As I drove north of Nipigon, I found snowbanks and frozen lakes. Greenstone was recovering from the last blast of winter.
As I neared the construction zone of Greenstone Gold Mines, I found little change ̶ at least viewed from the highway.
As I did on October 3 last fall, I found a vantage point to view the mining activity. This is as close as the public can get. One gets no impression of the millions of dollar poured into this open pit mine every week ̶ unless one reads the press releases or does a fly-over.
In the community of Geraldton itself, nothing much is changed ̶ except for the absence of road traffic. I made my deliveries of The Walleye to grateful residents and renewed a few acquaintances.
Geraldton’s business section is dead. One of the two sit-down restaurants is closed ̶ can’t find a cook. Practically anyone who can, takes a job in mine construction for the high wages. One or two smaller take-outs have opened up but no one is lining up. One or two closed businesses are renovating, anticipating a boom in business some day.
I checked into Marino Hardware, the Street Talk Centre of Greenstone, and engaged the two proprietors in conversation. There might have been one or two customers wandering the empty aisles. We three engaged in an animated debate about the new King and his consort (now a Queen). We learned nothing new and stuck to our guns, but our five minutes was the most exciting event that Geraldton experienced that day (and likely for that week).
I got a take-out and took a break at the little park overlooking Barton Bay at the Municipal Office.
Back on the highway, I pulled over to take a shot of the new highway alignment. This is probably the most expensive piece of road in all of Ontario; construction is entering its third year, and no bridge or serious infrastructure is involved.
But Greenstone Gold Mines is well funded. No tax money is invested. And when operating, it will bring in billions ̶ unfortunately, little of it for the town itself.
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Thank you for sharing these interesting pictures !
Nice to see the pictures and comments. How often our family went to those rapids just above your photo. My father would always try fishing for pickerel but all he ever got in the Sturgeon were pike. As kids it was always fun
My son Is the human relations officer for Greenstone.
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