Friends of the Morden Mine

B.C. government commits $1.4 million to restore Nanaimo’s Morden Mine

The provincial government announced Thursday it has committed $1.4 million to restore Morden Mine’s concrete headframe and tipple structure at Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park.

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We are so excited to announce that BC Parks & BC Heritage have granted funding for the stabilization and shoring of the Morden Mine headframe and tipple.

On April 15, the stabilization project will begin. The project uses innovative scaffolding to support the structure. The whole project will take 3-4 weeks and, for safety reasons, the park will be closed intermittently during this time.

International conservation specialists Heritageworks will manage the project. Based on Vancouver Island, Heritageworks’ many successful regional projects include the restoration of the Kinsol Trestle and the Bastion.

We apologize to everyone (including our four-legged friends) who use the park and trail for any inconvenience caused by the closure.

For more information, please contact Heritageworks’ Site Superintendent Steve Lawrence at 250-701-2585 or BC Parks Liaison Monica Valdes-Garcia at 250-954-4607.

Welcome to the Friends of the Morden Mine website. We are a non-profit society dedicated to the preservation of the most complete above-ground remains of an historic coal mine on Vancouver Island and the earliest of two such reinforced concrete structures in North America. The still standing 74 foot (22.5 m.) head frame and adjacent tipple of what was once Morden Colliery are located in Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park in South Wellington, just south of Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Since our society was formed in 2003, we have been actively promoting awareness of the need for preservation of Morden's structures, built in 1913, as well as the history of Morden Colliery and the men who worked there. Preservation of these now 101 year old structures is a race against time. The deterioration of concrete components of the head frame and tipple structures is escalating at an alarming rate. Every spring more dislodged chunks of concrete can be found on the ground below the structures and more reinforcing steel becomes exposed to the elements. We need your help and welcome new members and donations as we continue our efforts to publicize and educate the public about Morden Mine and to persuade the Province to fix the heritage structures that are integral to this park. We are a registered charity and issue income tax receipts for monetary donations.

We welcome comments, suggestions, information, volunteer assistance, and contributions of various materials, such as newspaper clippings, letters, maps, for the Friends of Morden Mine fond at Nanaimo Community Archives.

For those wishing to contact us our e-mail is