What Do We Do On Vacation? We Go Rock Hounding Of Course!

Updated: Sep 25


What do we, the owners of a crystal shop, do on our time off? Why we go rock hounding of course! During this year’s family vacation we took a road trip up to Thunder Bay, Ontario, and spent some time at the breathtaking Amethyst Mine Panorama.


Located outside of Thunder Bay, hidden in the woods, is a multi-generational family owned mine. We had the pleasure of meeting Lori and Tim Lukinuk and learn about their family’s history with the mine. Hearing the passion and love for amethyst in their voices was inspirational. It truly was fabulous to talk with people who get as excited about crystals as we do. Lori presented a lovely talk about many different geological aspects of Amethyst, and we had the opportunity to see the open pit mine itself. Interestingly Amethyst does not have any industrial use, it is strictly decorative. As you may already know, amethyst is one of the most popular crystals due to its natural beauty and spiritual meaning. Today people use amethyst as a representation of sobriety. Its also used for spiritual purposes including intuition and protection amongst others.

After the tour, we had an opportunity to go and collect our own specimens scattered amongst a large open area. Afterwards we got to wash off the dust and dirt and see the true beauties we collected. It was a wonderful way to connect with each other and with the land. Needless to say this was the highlight of our vacation. We were overwhelmed by the sheer quantity, and quality of the amethyst everywhere we went. In fact, there was so much we even had to step on it. I can tell you that felt pretty strange.

We’re happy to share that we brought back quite a bit of amethyst with us to have available at InSpirit Centre later this fall. Please keep an eye out for more details about the fall gem show where you will be able to get your very own gorgeous piece of genuine Canadian Amethyst.


Barbara Ford is one of the founders of InSpirit Centre and an internationally recognized Spiritual Advisor, Holistic Practitioner, & Paranormal Expert. She is known for her detailed r


eadings and deep knowledge of spirituality. Barbara brings a warm welcoming attitude and a down-to-earth approach to everything she does.




To book a session with Barbara please call InSpirit Centre 289-891-7711

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