Canada’s Gemstone: Amethyst (1975)
The most common and popular gemstones in Canada are quartz, agate and jasper, from locations in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, the Lake Superior region, Gaspé and the BAY OF FUNDY; amethyst from Nova Scotia; and petrified wood from BC and Alberta.
Thunder Bay is in the heart of amethyst country. These semi-precious gems are found in quality and quantity in Thunder Bay and along the north shore of Lake Superior.
Visit the area’s open-pit mines for a fun pick-your-own adventure or grab polished amethyst gift items and jewelry from one of the many gift shops throughout the city and region.
- Garden Trowel
- 3 prong hand cultivator
- 1 or 2 buckets
- Medium size pry bar
- Knee pads or something to kneel on
Please note that rock collecting locations are always changing so be sure to check with the site owner for the most current information before going.
Dig safe, never go underground, and make sure to get permission from the landowner to search for and collect rocks.