Events in 2012


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There are many events of interest to rockhounds in central Canada. This posting includes events sponsored by C.C.F.M.S. affiliated clubs along with activities that would be of interest to our members, which are within a day's driving distance. 

Other current events in Canada are available the GMFC Shows and Conventions page. Additional listings from the U.S.A. and other countries can be found at the Rock & Gem magazine showdates page or Lapidary Journal's shows listing

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2012 Events

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Mar 3-4 19th Annual Peterborough Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show.
Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5.
The Evinrude Centre, 911 Monaghan Road, Peterborough, Ontario.
Admission: $3.00 for adults, children 12 or under are free & must be accompanied by an adult.
Directions: From Highway 115 at Peterborough, take the Parkway to Lansdowne St., then East 4 blocks to Monaghan Rd., then North 1 block. Or travel West on Highway 7 (Lansdowne St.), into Peterborough, turn right at the 6th traffic light onto Monaghan Rd., then North 1 block.
Robert Beckett at 705 740 4530 or

21 Mineral Identification Night at the ROM 4:pm to 5:30 pm. President’s Choice Entrance on Queen’s Park, doors nearest Museum subway stop. Visit their website at
31-1 40th Annual Brantford Lapidary & Mineral Society Show
Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5.; Paris Fairgrounds, 139 Silver Street, Paris, ON.
Features: One of Canada’s Largest Gem & Mineral Shows! Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Stone Dealers
Lapidary Equipment, Supplies
Fine Jewellery, Supplies, Beads
Silent Auction Saturday & Sunday
‘Mine for Gems’ Display
Admission: Adults $5, Children 12 and under - Free
Contact: or John Moon 519-752-9756
Apr 19-22 39th Rochester Mineralogical Symposium
May 4-6 Canadian Micro Mineral Association 49th Annual Symposium
Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.
Speakers: Dr. Julian Gran and Andre Lalonde
Contact: Bill Lechner at 416-438-8908 or
* Registration form available by request to the above. *   
  4-6 Robert Hall Originals – Annual Spring Open House & Demonstration Weekend 10:00 am to 5 pm each day
Rocks, minerals, gems, beads, lapidary demonstrations & more!

A Free Weekend of Fun...

"Mineral Madness"

Inland lapidary Equipment - Free
Demo Pewter Tour 1:00 each day - Free
Wire Art - Free Demo

Explore Outdoor Rock Piles

Free Coffee & Treats!

138 Sugar Maple Road, St. George, Ontario N0E 1N0

Phone: 519-488-1236, 1-8000-360-2813


  5 The Kitchener-Waterloo Gem and Mineral Show
Location: Waterloo Community Arts Centre (aka the "button factory")
25 Regina St. S., Waterloo, 10 AM - 4 PM.  
Rocks, minerals, gemstones, jewelry, fossils, meteorites.
Free admission.  Free rocks for kids.
16 Mineral Identification Night at the ROM 4:pm to 5:30 pm. President’s Choice Entrance on Queen’s Park, doors nearest Museum subway stop. Visit their website at
Jun 9

NPGS 2012 Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show and Sale - a GEO VENTURE!
Saturday, June 9th 10 am until 5 pm
At the Mountainview United Church, 150 Glendale Avenue, St Catharines - in the heart of the Niagara Region.
Our vendors will have minerals, crystals, gems, opals, pearls, fluorescents, and fossils from both Canada and from around the world for sale. Many of our vendors also have hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind jewellery and art.
There will also be microscope, rock splitting, flint-knapping, and lapidary demonstrations - plus treasured displays of member collections - including the NPGS Touch Table (where you can actually pick up and examine rocks from Niagara, the Grenville Province, and volcanoes). NPGS members will be available for rock identification and to talk about rockhounding (our favourite past-time).
A fabulous way to spend a Saturday - shopping, looking, and talking.

Admission is a donation at the door - proceeds go towards a Brock University Earth Sciences student scholarship.
Free Parking - plus coffee, tea, water, and snacks will be available throughout the day - and a chance to win a mega door prize.
Directions: Take the QEW to Highway 406 to the Glendale exit - turn left onto Glendale going past the Pen Centre. Mountainview Church is at the corner of Valerie Drive and Glendale Avenue - halfway between the Pen Centre and Glenridge Avenue.
Please take a look at our website - more details and a map can be found on our Show and Sale webpage .


Jul 15 Prince Edward County Rock, Gem & Mineral Show
Rekindle the rockhound in you and discover nature's treasures at our first event - showcasing gem and mineral, lapidary and jewellery exhibitors in the historic Crystal Palace - 375 Main Street, Picton.
PEC Fairgrounds - Crystal Palace, Picton On, 10am to 5 pm Admission: $3.00, 12 and under free
Contact: 613-476-5510!!/home.php?sk=group_180988188614305
18 Mineral Identification Night at the ROM 4:pm to 5:30 pm. President’s Choice Entrance on Queen’s Park, doors nearest Museum subway stop. Visit their website at
20-22 30th Annual Sudbury Gem and Mineral Show

"Northern Ontario’s Largest Gem, Mineral, Fossil, Bead and Rock Craft Show and Sale"

