Rockhounding is difficult due to legal and landowner issues. See this link for information on collecting ammonite shell, fossils and petrified wood in Alberta.
The next field trip will be in the spring 2021…fieldstone finds east and northeast of Calgary , then possible trips to the crows nest area, and back to the ice river [sept long wknd]
Where we went in 2020:
Glenbow museum mineral collection …Thursday, 6 February, 6:30
meet on mineral collection floor at the museum
wagon master/coordinator … Dave Gill. See photos from this trip here.
Sodalite … west of Field, B.C. …. Aug. 1 to 3, 2020
The August long weekend field trip to the Ice River area west of Field B C was attended by 19 club members. About 7 came for just the day, 12 stayed for 2-3 overnights. Sodalite was found around the camping area, on the gravel bars of the Ice River and in Moose creek nearby. Stories were told around the campfire 🔥. The area is famous in geological circles for it’s ” intrusive ” minerals, including some ‘rare earth elements ‘, and sodalite, not to mention gold, etc.. this area might be worth another trip !
See photos from this trip here
Ice Caves area, limestone fossils, bring your camera … the October 11, 2020 field trip to the Bragg creek ice cave area was a success. The weather was fine, 6 members took part, the fossils were great…see pictures …and the ice caves interesting, as usual. See photos from this trip here
Other options for field trips include the Alberta Federation of Rock Clubs (AFRC)’s annual May Daze held at a different Alberta location every May long weekend. The Silver Cove rocks shops typically organize field trips too.
You can also check out CRLC’s Rockhounding North America guide and our Rockhounding Montana guide. The Traveller’s Guide to Geological Wonders of Alberta is also a good resource and can be found in the CRLC library. In 2017 we organized a trip to Quartzsite, Arizona for their annual show.
These are some of our favourite locations you might want to try on your own.