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Logan Lake

Culture & History

Logan Lake is a relatively new community, and was established in the early 1970s as a company town to serve the employment needs of Highland Valley Copper.

While the first years of the community centred around the copper mine, it has since evolved into an outdoor adventure locale.

Growth and Development

Mining in the Highland Valley area dates back to 1871 when mining prospectors were common in the area. In the 1970s, large mining companies developed the area to accommodate mineworkers and their families. Thus, in November 1970, the Village of Logan Lake was incorporated. In June 1983, Logan Lake was incorporated into a District Municipality.

The shift in Logan Lake's character was born of necessity. British Columbia was hit hard by the recession of the 1980s and it was particularly hard on Logan Lake, as many residents began leaving town to look for work elsewhere. Many thought the community might turn into a ghost town. But, the people of Logan Lake were resilient and decided to take a different path. A successful campaign convinced many to relocate to Logan Lake for urban amenities offered in a rural setting.


Logan Lake is a thriving, vibrant community that has matured into a retreat from the stresses of urban life. The Highland Valley Copper mine, south along Highway 97D, is still an important part of Logan Lake's life, with many of the town's population employed in the massive operation. It is the largest open-pit copper mine in North America and one of the largest copper mining operations in the world.