June 30, 2002
The owners are extremely friendly and helpful, and will polish or cut your gems to your liking. We spent a few hours here (lots longer than we anticipated) and had a blast (pardon the pun).
The world's largest agate is on display here, outside the gift shop, on your right when you pull in the drive. Stop in here for general information about agates so you know what to look for if you want to mine your own agate.
It's free! There is no charge to mine your own. Simply pay for what you decide to keep by the pound. Kids and adults love it.
Then head down by car to the field where mounds have unearthed lots and lots of agates in all colors. You cannot walk through here without finding agates because they are all around you in plain sight. Simply select the ones that appeal to you, throw them in your bucket and wash them in the scrub tub to see how they will look polished. Then drive back to the gift shop and either ask the staff to cut or polish your finds or pay for the raw stone by the pound. Cost was $8 CAN per pound.
Inside the gift shop necklaces, paperweights, and slabs of beautiful polished agate can be purchased.
Open seasonally from mid-May to mid-October. They are located east of Thunder Bay approximately 45 minutes, easily accessible from Highway 11/17 en route to the entrance of Sleeping Giant Park Plentiful signs will point the way to the mine located 1 km north on Highway 527.
Check out their website at www.agatemine.com
From journal Wonderful Place, eh, Thunder Bay