Bralorne is located 125 km (78 miles) west of Lillooet
on the Moha, Bridge River and Lillooet Pioneer Roads (Road 40) and
83 km (52 miles) north of Pemberton
on the Hurley River Forest Service Road about 15 km (9 miles) south
of Gold Bridge.
Bralorne is a small community that is almost deserted with only
very few people living here. The community is a cast off from the
hectic heydays of the gold mining era when the Bralorne-Pioneer
Mine was the richest gold mine in Canada and the most productive
in British Columbia.
Lorne Mine poured its first gold brick at Bralorne back in 1932.
Through mergers and acquisitions, the two mines - the Bralorne and
the Pioneer - eventually amalgamated into the Bralorne-Pioneer Mine
extracting more than one hundred million worth of gold. Unfortunately,
Bralorne-Pioneer Mine closed in 1971 due to low prices for this
The main street through Bralorne is the Lillooet Pioneer Road. Here
you get a good chance to view some of Bralorne's historic past.
There are lots of old mine shacks, houses and deserted company buildings
of the Bralorne-Pioneer Mine.
Gold Mines Ltd.
Bralorne history has always revolved around the mining of gold with
the first claims staked in 1896. Various operators and owners have
operated and closed depending on the world price demand for gold.
Today Bralorne Gold Mines Ltd. has resurrected new gold finds with
a new phase of operation being designed, built and implemented for
This past history of Bralorne can be found at the Bralorne Pioneer
Museum. Other interesting relics are the old mining equipment displays
throughout town or by visiting the Bralorne Community Church, a
community restoration project.
The Bralorne-Pioneer Mine office building in Bralorne is still in
operation as the Bralorne-Pioneer Motel.
For other accommodation there is also another place to stay called
the Mines Motel which features one-bedroom suites and kitchenettes.
For entertainment and a restaurant, there is a local pub called
the Mineshaft Pub that features live music occasionally.
The outdoor recreation around the Bralorne area is excellent. During
the winter there is snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, backcountry skiing
and ice-fishing. Activities in the summer range from exploring the
old trails by using quads, hiking or by mountainbiking to exploring
the countryside, especially if you enjoy rock hounding or viewing
the abandoned towns of Bradian, Brexton or Ogden.
Situated just north of Bralorne 10 km (6 miles) from Gold Bridge
is Gun Lake. Here you can find a FSR wilderness campground and some
excellent fishing for Dolly Varden, Kokanee, Bull and Rainbow Trout.
Gun Lake has a number of private cabins, and is crystal clear lake
and also features a number of small resorts along the lakeside.
A rugged but popular trail is the McGillivray Pass Trail that starts
from east of Bralorne up the Cadwallader Creek Forest Service Road.
The trail takes you along the Cadwallader Range through the McGillivray
Pass and eventually to McGillivray Falls on Anderson Lake. The trail
comes out on the Highline Road to Seton Portage just north of D'Arcy.
One company Tyax Adventures offers once in a lifetime guided mountain
bike tours through mountain passes featuring the 25 km (16 miles)
Gun Creek Trail. Tyax Adventures also has overnight mountain bike
trips into Whistler as well as air tours around Bralorne and Gold
River Forest Service Road
If you are planning on going to Whistler or the Lower Mainland,
you can take the Hurley River Forest Service from Bralorne instead
of going back to Lillooet. You will require a 4x4 vehicle and be
familiar with backcountry conditions. This road can also be very
rough, usually taking around two hours and, unfortunately, is open
in the summer time only.
The Hurley River Road will take you through a mountain pass with
an elevation of 1,829 metres (6,000 feet) that usually has heavy
snowfall. The road opens generally between the long weekend in May
until November 1 or until the first snowfall. Please check with
the Cascades Forest District for openings and current conditions,
telephone (250) 378-8400.
If you are exploring the vast amounts of wilderness trails and the
backcountry around Bralorne remember to be wildlife aware especially
for bears and cougars. Please practise proper safety procedures
and carry emergency supplies.