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Cristal du Lac

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1840, route 169, Métabetchouan–Lac-à-la-Croix, QC, G8G 1B3

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795, route des Laurentides, Métabetchouan–Lac-à-la-Croix, QC, G8G 1N2

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The discovery of quartz crystal in Lac-Saint-Jean goes back a few decades. Fishermen and hunters brought back this curious stone of hexagonal and unusual shape. From 1993 to 2009 several researches and authorizations were necessary to find the exact location of the crystals as well as the quantity. It is with a desire for awareness, education and passion for minerals that Cristal du lac is born. Today, the company offers the opportunity to discover the world of geodes through several activities for young and old.

Both children and parents will be fascinated by activities such as express prospecting, pearling, the museum, the shop and the famous crystal picking accompanied by an excursion.

Cristal du lac activities take place on two sites. On 1840 Route 169 Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, interested parties will be able to explore, witness the extraction of oyster pearls, then visit the shop and the museum. To collect quartz crystals, you will have to go to 795 route des Laurentides Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix.


  • 5 Paid admission
  • 0 Seasonal operation
  • ė Reservations required


Art shop- All year

Monday - Sunday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m

mineral prospecting- June to September


Cristal du Lac's boutique specializes in natural, polished quartz crystals of different shapes and sizes.
For birthday gifts, an engagement ring, birth gifts, graduation gifts, or for any other occasion, get our diamond cut and shiny jewelry, an original and exclusive collection at Cristal du Lac.
Minerals from around the world, decorative or utilitarian, are also found in our displays such as book rests, lamps, mobiles, clocks and many other products.
Stones for all ages and for all budgets.
A visit will surprise you! Admission to the animation site is free.

Mining prospecting:
Look for your Quartz Crystals in an open pit deposit and bring back your stones.
Cristal du Lac offers you the chance to live a unique prospecting experience and to come and look for your quartz crystals in an open-air deposit.
While enjoying an intermediate hike, discover this exceptional geological site, located in the heart of the forest at Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix.
Observe a prospector at work and learn with our animators.
A guide will accompany you throughout the activity.
Cristal du Lac will provide you with the basic equipment: helmet, gloves and goggles for your collection of a maximum of 100 grams of crystals.
You will also have the possibility to get larger crystal matrices directly from the mine.
Intermediate hike
On reservation
Children under the age of 8 are not allowed on the excursion.

Pearl extraction:
Choose your oyster and assist a shaler who will extract a cultured pearl right before your eyes. Each oyster contains a pearl that you will be the first to discover.
Cristal du Lac offers pearl oysters, each containing a pearl of various hues, sizes, shapes and prices that will seduce you with their beauty. Once you have extracted your pearl, select your frame and we will create your jewel on site. Whether it is for a marvel, an experience, a learning experience or a special event, choose your oyster and leave with your pearl.
For the Pearl Extraction, there is no departure time, come directly to the Boutique.

Cristal du Lac will make you discover a surprising activity.
Find your rubies, emeralds, quartz crystals, amethysts, fossils and many other minerals in a Prospection-Express accessible to all.
As in the Klondike era, sift your sandbag in the mineral washtub: a 12-foot waterfall. Exceptional treasures will shine before your eyes and you will then be able to identify your precious and semi-precious stones with the help of a poster that Cristal du Lac will give you. An activity for all ages on regional road 169 in Métabetchouan! Impress your children with a geode that will blow your mind!

Crystal Gallery
From the rough stone, coming from our deposit, to the jewelry stone, Crystal has fascinated since the beginning of time.
Visit our Interpretation Centre free of charge and admire our private collection of about a hundred specimens.
Also learn about the methods of extraction, crystallization and the variety of our crystals.