Victoria Lapidary and Mineral Society

History of Island Copper Mine – Brian Welchman (2nd Oct, 2017)

Brian Welchman came from Campbell River to show and make a presentation and show a video on the Island Copper Mine (“The Island Copper Story”), followed by a Q & A session.

Brian was a former mine manager at Island Copper.  The mine was in operation for 25 years.  Brian is experienced in open pit mines and worked for the Australian company BHP for 30 years. Continue reading “History of Island Copper Mine – Brian Welchman (2nd Oct, 2017)”

Gold panning trip to Meades Creek (25th Sept, 2017)


Madeline panning
Madeline panning
Giles digging
Giles digging
laurel stone

As we arrived at the panning place, Gilles had to meet and calm the two Rhodesian ridgeback dogs before we could continue. The campers who belonged to the dogs mentioned that they had had a very interesting night with the transit of two elk and a black bear down the creek bed where we were panning. There was no sign of any wildlife the day we were there, so we were safe as we panned the gravel to find….. smaller gravel. Continue reading “Gold panning trip to Meades Creek (25th Sept, 2017)”

April 30th Field Trip: Pacific Marine Circle

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Meet at the Seniors’ Centre in Colwood (behind pool/library complex) at 9am.  Bring lots of food and water for a whole day excursion.  A full gas tank and a spare tire check wouldn’t hurt either. Bring appropriate gear for rain and sun and wind.  This is an amazing day for beach combing, panning and picture taking.  BCLS members only please.