Events in 2011


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There are many events of interest to rockhounds in central Canada. This posting includes events sponsored by C.C.F.M.S. affiliated clubs along with activities that would be of interest to our members, which are within a day's driving distance. 

Other current events in Canada are available the GMFC Shows and Conventions page. Additional listings from the U.S.A. and other countries can be found at the Rock & Gem magazine showdates page or Lapidary Journal's shows listing

 If you would like to have your event included here, please contact <web_admin @> with the details including event name, date of event, time of day, location, features, admission, contact info and website details. 

2011 Events

| February | March | April | May | June  | July | Aug | Sept | Oct | Nov | Dec |

Mar 5-6 18th Annual Peterborough Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show.
Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5.
The Evinrude Centre, 911 Monaghan Road, Peterborough, Ontario.
Admission: $3.00 for adults, children 12 or under are free & must be accompanied by an adult.
Directions: From Highway 115 at Peterborough, take the Parkway to Lansdowne St., then East 4 blocks to Monaghan Rd., then North 1 block. Or travel West on Highway 7 (Lansdowne St.), into Peterborough, turn right at the 6th traffic light onto Monaghan Rd., then North 1 block.
Contact: Mark Stanley at 705 639 2406 or

Apr 2-3 39th Annual Brantford Lapidary & Mineral Society Show
Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5.; Paris Fairgrounds, 139 Silver Street, Paris, ON.
Features: One of Canada’s Largest Gem & Mineral Shows! Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Stone Dealers
Lapidary Equipment, Supplies
Fine Jewellery, Supplies, Beads
Silent Auction Saturday & Sunday
‘Mine for Gems’ Display
Admission: Adults $5, Children 12 and under - Free
Contact:  or or John Moon 519-752-9756
  14-17 38th Rochester Mineralogical Symposium
  15-17 26th Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil show of the Club de Mineralogie de Montreal

Fri. 3-10, Sat. 10-7, Sun 10-5
Center Pierre-Charbonneau 3000 Viau St. (Viau Metro), Montreal, Quebec.
Admission: $8, children 6-12, $4, Parking $10
: 514-353-0101

  29-May 1 Toronto Gem and Mineral Show and Sale
Fri. 4 pm-9pm, Sat. 10 am-7pm, Sun. 10 am-5pm.
Don Mills Civitan Arena, 1030 Don Mills Rd. , North York, ON
Features: Precious and semi-precious gemstones, fine quality jewellery, amber, stone beads, unique worldwide crystal specimens, tools, and everything to create your own works of art!
Admission: Adults $7,  under 16 free with adult
Contact: Ohannes Bedrossian (514) 989-9800 
May 6-8 Canadian Micro Mineral Association 48th Annual Symposium
Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.
Speakers: Scott Ercit and Lance Kearns
Contact: Bill Lechner at 416-438-8908 or
* Registration form available by request to the above. *   
  6  Robert Hall Originals - Annual Spring Open House & Demonstration Weekend
Rocks, minerals, gems, beads, lapidary demonstrations & more!
A Free Weekend of Fun...
Mineral Madness.

Inland Lapidary Equipment Free Demo.
Pewter Tour 1:00 each day Free. Wine Art Free Demo.
Explore Outdoor Rock Piles.
Free Coffee & Treats.

Fri., Sat. & Sun 10 am-5pm
138 Sugar Maple Road, St. George Ontario
Admission: Free
Contact: (519) 448-1236 or 1-800-360-2813


K-W Gem & Mineral Club Show
Saturday 10-4. 
Waterloo Community Arts Centre, 25 Regina Street South in Uptown Waterloo
Admission:  Free
Rocks, minerals, fossils, meteorites. 
Hands on activities and free samples for children.  
Gem dig.  Uncover a fossilized fish. 
Local Dealers.  Displays.


  14 CFMS Spring Quarry Trip, Part 1 - Nelson Aggregates, Beamsville, ON

Plan to meet Saturday May 14, 2011 at the Nelson Aggregate's gate for tag in and safety talk by 8:30 AM. NO LATE ARRIVALS.

There is a tag in and tag out policy at Beamsville Quarry.  Orange reflective vest, long pants, safety shoes, safety glasses and hard hats are mandatory.

Please note this field trip is open to persons 16 years and over and members of CCFMS Member Clubs. Guests are permitted to come to either this trip or the Dundas trip (which is on hold right now), but not both. Membership to the CCFMS is our insurance for these field trips and strongly advised.

A map and more information on this quarry can be found at: 

Contact: Jim Glen jrglen @ 

Jun 18

Niagara Peninsula Annual Gem & Mineral Show and Sale
Sat. 10-5 in conjunction with Berries & Blossoms-Lincoln Family Festival
New Location: Beamsville High School, 4317 Central Ave., Beamsville, Features: Rocks, minerals, fossils and gems; kid’s exhibits; lapidary demonstration
Mega door prize; gem & mineral identification and inspection

Admission: Donation at the door. Free Parking
Directions: QEW to Beamsville Ontario St. Exit; travel south. One block after John St. turn left on May St. high school is straight ahead.

