Field Trips

The British Columbia Lapidary Society hosts field trips to sites of interest throughout the year. Field trips are open to our members only; however, members are welcome to host a guest under their membership & insurance coverage. Also, any American rockhounds in good standing with their clubs are invited to join our field trips! If you are not a member of the BCLS yet but would like to attend our field trips, please join one of our member clubs.

Most of the trips are rain or shine and are typically 2-3 hours of collecting; you are welcome to stay longer and continue hunting.

Upcoming Field Trips

Rock Creek, BC
Rock Candy Mine, Surrounding Area
June 7, 2019

Trip

As part of Rendezvous, the British Columbia Lapidary Society's annual meet up. This year we'll be hosting trips to the Rock Candy Mine and surrounding Rock Creek area, June 7-10, 2019. You will need to register in advance to attend the trip to Rock Candy Mine.

Meet Up Location

Rock Creek Fairgrounds

Tools

Rock hammer, bag, or bucket to carry items, and a squirt bottle with water.

Other

View the Rendezvous page to learn more.

Wagonmaster

Jerome Albo
250-495-7359
rendezvous2019bcls@gmail.com

ALWAYS CALL/EMAIL THE TRIP LEADER THE DAY BEFORE TO ENSURE THE TRIP IS GOING, AND THAT THERE HAVE BEEN NO OTHER CHANGES

Hosted By

British Columbia Lapidary Society

Courtenay, BC
Surrounding Area
July 19, 2019

Trip

As part of Gemboree, the Island Zone's annual meet up. This year we'll be hosting trips in the Courtenay area, July 19-21, 2019.

Meet Up Location

Puntledge RV Park

Tools

Rock hammer, bag, or bucket to carry items, and a squirt bottle with water.

Other

View the Gemboree page to learn more.

Wagonmaster

Russ Ball
courtenaygemboree2019@hotmail.com

ALWAYS CALL/EMAIL THE TRIP LEADER THE DAY BEFORE TO ENSURE THE TRIP IS GOING, AND THAT THERE HAVE BEEN NO OTHER CHANGES

Hosted By

Courtenay Gem and Mineral Club

Galloway, BC
Surrounding Area
August 5, 2019

Trip

As part of Summer Camp, we will be exploring the Galloway area including a number of fossil deposits and mine sites. East Kootenay Chamber of Mines will lead several trips, August 5-10, 2019.

Meet Up Location

BC Mountain Hideaway

Tools

Rock hammer, bag, or bucket to carry items, and a squirt bottle with water.

Other

View the Summer Camp page to learn more.

Wagonmaster

Linda Marcelet
250-777-1399
lindamarcelet50@gmail.com

ALWAYS CALL/EMAIL THE TRIP LEADER THE DAY BEFORE TO ENSURE THE TRIP IS GOING, AND THAT THERE HAVE BEEN NO OTHER CHANGES

Hosted By

Linda Marcelet

Recommendations

Food

We recommend bringing granola bars, sandwiches, water, and hot beverages on cold days.

Clothing

We recommend bringing layered clothing, rain wear in case it starts to rain, and a hat to avoid sun stroke. Hiking boots with ankle support are recommended; do not wear street shoes, runners, and other soft shoes without ankle support or tread for walking on slippery rocks. Don't forget insect repellent, and sunscreen.

Transporation

Always arrive well in advance of time with vehicles fueled full.

ALWAYS CALL/EMAIL THE TRIP LEADER THE DAY BEFORE TO ENSURE THE TRIP IS GOING, AND THAT THERE HAVE BEEN NO OTHER CHANGES

Washington State Mineral Council offers some great trips, just across the border: Washington State Mineral Council.

Metasequoia Fossil

Discovered during trip to Princeton

Quartz Crystal

Uncovered during trip to Hope

Agates

Haul from a trip to the Fraser River bars