The British Columbia Lapidary Society
Welcome to the official web site of the umbrella association for the rockhounding clubs of British Columbia, Canada
The BCLS is a non-profit organization founded to encourage and promote the lapidary hobby in British Columbia. The organization consists of 31 charter clubs, with a combined membership of approximately 1,500 people who collect rocks, minerals, crystals and fossils. The BCLS offers scholarships and is a member of the Gem and Mineral Federation of Canada.
BC Gem Show
We present the BC Gem Show in Abbotsford each year. The show takes place over three days in April, and is the largest show of its kind in the province. The show features displays from member clubs, individual collectors, and special guests in addition to 40+ dealers. On the Saturday of the show, we host the Rock Lovers Roundup Tailgate Sale, a second building with upwards of 80 additional dealers. Many of our club affiliates also host shows throughout the year.
We organize and host two major field trips — the Rendezvous in May each year typically hosted by a member club in the interior, and the Summer Camp to explore a more remote region of the province. We also host a number of smaller trips around the province throughout the year.
Join a Club
Join us by becoming a member of an affiliated club in your community and experience a new way of looking at the Earth, and our place on it. Explore stunning backcountry areas, hunt rocks and minerals, learn to work and set gemstones. Expand your horizons, open your mind. It's an exciting place out there!