Kitchener-Waterloo Gem and Mineral Club
50 Years of Geological Fun and Education

KWGMC club logo The Kitchener-Waterloo Gem and Mineral Club was formed in 1965. For fifty years, our club has brought together people who have an interest in the lapidary arts and in collecting rocks, minerals, and fossils. Members are residents of Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, and other communities in Waterloo and Wellington Counties, Ontario.

June 2016 club picnic
The club meets on a monthly basis, usually at Button Factory Arts (formerly the "Waterloo Community Arts Centre") in Waterloo. Meetings include speakers, workshops and the ever-popular monthly raffle for gems and minerals. Special events include picnics, pot-luck suppers and field trips.

The club also provides a forum for an exchange of information and ideas about the hobby. We also promote safe and responsible collecting, and we work with other federation clubs to secure more collecting areas.

Our club is a member of the Central Canadian Federation of Mineralogical Societies (CCFMS).

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Celestine and Calcite
Dundas Quarry
Dundas, Ontario
Niagara Canal Dumps
Montrose Road
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Nipissing 404 Mine
Cobalt, Ontario


Future Meetings

Past Meetings

For more past meetings, see here.

Kids Club

Our Kids Club is designed for children 5-16 who are interested in rocks, fossils, and minerals. We meet monthly at the Rock Spa on Victoria Street in Kitchener.

For more information about the kids' club, contact Robert Maric.

Meetings are typically the first Saturday of each month, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM at The Rock Spa on Victoria Street in Kitchener.

News and Future Events last updated December 17 2017

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How to Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Kitchener-Waterloo Gem and Mineral Club
c/o Stephanie Martin
Button Factory Arts
25 Regina St. S.,
Waterloo, ON N2J 1R8 Canada

Club Officers

Annual Show and Sale

Each year our club organizes an annual show, which is open to the public. Our show provides an opportunities for people to buy, sell and exchange rocks, minerals, fossils, gemstones, lapidary material and equipment. The show is held on the first Saturday in May from 10 AM to 4 PM at Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina St. S., in Waterloo, Ontario. Admission is free.

Anyone (including dealers, swappers, clubs, and artists) may participate in the show. Dealers are not permitted to advertise their business. The cost for a 6-foot table is currently $30. To reserve space or to obtain more information, please contact Gary Winkler.

Club Field Trip to Cobalt

Field Trips

Field trips are arranged about twice a year. Past trips have included Field trips are sometimes held together with the CCMFS.

Yearly Live Auction

Each year in December our club holds a live auction for gems, minerals, fossils, meteorites, and lapidary items. The public is invited.



Each year our club has a competition for the best self-collected specimen and the best specimen acquired elsewhere (the "Silver Pick" award). Winners are voted on by members and the winner gets a trophy.


Our annual membership fees are $20 for an individual and $25 for a family. New members are welcome any time.


The Rockblast is published monthly and is currently edited by Jeffrey Shallit. Members receive the newsletter electronically or by Canada Post. Our newsletter outlines activities and includes interesting articles related to lapidary and the rock and mineral collecting hobby. We currently exchange newsletters with other clubs.

For some past issues, see the Rockblast archive.


Our club is sponsored by GemSelect, a German-Thai company specializing in gemstones in Chanthaburi, Thailand. Thanks to GemSelect for their support!

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