Discover, Develop, Operate


  • open pit copper mine
  • mine on care & maintenance status effective August 2016 pending improvement in copper price
  • mill averages 20,000 tonnes per day
  • commenced operations 1997
  • current mine life to 2022
  • copper concentrate trucked to Port of Stewart

On April 7, 2017 Imperial announced that Huckleberry Mines Ltd. (Huckleberry) agreed to purchase for cancellation all the shares of Huckleberry held by a syndicate comprised of Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, Dowa Metals & Mining Co., Ltd., and Furukawa Co., Ltd. As a result Imperial now holds 100% of the shares of Huckleberry through its wholly owned subsidiary HML Mining Inc.

Huckleberry mine had ceased operations in August 2016, and is on care and maintenance pending a sustained improvement in the price of copper.

Imperial intends to review a number of alternate mine plans that would further enhance the mine’s operating performance, and potentially extend the mine life.

Recent exploration on the Whiting Creek prospect, located just north of the mine continued to expand the potential of this large area of porphyry mineralization. Drilling has also confirmed the potential to expand the Main Zone, which hosts the probable reserves that are included in the current mine plan. Huckleberry will conduct a comprehensive review of the exploration potential of the entire property

Annual Production

Years Ended 2016(1)(2) 2015(1) 2014(1)
Copper - 000’s pounds 20,438 43,273 34,017
Gold - ounces 1,927 3,576 2,702
Silver - ounces 100,425 206,781 183,221
(1)production stated 100% - Imperial’s allocation is 50%
(2)production January 1 to August 31, 2016 when mine was placed on care & maintenance

Huckleberry mine is located 88 kilometres from Houston, British Columbia, and the property encompasses 19,780 hectares consisting of two mining leases covering 2,422 hectares, and 39 mineral claims encompassing approximately 17,358 hectares.

For current and/or additional information, refer to the Company’s Press Releases, Quarter Reports & Annual Information Form.

Update Apr | 2017