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Nature Rocks & Minerals

A Field Guide to Gold, Gemstone & Mineral Sites of British Columbia Vol. 2

Sites within a Day's Drive of Vancouver

by (author) Rick Hudson

Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
Initial publish date
Mar 2006
Rocks & Minerals
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2006
    List Price

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  • Age: 13
  • Grade: 8


The southwest region of British Columbia offers a motherlode of unique rockhounding experiences for both amateur and more seasoned prospectors. This revised and expanded edition of Rick Hudson's bestseller A Field Guide to Gold, Gemstone & Mineral Sites of British Columbia opens up a whole new world of exploration within a day's drive of Vancouver.

Covering the area from Vancouver inland to Princeton, Merritt and Cache Creek, and as far up the coast as Whistler and Texada Island, this well-researched guidebook will teach you where to find some of the most sought-after minerals in the province. The Coast Mountains are a treasure trove of minerals and gemstones, from gold and jade to garnet and agate. Discover amethyst next to the road or find fossil trees over a metre long. Enjoy a day hunting for quartz crystals, thundereggs, malachite, garnet, marble or amber.

This comprehensive guidebook reveals a vast deposit of information including: Mining history and prospecting techniques; over 270 sites in southwestern British Columbia; at-a-glance information on the types of minerals at each site and ease of access to them; colour photographs of sites and minerals; more than 25 detailed maps, completely redrawn for this edition; over 100 site drawings; glossary of geological terms and a suggested reading list; lists of geological clubs and associations and map sources; clear explanation on how to use the Internet to learn about prospect sites.

About the author

Rick Hudson, Ph.D., is a passionate outdoorsman and rockhound who has spent more than two decades exploring Southern British Columbia. The former editor of the Western Canadian Gemstone Newsletter and assistant editor of British Columbia Rockhound Magazine, he now frequently writes about wilderness adventures for various publications including the Globe and Mail, Island Explorer and Rock and Gem Magazine. He is also the author of Gold, Gemstone & Mineral Sites of British Columbia: Volume I, Vancouver Island.

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Editorial Reviews

"This excellent guide accomplishes everything a pamphlet of this sort should aspire to do - it informs, inspires and excites... Highly Recommended."
--Reece Steinberg, CM Magazine

"Delightful and utilitarian both, this eminently useable (and waterproof) pamphlet is sure to become a summer-time family classic... Very highly recommended."
--Catherine Dook, Boat Journal

"Sites Within a Day's Drive of Vancouver is a top pick for any Vancouver gemstone enthusiast or visitor... Maps, site drawings, a discussion of geological terms, and background history: you can't ask for anything else."
--California Bookwatch

"A fascinating and useful book - promises great treasure hunts."
--Annie Boulanger, Burnaby NOW

Praise for <i>A Field Guide to the Identification of Pebbles</i>

Librarian Reviews

A Field Guide to Gold, Gemstone and Mineral Sites of British Columbia: Volume 2: Sites Within a Day’s Drive of Vancouver, Revise

This book describes 270 locations, grouped by local area, where the amateur prospector or geologist can hunt for fossils and rock and mineral specimens. Information is presented in a clear standardized format, with a black-and-white line map. Information on the geology of the province, a history of BC prospecting, access rights, rock and mineral identification and descriptions, and prospecting techniques are included.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2006-2007.

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