Oliver Daunais 1836-1916

Near here, in 1882, Daunais made his first important discovery, the Rabbit Mountain Silver Mine. One of the best-known prospectors and mining promoters of his day, he was born at St. Ours, Quebec, and came to this region about 1870. Among other silver mines located in the area by Daunais in the 1880s were the Silver Mountain, Beaver, Badger and Porcupine. Though short-lived, they were good producers and greatly encouraged prospecting and investment in the Thunder Bay district. In 1894-95 Daunais staked claims in Lake of the Woods, three of which became small gold mines. "The Silver King" became a prominent resident of Port Arthur and played a leading role in its early development.


Highway 588 and River Road near the site of his first important discovery, Stanley - south of Highway 11/17, west of Thunder Bay

Region: Northern Ontario

County/District: District of Thunder Bay

Municipality: Township of Oliver-Paipoonge