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Amethyst Mine Panorama, Shuniah
(3.5/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
Explore the largest amethyst deposit in the whole of North America and collect your own at Amethyst Mine Panorama. Discovered in 1955, this still-active quarry continues to produce the rare violet quartz. Take part in a guided tour, which educates you about amethyst's properties and significance to the area, and then gives you the chance to mine your own. Head to the gift shop to find some extra amethyst-related mementos of your time here. Arrange to visit Amethyst Mine Panorama and other attractions in Shuniah using our Shuniah itinerary planner.
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  • Expensive, seen nothing... Amethyst shop at the entrance. To get in you have to pay $8/person, then you end on a scarp pile where you can 'chose' from and pay by lbs on your way out. What a waste of t...  more »
  • The first thing they made us do was a tour. It cost something like $6-8$. The tour is rather short . Then they turn you loose on their pile of rocks. The cynically part of me wonders if they pick out ...  more »
  • My husband and I were a little disappointed with not being able to hammer and chisel on the leftover rubble. Don't bother with taking the tools to this mine you can only shuffle through the loose stuf...  more »
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  • Our family thoroughly enjoyed panorama! Everyone was very friendly and helpful. We "dug" for amethysts for a couple of hours and came home with some nice pieces. I thought the prices were reasonable and it was worth the 30 plus minute into the wilderness. We did see a black bear on the way up!
  • I was greeted by very friendly staff who offered to give a tour and mining excursion after for a very fair price. The fascinating tour was about the history of the mine, and a quick geology lesson about how amethyst forms. Afterwards, I used the provided tools to "mine" my own amethyst. The area is littered with amethyst of all shapes, colours and sizes. For a very small charge, I kept my new treasures to bring home. The store offered polished stones, carved, jewellery, and even specially faceted stones. I will definitely come back again in search of new treasures with my family :)
  • Utterly fantastic experience. Great tour, and "mining" for amethysts was as easy as picking them up off the amethyst littered ground. Stop at the scenic hill for a great selfie opportunity.
  • My girlfriend & I visited here a few more than ago. I thought the staff was very friendly and informative. It was impressive to see the variety of gemstones dug out of the mine, as well as the crafts made by local artisans. You can buy rough stones by the pound, or polished pieces in their shop. Probably the worst part was the dirt road out to the mine, but it wasn't terrible. I thought it was a fun experience; I'd go again.
  • We had a fun experience digging for our own piece of Amethyst. The tour by the owner was informative but not necessary to enjoy the mine. The gift-shop had Amethyst ornaments and jewelry for all budgets. This is a good place to bring family and kids. The drive is interesting as you drive up a steep dirt road for the last 30 mins to mine entrance.