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Klinker Opal Property

7879 Hwy 97 | P.O. Box 298, Vernon, British Columbia V1T 6M2 , Canada
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Ranked #16 of 16 attractions in Vernon
Type: Mines
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Kelowna, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Hi! I wrote a Review some time ago about this "Tourist Attraction"... Afterward, a "Klinker" replied to me privately...Obviously they didn't want to respond publicly... The Klinker e-mailer told me what I said was Slander, and in a veiled manner threatening to sue me if I didn't remove my Review... "Sorry Klinker person"... As far as I know, Canada is... More

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

I agree with you --- finding opal is tricky; but we do not 'salt' as you originally alluded to --- now you are suggesting instead that perhaps I should. No real need, it is there to be found. Alternatively, one can simply send money($400) to Australia to buy on or you can join us to try to find one. At... 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

My family and I come to Vernon about 3-4 times a year from Regina and enjoy visiting the gift shop every time. The kids love to take a look and learn about the different stones and my wife and I always find neat stuff we would like to take home. The owner is very informative and more then helpful to... More

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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

We went to the opal mine in August 2012 for my daughter's birthday experience as she loves rocks and gems and jewelry. We'd been to the shop on a previous holiday two years earlier and learned about the "You Dig" opportunity. Bob and his wife (I'm sorry I didn't catch her name) are the nicest people and were very helpful... More

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Vernon, Canada
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
44 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

We went looking for opals and no one in our group found anything worth having. We worked the slag heap and not the mine. The only person who "found" a nice piece was one of the owners who just happened to look down and see it. The rest of us hammered away for several hours for little reward. We did... More

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

Thank you for your opinion. First and foremost it is necessary to clarify, as I'm sure we did when you visited, that mine regulations preclude allowing fee diggers from entering our mine workings. Furthermore, our insurance would not cover us for such activities. Secondly, the piles of material set aside for diggers is not "slag" or waste rock as that... More

bc
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

The opals were lovely but unless you "look" like you can afford them the staff doesnt pay much attention to you. But if you have some extra time its worth stopping in just to see the opals we have in BC

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

Thank you for your review. Our staff tries to treat all our customers politely and courteously and we do not pick and choose based on apparent affluence -- we learned long ago that appearance can be deceiving. We do not have a large staff and although we try to greet everyone as they enter we cannot drop a customer we... More

Hemet, California
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2011

I had the opportunity to be at the Opal Mine in the months of June, July and August of 2011. It was great fun, in a beautiful part of British Columbia that a lot of people, tourists especially would not normally see. I learned that you don't find opals everywhere and after some helpful input and coaching from Bob (the... More

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Peachland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

Be prepared to get down and get dirty in your search for those opals and you won't be disappointed with your trip to the mines. There can be no guarantee that you will find what you're looking for but the anticipation that opals are there hidden amongst the rocks and open ground prepared for you should be enough to make... More

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

Thank you for your review. I am pleased that you enjoyed the experience enough to make a return visit. Practice makes perfect. Hope to see you again in 2012. More

Kelowna, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

This is a great day out for all, I have been to the opal fields several times with different groups of all ages, each time every person involved have enjoyed the day. Knowing that you are digging into fresh workings which are deposited onto the open field (for easy access) makes the "opal quest" more exciting. The owner - Bob... More

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Sicamous, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

This is the biggest waste of time & money I'm surprised that this ma & pop opperation hasn't been shut down for ripping people off there is no mine that you get to see nor is there any education just a scrap pile of rock & dirt

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

Thank you for your opinion. We do try to ensure that everyone enjoys their visit, which is just as much about the opportunity and experience as it is about striking it rich. Everyone finds common opal and agate and most find some precious opal even if it is only a specimen. One has to follow instructions and must develop a... More

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