Bancroft’s Rockhound Gemboree

The 56th Annual

ROCKHOUND GEMBOREE

Canada’s Largest Gem and Mineral Show
July 30, 31, August 1 & 2, 2020

BANCROFT, ONTARIO

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 ext. 213

6 Comments

  • cheryl| February 29, 2020 at 4:03 pm Reply

    This year aught to be exceptionally exciting considering the Fireball that flew over last July! hope they find some Meterites!

  • Charlotte| February 4, 2020 at 8:58 am Reply

    I would love to attend this event this year. Is it suitable for children?

    • Creed Canads| February 14, 2020 at 8:26 am Reply

      We applied to exhibit at the show 2 years ago but there was a waiting list could you please tell us where we stand on that waiting list we would love to exhibit their this year a company name is Creed Canada are phone number 6133471400 we have just returned from the Tucson

  • 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!

    • Wendy| January 29, 2020 at 10:15 pm Reply

      Why??? Dogs are lovely companions and a great comfort to many – but… this is not a dog park, dog show, your backyard, etc.
      You have to respect the humans as well – some are allergic, some have fears… this show is about a love for rocks, minerals and gems.
      We need to be more respectful

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

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

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