September 2016

Kimberley Underground Mine and SunMine Solar Photovoltaic Facility Tour

Organized by the West and East Kootenay Branches of APEGBC

Please Note
Registration was closed over the long weekend, but it is now open. The deadline to register has been extended to midnight, Thursday, September 8, 2016. If you would like to register after the deadline, contact Elroy Switlishoff directly at 250-304-4632. 
Status: Advanced registration is now closed. For space availability, please email [email protected].ca. Thank you.
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
See description for itinerary
Location: Kimberley SunMine, Kimberley, BC
See description for itinerary
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: $50
Note: Please come equipped with sturdy walking gear as the terrain at the SunMine and portions of the underground mine tour are rocky and cobbly.
The West and East Kootenay Branches of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (APEGBC) are partnering to organize a one-day field trip to Kimberley to visit the Kimberley underground mine and the SunMine solar photovoltaic generating facility. For more information, please see below.

This trip will be leaving Nelson, BC on a chartered bus and will be driving to visit the Underground Mining Railway and the SunMine in Kimberley to meet up with members from the East Kootenay Branch.

The Underground Mining Railway is located underneath the Rocky Mountain Trench in the city of Kimberley and it leads to the Sullivan Mine. The train tour goes through the Mark Creek valley, and then takes you underground towards the mine. The walking tour will visit the Sullivan Mine Powerhouse for a guided tour of the huge compressors and generators that powered the mine.

The Kimberley SunMine project, which was constructed by the City of Kimberley, has an installed capacity of 1 MW and went into commercial operation on June 22, 2015. 


  • 7:30 AM (PST): Depart Queen City Charters, Nelson (pick up location), 56 passenger coach (bring your own munchies)
  • 8:15 AM (PST): Pick-up at Salmo Esso station
  • 12:30 PM (MST): Arrive Kimberley SunMine, walking tour
  • 1:30 PM (MST): Depart Kimberley SunMine
  • 1:45 PM (MST): Arrive Kimberley Platzl, everyone on their own for lunch
  • 2:45 to 3:00 PM (MST): Walk to underground mine train station terminal, train tour
  • 5:00 PM (MST): Depart Kimberley
  • 7:15 PM (PST): Drop-off at Salmo Esso Station
  • 8:00 PM (PST): Arrive Nelson


  • Snack and drinks are not provided on the coach, so please bring along your own day packs.There will be an opportunity in Kimberley to purchase lunch. 
  • If you have any questions contact Elroy Switlishoff, [email protected] or 250-304-4632.

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