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Pretty cool! Unusual experience

This was really fun although way more expensive than they tell you up front. And also beware that... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
Montreal, Canada
via mobile
Fun for everyone!

Stopped by here on a recent visit to Gaspe because my son is crazy about geodes. We dug for about... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2016
Brooklyn, New York
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Visit to an OPEN PIT MINE at Mount Lyall, where visitors and search for agate, amethyst, quartz, kaolin clay, etc..). The mine provides hammers and tools, as well as a stone-cutting and polishing service (based on size). Also have a shop with rocks...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Reserve Faunique des Chic-Chocs | Road 299-Parc Gaspesie-lake Sainte-Anne, Sainte Anne des Monts, Quebec G4V 2E4, Canada
+1 418-786-2374
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Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

This was such a fun activity and I collected some great specimens! There are additional costs associated with cutting the geodes open, if you so choose. Or you can break them open yourself with the rock hammer provided. Matthieu was charming and extremely helpful in...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank nicrenpip
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

This was really fun although way more expensive than they tell you up front. And also beware that while the mine is close to the parking lot, the mine is uphill and rocks are pretty darn heavy! Basically they give you a bucket attached to...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank happydiddly
Reviewed 26 July 2017

Our family went to Mont Lyall a few weeks ago and our children (8 and 11 ) LOVED it. They had so much fun digging for geodes and trying to guess which ones would have something 'precious' inside. We were on a 3 week vacation...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank monbouch
Reviewed 22 July 2017

This is quite a remarkable and exciting place to visit. Whether you know anything about agates and geodes, or not, you can appreciate the level of beauty all around you. It is definitely a great family place and can easily spend a few hours mining...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Frenchmonkeys
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed exploring for geodes for about 90 minutes and then had fun at the cutting area, where they open your geodes. It is not cheap but if you consider that up front it is a great activity. Depending on size they cut your geodes...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Reisaapie
Reviewed 6 September 2016

350 million years old this volcano is 1 of 7 in the world & it's right in our back yard. Plan to spend at least 3 hours here. You get a mini introduction of what to look for. You will be overwhelmed when you enter...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

Stopped by here on a recent visit to Gaspe because my son is crazy about geodes. We dug for about 1.5 to 2 hours and had more than enough geodes in our bucket. We decided to get two of them cut there (to have them...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We came here for our kids (age 5, 7 & 10) but my husband and I had a blast! Looking for geodes is surprisingly addictive. Pack a lunch and bring water bottles (you can refill them with cool spring water at the wash station or...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Karen L
Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

Great activity and highly recommend. Travelled with kids of 6&7 years old. Don't miss if you are around .

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed 31 July 2015

Have you ever dreamed of digging in a mine? Have you ever whistled "Heigh-Ho"? Do you love the dwarves in LOTR? Do you have a bunch of kids you need to tire out? If you answered yes to any of these questions, take the Detour...More

Date of experience: August 2014
1  Thank LeeJaye1
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It is very hard to tell which ones will be prettiest. C'est impossible de juger quels seront les plus beaux.