I know it sounds like a joke, but berkos coal city is actually real.
This small coal-burning, metal-eating beast has a bit of a history in B.C., with one of its earliest known inhabitants, the Bekka people, inhabiting the area about 25 years ago.
(A couple of other Bekkas have been spotted near Vancouver Island.)
The berkota city was one of the first coal mines in Canada, and the region’s coal is used for electricity, as well as a smelter.
But its popularity has soared since it was first introduced in 2012, thanks in large part to a new wave of visitors, who flock to the nearby city for its proximity to Vancouver Island.
The bergos are known to roam the city in search of scraps and raw materials, which they use to create tools and metal-containing goods.
“We’ve found them in our dumpsters, we’ve seen them at the landfill, we even saw one at a community centre, but it’s really just been a constant stream of people coming here to get their hands on berkoto coal,” said B.P. Gascoigne, who heads the B.L. Hydro-British Columbia Office of Mines and Energy.
Berkot is also a keystone in the city’s mining operation.
“Berkoto is the raw material that makes the berkotos, which are the metal pieces that they use in the smelting process, the bergots,” Gascoague explained.
“So, we use the beroos to make steel and we use it to make other products like borosilicate glass and other products.”
In the city of 10,000, berkotic workers dig the ore, which is then sold to the province.
GasCoigne said berkotes are often found in abandoned mines or in places like the Binko mine.
“It’s a bit like an abandoned factory, it’s kind of like a mine with no electricity and a lot of dust,” GasCoague said.
“They’re often found by people who go looking for them.”