Now this is what we call a treasure hunt! Are you in your crystal era and love everything there’s to do with precious stones? Well you’re in luck because you can fill up a bucket with sparkling stones straight from the source at Diamond Willow Amethyst Mine in Ontario.

This family-owned amethyst mine dates back to the 1960s when the owner Gunnard Noyes started prospecting and mining in the area. Though the mine closed in 2007 for several years, it was reopened by Noyes’ granddaughter in 2015.

And since then, it remains open, welcoming visitors every spring season starting in mid-May all the way to October.

The amethyst mine is located in northeastern Ontario, just near Thunder Bay. So if you’re looking to embark on a long road trip, this is a great place to start.

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Eager to do your own amethyst-hunting? You can head into the Rock Shop on-site, pick up a two-gallon pail and fill it right up. If you only fill a portion of the pail, no worries, it will be prorated.

You can fill it with as many stones as you wish at designated picking areas throughout the mine.

The best part is that you can visit for free! There is no admission fee to enter, and a two-gallon pail is just $30.

There are also a ton gems for sale which you’ll find on display at the Rock Shop.

There are both garden stones and polished pieces available which range in price from $5 to $1,000. Prices vary based on quality and rarity, of course.

You can also browse a variety of amethyst jewelry and glittering stones of all kinds.

Diamon Willow Amethyst Mine officially opens for the season on May 15th, 2024. So now all you have to do is plan a date and book your next adventure up north.

We see some crystals in your future!

Diamond Willow Amethyst Mine

When: Opens May 15th to October 10th, 2024 – Open 7 days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM
Where: Road 5 North, Pearl, Ontario
Cost: Free admission, $30 per pail