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Cristal du Lac

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Mineralogical Activity Center  

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

418-213-0702


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795 Route des Laurentides, Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, QC G8G 1N2, Canada


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Description

Mineralogical Park, Mine and Crystals 
The Excursion to the mine allows you to pick up crystals and live the experience of a prospector, while enjoying an educational hike, discover this open air site.
 
The Centre d'Activités Minéralogiques offers a variety of attractions for everyone: 
Prospecting-express; sift through your bag of minerals and preserve your finds 
Pearl extraction; assist a shucker who will extract a pearl from a pearl oyster and make it into a jewel.

At the Economuseum you will learn about quartz crystal, extraction methods, crystallization and varieties of crystals. 

Discover the boutique and our products made with our regional stone and different minerals.

Services

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

Schedule

Activity center and boutique - 7/7 days

May 15 to June 25
10:00 am to 5:30 pm
June 26 to July 16
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
July 17 to August 21
9:00 am to 7:00 pm
August 22 to September 26
10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Excursion to the mine - Monday to Saturday

June 28 to August 28
2 departures per day - 9:15 am and 10:30 am
September 4 to 6
Departures at 9:15 am and 10:30 am

Activities

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.

Prospection-Express:
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!

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.

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.

Cristal du Lac is an unparalleled place to enrich your mineralogical knowledge and to live mining and prospecting experiences adapted for all ages. At the Mineralogical Activity Center or at the Mine Excursion, the Cristal du Lac team will share with you notions on quartz crystallization, mineral classification and their uses. Concerned about our environment, you will discover the art of artisanal extraction.