Early settlers' activities in the area were not confined to trapping. As early as 1876, geologists reported miners finding traces of gold, which paid them 4-5 dollars per day.


All his adult life Vanslyk suffered from severe migraines, and people speculate that he died of a brain tumour. Vanslyk passed away in 1961, at the age of 55 in the McBride Hospital. He is buried in the Valemount Cemetery.