Bruce Mines, ON
Lat: 46° 17.833 Long: 83° 47.411
Bruce Mines was the site of the first ever commercially successful copper mine in Canada and the second in North America. The area was settled in 1846 by Cornish mine workers brought over to work the mines. Named after James Bruce, the Governor-General of Canada, the mines were successful through the 1870's when declining profits forced their closure. Briefly resurrected during WWI, the mines have been inactive for nearly a century.
Today, Bruce Mines is a busy community with a lot for to cruising sailor to see and enjoy.
The approach to Bruce Mines is clear from all directions. The village sits at the head of Bruce Bay and the approach is well marked.
From the East
Set your course for the Fl RED buoy (KH2) located immediately north of Prout Rock. From KH2, alter course to approximately 330° T. This course will be marked with 3 GREEN lateral buoys - KH5, KH7 and KH11. As you approach KH2, be mindful of a charted commercial channel that leads north to the Ontario Trap Rock aggregate quarry.
From the East
Coming from the east, leave the RED lateral buoy K2 that marks McKay Reef on your portside. After course to approximately 55° T for about 1 nm to clear McKay Island, marked with a RED-WHITE daymark and and ISO WHITE light. Once clear of McKay Island, alter course to approximately 330° T and head north into the village.
The harbour is comprised of a long breakwall along the shore with 9 finger docks extending out to the west. The entrance is marked with a Fl RED light on the end of the breakwall and a 4 GREEN lateral buoy.
MARINAS, YACHT CLUBS, MOORINGS, ANCHORAGES
Bruce Mines Marina (705) 785-3493 VHF 68
Bruce Mines marina has 35 slips with a number set aside for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. There is water and power at all slips. There are restrooms and showers in the Harbourmasters building and a picnic area with a gazebo.
There is a good protected anchorage on the north side of McKay Island, just north of the light. There is an anchorage in Hay Bay, on the east side of Bruce Bay. It is however quite open to winds from the south and west.
REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, PROVISIONING, BANKS/ATM's
There are no repair or maintenance facilities in Bruce Mines.
Foster's Freshmart can meet provisioning needs..
The Royal Bank of Canada offers both counter and ATM service .
Central Algoma Health Centre is staffed with 2 family doctors that offer general medical services provides access to other health professionals. It is located approximately .5 km / .3 miles from the marina.
There is a full-service pharmacy located at the Central Algoma Health Centre
PLACES TO EAT
There are several restaurants in Bruce Mines. Bobbers Restaurant is a popular local restaurant that serves family-style meals. It is located close to the marina. The Bavarian Inn serves light meals. The Sportsman's Grill & Restaurant is another popular local restaurant.
THINGS TO DO/SEE/VISIT
Bruce Mines has a number of interesting sights to see and events to enjoy. As you would expect, the village celebrates its mining history. You can tour the Bruce Mines Mining Museum and afterwards, follow the Historic Mine Trail past several of the original copper mines and even the orginal Jail House, located on the aptly names Jail Trail. Top it off with a guided tour the Simpson Mine.
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