Pile of Amethysts at Panorama Mine

Thunder Bay Amethyst Mine

On our recent trip to the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota, we stayed in Grand Marais. However, we decided to take a day trip to Thunder Bay, Ontario to visit one of Canada’s amethyst mines.

Panorama Amethyst Mine Sign in Thunder Bay, Ontario

We selected the Amethyst Mine Panorama. This family owned mine is open to the public.

At the Amethyst Mine Panorama, the amethysts formed in a fault which is the site of the quarry. The mine staff dig out the material, and visitors can search the material to find treasures!

Cut in the Dirt for Amethyst

Thunder Bay Amethyst Mine: What to Expect

The Amethyst Mine Panorama is 115 miles north of Grand Marais. The drive is quite scenic as it parallels Lake Superior.

We crossed the US-Canadian border at the Pigeon River. And, stopped to pick up sandwiches for a picnic lunch in Thunder Bay. Access to the mine is north of town and is approximately 4.5 miles off of Highway 11.

Gravel Road to Panorama Amethyst Mine

Amethyst Mine Panorama has a large area for parking. There is a welcome center and gift shop. And, restroom facilities (pit toilets) are available for guests.

Panorama Amethyst Mine Welcome Center Cabin

There is an entry fee to access the mine. The fee includes a brief tour with history as well as what you need to know to find amethysts.

Panorama Amethyst Mine Tour Guide and Equipment

Fortunately, there is no need to bring tools. The Panorama Amethyst Mine provides everything you need to search for amethysts.

Area for Pails at Panorama Amethyst Mine

There are buckets and rods for moving material, but you won’t have to actually dig. Not a lot of work is required to get to the amethysts.

Thunder Bay Amethyst at Panorama Mine

The area where you search is not shaded. So, I would suggest that you bring sunscreen, water, and a hat.

Water Tower at the Panorama Amethyst Mine

Several picnic tables are available if you want to bring your lunch.

Panorama Amethyst Mine

Visitors may keep the amethysts – the price is based on weight. A wash station is available to clean your stones so you can decide which ones you want to take home.

For road trips on North Shore in Minnesota between Duluth and Canada, this book is awesome! 61 Gems on Highway 61

Wash Table Area at Panorama Amethyst Mine in Thunder Bay

We had a hard time narrowing down which ones to keep!

Amethyst on the Ground at Thunder Bay Amethyst Mine

The Panorama Amethyst Mine takes credit cards. So, if you are coming from the U.S., there is no need to exchange money for Canadian dollars.

We spent about 3 hours at the mine including picnic time. You could definitely have a great experience in half that time. But, we had such a great time that we didn’t want to leave.

Digging Area at Panorama Amethyst Mine

The Amethyst Mine Panorama was a SO MUCH FUN! It is easy to find some awesome stones. We all agreed it was a highlight of our North Shore adventure!

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For more information on the North Shore of Lake Superior and traveling in Minnesota, check out my Minnesota page.

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