About Us


2017 Board of Directors


Blair Morris

Vice President

Kelly Wagner


Cal Webb


Bryan Rozon

Communications Director

Michael Mullen

  Membership Director 

Aneil Ahaere

Valued Outings Hosts

Sue Kristiansen
Brian Rozon
Kenny Jamieson
Etienne Gionett
Brian Rigby

Website & Communications

Kelly Wagner
Donna Chaytor
Michael Mullent

Meetings Monthly : 2nd Wed of every month - 7:30 PM     

Annual General Meeting February 14, 2018 - 7:30 PM   -  

CRD will attend the October 2018 Meeting to Present their orientation and agreeement for 2019.

Emery Family Hall 537 Glencairn Lane (HatleyPark) Go through Cemetary Gates

On this site you may find replication of Section 19 - Laws - Sites, etc., this is not in error it is to make available what is needed and applies to the section.

VIPMA (Vancouver Island Placer Miner's Association) evolved in 1997, Aug. 05 to give a voice to miners in the Leech River area. Individually Placer Miners received different information from inspectors.  Forming VIPMA gave a place to have a common voice, hear the truth and make decisions, which governed them as a body, but gave miners one common direction to follow.  This collaboration forced inspectors to standardize both inspections and permitting.  One of the founding members of VIPMA; Bruce Chaytor, still serves as President today as does Cal Webb who was the original Secretary and still is.  Bill Friar a founding member holds now a Golden Membership.  Time thrashes by but the lure of gold is still there.  For our members when you have an issue contact VIPMA@shaw.ca.  We are a group of Placer Miners, keeping history alive.


Leechtown Cairn in March 22, 2000.  Since that date it has deteriorated evident on pictures you will see within the website.  A project was initiated by VIPMA to replace the Cairn, with a monument for Leechtown 150yr Commemoration; so the historic site of Leechtown continues to have her place in history.  July 19, 2014 a Monument was unveiled by The Honorable Judith Guichon and President Bruce Chaytor, various stakeholders were involved spearheaded by VIPMA.    

The original bronze Cairn Plaque was taken many years ago.  If the plaque could be found and returned to VIPMA it would be a great gift and would honor Leechtown, as it is an integral part of it's history.  Please contact vipma@shaw.ca if anyone has any information in regards to this plaque.  It could well be just buried in a basement somewhere, collecting dust, and could well be where it belongs, perhaps in the Sooke Museum. 

VIPMA (Vancouver Island Placer Miner's Association) came into existence in 1997, August 05 in order to give a voice to the individual members in the Leech River Valley.  Individually Placer Miners would receive different information from inspectors, so the formation of VIPMA gave them a place to have a common voice to hear the truth and make decisions, which would govern them as a body, but tend to give one common direction for them to follow.  This atmosphere forced inspectors to standardize both inspections and permitting.  One of the founding members was Bruce Chaytor, who still serves as President.


The gold pan is important.  Whether dredging, using large equipment such as trommels and other equipment, it all comes down to panning it out.   VIPMA generally puts on a panning demonstration at every Rock and Gem Show held every March.  Come and try your hand at panning. 


Placer mining (pronounced "plass-er") is the mining of alluvial deposits for minerals. This may be done by open-pit (also called open-cast mining) or by various forms of tunneling into ancient riverbeds. Excavation may be accomplished using water pressure (hydraulic mining) surface excavating equipment or tunneling equipment.

The name Placer is derived from  Spanish, placera, meaning "alluvial sand." It refers to mining the precious metal deposits (particularly gold and gemstones) found in aluvia deposits—deposits of sand and gravel in modern or ancient stream beds.. The metal or gemstones, having been moved by stream flow from an original source such as a vein, is typically only a minuscule portion of the total deposit. The containing material may be too loose to safely mine by tunneling. Where water under pressure is available, it is used to mine, move, and separate the precious material from the deposit.

individuals today are exploring alternatives to family fun and included in this is prospecting for gold, both as a recreational activity and as an effort to make some extra money.

Most people are not likely to hit the jackpot and become millionaires, however this is one of the most incredible ways to pass time with your family, enjoy the out of doors, explore the rivers and the structure of the river beds, come to know about the many different rock formations on Vancouver Island, the incredible flora and fauna, the wildlife and in general have a great time.  Kids get to do what they always love to do naturally, play in mud, play in water, and play with rocks.  With luck gold is where you find it, and if you work hard you may even find a few nuggets.  Check out the Mining Methods page, where we explain various methods used in Placer Mining.  The most important knowledge is to go out and enjoy your day, for it is golden with or without the gold.

537 Glencairn Lane Colwood, BC : Meetings Only 
2nd Wed Monthly 7:30PM Mail: 2702 Sooke Road 
Victoria , BC V9B1Y7

EMAIL: vipma@shaw.ca


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