Location & Access
The Prairie Creek Mine (the "Project") is located in the South Mackenzie Mountains of the Northwest Territories, Canada, at 61° 33' North Latitude and 124° 48' West Longitude, approximately 500 kilometres west of Yellowknife, NT.
WESTERN CANADA MAP
REGIONAL NORTHWEST TERRITORIES MAP
ACCESS AND HAULAGE ROUTE
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The Mine is serviced by a 1,000 m gravel airstrip located approximately 1 kilometre to the north of the Mine Site. Access to the Project is via charter, either from Fort Simpson, NT, 150 kilometres to the east, or Fort Nelson, BC, 300 kilometres to the south.
To experience an air approach and landing to Prairie Creek airstrip you can view this video.
In 1980, a 180 kilometre Access Road was built from the Project to the confluence of the Blackstone and Liard Rivers connecting the Project with the Liard Highway. This Access Road was used to transport the equipment and buildings presently on Site. On April 11, 2007 the Company received a Land Use Permit from the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board which permits the re-establishment of the Access Road. In July 2008, the Company commenced rehabilitation work on the Access Road, and in 2012 the Company commissioned a high-resolution LiDAR and orthophoto study covering the Prairie Creek Mine's Mineral Tenure and Access Road.
Nahanni National Park Reserve
On June 9, 2009, the Government of Canada introduced new special legislation into Parliament on the proposed expansion of Nahanni National Park Reserve, which excludes the Prairie Creek Mine from being part of the expanded park. For more information see the Canadian Zinc Press Release of June 9, 2009 click here. This special legislation subsequently received royal ascension in the House of Commons and the Senate. Nahanni National Park Reserve has now officially expanded to include an area of 30,000 square km as indicated on the below map. The Government of Canada and Parks Canada have assured Canadian Zinc that the existing mining and access rights to the Prairie Creek Mine will be respected and protected.
Canadian Zinc Corporation has recently renewed a Memorandum of Understanding with Parks Canada March 5, 2012, for more information see the Canadian Zinc press release, click here. A photo of the MOU signing event between Canadian Zinc and Parks Canada can be seen on our Agreement/ Support section, click here.
NAHANNI NATIONAL PARK RESERVE MAP
The Prairie Creek Mine Site is situated 7 kilometres upstream of the recently expanded Nahanni National Park Reserve boundary. For more information on Nahanni National Park Reserve, click here.