Golden Bear Mine is located approximately 150 kilometers northwest of Dease Lake, B.C. and is accessed by a 160 kilometers restricted access road off the Dease-Telegraph Creek Road. The open pits and heap leach pads are at an elevation of approximately 2000m.
Pelly worked with the local Talhtan First Nation to employ many of the local people. A citation in recognition of outstanding reclamation achievement was presented to North American Metals and Pelly's part in this achievement was recognized.
Pelly completed the construction of one pad that was partially constructed by another contractor and subsequently built a second larger pad.
Pads were not easy to construct as the terrain at Golden Bear is very steep and the season for handling clay is very short. Successful wall control was achieved in the deep open pit with careful analysis of the rock, selective blasting and pre-shearing. Snow depths of up to eight metres were encountered during the initial spring access as Golden Bear is in a heavy snowfall area.
Pelly drilled and blasted 2,600,000 cubic meters of waste and ore, and excavated and placed 300,000 cubic meters for use on the heap leach pad and on site road construction.