Amethyst Mine Panorama

Description

North America's largest vein of amethyst is a short drive north of town at a working quarry. Up a climbing, curving road that is only partially paved, the adventure at the Amethyst Mine Panorama is worth the drive. Following a brief instructional tour, visitors grab a bucket and a pick and dig their own stones from great mounds of dirt, debris, and sparkling purple amethyst. If picking through a hill of dirt doesn't sound appealing, the gift shop has a great variety of stones already cleaned and polished. Price for the amethyst is based on the weight of the bucket and the day's market. In addition to the beauty found on the ground, be sure to look up. The surrounding canyon is reminiscent of those found in the American west. Admission is $3 per person and free for children five and under. Open daily May 15 to October 15, 10 AM to 5 PM (until 6 PM in July and August). Take Hwy 11/17 east from Thunder Bay 56 kilometers (35 miles) to East Loon Road.

Address

East Loon Rd off Hwy 11/17
Thunder Bay, ON P7C 1A5

Lat/Long

48.64058000, -88.74003000
Visit Website
(807) 622-6908

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