Opal Resources Canada - Opal Digging Trips

The Klinker Opal Property is located in the mountains approximately 40 kilometres by road from Vernon, BC, and is situated at an elevation of about 1500 metres above sea level.

All trips to the Klinker Opal Mine leave from the Opal Miner's Gift Shop, and you must have your own vehicle. No transportation is provided. Pre-registration is required!

Digging trips operate from mid June to mid September weather permitting. The property is readily accessible by most two wheel drive vehicles but parts of the road is very rough. SUV's are best, but any vehicle with reasonable ground clearance will do. There are some 20 kilometres of gravel/dirt logging road to travel and portions of this road are quite steep.

When to Dig

"Fee digging" trips will commence when weather and ground conditions permit in June and will run until mid to late September weather permitting. The trips will run rain or shine and are normally restricted to Friday, Saturday and Sunday (also Monday on long weekends). Please phone for special arrangements for groups of six or more.

Sunny days are best for hunting when the play of color in the opal will be much more easily detected. Your trip guide will provide an orientation which will assist in finding opal under most weather conditions.

Note:  Safety equipment is required to be worn while actively digging, hammering and chiseling rock - specifically safety glasses and good gloves. Good boots are recommended. A list of equipment and supplies required or recommended is given below but please assess your own needs. No mechanized equipment will be allowed - hand tools only. Rental tools are available by the day.

personal food, water and clothing needs(rain gear); safety glasses or other face/eye protectiondevice; good gloves (leather work gloves recommended); good foot wear (leather hiking boots recommended); small pick and shovel; various shovels, bars and hammers as desired; sample bags and/or buckets; water spray bottle (please bring it full of water

butt cushion; ground sheet; camera; penlight flashlight ; mineral glass (hand lens); bug repellent; sun screen; hat
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