Victoria Lapidary and Mineral Society

Field trip: Ralph Mines, Goldstream, April 18th

6 people joined the field trip to an old mine site called the Ralph Mine behind the Goldstream Campsite. The hike involved a a fairly rigorous climb up a hillside to a gated mine shaft. It isn’t possible to enter the mine, but in the area they found clinozoisite (a cousin of epidote and tanzanite), bornite (peacock ore) and some malachite.

The meeting place was at the Ice Cream Mountain ice-cream shop at 10 am. See map link below

Field trip: Muir Creek, April 25th

Limited to 10 participants, prior sign-up essential, use this form: Field Trips April 2021

Please fill out the following Covid screening questionnaire by Apr 24, 7 pm: Covid 19 Questionnaire for the Muir Creek Field Trip – Apr 25th

Field trip to Muir Creek in Sooke to look for bivalve fossils (beach side) and theres some pannable gold dust on the land side. 

Suggested things to bring:

  • Water (for drinking)
  • Rock hammer (I have 2 extras)
  • Safety glasses (eye protection)
  • Gloves
  • Hiking boots or good treaded running shoes (I recommend the boots)
  • Masks (not a bandana) for covid – optional for outdoor trips as long as social distancing is maintained
  • Backpack for collecting

Meeting place: Juan de Fuca Rec Centre in front of the Senior’s Centre at 9:30 am.

If you live in Sooke, you may prefer to meet the group at Muir creek at 10.00 am. There’s no parking lot but there is a pull-off to the side of the road. From the road the group will go towards the sea and Gordon beach to look for fossils in the cliffs.

It’s anticipated that the trip will last for 2-3 hours, but you are free to depart at any time.