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The Labelle Canada Garnet Limited Mine is located in Labelle, Québec. The now abandoned mine is located on municipal property and can be accessed by the Labelle Cross Country Ski Club trails.
As of July 2020, as per our observations, the abandoned mine property consists of the following:
The following historical information was written by Raymond Leblanc on April 12, 1949 in the a report titled “Report on the property of Canada Garnet Limited Montreal”
History of the Company
The holdings of the present company were formerly owned by the Labelle Nicket & Garnet Co., Ltd, incorporated in 1926. This company failed in 1932 and was taken over in 1933 by the Labelle Mining Company Ltd. In 1937, the latter was reorganized as the Canada Garnet, Ltd. (Suite 16, Sauvegarde Building) Montreal.
The main workings are situated at the western end of lots 16 and 17, Range J, on a hillside rising from the northern extremity of Lake Vignon (see Writer's plans Nos. 2,3 and 4, included in report dated February 17, 1944).
The workings, in 1944, consisted of minor stripping, two main trenches about 5 to 8 feet deep, 5 to 10 wide and 180 and 220 feet long, connected by a shallower cross-trench about 50 feet in length, a shaft 25 feet deep and about 7 feet square, an adit 130 feet long driven in a northernly direction from the toe of the hill, and three diamond drill holes forming a total of approximately 2000 feet of drilling. A cut 100 feet long, 15 feet wide and 10 to 12 feet deep had also been excavated in roch at the bottom of the hill.
In 1948 further stripping with bull-dozer tractor, was undertaken and an area measuring approximately 500 to 600 feet in width and 1400 to 1500 feet in length, in a northeast direction, was excavated to bedrock at the northern end of Lake Vignon. Another area starting three or four hundred feet north of the first was also excavated to bed rock; the dimensions of this exposure are
about 1200 feet in a northern direction by a width of perhaps 250 feet. Moreover, stripping operations were also undertaken further north of the afore mentioned workings, at Lake Vigné, where an area measuring approximately 300 feet by 100 feet was exposed.
From the economic viewpoint the garnet found on the property may conveniently be divided into two classes:
1. Disseminated garnet, found in gneiss and pegmatite.
2. Massive Garnet, found in association with pyrrhotite.
The tonnage of the first category probably amounts to several millions tons. The garnets are small and have to be crushed to from 20 to 35 mesh for concentration. The hardness is 7.5. The commercial value may be estimated es between $100. and $200. a ton depending on conditions.
The second category of garnet occurs in fairly large crystals, has a hardness of 7.5 to 8.0, and possesses high abrasive qualities. Tonnage estimates have not been made. Selling price may reach $350 to $500 per pound in some cases.