Fri. 5 pm-9pm, Sat. 10 am-6pm, Sun. 10 am-5pm. Location :Carmichael Arena, 1298 Bancroft Drive across from Minnow Lake; 1 km. south of the Kingsway (Hwy. 17 East)
Admission: Adults $5, Seniors $3, Kids 6-12 $1, Kids under 5 free with adult
Features: Dealers; displays; demonstrations; door prizes (including amethyst geode grand door prize); silent auctions; kid’s activities; mineral identification; video theatre; field trip Sun. at noon; BBQ; free handouts and literature; outside dealers/swap area Sat. 11 am-4 pm; prospectors and metal detecting displays; free parking
Contact: Ed Debicki (705) 522-5140, E-mail:


  27-29 The Gem Expo 

Come check out some of Canada’s best independent Jewelry vendors and Jewelry makers, Precious and Semi-Precious stones from around the world, Gem Stones, Minerals, Silver Jewellery and Findings, Lamp work artists. Learn about minerals from on site Lapidary, take a class on Jewellery making or watch some live demonstrations. Register on-line for a $2 off coupon. There will also be a “Silent Action” to support the MS Society of Canada. For more info at check out or email us at

Cost: $4 per day or $8 for all 3 days, Kids 16 and under free. $2 off coupon available online

Where: Hyatt Regency Toronto on King, 370 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1J9

When: July 27th - 11:30am - 9:00pm, July 28th - 10:00am - 6:00pm, July 29th - 10:00am - 5:00pm


  29 Bancroft Gem & Mineral Club 16th Annual Gem & Mineral Show
Sunday 10 am-4pm.
Bancroft Legion Hall, Station St., Bancroft, ON
Features: 25 dealers plus silent and live auctions
Admission: $2/adult, children & students (18 yrs & under) free.
Contact: Frank Melanson at 613-332-1032
Aug 2-5th 49th Annual Rockhound Gemboree - "Canada's largest gem & mineral show"
North Hastings Community Centre 103 Newkirk Blvd, Bancroft, Ontario and the Bancroft Curling Club at 63 Newkirk Blvd.
The show is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Admission is Students & Seniors $7, Adults $8 and children under 6 are free.
The show includes over 100 dealers with gems, minerals, tools, gemstone jewellery, free mineral identification, field trips, activities like gold-panning, rock wall climbing and demonstrations of lapidary arts.  Demonstrations of healing with gemstones, reclaiming gemstones, dowsing and lapidary arts.  Special guest speakers, including Bob O'Donnell "The Fossil Guy".  Fun for everyone!
for more information, contact the Bancroft & District Chamber of Commerce , Tourism & Informaton Centre in Bancroft.  1-888-443-9999
our website is
18 Rockhound Family Day  at Robert Hall Originals
A fun family event!
Kids Fossil Dig
Rock BuddyCraft For kids – Free
Mineral Identification. Bring A Specimen!
Explore Outdoor Rock Piles!
Giant Silent Auction - Bring  your items to include in the auction! Bidding begins at 11:00 & 1:00 *10%commission)
Free Rock Swap – Bring a table and set up you treasures. Contact us to reserve your free rock swap space.
Saturday, August 18
10 am-4pm
138 Sugar Maple Road, St. George Ontario
Admission: Free
Contact: (519) 448-1236 or 1-800-360-2813
Sep 15-16 Wonders of the Earth" - The 43rd Scarborough Gem & Mineral Club Show 
Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5. 
Don Montgomery Community Centre, 2467 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough
Admission: adults $5, children $1
Contact: Gem & Mineral Club of Scarborough 
19 Mineral Identification Night at the ROM 4:pm to 5:30 pm. President’s Choice Entrance on Queen’s Park, doors nearest Museum subway stop. Visit their website at
28-30 Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead & Jewellery Show

Try on the latest in fashionable jewellery.  See crystals, fossils & magnificent rocks from all over the world!  Shop at over 30 dealers.  Take a free seminar on rocks, fossils or crystals. Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Road, Ancaster, Ontario (corner of Hwy. 52 & Hwy. 53)
Admission: $8, under 12 Free
Contact: (519) 448-1236 or 1-800-360-2813
Website: and click on Shows and Events E-mail:

Oct 13-14 43rd Annual Gem Storm. Show and sale sponsored by the Kingston Lapidary and Mineral Club.
Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5.
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Yonge St., Kingston, ON.
Features: Over 30 dealers; Children’s mine, Jewellery Workshop
Information: Contact Les Moss, Show Chairman at
20 Walker Club Annual Auction 
Sat. 1 to whenever
Knox United Church Christian Education Centre Auditorium in Scarborough. North East corner of Sheppard and Midland avenues.
Information: Contact Bill Lechner 
Nov 1-8  Robert Hall Originals - Annual Fall Open House

Canadian made pewter gifts & jewellery for Christmas gift giving
Thursday, November 1 to Thursday ,November 8

10 am-5pm each day
138 Sugar Maple Road, St. George Ontario
Contact: (519) 448-1236 or 1-800-360-2813

  10 CMMA Fall Mini-Conference

Burlington Arts & Cultural Center, 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON, Canada
Contact: Bill Lechner at 416-438-8908 or

  21 Mineral Identification Night at the ROM 4:pm to 5:30 pm. President’s Choice Entrance on Queen’s Park, doors nearest Museum subway stop. Visit their website at


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