Field trips focus on collecting and history of Southeastern Ontario and the surrounding areas. Here are some of the materials we have collected, history we have learned about and places we have been. Field trips are usually held every month from April through October.
Please read the following file if you plan on attending any upcoming field trips.
Here is the most recent information about upcoming field trips for 2018. Please mark your calendars and contact the field trip leaders if you plan to attend. If you need a membership card, please email me and I will email one back. All the best Eileen
Collecting Style: Breaking Rock / Scavenging Collecting Equipment: 3/5/10/25lb sledgehammers, chisels, wedges, pry bars and shovels.
Schickler Fluorite Mine (Wilberforce, Ontario)
Minerals: Apatite, Fluorite, Scapolite and others.
Obtain Collecting Pass (free): Municipal office (Loop Road, Wilberforce) or Agnew’s General Store (Wilberforce).
Collecting Style: Digging in Soil Collecting Equipment: Shovels, Root Clippers, Small hand saw and other stuff you think is good.
2019 Field Trip Information to Date We have put together a list of field trip opportunities available so far this Spring and Summer. Do contact your field trip leader if you would like to attend. If you are uncertain of what to bring for collecting, be sure to ask the leader. if you need a membership card, just call Eileen Moss at 613-384-4439 Ongoing Opportunities
Beryl Pit (Quadeville, Ontario) Minerals: key minerals are beryl, amazonite, peristerite, other feldspars and quartz. For a full list of minerals check out: https://www.mindat.org/loc-6641.html Purchase Collecting Pass: MacEwen Gast Station in Quadeville (~$10) Collecting Style: Breaking Rock / Digging in Rock Collecting Equipment: 3/5lb sledgehammer, chisels and shovels.
Herkimer Diamonds (New York, U.S.A.) Minerals: Herkimer Diamonds (double terminated quartz crystals) Fossils: Cambrian aged stromatolites Purchase Collecting Pass: several locations (~$10 day) Herkimer Diamond Mines: http://www.herkimerdiamond.com/ Ace of Diamonds: https://www.herkimerdiamonds.com/ Crystal Gove: http://www.crystalgrove.com/ (working on website, check out Facebook) Collecting Style: Breaking Rock / Scavenging Collecting Equipment: 3/5/10/25lb sledgehammers, chisels, wedges, pry bars and shovels.
Schickler Fluorite Mine (Wilberforce, Ontario) Minerals: Apatite, Fluorite, Scapolite and others. Obtain Collecting Pass (free): Municipal office (Loop Road, Wilberforce) or Agnew’s General Store (Wilberforce). Collecting Style: Digging in Soil Collecting Equipment: Shovels, Root Clippers, Small hand saw and other stuff you think is good. August 1st,2nd, 3rd, & 4th, (Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree) Meeting: 9:00 a.m. Thursday to Sunday during the Gemboree, at the North Hastings community Centre (103 Newkirk Blvd). Participants must provide their own transportation to each site following a lead vehicle. Mineral Tours average 5 hours but you may leave earlier or stay longer. Admission $15 Ages 17+, $10 ages 16 and under, $40 families (up to 5 people)/ Additional fees are required for specific sites. Required Equipment: safety glasses, closed -in footwear are mandatory equipment for these tours. Rockhounding equipment such as rock hammers, shovels, chisels, buckets, garden claws etc. for collecting are necessary. Recommended equipped for the weather, includes hats, bug spray, raincoats. Bring snacks, lunch, drinks since the locations of sites will not have water or food available
KLMC Trips Date and Time: Saturday May 25, 9AM (Wilmer Road, Perth Road Village) Contact: Dwayne Russell email@example.com Meeting: 9AM Inverary - parking lot of the PharmaSave Minerals: Calcite, mica and blue apatite Collecting Style: digging in soil Collecting equipment: small shovel or garden spade, garden claw, knee pads, rock hammer, chisel, plastic bags, bucket to carry Additional: There is ample space for parking and only a 5 minute walk to the site. Please bring hard hats, safety glasses, protective footwear, insect repellent, food and water. As well the land owner has requested that members limit what they take to just a 5 gallon pail.
