In the mid-1800s, in a small valley nestled into the coast range of British Columbia, prospectors found gold. Slowly but surely, this discovery drew prosperity to the area. By 1931, with the commissioning of a 100-ton mill, the gold rush to Bralorne, British Columbia, began in full swing. That mill was part of the Bralorne Mine, which operated from 1932 to 1971, producing 3 million ounces of gold. And with gold comes money. A town of bars, hotels, houses and shops was built and became home to hundreds of mine workers. But the gold didn’t last forever, and after the mine shut down, the population dwindled to nothing. The community was abandoned.
Fast forward to today, and Bralorne still sits as a ghost town accessible only by 80 miles of dirt road. But a whisper of life is returning to the area in the form of outdoor recreation. Race Face went to check it out with athletes Monica McCosh, Noah Brousseau and Ace Hayden. While there, the riders also put Race Face’s 2018 soft goods collection to the test. The trails look rad, and the soft goods look pretty great too. Find more information on the new collection here.