Field trip: Meade Creek, Shaw Creek, Cowichan, May 29th ’22

Field trip to Meade Creek and Shaw Creek north of Cowichan lake. Please contact Sean at fieldtrips@vlms.ca if you plan on joining. Please note field trips are only open to members for insurance purposes.

We have two locations for this months field trip, that are relatively close to each other.

One: Meade Creek; Rhodonite, Potential gold, Laurel Stone

Two: Shaw Creek; Rhodonite (More then at Meade), Jasper (bright red and black kind), Potential Gold, Laurel Stone.

Same as Meade, just more of it and better….

Suggested things to bring:

  • Gold panning pans
  • Water (for drinking)
  • Rock hammer
  • safety glasses (eye protection)
  • gloves
  • hiking boots or good treaded running shoes
  • food (optional)

Meeting location: Juan de Fuca center parking lot at 9:00 am, see red circle on attached map.

Juan de Fuca Rec Centre meeting place

Rendevous 2022 booking

Register for Rendezvous 2022
June 2 – 6, Coombs Fair Grounds, Coombs
Dear members and rock enthusiasts,

We would like to alert you to that the registration form for Rendezvous 2022 scheduled for June 2 – 6, 2022 at the Coombs Fair Grounds in Coombs, BC is now on our web site. Rendezvous is our Society’s annual gathering which has taken place since 1958 (well, until the COVID pandemic). Rendezvous 2022 will feature:Field TripsCamaraderieMini Rock Show and SaleBCLS Annual General MeetingThis year Rendezvous and Gemboree have been combined into a single larger-than-usual event focused on bringing us all back together after 2 years of COVID retreat. Rendezvous 2022 will be hosted by our Vancouver Island clubs including Victory Lapidary and Mineral Society, Cowichan Valley Rockhounds, Parksville & District Rock & Gem, Courtenay Gem and Mineral Club, Alberni Valley Rock & Gem, Ripple Rock Gem & Mineral Club (Vancouver Island Zone).

Visit our web site at the URL below for the registration form and everything Rendezvous. Let’s make a point of getting back together again and rocking BC!

https://www.bclapidary.com/rock-hunting-rendezvous.php

Sincerely,

Andrew Danneffel
BCLS President
president@bclapidary.com
604-323-4273

Field trip: Island View Beach, Saanichton, November 28th

Where: Island View Beach, Saanichton
When: 9 am to 12 noon(ish)
Difficulty: Easy

Sean is offering to run a field trip on Sunday, November 28th along Island View beach. Participants should meet at the Island View Park parking lot at the end of Island View road.

Island view is a good beach for general beach combing and to look for fossils. On a previous trip a club member found a huge piece of Dallasite – our club stone. On the 28th high tide is at 11:30 in the morning, so we will be rock hunting with a rising tide, but this should present no problems. This beach is an easy walk, suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Numbers are not limited, but please use this form to sign up if you plan to join the field trip so we will know when everyone has arrived. If your plans change and you no longer plan to join, please contact fieldtrips@vlms.ca to let Sean know.

Island View Field Trip sign up form for November 28th 2021

As the field trip is outdoors masks will not be required and vaccine passports won’t be checked.

Suggested things to bring:

  • Water (for drinking)
  • Rock hammer
  • safety glasses (eye protection) if you plan to use a rock hammer
  • gloves if you plan to use a rock hammer
  • hiking boots or good treaded running shoes

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