Sunday, June 9 - Fossil collecting at St Mary’s Cement in Bowmanville We will meet in the parking lot before 8:30am and sign in with the trip leader (Kevin Kidd) then as a group, we will get a safety orientation from the quarry manager. After that, we drive into the quarry and collect until 3-3:30. Same routine as always for those who have been here before. You must be a member of a CCFMS club to attend. No late arrivals will be admitted. This is a working quarry, so no collectors under 16 years old Full safety gear required- Safety boots, hard hats, long pants and vests. Gloves and goggles are recommended Directions to St Mary’s are on the CCFMS website. Pre-registering would be nice, but is not necessary. New this year: The quarry WILL be actively working while we are there. We WILL NOT have access to any area they are working, and we may be asked to vacate a level if they need us to. This is a small price to pay considering this is the last remaining Ordovician quarry that grants us access. Full safety gear is MANDATORY!!! Anyone not properly outfitted will be denied entrance. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Saturday, June 8, 10 AM - 4 PM, Event Name: Rock Hound Fossil Hunt Event Address: Half Moon Bay Winery, 3271 County Rd. 13, Milford Admission: by donation to Nature Matters! and PEPtBO24 Amenities: parking, picnic area, washroom (composting toilet), dogs on leash allowed Website:www.hmbwinery.ca Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org Notes: bring tools, safety glasses and shoes for uneven walking areas Rain or Shine Our Vineyard is situated on a ridge above Half Moon Bay and was once part of an ancient lakebed. Every spring the earth reveals huge limestone plates and smaller rocks encrusted with fossils. We invite you to walk the vineyard and climb the rock piles. If you can carry it, you can take it home. Your finds will be analyzed by County collector, Alf Newnham. Alf is a member of various rock and mineral clubs including Kingston Lapidary and Mineral Club and has led field trips to many sites in Canada. He has an impressive collection of fossils and gems including Amethyst, Diamonds and Cordite and he is happy to share his knowledge with you. Children of all ages are welcome. If under 16 years of age, they must be accompanied by an adult. Throughout the day, there will be a display of rocks, gems and fossils, many found along the County’s south shore. There will also be market vendors selling hand-crafted jewelry, fossil and gem specimens. Don't forget your tools, gloves and safety glasses and be sure to bring a pail or bag for your collections. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase lunch from the winery Nibble Menu. Our wines are available by the glass.
Field Trip to Thunder Bay and Nova Scotia Alfred Newnham, will be hosting two field trips this year, one to Thunder Bay and one to Nova Scotia (Parrsboro Area). The Thunder Bay trip is planned for June 23-June 29 for amethyst collection. For the Nova Scotia trip, Alfred will be leaving for Nova Scotia on August 12th for 2 weeks staying mainly in Parrsboro area and planning to be at Parrsboro show and or collecting every day, revisiting some areas he has been to before and hopefully adding some new areas as well. If you would like to participate on either of these trips with Alfred, please email him directly at email@example.com
Field Trip (non-collecting) to Silver Queen Mica Mine, Murphys Point Provincial Park
Date: Saturday July 13 10:30am Meet: A day-pass must first be purchased from the registration office. Once you have your pass, exit the park, turn left on the Lally Rd (Rt 21) and continue approximately 2.5 km to the trail head parking lot. Meeting time is 10:30am. The park permit is $14.50 per vehicle ($11.50 for seniors, $7.25 for disabled) Field Trip Leader: Eileen Moss and Mark Read (Discovery Leader at Murphys Point Provincial Park). Trip Information: This trip will be open to all members of KLMC and CCFMS. As it is a provincial park, it is non-collecting only. With a personal tour by Mark Read, Discovery Leader at the park, we will set off from the Lally Homestead and follow an easy trail to the mine. On the way there/back, we will also see a restored bunk house, and the remains of test pits and old feldspar workings. Although the walk to the mine is easy, access to the mine itself is more rugged and therefore a bit more challenging for anyone with motility issues. There are handrails in the entrance shaft as well as overhead lighting. For more information about the mine, please check out these websites and the you tube video http://visitamazingplaces.ca/amazing/listings/silver-queen-mica-mine-trail/; http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/10-cool-things-about-the-mica-mine-at-murphys-point/; http://www.capitalgems.ca/silver-queen-mine.html https://youtu.be/2kOUHKup1SE The park supplies hard hats. What to Bring: Please bring your lunch, water, and insect repellent. The mine is approximately 1 1/2 hour drive from Kingston. The tour will be about 1 ½ hours long. The park pass is good for the whole day, so please feel free to enjoy the park.
Ontario Goldfields Region
Deloro Mine Site Cleanup Project
Highland Forge Blacksmith
Hastings County, Eldorado and Deloro, ON
Beryl Pit, Moonstone
kingston lapidary and mineral club
370 King Street West, Unit 209 Kingston, On, K7L 2X4