When you visit Northern Ontario, you expect to see lots of trees, lakes, and rocks. You may not expect to find these kind of rocks, however. Hidden in an expanse of trees outside Thunder Bay lies an enchanting mine full of glimmering gemstones. The best part is, you can dig for your very own sparkling rocks at this spot. Ontario’s Amethyst Mine is the most dazzling adventure to take this spring.
You’ll want to ditch your cute spring outfit and get dirty at this sparkling mine.
Discovered in 1949, the mine includes a digging area where visitors can search for their very own amethysts to take home.
You can wander over a five-acre expanse of beautiful landscape in search of these shiny gems.
Whatever you find is yours to bring home for $4 a pound.
You can find a variety of amethysts in the digging area, which is replenished on a regular basis so there are always stones to discover.
The amethysts come in four colours at this mine which include purple, lavender, red, and black.
Each colour even has its own special nickname, and you can search for Precious Purple, Thunder Bay Lavender, Phantom Rove (red) and Black Gem.
Once you’ve collected all the rocks your heart desires, you can head over to the washing station to make your newfound treasures sparkle.
The mine also features a Welcome Centre, where you can view an amethyst in the rough, learn from interactive panels, and shop at the gift store.
There are also guided tours available at visitors’ request. The cost of admission to the mine is $10 dollars per person.
The mine is closed for the winter season but will reopen on May 15, 2020, until October 15, 2020.
Start planning your dazzling adventure!
Amethyst Mine Panorama
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 Need To Go: Hunt for sparkling amethysts at this stunning mine and quarry.