Mining crystals

According to experts, the crystal mine at Mine Cristal is a geological gem. It is one of Canada’s great natural phenomena, due to its unique and abundant mineralogical deposits. A rare giant vein of quartz bearing wonderful fruit – quartz crystals – this site is known to be a powerful vortex of pure energy.

According to experts, the crystal mine at Mine Cristal is a geological gem. It is one of Canada’s great natural phenomena, due to its unique and abundant mineralogical deposits. A rare giant vein of quartz bearing wonderful fruit – quartz crystals – this site is known to be a powerful vortex of pure energy.

In 1989, Gaudry Normand and Pauline Normand founded Mine Crystal and began exploratory mining in Bonsecours. They discovered a rich mineral deposit, a giant white quartz vein containing magnificent quartz crystals. Research indicated that this was the only mining region in Canada able to produce both commercial quantities of quartz and first-quality quartz crystals.

In 1989, Gaudry Normand and Pauline Normand founded Mine Crystal and began exploratory mining in Bonsecours. They discovered a rich mineral deposit, a giant white quartz vein containing magnificent quartz crystals. Research indicated that this was the only mining region in Canada able to produce both commercial quantities of quartz and first-quality quartz crystals.

Here we see the mining site as it looks today. In the past (1959 – 1963), a company founded by Mr. Joseph-Armand Bombardier explored the possibility of mining quartz rock at this location, for industrial uses. In our first year (1989) we established several objectives: to harvest crystals on a small scale with respect for environmental concerns; to create an interpretation center which would present the mine to visitors; to offer courses on subjects related to quartz crystals. In 1994, we began giving Sonomeditation™ concerts; presentations of musical instruments made of crystalline materials. Between 1989 and 2018, over 350,000 visitors participated in our various activities. In 2019 the tourist aspect was removed and there is no longer any public access to the mining site.

Here we see the mining site as it looks today. In the past (1959 – 1963), a company founded by Mr. Joseph-Armand Bombardier explored the possibility of mining quartz rock at this location, for industrial uses. In our first year (1989) we established several objectives: to harvest crystals on a small scale with respect for environmental concerns; to create an interpretation center which would present the mine to visitors; to offer courses on subjects related to quartz crystals. In 1994, we began giving Sonomeditation™ concerts; presentations of musical instruments made of crystalline materials. Between 1989 and 2018, over 350,000 visitors participated in our various activities. In 2019 the tourist aspect was removed and there is no longer any public access to the mining site.

Harvesting crystals in our crystal mine is hard work and very exciting!

Harvesting crystals in our crystal mine is hard work and very exciting!

Current vocations are: harvesting crystals, Quartzophone® instruments (conception, production and sales), store/museum, and Sonomeditation™ concerts. During crystal events the store and museum are open and we give a concert.

Current vocations are: harvesting crystals, Quartzophone® instruments (conception, production and sales), store/museum, and Sonomeditation™ concerts. During crystal events the store and museum are open and we give a concert.

Since 1989, the open-pit crystal mine has consistently produced splendid quartz crystals with exceptional clarity. Here Gaudry Normand is holding a crystal he just discovered in the mine. It has to be cleaned in order for its clarity and beauty to be fully revealed!

Since 1989, the open-pit crystal mine has consistently produced splendid quartz crystals with exceptional clarity. Here Gaudry Normand is holding a crystal he just discovered in the mine. It has to be cleaned in order for its clarity and beauty to be fully revealed!

The largest single crystals measure 60 cm (24 inches) in length. Since we first began mining, 32 shapes or morphologies of quartz crystals from our crystal mine have been catalogued.

The largest single crystals measure 60 cm (24 inches) in length. Since we first began mining, 32 shapes or morphologies of quartz crystals from our crystal mine have been catalogued.

We have been continuously extracting crystals from our crystal mine since 1989. As often as is necessary to supply our store, we mine a sufficient quantity of quartz crystals.

We have been continuously extracting crystals from our crystal mine since 1989. As often as is necessary to supply our store, we mine a sufficient quantity of quartz crystals.

Even though quartz makes up a third of the earth’s crust, there are only ten regions where top quality crystals justify their extraction: the Himalayas, Madagascar, Brazil, Columbia, the United States (Arkansas), Africa, Russia, Burma, China and Canada (Bonsecours, Quebec).

Geologists have researched the origins of our quartz crystals and determined that the crystals grew at this location some 300 million years ago, in extreme conditions of heat and pressure.

Exceptionally (for a mine), we harvest the crystals by hand. The entire extraction process is done in a manner which respects both the environment and the crystals: we endeavor to keep the crystals whole and in a pristine state.

Exceptionally (for a mine), we harvest the crystals by hand. The entire extraction process is done in a manner which respects both the environment and the crystals: we endeavor to keep the crystals whole and in a pristine state.

It is a privilege for us to participate in the discovery and extraction of these true gems of nature!

In the store and in the museum, all the specimens from our crystal mine are presented in an pristine, natural state.

In the store and in the museum, all the specimens from our crystal mine are presented in an pristine, natural state.

Mine Cristal is located in the Appalachian Mountains at an altitude of 400 meters (1,300 feet), in a pine tree forest with a beautiful view over distant mountains. We hope to see you at our next crystal event!

Mine Cristal is located in the Appalachian Mountains at an altitude of 400 meters (1,300 feet), in a pine tree forest with a beautiful view over distant mountains. We hope to see you at our next crystal event!