Rock Hounding & Fossil Hunting in Kamloops, British Columbia
Rock Hounding & Fossil Hunting in Kamloops
As a city once covered by water, Kamloops is rich in minerals, fossils, and precious stones left behind as the waters receded through geographical changes. Search for fossils, gold, opals, agates, zeolites, geodes and many other precious gemstones in Kamloops. Local guides can take visitors to treasured places to dig up some timeless keepsakes.
Here are some recommended areas:
Painted Bluffs Provincial Park | on the shores of Kamloops Lake, the 100+ hectare park protects an area of geological significance. History abounds and visitors may see first hand native copper digs, historic mine sites and remnants of the Hudson’s Bay Company Fur Brigade Trail. Get more information on the Western Heritage Trails Map
* NOTE: it is always best to check with a certified guide before heading out to ensure for your safety and that you are not trespassing on private land.
Rock Identification in Kamloops
The Kamloops Exploration Group (KEG) holds "Ask A Geologist" sessions at the Kamloops Museum & Archives. It's best to call ahead to find out the dates and times of the sessions where visitors can ask Geologists to identify rocks they've found in the Kamloops area and ask questions.
Below is a link to download a report/map of geologically interesting sites.
Free Downloads available at: Kamloops Exploration Group
Kamloops Museum & Archives: 250-828-3576
Thompson Valley Rock Club : 250-314-1944