Bancroft’s Rockhound Gemboree

The 55th Annual


Canada’s Largest Gem and Mineral Show
August 2, 3, 4 & 5, 2018


The largest gem and mineral show in Canada, the Rockhound Gemboree, is held in Bancroft Ontario every year.  Bancroft is known as the “Mineral Capital of Canada” and an area with a rich geological history and mining heritage.  Every August thousands of people flock to the area, from collectors to rockhounds to geologists and enthusiasts of all ages.  There is something for everyone!  Varying each year, around 100 +/-  dealers from across the globe come to the Gemboree to showcase their gem & mineral specimens, jewelry, crafts, lapidary supplies, talent and treasures.  The Rockhound Gemboree caters to both the amateur and serious rock hounder with a nice variety and assortment of attractions that it offers.

The annual Rockhound Gemboree is held at the North Hastings Community Centre (103 Newkirk Blvd) and The Curling Club (63 Newkirk Blvd).

Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree

Why is Bancroft known as the “Mineral Capital of Canada”?  Because of the variety and quality of the mineral species found here.  This area lies on part of the Canadian Shield that is estimated to be 1.1 to 1.8 billion years old.  Due to the excellent quality of the mineral deposits, in the 1880 there was much mining activity.  However, the mineral veins proved to be small, so the size of the mines and quarries in the area remained at a modest size.  After a while, the mines and quarries closed, as they could not compete with the larger producers throughout Canada and the United States.  Mining activity in the area re-commenced after World War II as the search for uranium was on.  Four major uranium mines opened in the area.  These were Bicroft, Faraday, Dyno and Greyhawk.  These mines were open from approximately the mid 1950’s to the early 1960’s.  After this time, they were closed down due to the high cost of mining such small deposits of uranium.  Some other mineral species that were mined in this area are corundum, feldspar, nepheline, graphite, talc, quartz, radium, fluorite, gold, iron, lead, barite, apatite, mica, beryl, molybdenum, sodalite and marble.  Interestingly, the marble mined here was of such high quality, it was used in the construction of the parliament buildings in Ottawa and Toronto.  Also, many types of specimens taken from the Bancroft area can be found in museums and collections all over the world, including the Smithsonian Institute.

Rockhound Gemboree

For more information, please call 613-332-1513 or 888-443-9999


  • Jordan L. Bergereau| April 1, 2019 at 9:45 am Reply

    Unique and Fantastic event in one of Canada’s most beautiful and rugged areas.

  • Martin Smith| December 4, 2018 at 11:53 am Reply

    Yes, that is a pity. Dogs should be allowed everywhere!

  • Jane| August 4, 2017 at 10:04 pm Reply

    Agreed! I want to attend but will also need to bring my 13lbs dog

  • Julie morgan| July 20, 2017 at 6:07 am Reply

    I enjoy attending the rock hound Gemboree every year. There is something for everyone and many unique finds to be had.
    Looking forward to this years show.


  • Brenda Case| June 26, 2017 at 2:13 pm Reply

    We have been attending this event for many years. We were distressed to discover that we were unable to bring in our dog – a six-pound Maltese that goes in my bag – two years ago. We did not attend last year because we were not permitted to bring the dog and would not leave him behind or in the car. Otherwise, it means we cannot attend together. What is the policy this year? If no dogs are allowed, we will skip it again

    Brenda Case

    • Jen| May 30, 2018 at 10:45 am Reply

      Try leaving your dog at home or a dog sitter then….

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