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Address: 500 Bass Lake Road | Ontario, Shuniah, Ontario P0T 2M0, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 807-622-6908
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Welcome to Amethyst Mine Panorama! Amethyst Mine Panorama is located just...

Welcome to Amethyst Mine Panorama! Amethyst Mine Panorama is located just 60KM East of Thunder Bay Ontario, on the beautiful Lake Superior Circle Route. Open 7 days a week, holidays included, from May 15 to October 15.

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Total tourist crap, but I thought it was fun.

The first thing they made us do was a tour. It cost something like $6-8$. The tour is rather short . Then they turn you loose on their pile of rocks. The cynically part of me... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2016
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I would not recommend this place with your kids. A fee for a menial guide tour, they don't take you inside the mine. Just for a ridiculous intro you end up paying 32$ and they add 3$ per pound for a collection of raw material you do outside! :( a TOTAL RIP OFF!)

Thank Naz M
Tim L, Owner at Amethyst Mine Panorama, responded to this review

Thank you for posting Naz, we do appreciate your feedback. The amethyst mine is actually an open quarry that visitors can view from an observation deck on the top. Due to safety concerns, we can't let anyone into the mine who doesn't have the proper equipment, training, and expertise (we don't want anyone getting hurt!). We believe that the mine... More 

Mason City, Iowa
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Drove from Iowa to Thunder Bay. Stayed at the Vahalla Inn, which was wonderful, clean, and awesome food. In the morning did a little more site seeing in Thunder Bay and then ventured to the Mine. A lot of history behind the mine, and really enjoyed seeing the LARGE slabs of Amethyst that they used to cut slabs from, maybe... More 

Thank grandmab4real
Tim L, Owner at Amethyst Mine Panorama, responded to this review

We are very glad you enjoyed your trip to Thunder Bay! There are definitely many adventures around the area! It is nice to know that you found some treasures that you will be taking home to Iowa. We hope that you visit us again in the future! Thank you More 

Thunder Bay, Canada
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

A beautiful place to see. And to take visitors there The rocks and amethyst. Are something for all to see in thunder bay

Thank patricia155017
Thunder Bay, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Expensive, seen nothing... Amethyst shop at the entrance. To get in you have to pay $8/person, then you end on a scarp pile where you can 'chose' from and pay by lbs on your way out. What a waste of time and money. Seen no mine panorama...

2 Thank 531dan
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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548 reviews
223 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 318 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

The first thing they made us do was a tour. It cost something like $6-8$. The tour is rather short . Then they turn you loose on their pile of rocks. The cynically part of me wonders if they pick out all the good stuff and then let all the silly tourist pay them to haul away the garbage or... More 

Thank photoguywisconsin
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

My husband and I were a little disappointed with not being able to hammer and chisel on the leftover rubble. Don't bother with taking the tools to this mine you can only shuffle through the loose stuff but there was plenty of amethyst laying around.

2 Thank Pam H
Thunder Bay
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100 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We took a drive out to the Amethyst Mine last week so we could pick our own pieces of amethyst up. It was fun and interesting to see all the different shapes and sizes that were available.

Thank Marsha C
Winnipeg, Canada
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

We had a wonderful time exploring the many excavations available. We only stayed for about an hour but you could bring your lunch and stay for a long time. fun for a family outing .If you want you can buy rocks by the pound $3. Then you can take them and do wonderful things like tumbling for jewelry or make... More 

Thank Louise B
Minneapolis, Mn
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67 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This was our second time here. We love it! So much fun! All ages enjoy it! We got bags for less than $20.00! We will definitely be back. We don't even look at the other mines in the area! Family owned and operated. Visited in August this time. No flies!!

1 Thank ibm600
Fort Myers, Florida
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

We heard this was a great place to explore and so glad we found it! A little far out but easy drive and fun navigating the dirt road and hills...fun! Interesting geology of the mine and historic shifting of the fault! Long family history and still working it! Enjoyed the digging of the rock fields and finding our own gems!... More 

Thank PETUNIA1985

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