Field Trips

MEMO 2017 is offering a variety of field trips related to mining operations and mineral exploration projects in Saskatchewan.

The field trips will departing on Wednesday, September 27 or Thursday, September 28 2017, and returning the same day, or Friday September 29.

Safety gear will be provided by the individual sites, however attendees are still required to dress 6appropriately for all field sites. Hiking boots are recommended, and it is important to remember that weather in late September in northern Saskatchewan can be quite variable, and attendees should have adequate field clothing for temperatures from -5 °C to 20°C. Each tour lists their individual dress requirements.

West Wind Aviation is our official carrier for field trips that require flight transportation.

West Wind Aviation Terminal 3A is located on Hangar Road. Return times to Saskatoon are estimated based on flight departures from the individual sites, and subject to weather, and a variety of factors outside of the MEMO conference’s control.

Wednesday, September 27


Thursday, September 28


CIGAR LAKE MINE TOUR (1 day) Wednesday Sept 27

Cost: $950

Included: Bus to airport, Charter flight, bus transportation at the site, lunch and guidebook.

Departure Location/Time: 6:00 am at the entrance of the TCU Place

Return Time: 19:00 (estimated)

Maximum number of participants: 18


Photo courtesy of Cameco Corporation

Cigar Lake

The Cigar Lake Mine, located approximately 750 km north of Saskatoon is the world’s highest grade uranium mine. Cameco Corp. owns 50% of the mine and is the mine’s operator, with production beginning in May 2015. Total proven and probable reserves of the mine are 215 million pounds U3O8, at average grade of 15.9 % U3O8 (as of December 31, 2016) and produced 17.3 million pounds (Cameo’s share was 8.7 million pounds U3O8) in 2016. As operator, Cameco has developed an innovative jet-boring technique for mining the high-grade ore. Attendees will spend the day touring the underground mine, and surface operations, including the ore loadout faculty, where ore is loaded for processing at Areva Resources’ McLean Lake mill.

Attendees will be provided with the required protective equipment including overalls and steel toe footwear for contaminated areas for the site tour. No clothing from contaminated areas are allowed in clean areas, and cell phones are not permitted underground. Attendees wishing to take pictures must bring a separate camera. It is highly recommended that each delegate wear proper hiking footwear, and dress appropriately for an afternoon outdoors in northern Saskatchewan as parts of the tour will be outside. Each attendee is able to bring a small day bag with them on the aircraft, however space is limited.

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POTASH CORP ALLAN TOUR (1 day) Thursday, September 28

Cost: $125

Include: Bus transportation to the site and lunch

Departure Location/Time: 6:45 am at the entrance of the TCU Place

Return Time: 13:30 (estimated)

Maximum number of participants: 20


Located approximately 75 km south of Saskatoon, the Allan Potash Mine is owned and operated by Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan.  Conventional underground mining takes place at a depth of 1,040 m, and produces KCl for industrial and agricultural fertilizer. In 2016, production was 2.38 million tonnes of KCl was produced at the facility. Delegates will travel from Saskatoon to the Allan Mine via a chartered bus. At the site, the group will undergo safety induction before heading underground for a tour of the mine. Back at surface, the group will tour the mill facility before returning to Saskatoon that afternoon.

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