Where to Go - Outdoor Rocks to Look At

Seeing rocks in nature is probably the best way to get hooked on how cool they really are! Rocks were meant to be touched and if you're lucky - climbed on!:-) Here are some places within driving distance of Toronto, Ontario.

Ball's Falls Conservation Area Jordan, ON This is a beautiful part of southern Ontario where rock formations are evident at the falls. Many interesting things to do in the area as well.

Bon Echo Provincial Park Bon Echo, ON This provincial park north of Napanee is known for the Mazinaw Rock cliff on Mazinaw Lake. It features over 250 native pictographs.

Bonnechere Caves Eganville, ON Caves that have stalactites & fossils in limestone caves. The area is known as the ordivician Fossil Capital of Canada.

Don Valley Brickworks Quarry Toronto, ON This site is now run by the Evergreen Foundation and is very family-friendly. For a write up of the geology you will see on the North Wall, check out

Greenmantle Farm - Mineral Occurence Wilberforce, ON Mineral Eco Tours This location provides guided tours and allows you to see rocks but not collect them. The owners will however direct you to local collecting spots where collecting is permitted. If you are interested in Geo-caching - they may be of help as well.

Haliburton Highlands Recreational Geology Haliburton, ON Day trips in the Haliburton Region.

Killbear Provincial Park Parry Sound, ON Gorgeous outcrops of rocks surround the Georgian Bay Peninsula. The rocks here have inspired artists & rockhounds with their layered, flowing beauty.

Marmoraton Iron Mine Marmora, ON This abandoned iron mine is an open pit mine that was in operation from 1955 to 1979. A lookout provides visitors with a view of the water filled pit. Although the mine itself is off limits, much of the dark gravel in the area contains magnetite so take your magnet with you.

Ontario's Highlands Comfort County, Haliburton Highlands, Land O'Lakes, North Hastings, Ottawa Valley South, Upper Ottawa Valley Recreational Geology

Peter Russell Rock Garden - University of Waterloo, Waterloo ON This is a publicly accessible "Rock Garden" which was created to commemorate the founding of the University of Waterloo. It has spectacularly large specimens of rocks that are familiar to anyone who has done extensive rockhounding in Ontario.

Recreational Geology in Ontario

Timmins Underground Gold Mine Tour (Hollinger Mine) Timmins, ON Underground Gold Mine tour, panning for gold, mine site exploration


Rockhounding as a Hobby

1.1 Joining a Rock Club

1.2 Gem & Mineral Shows

1.3 Suppliers, Rock Shops

1.4 Museums

1.5 Rocks Outdoors

1.6 Collecting Rocks

1.7 Fee Collecting Sites

1.8 Experiments