Alberta Gem Stone Rush

Alberta Gem Stone Rush

 Alberta Gem Stone Rush

Well if you are looking to have a little outdoor fun and maybe discover a rare Gemstone then Alberta is the place to head. Southern Alberta that is. About 20 miles south of Lethbridge you can pull out your shovel and start digging. Heck, I might head out there as soon as the snow clears myself. They have discovered a massive lake bottom that  70 million years ago was the Bearpaw Sea.

Ammolite gems can be found all over this area and  are the result of perfectly preserved prehistoric ammonite — squid-like creatures that lived in shells — being pressed in layers of shale. I am not a big Gemstone expert but I sure would like to dig up one of these beauties and hang it on my neck, or wall or whatever. These beauties are the result of millions of years of natural making and this is the only place on the entire planet where they can be found.

While the animal’s fossils can be found around the world, a southern Alberta river basin is the only place where a confluence of factors made the mollusc into a gem.

The colors are the same as  a rainbow — and it’s all natural. So that makes it one of the rarest gemstones in the world. Imagine digging through a river bottom with your handy gold mining shovel and uncovering one of these Gems. Quite exciting really and the value of these could be quite dear, after all they are very rare and rare Gems are worth a lot of moola. The cost of the gemstone is comparable currently to sapphires or black opals.

The location to find these Gems which are the rarest in the world is the Bear Claw formation area which goes from Southern Alberta all the way into Montana and is some of the most majestic scenery you will find anywhere on earth.

Rugged and beautiful and far from the maddening crowds of the city it would be a great place to head with your RV’s and look for Gems. One of the best areas supposedly is the St. Mary River Valley and along parts of the Oldman River.

The Oldman River is a river in southern Alberta, Canada. It flows roughly west to east from the Rocky Mountains, through the communities of Fort Macleod, Lethbridge, and on to Grassy Lake, where it joins with the Bow River to form the South Saskatchewan River, which eventually drains into the Hudson Bay.Oldman River has a total length of 362 kilometres (225 mi) and a drainage area of 26,700 square kilometres (10,300 sq mi).[1]

I found a little info on the area that might be helpful if you want to plan a kayaking venture down the Olman River on the search for precious Gems and other prehistoric fossils of all kinds that can be found in the area.

Oldman River originates in the Beehive Natural Area,[4] an area of alpine tundra and old-growth spruce and fir forests. Downstream it flows through Bob Creek Wildland Park[5] and Black Creek Heritage Rangeland.[6] Oldman Dam and Oldman River are other Provincial Recreation Areas established along the river.

The river and some of its tributaries have formed coulees in Southern Alberta, and the strata revealed by these formations guide local prospectors to ammolite deposits.


The Oldman River contains fish species such as rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, bull trout, brown trout, hybrid trout species (“cutbow” rainbow and cutthroat cross), mountain whitefish, pike, walleye, lake sturgeon, suckers, goldeye, and minnows.

Good luck with your Gemstone hunting this year and I might just see you there.




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