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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 © 2004-2017

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

2018 Open Letter to all CCFMS clubs (coming soon)  Quick look at 2018 field trip list (coming soon)                        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  

We’ve also become very avid about posting various pictures (& sometimes, videos) of our field trips on our Facebook page, so please take a look.

Please note that all CCFMS club members throughout Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec are welcome on any of our field trips.

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


If you wish to offer suggestions for other locations, please contact Ashley Pollock (Please click on the envelope to email).  

What the buttons mean:

    maps, GPS co-ordinates, etc                               geologic dating + what you’ll find

    articles (often scholarly) + government info links                                       pictures

    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.)

pdf   Ever wondered what a well-dressed Rockhounder looks like??? Please click on the pdf symbol!!!!


Location: Hungry Hollow Quarry, Ausable River, near Arkona

Date: Saturday, April 28th, 2018

There are plans to have either 2 or 3 more Hungry Hollow field trips throughout the summer and fall.


Please contact Ashley Pollock   if interested.


Hungry Hollow Pre-Registration Forms (blanks):

1 signature    2 signatures    3 signatures    4 signatures    multiple signatures

Spring & Fall       both CCFMS field trips

Location: Nelson Aggregates (Lincoln) Quarry, Beamsville

Spring Date: usually Mother’s Day weekend

Fall Date: usually 2nd last or last Saturday in September


Mail Icon smaller3   Please contact Jim Glen, Trip Leader.


Location: Bowmanville Quarry (St Mary’s Cement)

Spring Date: often last Sunday in May or 1st Sunday in June

Fall Date: usually after Thanksgiving in October


Mail Icon smaller3   Please contact Kevin Kidd, Trip Leader.

mid to end July Bancroft field trip

Possibly co-hosting with Wayne County (nr Rochester) NY club and/or with Brantford club - might be 2 field trips.

Currently looking at numerous Bancroft sites.

                 (links coming soon) possibly kid-friendly

Please contact Ashley Pollock   if interested.

Choice of camping or hoteling/motelling.

mid-August week-long “Northern” field trip

Currently looking at River Valley, Temagami, Gowganda, Kirkland Lake, Rouyn-Noranda, and Val D’Or (which may mean co-hosting with a Quebec club!)

                 (links coming soon) possibly kid-friendly

Please contact Ashley Pollock      if interested.

Choice of camping or hoteling/motelling.

mid-September Kingston area field trip

Lansdowne Quarry - Sunday morning & afternoon

(Potsdam sandstone & Grenville unconformity)

mid-October Kingston area field trip

Canadian Wollastonite - Saturday morning

Frontenac Lead Mine - Saturday afternoon

Lansdowne Quarry - Sunday morning & afternoon

(Potsdam sandstone & Grenville 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 ahead to make a reservation 905-680-3755

with Walker Brothers, quarry owners.

NPGS trips to Ridgemount

Location: Ridgemount Quarry, Ridgeway

Date: late June 2018 - date to be confirmed

                 (links for both quarries)

Location: “South” Quarry @ Ridgemount, Ridgeway

Date: usually the following Friday - date to be confirmed

               partially kid-friendly - 4 years or older

Ridgemount “South” field trip is by special permission only/

Please contact Ashley Pollock      if interested.

Any day you’d like to choose

Location: Beryl Pit & Rose Quartz Mine, Quadeville


Both are pay-to-collect sites & “by appointment only”.

Mail Icon smaller3   Please contact Dave & Renée Patterson, site owners.


Location: Flat Rapids Camp, French River

                 (links coming soon) kid-friendly

Pay-to-collect site & “by appointment only”.

Please contact Ashley Pollock      if interested.


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


late May Ace of Diamonds, Herkimer, NY field trip

Co-hosting with Brantford club.

                  (links coming soon) kid-friendly

Please contact either Ashley Pollock (Niagara)  

or Andrea Larromana (Brantford)      if interested.

Choice of camping or hoteling/motelling.

pdf   The NPGS takes pictures and videos on field trips. If you are accompanying a minor, please sign the photo release form. Thanks