that you can stake, you can stake mineral, butnot placer.   YOu will find open ground on South Vancouver ISland, along Loss Creek, Leech River and the Sooke River.  All of the big rivers are claimed, but any creek along thenorth side of the Leech, or Loss will yeild gold.  Or beter yet, join VIPMA, www.ipma.ca and pan on some of their Leech River claims whenever you want.  I have a few claims on Van Island, there is some good ground out there, but the country is damn rugged.
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2011, 09:07:22 PM »

My guess is your claims are mineral.If not you are very lucky to hold a placer claim and if you hold more then one,your    panning God.lol! Our best areas in PA even for mineral have been tied up by bigger holders such as BitterRoot or G4 and others the best gold areas such as yellow creek,mineral creek,China Creek,forget about those area's its there blanketed by large block claims.
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2013, 05:49:50 AM »

I believe they have banned all placer claiming on the island. there are a few crown grant operations still working mostly on the leech and sooke river area.
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2013, 12:04:33 PM »

Hmm nope
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