Also known as the Lincoln Quarry
Field Trip Information
When: Field Trips are organized by the Central Canadian Federation of Mineralogical Societies into the Nelson Aggregates Quarry twice a year - May & September. This trip is open to all members of CCFMS. No fee is charged, however, a CCFMS affiliated club membership card needs to be produced prior to entry.
Conditions: This is a working quarry. Collectors must be 16 years of age. You will require full safety equipment which includes safety helmet, safety goggles, CSA Approved "green patch" steel-toed safety work boots and a reflective safety vest. A sign-in, sign-out policy is in effect.
Liability Waiver: You must be a current club member of a CCFMS club. You will be asked to show your rock club membership card as proof. You will be required to sign in with the Trip Leader and sign a liability waiver. You are expected to follow all instructions regarding safety, collecting & courtesy as outlined during the safety talk before entry to the quarry.
Arrival & Departure: Plan to arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. Check in with the Trip Leader on arrival. All collectors need to attend the group safety talk at 8:45 a.m. Entry to the quarry is at 9 a.m. sharp. If you plan on leaving prior to the end of the scheduled visit, inform the trip leader. The departure time will be stated at the beginning of the day. 5 minutes before departure, you will hear honking. This is your signal to do your final packing up and to leave.
Directions: Exit QEW at Ontario street. (Exit #64). Go south on Ontario Street for 2.3 km into downtown Beamsville. At King Street, turn east (left). A very short distance later, 0.1 km, turn south (right) on Mountain Road. Drive along Mountain Road. You will pass Fly Road (a 4-way stop) at 3.5 km. Drive for another 1.9 km until you reach Yonge Street. (a total of 5.4 km from Mountain St.). Turn west (right) on Yonge Street and drive a short distance, 0.5 km. You will see the quarry on your left (south). Park on the side of the road opposite the Entrance Gate to the Lincoln Quarry. After the safety talk we will drive in a convoy into the quarry. You may drive directly to the designated collecting sites within the quarry with your car.
by Tim Jokela, London Gem & Mineral Club
- Carbonates - Calcite, Dolomite
- Sulphates - Barite, Celestite, Gypsum (var. Selenite)
- Sulphides - Galena, Marcasite, Pyrite, Sphalerite
- Halides - Fluorite
- Oxides - Magnetite
- Other - Fossils (coral), Hydrocarbons
- Dolomite is whitish or pinkish. Unusual tiny saddle-shaped crystals are made of small misaligned blocks that produce curved crystal faces.
- Sphalerite is generally lighter in colour than Dundas sphalerite and appears a gemmy yellow colour.
- The barite is very white and platy when crystallized.
- Very sharp octahedral galena crystals have been found.
- Vugs with nice associations of galena, barite, marcasite and dolomite occur.
- Most crystals are small and suitable for micro-mounts.
Sabina, Ann. Rocks and Minerals for the Collector (1986)
Alward, Allen. Personal Communication (1990)
Photos Of The Nelson Aggregates Quarry - Beamsville, ON
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