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NPGS Niagara Peninsula Geological Society

The NPGS is an affiliated member of the CCFMS.

The NPGS website is hosted by the CCFMS.

All written material and pictures are copyright © 2004-2018

of the Niagara Peninsula Geological Society, except where noted.

If you wish to reproduce anything on our website,

please ask permission. Thank you.

NPGS Field Trip schedule for 2018 field trip season - Apr to Oct

Rules applicable to all field trips: CCFMS Ethics & Code of Conduct              NPGS rules & safety gear                   What tools to bring

What else to bring           Beating the Heat          Beating the Bugs            Car Convoys            Camping Field Trips           Camping Food

Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh my!            Photo Release form (yes, we take pictures on our field trips)            Want to suggest other locations? email Ashley

2 more info sheets for Field Trip Leaders & Assistants                  First Aid Kit.        Safety Talk

printable 2018 field trip list(often updated)           Well Dressed Rockhounder            BC Rockhounding (a fun & good guide)

Field Trip dates may be changed dependent upon working conditions at quarries, bad weather, and if quarry/mine owners are unable to accommodate us, etc.

Please, check for confirmed dates, updates, and/or changes in rules, etc  on this page as well as our newsletter, Pink Dolomite Saddle, & on our Facebook page).

Newsletter webpage link                                   Facebook page link  

Please note that all CCFMS club members throughout Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec are welcome on any NPGS field trip.

We ask that you show proof of current membership - and that you confirm with our Field Trip Director / Leader, Ashley Pollock.

What the buttons mean:

    maps, GPS co-ordinates, etc

    geologic dating + what you’ll find

    articles (often scholarly) + government info links


    additional instructions/procedures such as, leaving times, quarry rules, etc

    Mail Icon smaller3Trip Leader/Site Owner email link. (Please click on the envelope to email.)

Location: Hungry Hollow Quarry, Ausable River, near Arkona

Date: Saturday, July 28th, 2018 - sort-duration 2 pm until 5 pm

Charlie Southworth Tribute @ Rock Glen 10 am until 3 pm

Mid-Devonian Hamilton Group - Onondaga Escarpment fossils.


Please contact Ashley Pollock      if interested.                                 pdf

Hungry Hollow field trip Pre-Registration Form

- blank, can accommodate up to 7 signatures.

Spring & Fall             both CCFMS field trips

Location: Nelson Aggregates (Lincoln) Quarry, Beamsville

Spring Date: Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Fall Date: Saturday, September 23rd, 2018

Lockport Group-Eramosa, Goat Island, & Gasport, Silurian (Niagara Escarpment) minerals & fossils

                     Mail Icon smaller3   Please contact Jim Glen, Trip Leader.

Location: Bowmanville Quarry (St Mary’s Cement)

Spring Date: Sunday, May 27th, 2018

(Kingston show - Gemstorm! - is same weekend - May 26th & 27th)

Fall Date: Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Late Ordovician fossils

                     Mail Icon smaller3   Please contact Kevin Kidd, Trip Leader.

Dates have changed & have cancelled Kirkland Lake & Gowgonda portion

Friday, July 20th - Beryl Pit in Quadeville, possible roadcuts afterwards

Saturday, July 21st - Smart Mine in Eganville

Sunday, July 22nd - travelling to Bancroft with roadcuts & other sites along the way

Monday, July 23rd - Schickler Mine and roadcuts & other sites around Bancroft

Tuesday, July 24th - George Thompson property, Tory Hill - by permission only

Wednesday, July 25th - River Valley garnets

Thursday, July 26th - Cobalt with lots of exploring

Friday, July 27th - Sherman Mine BIF & Northland Pyrite, Temagami

Saturday, July 28th - driving home

          (links very soon) kid-friendly

2017 pics   Temagami & Sherman Mine   River Valley   Cobalt

Please contact Ashley Pollock      if interested in attending - as well as for those with limited time - but wish to attend this day, that day - this site, that site - no problem - just let me know which days, which sites. Choice of camping or hoteling/motelling.

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 Kingston area

Lansdowne Quarry - Sunday morning & afternoon

Cambro-Ordovician Potsdam Sandstone & fossil trackways, Grenville Province unconformity

Sat & Sun, October 20th & 21st, 2018 Kingston area

Canadian Wollastonite - Saturday morning

Frontenac Lead Mine - Saturday afternoon

Canadian Wollastonite & Frontenac Lead Mine - Grenville Province minerals

Lansdowne Quarry - Sunday morning & afternoon

Cambro-Ordovician Potsdam Sandstone & fossil trackways, Grenville Province unconformity


Please contact Ashley Pollock      if interested. Choice of camping or hoteling/motelling for either field trip.

Summer - Fridays only - you get to choose

Location: Ridgemount Quarry, Ridgeway

Please call 905-680-3755 to make a reservation with Walker Brothers, quarry owners.

NPGS trip to Ridgemount

Location: Ridgemount Quarry, Ridgeway

Bertie Formation-Upper Silurian + Bois Blanc Formation-Lower Devonian fossils

Location: “South” Quarry @ Ridgemount, Ridgeway

Mid-Devonian Hamilton Group-Edgecliff Member - Onondaga Escarpment fossils

Date: Friday, June 29th, 2018

              (links for both quarries)

Both locations on the same day - Ridgemount Quarry from 9 am ‘til 2 pm - Ridgemount “South” from just after 2 pm ‘til 5 pm. Please contact Ashley Pollock      if interested. Ridgemount “South” is partially kid-friendly - age 14 yrs and up.

Open to the Public sites - any day you’d like to choose

Grenville Province minerals

Location: Beryl Pit & Rose Quartz Mine, Quadeville

                  kid-friendly - both sites are pay-to-collect sites & Rose Quartz is “by appointment only”. Please contact Dave & Renée Patterson, site owners.  .Mail Icon smaller3

Location: Rutter nepheline-syenite Pluton, 2 sites, French River

            kid-friendly - one is a pay-to-collect site & both are by permission only. Please contact Ashley Pollock      if interested.

Location: Schickler Fluorite Mine, Wilberforce

kid-friendly - free-to-collect pass can be obtained at 2 places: @ Municipal Offices, 2249 Loop Rd or @ Agnew’s General Store, 2284 Loop Rd, both in Wilberforce.


Mid-Devonian Hamilton Group - Onondaga Escarpment fossils

Location: Penn-Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, Blasdell (Buffalo), New York


2 opportunities in May - Ace of Diamonds, Herkimer, NY

Dates - both on long weekends (1 Cdn & 1 US)

Sat-Mon, May 19th - 21st, 2018- co-hosted by Niagara & Brantford.

Pot luck dinner on Saturday night at the campsite!! Bring some yummies, please.

Sat-Mon, May 26th - 28th, 2018- Wayne County will be there.

Cambro-Ordovician Herkimer Diamonds & stromatolites (+ other minerals & fossils)


Please contact either Ashley Pollock (Niagara)      or Andrea Larromana (Brantford)      if interested. Choice of camping or hoteling/motelling.

Kingston club 2018 field trips list  

Kawartha club 2018 field trips list