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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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Red Deer, Canada
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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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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 via mobile

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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11 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

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
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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

Kelowna, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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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 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 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
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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
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47 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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

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