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“Mine Cristal, where crystals and cristaline frequencies bring well-being.”

An extraordinary discovery: a crystal mine

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

Several vocations to preserve and protect the mine

From that point on, several objectives were established: 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, a cultural aspect was added, with the offering of live Sonomeditation™ concerts on musical instruments made of crystalline materials. And since the beginning, we make various products in our crystal workshop.

Between 1989 and 2018, over 350,000 visitors participated in our various activities. Since 2019 the tourist attraction is permanently closed and there is no longer any public access to the mining site.

Currently, our vocations at Mine Cristal are as follows: harvesting crystals in our mine, conception, production and sales of Quartzophone® instruments, Sonomeditation™ concerts, store/museum. During the summer we hold special crystal events; on these days we open the store/museum and offer a Sonomeditation concert on crystal musical instruments.

A beautiful site

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.

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The mine: locating treasures hidden underground for millions of years

Our mine is located in the same spot where many years ago, a company founded by Mr. Joseph-Armand Bombardier explored the possibility of mining quartz rock for industrial uses (1959 – 1963).

Since 1989, the open-pit mine has produced splendid quartz crystals with exceptional clarity. The largest single crystals measure 60 cm (24 inches) in length. Since we first began mining, 32 types, or morphologies of quartz crystals have been catalogued. Geological research into the origins of our quartz crystals reveals that the crystals formed at this location some 300 million years ago under extreme conditions of heat and pressure.

We have been continuously extracting crystals from the mine since 1989. As often as is necessary to supply our store, we mine a sufficient quantity of quartz crystals. Exceptionally (for a mine), we harvest the crystals by hand. It is a privilege for us to participate in the discovery and extraction of these true gems of nature. The 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. In the store-museum, our crystals are presented in an untouched, natural state.

Quartz crystals are rare and beautiful

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).

A natural energy vortex

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

See photos of us mining the crystals.

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