Cobalt Mining Legacy

Web Sites

Cobalt Area Attractions:

Cobalt Mining Museum

The Cobalt Mining Museum is an excellent place to start a visit to the Cobalt area. This museum tells the story of the history of Cobalt, both the mining history, and the social history. The museum boasts the world's largest display of native silver as well as the unique collection of mining and prospecting equipment and artefacts. For those interested in digging deeper, the museum also has an excellent collection of historical photographs of the area.

Heritage Silver Trail

The Heritage Silver Trail is a self-guided tour of several abandoned mine sites in the Cobalt area. Signs at each location provide visitors with information about what happened at each stop on the tour. An excellent way to spend a few hours, and get a real feel for what happened in Cobalt.

The Bunker Military Museum

The Bunker Military Museum is located in the Cobalt Train Station. The museum contains artefacts from the Boer War to the present day. The museum also has a library with over 2000 books and articles.

Classic Theatre

The Classic Theatre is a restored theatre originally built in 1926. The Classic Theatre hosts more than 70 events each year, including theatre, music, comedy, dance and variety shows.

Historical Plaques of Timiskaming District

This website includes the text of all historical plaques that has been erected in the Timiskaming District, including 3 in the Cobalt area.

The Highway Bookshop

The Highway Bookshop is a large bookstore on Highway 11 near the turnoff for Highway 11B into Cobalt. This bookstore has some new books but specializes in used books. The bookstore also publishes books, particularly books telling the stories of northern Ontario. Book lovers can spend hours wandering the isles of the bookstore.

Local Government and Cobalt Area Organizations:

Town of Cobalt

Official website for the town of Cobalt. This website includes descriptions of the history of the Cobalt area, as well as photos, and links to other Cobalt related sites.

Historic Cobalt

This website is dedicated to the historical legacy of the Cobalt area. It includes information on the history of the Cobalt area, old photographs, information about area attractions, as well as information for visitors, including local accommodations.

Cobalt Historical Society

The Cobalt Historical Society is a non-profit corporation that acts as an umbrella organization for the preservation and development of the remaining mine properties, equipment and artifacts that illustrate the important role that the Cobalt Mining Camp has played in the development of the mining industry in Ontario and in the development of Northern Ontario.

Cobalt Public Library

The library websites has a number of old photos on it, helping to tell the story of Cobalt’s history.

Cobalt 2006

In 2006, the Town of Cobalt is celebrating the 100 anniversary of its incorporation. Many special activities are planned for August 4-7 2006 to mark the anniversary.

Timiskaming Health Unit – Cobalt Soil Study

The Timiskaming Health Unit, which covers the district of Timiskaming ensures the best possible health of the community by providing population-based bilingual services that protect, promote, and prevent. Together with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, the Health Unit is involved in assessing risks to human health associated with the environmental legacy of mining in Cobalt.


The North Bay Nugget – History

The North Bay Nugget began its life in 1907 as the Cobalt Nugget. In 1921 the paper moved to the paper moved the North Bay, but retained the name “Nugget”

Canadian Mining News – Cobalt Stories

The Northern Miner

The Northern Miner is a weekly newspaper first published in Cobalt in 1915. “The Miner” covers the worldwide mining activities of mining companies based in North America or listed on North American exchanges. It is one of the premier sources of mining related news in Canada.

Provincial and Federal Government:

Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines – Mine Rehabilitation

This group ensures that the mine sites in Ontario are developed, operated and closed out in a manner consistent with sound environmental and public safety closure designs and to limit public risk and liability. Closure plans that have been submitted for Cobalt properties are available for public viewing at the Sudbury office.

Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Ontario Ministry of the Environment - Deloro Mine Site Cleanup Project

The Deloro Mine Site Cleanup Project is a multimillion dollar initiative of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to clean up the abandoned mining, refining, and manufacturing site at Deloro in eastern Ontario. For many years, the Deloro site processed ore from the O’Brien Mine in Cobalt, so some of the challenges faced in this project are similar to those in Cobalt.

Health Canada – Arsenic in Drinking Water

A short document providing information about arsenic, and the potential health effects of arsenic.

Health Canada – Summary of Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality

Environment Canada – Arsenic and Its Compounds

Synopsis of a comprehensive report on the occurrence of arsenic in the environment, human exposure to arsenic, and potential effects of arsenic on the environment and human health.

Mining and the Environment:

National Abandoned and Orphaned Mines Initiative (NOAMI)

NOAMI is a multi-stakeholder program to study issues and initiatives relating to the remediation programs for abandoned and orphaned mines across Canada.

Mine Environment Neutral Drainage Program (MEND)

MEND is a multi-stakeholder program developing technologies to predict, prevent, control and treat acidic drainage from mine sites. Acidic drainage is recognized as the largest environmental concern and liability facing the mining industry.

Environmental Groups:

MiningWatch Canada

MiningWatch Canada (MWC) is a pan-Canadian initiative that addresses the need for a co-ordinated public interest response to the threats to public health, water and air quality, fish and wildlife habitat and community interests posed by irresponsible mineral policies and practices in Canada and around the world.


Northwatch is the regional coalition of environmental and citizen organizations and individual members in northeastern Ontario. Northwatch has as a priority issues that are of a regional nature, including mining.

Mining Industry:

Mining Association of Canada (MAC)

MAC's mission is to promote the growth and development of Canada's mining and mineral-processing industry.

Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

PDAC exists to protect and promote the interests of the Canadian mineral exploration sector and to ensure a robust mining industry in Canada.

Ontario Mining Association

The Ontario Mining Association (OMA) represents the mining industry of the province. Their members are engaged in exploring, producing and processing mineral resources.


Haileybury School of Mines

Established in Haileybury, just north of Cobalt, in 1912, the mission of the Haileybury School of Mines is to ensure its students an accessible, challenging educational experience that leads the global mining community. Their program provides students with a foundation in math, geology, mining methods, mineral processing and analytical methods.

Carleton University Department of Earth Sciences

The Department of Earth Sciences at Carleton has a long association with Cobalt. A departmental field school was held in Cobalt for many years. In addition, many students and professors have been involved in research related to the geology of the area. More recently, beginning with the research in the area by the author of this web site, several students and professors have been involved in environmental research in the area.

Carleton University Institute of Environmental Science


Charles Havelock Taylor 1859 – 1953

Excellent website devoted to the life of Charles Taylor, the engineer who designed the Ragged Chutes compressed air plant, which supplied compressed air to many of the mines in the Cobalt area. The website includes information about the construction of the plant, as well as other information about early development in Cobalt. The site includes many excellent and unique photos taken by Taylor during his time in Cobalt.

Professional Hockey Leagues - National Hockey Association

The Cobalt Silver Kings and the Haileybury Hockey Club were 2 of 7 teams in the National Hockey Association (NHA) in the 1909 – 1910 season. The opposition for Cobalt and Haileybury that year included the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators. The NHA was a forerunner of today’s National Hockey League, which was established in 1917.