Victoria Lapidary and Mineral Society

Field trip: Meade Creek, Cowichan, May 30th

Limited to 10 participants, prior sign-up essential, use this sign up form.

Please fill out the following Covid screening questionnaire by Saturday May 29th, 7pm: Covid 19 Questionnaire for the Meade Creek Field Trip – May 30th

Field trip to the Meade Creek area north of Cowichan lake. This is an easy hike and possible finds include Rhodonite. Gold panning is also an option.

Suggested things to bring:

  • Gold panning pans
  • Water (for drinking)
  • Rock hammer
  • safety glasses (eye protection)
  • gloves
  • hiking boots or good treaded running shoes
  • Masks (not a bandana) for covid

The meeting place will be at the Ice Cream Mountain ice-cream shop at 9 am. See map link below

Field trip: Koksilah River, May 16th

4 members went on the field trip to the Burnt Bridge area of the Koksilah river near Shawnigan. This is an area to find double-headed quartz crystals tubeworm fossils.

“What you are looking for are silicate rich sandstones that have been trapped between the fault lines skipping across the far side of the river; unlike the Duncan variety of crystals these are in hard rock and will need to be dug out. Also you can find marble, and fossils in the creek.

The 4 of us had a great time, and found some great samples.” – Sean Maier

The group met at Ice Cream Mountain in Goldstream and the trip lasted from 9am to 3:30pm

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

January updates

March Show

It is unlikely the March Rock and Gem show at the Da Vinci centre will go ahead in 2021. We may look at re-scheduling it later in the year, but that will depend on many factors – check back here for updates.


The BCLS has rolled 2020 memberships over into 2021 for no charge and the VLMS will do the same. New VLMS membership cards have been snail-mailed on Jan 6th; if you don’t receive yours within a couple of weeks, please email

The membership list has been submitted to the BCLS and when those membership cards are received they will also be snail-mailed out to members. Those who have requested and paid for a hard copy of the members’ directory will receive them at the same time.


At this time we still do not have access to the workshop at Silver Threads

Field trips

At this time (due to both Covid and weather) we are not running field trips.


The 2021 calendar can be previewed here. I have two unsold copies, available for $25 each, please email if you would like to purchase them.

AGM, Board of Directors and Appointed Positions

It had been decided to continue with the same Board of Directors and appointed positions as 2020, until we can safely organize an in-person AGM for the club membership to vote on positions.

Important notice re: 2021 membership

The BC lapidary society, our parent body, have been in touch with some good news:

“Due to Covid 19. to help the clubs, the Executive of the BC Lapidary Society has unanimously agreed to waive all dues to the BCLS and the GMFC (Gem and Mineral Federation of Canada) for the 2021 Calendar year. The BCLS will pay the GMFC dues on each club’s behalf, as long as we get the required information to do so”

In a nut-shell, your membership for this year will be rolled over to next year at no extra charge.

You do need to fill in this form by December 31st (do it now!)

Roll-over Membership to 2021 (This form is for existing members of 2020 only.)

For new members please use the new members form: Victoria Lapidary and Mineral Society Membership Application

We don’t yet know when we’ll be allowed to start up the workshop or our monthly Monday members’ meetings, but as soon as we know, we will post updates here as well as emailing the members’ mailing list.