Field Trips

Rockhounding is difficult due to legal and landowner issues.  See this link for information on collecting ammonite shell, fossils and petrified wood in Alberta.

But still we try to plan one or two big trips per year, check the Calendar for upcoming trips.

Here are our proposed trips for 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.

Ice Caves area, limestone fossils, bring your camera … Spring 2020
exact date, further details, to be announced

Sodalite … west of Field, B.C. …. June/July 2020
further details to be announced
wagonmaster … Erik Gregson

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.

Location Materials
Willow Creek, Alberta
S of Chain Lakes
Selenite (gypsum) Crystals
Red Deer River, Alberta
Near Joffre Bridge
Gold Panning & Sluicing
Canyon Creek, Alberta
West of Calgary
Invertebrate Fossils
Buse Lake, B.C.
Near Monte Creek
Agate, Chalcedony
North Saskatchewan River
Edmonton, Alberta
Gold Panning & Sluicing
Canmore Mines, Alberta Plant Fossils
Kamloops – Clearwater, B.C. Lapidary, Minerals, Fossils
Campbell Ranch, Medicine River, AB
West of Rimby
Artifacts, Calcite
SW Volcanics, Alberta
N & S of Crowsnest Pass
Garnet, Feldspar, Pyrite, Magnetite
Rock Candy Mine
Grand Forks, B.C.
Fluorite, Barite, Dolomite
Rimby Tufa Beds, Alberta Modern Fossils
Hand Hills, Alberta
NE of Drumheller near Delia
Agate, Petrified Wood, Jasper,
Quartz, Calcite, Fossils, Artifacts
Columbia Valley, B.C.
Fort Steele to Spillimacheen
Minerals, Fossils
Jubilee Mine, B.C. Barite, Gold, Lead, Zinc