In this three volume series, ‘Rockhound’, we’ll explore what it means to collect minerals in the skarns and pegmatites of the Canadian Shield. We’ll visit forgotten settlements and ghost towns and I'll show you the famous mining camps of Cobalt, Eldorado and Gowganda. Directions within the ‘Rockhound Series’ will lead you to little known deposits that yield some amazing world-class specimens. When you apply what you’ve learned in the ‘Rockhound Series’ you’ll find crystals and minerals in a diversity of species that will astound you. Spilling from your pockets will be amazonite, tourmaline, zircon, gold, silver, coltan, beryl, fluorite, titanite and more.
Whether you’re a hard-core collector or a casual enthusiast, ‘Rockhound’ will take you where you need to go and show you what you never believed possible in the mines and forests of the north.
Release Date: April 2017. This third volume of the Rockhound Series is entitled Rockhound; A Geography of Collecting. In this book you’ll see Ontario’s mineral deposits in a spacial manner, as they relate to human settlement and ongoing explorations. You’ll be introduced to Thunder Bay’s amethyst mines, the emerald deposits around Rainy River, Ontario’s diamond industry and several other prime collecting localities between Bancroft and Niagara Falls.
At Crystal Lake’s abandoned uranium mine I explore the tunnels and point out radioactive minerals. Along a nearby creek Jeff and I unearth beautiful peacock-blue peristerite. It comes from the seam within the mine. You will be stunned at what we found.
At Grace Lake just north of Wilberforce we spend a day extracting lime-green diopside and beautiful spines of transparent tremolite. This video shares the secret of finding more specimens just like the ones we found.
The Eldorado Property is still said to hold a layer of rock that's rich in gold and silver. In this video Kim Woodside shows us the original discovery where a single small cavern yielded 3000 ounces of gold and a lump of gold the size of a butternut.
Exploring the claustrophobic confines of the Wasteland Waterway Cave near Hamilton Ontario.
Bear Lake is one of Ontario's classic mineral collecting localities. You can find titinite, apatite, feldspar and hornblende here in deep calcite trenches.
Exploring abandoned mines near Madoc Ontario for gem quality fluorite.