Magpie Mine


Photo of the mine
The Magpie Mine
Ministry of Northern Development and MInes, early 1900s

The Magpie Mine, located just north Helen Mine in Algoma, was built in 1911. At first the fledgling mine’s fortunes seesawed up and down. That changed quickly with the arrival of the First World War. The necessities of war assured a ready market for iron and by 1915 the mine was in full production.

Shortly after the mine opened, Algoma Ore constructed a small town site for its employees. The community contained 14 duplexes serviced with electricity, water, and sewers, all luxuries in those early days. There were also three bunkhouses, a cookery, and dining hall for the single men. To round things out, there was a small hospital, a school, and root house. At its height, about 600 residents lived in the townsite.

The mine remained in production until 1922. A few years after it closed, the structures were removed and sold for salvage. Learn more

How to get there

Magpie Mine is located in Algoma District 15 kilometres east off Hwy. 17 on an unnamed logging road about 28 kilometres north of Wawa. Ask for directions locally. See the detailed map for more information

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