Jan. 14th. 2014 meeting

January 14th Annual meeting, election of officers. We are in need of filling the soon to be vacant positions of Treasurer, Secretary, Newsletter Editor and Show Chairperson. Your help is needed now! . . Many good things will take place in 2014 . . January 14th General meeting, topics open for discussion.Membership input will be […]

Dec. 10th. 2013 meeting guest speaker

Karen Fox, MSc, FCGmA, FGA Karen’s childhood fascination with rocks, minerals and fossils ultimately led to Fellowship with the Canadian Gemmological Association in 1989. The distractions of professional life in the semiconductor industry put the hobby on hold for many years, but eventually a rearrangement of priorities allowed the passion for minerals and gems to […]

Nov. 12th. 2013 meeting guest speaker

Dick Farmery is a graduate of Queen’s University, BSc, mechanical engineering. Past president of the Canadian Mineralogist’s Federation as well as the Bancroft Gem and Mineral club. Past owner of both the beryl pit and the rose quartz quarry in Quadeville with 16 years of participation in the AQUAROSE pegmatite properties. In his own words: […]

October 8th. 2013 meeting guest speaker

Michael Bainbridge is the Recreational Geology Project Coordinator for the Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization, he led a three-year development project to enhance geologically themed experiences in the Bancroft Collecting Area. Michael worked as a Cameraman and Director of Photography in film and television for ten years before switching to photographing mineral specimens and works of […]

Sept. 29th. 2013, Special Social Event, “Swap and Talk”

Date: Sunday, September 29th 2013 Time: 10 am to 2 p.m. Bring your own lunch Doors open at 9 am, everyone who wants table space be there before 10 am. Free admission, and *no charge for the table space. There will be tables available at 9 am on a first come, first served basis, but […]

Collecting Report, Schickler fluorite occurrence, July 6th. 2013

For your information, “In order to collect minerals on this property, permission must first be obtained from the Wilberforce Municipal office during regular business hours. For more information, please call (705) 448-2981.” or you can obtain collecting permits at the following locations, Agnew’s General Store, 2248 Loop Road, Wilberforce, Phone: 705-448-2211 Foodland, 2763 Essonville Line, […]

Collecting Report, McDonald Mine June 22, 2013

Bittersweet report on McDonald Mine, for those of us that enjoyed going into the mine, it will come as a bit of a disappointment to see that it has been totally covered. On a brighter note, for tourist and novice collectors the site has been turned into a spectacular collecting site that should draw many […]


We started out from Peterborough at 5am Saturday the 15th of June. Suzanne our excellent driver,Fred,Gabriel,Alf,Sue and I. The six of us never visited Arkona before. We arrived in good time at Hungry Hollow, where Peter Lee and Andrew with kids joined us later. We entered the south pit and for one hour you did […]

September 10th. 2013 Meeting Information

Ken Fox Brings a wealth of knowledge of the rocks we walk on. He is an electrical engineer with experience in mining in Nfld and Labrador and in mine inspection in Ontario, plus he is a self taught amateur geologist. He is sure to bring a unique perspective to his talk on a difficult and […]

June 11, 2013 Meeting Information

John Etches, B.Sc.Geo. Senior Marketing Specialist, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Bio An environmental educator with 25 years experience managing environmental education programs, and developing environmental programs for client groups. Most notably at the former Leslie Frost Centre at Dorset. He also delivered the Interpretive Techniques course with the Ecotourism/Adventure Tourism program at Sir Sandford Fleming […]