Rockhounding in the Mineral Capital of Canada

Did you know that Bancroft is the mineral capital of Canada? Try your hand at rockhounding during your visit! 

The CN Rock Pile

CN Rock Pile

The CN Rock Pile is a the perfect place for families, beginners, and all lovers of minerals! The CN Rock pile is made up of materials that were brought in from the Golden-Keene Quarry for the construction of the Town's railway! Now, anyone is free to collect minerals here to create or expand their collections! 
Directions: The CN Rock Pile is located directly across the road from the Town of Bancroft Municipal Office, on the Hastings Heritage Trail. It will be approximately 200 meters down the trail on your left.

Princess Sodalite Mine
princess sodalite rock mine

Continue your rockhounding adventure at Princess Sodalite Mine! With materials being brought in from a collection of mines, quarries, and more, there are plenty of mineral varieties for you to uncover! For directions from the Visitor's Centre, please click here.

Lakeside Gems
lakeside gems rock photo

Need a little guidance on your rockhounding adventure? Visit Lakeside Gems' website here to inquire about booking a guided tour! 

The Beryl Pit / Aqua Rose
beryl pit

Enjoy a bit of a drive as you make your way to the Beryl Pit and AquaRose Gems and Minerals in Quadeville. Get ready to dig in the vast open-pit quarry and to discover unique gems and minerals to remind you of the adventure! To visit, you will need to obtain a permit from Kauffeldt's General Store, where you will also receive directions to the site. For directions to the store, please click here.

Check out this guide to Hidden Gems in the area! You can find a copy here!