The Kawartha Rock & Fossil Club
Located in Beautiful Peterborough, Ontario
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, Wilberforce, 705-448-2811
A Beary Good Place to Eat , 1008 Gooderham St., Gooderham, 705-447-0328
Bancroft & District Chamber of Commerce, 8 Hastings Heritage Way, Bancroft, Phone: (613) 332-1513
It was a great trip, there is a never ending supply of minerals to collect, I’d like to congratulate all those that worked hard to get this site opened to the public, many thanks, this site should be a big hit with collectors of all levels. will defiantly be back to explore more of the property.
Note: there is a resident very close to the main collecting site, just west of the site, apparently he is not happy that his property will no longer be isolated, please respect his privacy.
Reprinted from Wilberforce Municipal website:
Schickler Fluorite Occurrence site was explored for fluorite in the early-to-mid 1900s, and you can still easily find gemmy fluorite in colours ranging from colourless to rose-red, to deep amethyst purple in white calcite on the rock piles. Associated with fluorite in the calcite are hexagonal crystals of red/green apatite, yellow scapolite, buff coloured feldspar, and green pyroxene. The Schickler occurrence is only one potential collecting site of many on the 400 acre Crown property – come prepared to do some exploring! – See more at: http://www.highlandseast.ca/article/unleash-your-inner-rock-hound-at-highlands-easts-mineral-collection-sites#sthash.zPS67ggW.dpuf
Red apatite, 3 x 6 cm, interesting who one crystal has grown out of the other.
Purple fluorite on calcite, approx. 5 x 9 cm.
Scapolite with purple fluorite scattered around, approx. 8 x 8 cm.
Purple fluorite, approx. 7 x 7 x 3 cm.
Largest red apatite 3 x 1.5 cm, green apatite, scapolite and purple fluorite on calcite. Needs a good cleaning.
Scapolite with purple fluorite scattered around, approx. 13 x 6 x 6 cm.
Nice report Robert. I had a good time .Note,the trail leading to the Schickler is rugged and at the moment not well marked .As well the parking spot needs a bit work at the entrance.
Reminder, the Kingston Club has a field trip to the Schickler on the 21th of July.
Our Club Members can join if they wish to go.