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Address: 7879 Hwy 97 | P.O. Box 298, Vernon, British Columbia V1T 6M2 , Canada
Phone Number: 2505421103
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Description: Canada's first precious opal mine is operated by Opal Resources Canada...
Canada's first precious opal mine is operated by Opal Resources Canada Inc. Browse through the Opal Miners Gift Shop in Vernon & select a fine piece of opal jewellery or other opal item to remember your visit to the Okanagan. Arrange a day trip to go opal digging to unearth your own treasure. Advanced booking required for digging trips.
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We stopped here to inquire what the Cdn opals. The owner gave us a lot of information and was not at all pushy.

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2014
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Banff National Park, Canada
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Lakefield, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

A unappreciated, excellent quality, Canadian Gem. The season has not even started but the shop/store was open. The Opals are beautiful. I wish I had (hopefully will one day) been able to go to the mine. Still snow covered though. Bob is knowledgeable about his opal gems. Good experience, considering it was off season. Still came away with some nice... More 

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red deer
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

A very expensive trip. The opals are beautiful and it was fairly interesting. A friendly face and a welcome would have gone so far. We didn't bother to go back to the store front after the trip. Maybe she was just having a bad day

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opalminer, Owner at Klinker Opal Property, responded to this review

Yes, you could say that she was having a bad day. It is obvious that you are talking about my wife -- the only "she" that you would have had the honour of meeting. I can only say, not having full details of your encounter; that my wife may well have been having a bad day as she was this... More 

Kelowna, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

In response to this businesses remarks regarding my review- perhaps you should learn something from the reviews you've had. Maybe it's fortunate for you that the rest of the tourists that were on this same trip as the three of us didn't write a review. We ALL felt the same. Learn from it instead of lashing out.

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opalminer, Owner at Klinker Opal Property, responded to this review

I thought I was being quite polite in my response -- I did not lash out but rather offered a different perspective. I'll try again. A agree some people are not as successful as others but still enjoy the experience we offer (everyone finds something) and some people just cannot be pleased as their expectations are too high. Cheers. More 

Vernon, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I was there a few years ago when I first moved here. Went on this expensive, dig for your own opals. Was a brutal trip in the hills and the group of us got to go through the rubble that had already been shredded for opals.... good luck trying to find anything. a long day really hard on your vehicle,... More 

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opalminer, Owner at Klinker Opal Property, responded to this review

Out of all the people who have gone to our site to dig for opal there have been a handful who have complained and you are one. Check out this story to see the other side. Following is an excerpt from an article published by Castanet titled 'Treasure-hunter-unearths-opals'. See pictures on our Facebook page and look up the rest of... More 

Red Deer, Canada
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This is a cool little attraction to squeeze in if you have time. You can either go to just the gift shop which is reasonably priced considering it is real opal. Or you can go up to the mine and for $50 you can go and mine and take up to 5 pounds worth of opal, or materials you find.... More 

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308 reviews 308 reviews
203 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We stopped in here at the recommendation of fellow RVers across the street from this shop. It's like someone turned the front of their house into a storefront. You could hear someone doing dishes behind the shelves and a peak through the curtain showed someone has been sleeping on the couch with child's toys spread around. A man mumbled some... More 

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opalminer, Owner at Klinker Opal Property, responded to this review

Sorry, I must have been looking after my wife who is fighting cancer and cleaning up in the kitchen. Obviously our shop attendant was not there to greet you and I did not realize that. There was a bell to ring or perhaps you could have spoken out. The toys belong to my grand daughter who was spending some time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I was there today looking for a rough opal. The owner was super nice. He's living his family's dream. It's the only precious opal mine in Canada!!!!!!!! I now have a lovely peice of my country that I am going to make into a lovely peice of jewlery that I am going to wear with loving pride. Thank you opal... More 

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Banff National Park, Canada
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72 reviews 72 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

We stopped here to inquire what the Cdn opals. The owner gave us a lot of information and was not at all pushy.

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Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

My husband and I went here and were very disappointed. For $100 for two people, this is a rip off. I grew up with a professional prospector in my family and have a degree in Geology. I was looking forward to going to the Opal mine, as it was at the top of my list of things to do in... More 

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opalminer, Owner at Klinker Opal Property, responded to this review

Dear Disappointed: Thank you for your comments. Most people enjoy the experience and many find opal that been turned into fine jewellery. Sorry your trip did not work out as you expected. I assume by your comments that you were one of the persons that had to be asked to get out of the area we have developed for mining... More 

Vernon, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

I went to the gift shop today to book an putting with this company and was very disappointed! The lady at the shop was grumpy and her tone was that the business was too busy to get me in for 3-4 weeks. As I'm only in the area for a few weeks I was a bit upset. The gift shop... More 

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opalminer, Owner at Klinker Opal Property, responded to this review

We do apologize for any perceived grumpiness or unpleasant tone. We always try to greet and treat our customers with the utmost respect and friendliness. We had a number of groups in our store on Monday June 17, 2013; one of which was asking about booking a opal digging day trip. We advised that no bookings were available until July... More 

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