Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip – June 3-4, 2017- Marmora, Ontario, Canada

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to Marmora is June 3-4. June 3- areas around Marmora. June 4- Aecon Quarry.

Saturday June 3, 2017: Byers Quarry, Tweed, Ontario, Canada: Meet at 8:30 AM for 9AM start. Gathering site will be 50 Hawkins Bay Rd, Tweed, ON (in front of Byers Salvage Yard). Expect to find blue marble and Amazonite Pegmatite in blocks. Later in the morning we will move north to the McCoy’s Narrows pegmatite for black Tourmaline, pink Feldspar and white Quartz. We must leave Tweed before Noon as the gate will be locked. If you are coming (and haven’t told me already, please let me know you are coming to get an approximate head count). The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines will escort us in.

MCoy’s Narrow Pegmatite is about 1 hour drive from Tweed. To avoid carpooling we will meet up again close to the site at 21980 Trans-Canada Hwy (7), Maberly, ON which is also the intersection with Rte. 36 (post office and Fall River Restaurant). McCoy’s Narrows site is on Dokken Rd, Perth (or Tay Valley), ON. There will be some digging in soil at McCoy’s Narrows – bring shovel, hoe, etc: but make sure all soil is removed before crossing into and out of Canada as US and Canadian Customs will reject you with soils on your tools. You may want to use a wheeled cart or dolly at McCoys’ as parking close to the rocks is on a narrow dirt road and some will be far away.

Sun. June 4, 2017: Aecon Quarry, Marmora, Ontario, Canada Dig.

  • Limited to 24 attendees.
  • 16 years of age or older.
  • Must preregister with Don Lapham (donald.lapham@peroxychem.com ).
  • Access will be 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Please meet at the Mine entrance at 8:30 AM. No late arrivals. There will be a check in check out system.
  • Hard Hats, Steel toed boots (covering above the ankle), eye protection, and orange, green or yellow reflective safety vests are required. Gloves are also highly recommended. Don Lapham has now been certified in First Aid/CPR/AED but if you have similar certification, please bring it with you to support.
  • Pants must extend to the ankles covering both legs. LONG PANTS ONLY.
  • A completed roster is to be submitted ahead of time and will be cross referenced to the waiver that is required to be signed upon entering the site on the day of the visit.
  • Photo ID will be required as confirmation of attendance.
  • Each member may be asked to provide proof of current BGS membership (please contact Don Lapham if you do not have your Buffalo Club membership card)
  • The use of power tools & micro-blasters is NOT permitted.
  • Aecon allows the collection of specimens in accordance with the generally accepted procedures and practice of Hobby Mineral Collecting only. Acceptable uses for samples collected are for display and exchange only. Aecon is committed to education and will deny access to those who sell specimens for a profit.
  • No trailers or excessive quantities of minerals will be allowed to be collected.
  • As a thank you to Aecon for the privilege of collecting and taking material from this site an entry donation (CN$10 per collector) shall be collected. A check (made payable to the Bancroft Gem & Mineral Club) for the total amount of each visit donation shall be sent to the Bancroft Gem & Mineral Club Museum.
  • Bring drinks and lunch. All garbage generated during the visit must be removed from the site.
  • You may also leave the site to get food but must return before end time to check out.
  • Expect to find a plethora of minerals including: garnet, epidote, pyrite, quartz, calcite, magnetite, etc.
  • http://www.mindat.org/loc-15212.html

Suggest staying at the Moonlight Motel in Havelock or chain motels in Belleville, Ontario the night before.

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