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You Can Hunt For Rare Glimmering Gemstones At This Hidden Ontario Mine

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Ontario Associate Editor
Princess Sodalite Mine In Ontario Has Rare Minerals You Can Collect & Take Home

We could all use a little sparkle in our lives, and this spot in Ontario will add some dazzle on even the dullest days. Only a few hours from Toronto lies a secret mine brimming with blue gemstones. Grab a pail and head out to the Princess Sodalite Mine to find yourself some glittery rocks.

You'll feel like royalty after collecting the precious stones in Bancroft, known as the Mineral Captial of Canada. 

The Princess Sodalite Mine is a hidden utopia full of crystals and gems.

The mine produces sodalite, a rare blue mineral often used as a gemstone.

You can visit the store to shop for all sorts of local and worldwide minerals and fossils.

You can also adorn yourself in jewellery from the mine's own "Princess Collection", which features the blue stones found on site.

Other items include wind chimes, candle holders, and more that are decorated with sparkling rocks.

If you don't mind getting a little dirty, you can head out to the Rock Farm and search for your own glimmering gems.

This area is filled with trailings from the sodalite mine as well as materials from other mines and quarries, giving you a variety of stones to find.

You can find around 100 different rock types as you hunt for your treasures.

The mine supplies pails and guests are welcome to bring their own hammers, rock picks, and chisels.

Completely enclosed footwear is required if you'd like to search for stones.

Once you're done collecting your shiny rocks, you can take your newfound treasures home for $1.50 per pound plus tax.

The farm is open daily from May 1 until October 12, so you have lots of time to road trip to this spot.

Start planning your dazzling adventure to this spot!

Princess Sodalite Mine

Price: $1.50 + tax per pound

When: May 1, 2020 - October 12, 2020

Address: 31241 Hwy. 28, Bancroft, ON

Why You Need To Go: Shop for sparkling gems and fossils, and hunt for your own in the Rock Farm outside.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

    Madeline Forsyth
    Ontario Associate Editor
    Madeline Forsyth is an Associate Editor for Narcity Canada’s Ontario Desk focused on Toronto restaurants and is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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