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"I took my grandchildren to all the attractions .. all of them. Last night I asked them which they liked best. They said the Scratch Patch, no question. That's why we're back!"
Local grandmother

"We came here with the children two years ago. I want to tell you there hasn't been a week since, when one of them hasn't asked when we were going back. We've come straight from the ferry!
Mother from Edmonton

"I can vouch for what an awesome time (we had) there. I had the honour of being a field trip driver, and found your specialist very interesting, the Scratch Patch a lot of fun for the kids, and your seclection of precious stones, and the jewellery made from it, extraordinary."
Parent from Macaulay School, Victoria.

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Collecting gemstones
Collecting gemstones (foreground) and panning for gold (behind).

The amazing
Scratch Patch

A family gemstone & goldpanning adventure.

The Scratch Patch is an outdoor adventureland designed to turn anyone into an enthusiastic rockhound! Set in 1800 sq.ft. of garden next to the the sea, it contains two gold panning pools, a pond filled with tropical shells, and mounds of semi-precious gemstones (about 80 different varieties like jasper, amethyst, & tigereye).

Beautiful gemstones
Gems from around the world.

On hot summer days, there's nothing better than sitting by a cool stream, hunting for that perfect tropical shell to put in your bag. And so many to choose from ... Stay a while, and enjoy the call of the seagulls, the smell of the sea, and the lazy mood at the Scratch Patch.
When you get home later, identify your gemstones on the web! And in July and August there's the incredible Dino Dig, where you can excavate real fossils, and keep what you find! Some discoveries are 400 million years old!

Panning for gold nuggets!
Hunting for gemstones
Entrance is free, but if you'd like to collect any of the amazing variety of minerals, you must buy a collector's bag for $6.00, $8.00 or $10.00. Whatever you fit in the bag, you get to keep! So many to see and learn about.

It's a lot of fun, and appeals to the whole family, from 6-year olds to grandparents. (A lot of grannies come back later without the grandchildren, and buy a bag for themselves!)

You can take as little as 20 minutes to fill a bag, or you can take the whole day. We don't mind. Come and go as often as you like, and you'll be amazed what turns up in those gemstone mounds --- visitors have found fire agates, malachite, tourmaline, aquamarine and something we think was a star sapphire!

Hunting shells in the shell pool
Hunting for cool shells on a hot day.

Panning for gold
Experience the thrill of panning for gold and fool's gold (pyrite) in the two pools! Yep, there are real nuggets in there, and you don't have to worry about glacial creeks, blackflies or grizzly bears.

There are lots of pans, and handy instructions on how to do it 'right'. Plus, Doc Rock or one of the other sourdoughs is often out there, showing folks how to find that glitter at the bottom of the pan.

Mineral World
British Columbia, Canada

On the waterfront
9891 Seaport Place, Sidney, BC
Phone: (250)655-GEMS

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