Mining for gemstones
Rare gemstones are becoming more and more popular in jewelry making. However, if you’re looking to get your hands on one of these precious stones, you should know it takes some time and effort to find and harvest them the right way.Miners go deep into the earth to find precious gemstones. They use all sorts of tools and machinery to mine the earth and bring back their findings. They often use shovels, pickaxes, and other tools to chip away at the earth and break it up. They often use large machines to drill into the earth and break it up as well. Miners often work in very dark, tight spaces with limited visibility. It is very hard work, but it pays off in the end.
When you visit Northern Ontario, you plan on seeing lots of forests, streams, and rocks. You don't want to see those kinds of rocks, however. In an expanse of woodland, far beyond Thunder Bay, is an enchanting mine full of glimmering gemstones.
The best thing is, you can search at this place with your very own shiny rocks. The most exciting trip to explore this spring is the Amethyst Mine in Ontario.
At this sparkling mine, you'll want to dissect your fashionable spring outfit and get dirty. Located outside Thunder Bay, Amethyst Mine Panorama is host to lots of sparkling stones.
The mine was discovered in 1949, and has a mining area where visitors can search their own amethysts and take them home.
You'll walk over a five acre expanse of breathtaking scenery in search of these dazzling gems.
Anything you find is yours to carry $4 a pound from.
In the mining field you will find a number of amethysts, which are periodically replenished and stones are ready to be uncovered.
At this mine, the amethysts come in four colours including violet, lavender, purple, and black.
Colour also has its own unique nickname, and Precious Purple, Thunder Bay Lavender, Ghost Rove (red) and Black Diamond can be found.
When all the rocks your heart wants have been picked, you should head over to the washing station to make your newly-found riches glisten.
The mine also has a Reception Center, where you can see a rugged amethyst, benefit from interactive screens, and buy at the gift store.
Directed tours are also available upon request by the tourists. Admission to the mine costs $10 per user.
The mine is closed for the winter season but will reopen until October 15, 2020, on May 15, 2020.
Price: $10 admission per person, 5 and under free
When: May 15, 2020 - October 15, 2020
Address: 500 Bass Lake Rd., Shuniah, ON
Why You Have To Go: Search at this beautiful mine and quarry for dazzling amethysts!