Contacts: Bill Plavac 905-354-2409; Jim Glen


Gneiss Guy Minerals and Fossils Warehouse Grand Opening!
Sat 10-5; Sun 10-5
Selling Wholesale and open to the public
Come check out our many specials on our opening day.
BBQ each day from 12:00 - 1:30
820 Gartshore St. Unit #19
Fergus, On N1M 2W8 (Located only 1 hour from Toronto)
Contact: Ken Dardano 519-831-3093 or
Jul 15-17


29th Annual Sudbury Gem and Mineral Show

"Northern Ontario’s Largest Gem, Mineral, Fossil, Bead and Rock Craft Show and Sale"

Fri. 5 pm-9pm, Sat. 10 am-6pm, Sun. 10 am-5pm.

Location :Carmichael Arena, 1298 Bancroft Drive across from Minnow Lake; 1 km. south of the Kingsway (Hwy. 17 East)
Admission: Adults $5, Seniors $2, Kids 6-12 $1, Kids under 5 free with adult
Features: Dealers; displays; demonstrations; door prizes (including amethyst geode grand door prize); silent auctions; kid’s activities; mineral identification; video theatre; field trip Sun. at noon; BBQ; free handouts and literature; outside dealers/swap area Sat. 11 am-4 pm; prospectors and metal detecting displays; free parking
Contact: Ed Debicki (705) 522-5140, E-mail:



  24 Bancroft Gem & Mineral Club 15th Annual Gem & Mineral Show
Sunday 10 am-4pm.
Bancroft Legion Hall, Station St., Bancroft, ON
Features: 25 dealers plus silent and live auctions
Admission: $2/adult, children & students (18 yrs & under) free.
Contact: Frank Melanson at 613-332-1032


  28-31 48th annual Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree
Bancroft, Ont
Info E-mail:

Aug 20 Rockhound Family Day  at Robert Hall Originals
A fun family event!
Kids Fossil Dig
Rock BuddyCraft For kids – Free
Mineral Identification. Bring A Specimen!
Explore Outdoor Rock Piles!
Giant Silent Auction - Bring  your items to include in the auction! Bidding begins at 11:00 & 1:00 *10%commission)
Free Rock Swap – Bring a table and set up you treasures. Contact us to reserve your free rock swap space.
Saturday, August 20
10 am-4pm
138 Sugar Maple Road, St. George Ontario
Admission: Free
Contact: (519) 448-1236 or 1-800-360-2813
Sep 17-18 Wonders of the Earth" - The 42nd Scarborough Gem & Mineral Club Show 
Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5. 
Don Montgomery Community Centre, 2467 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough
Admission: adults $5, children $1
Contact: Gem & Mineral Club of Scarborough 
30-2 Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead & Jewellery Show

Try on the latest in fashionable jewellery.  See crystals, fossils & magnificent rocks from all over the world!  Shop at over 30 dealers.  Take a free seminar on rocks, fossils or crystals. Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Road, Ancaster, Ontario (corner of Hwy. 52 & Hwy. 53)
Admission: $6, under 12 Free
Contact: (519) 448-1236 or 1-800-360-2813
Website: and click on Shows and Events E-mail:
Oct 15-16

42nd Annual Gem Storm. Show and sale sponsored by the Kingston Lapidary and Mineral Club. 
Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5.
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Yonge St., Kingston, ON.
Features: Over 30 dealers; Children’s mine, Jewellery Workshop
Information: Contact Les Moss, Show Chairman at 

  22 Walker Club Annual Mineral Auction
Saturday 12 - 3:30?

Knox United Church Hall
1/2 Block north of Sheppard on the East side of
Midland Ave, North York
Go north from Sheppard and turn at the first street right. Then about

200 feet turn right into a lane leading to a parking lot.
Hall is on the right.

Preview at noon with the auction to begin at 1 pm. This annual event is the main fund raising activity of the Walker Mineralogical Club. Members may submit items to be auctioned.
Features: many items including quality and unusual specimens. Free admission and everyone is welcome. Cash only for purchases. Refreshments will be available. The auction usually runs for 2 1/2 to 3 hours but absentee bids can be left with and bid by one of the executives if a participant must leave early. See photos of some items on the website listed below.


The University of Waterloo Gem and Mineral Show

CEIT Building, UW campus. Friday, 12 Noon to 6 PM; Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. This year the show is being held on Friday and Saturday instead of the usual Saturday and Sunday.  Minerals, gemstones, rocks, fossils, jewellery; Saturday science event for kids.

Nov 2-9   Robert Hall Originals Annual Fall Open House - 8 Days of Christmas!
Features: Visit Robert Hall Originals for our Annual Fall Open House. Rocks, minerals, gems, beads, lapidary demonstrations & more!
Wednesday November 2 to Wednesday November 9
All days 10 am-5pm
138 Sugar Maple Road, St. George Ontario
Admission: Free
Contact: (519) 448-1236 or 1-800-360-2813
  12   CMMA Fall Mini-Conference

The Burlington Arts & Cultural Centre, 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington,ON

Contact: Bill Lechner at 416-438-8908 or


  19-20   London Gem and Mineral Show
Sat 9-6  Sun 10-5
Western Fairgrounds (Special Events Building)
Highway #401 to Highbury exit North,
west on Florence, North on Rectory - Main entrance
immediately on right hand side.
Features: Over 35 dealers, demonstrators, and educational talks
Admission: Adults $5.00, Children $2.00
Contact: Ken Dardano 519-831-3093 or


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