In this 30 minute fun and interactive tour expect to learn about Haida Gwaii’s unique geological history, including:
- Introduction to Stones from Haida Gwaii
- Geological Formation of the Islands
- Tlell Stone Circle Tour
- Identify Agates and Learn How They are Formed
Bring your rock questions! After the tour, there will be the chance to have your rock finds identified!
We can accommodate tour groups too! We would be happy to arrange a time that fits within your tour schedule. Contact us to schedule a Rock Talk time that works for your group.
What are Guests Saying about Rock Talks?
"Thank you so much for providing this opportunity to learn about the geology of Haida Gwaii. I've walked by the Tlell Stone Circle many times on my visits to Crystal Cabin and it's great to learn what it's all about!" - Shirley L, Haida Gwaii Local
"Really interesting! We were amazed to learn the age of the stones from these islands. Especially the 200 million year old fossil. Quite impressive," Rob and Cindy, Visiting from Calgary, Alberta
"I found this tour fascinating!" Jenny G, Haida Gwaii Local
"Thank you for setting me straight on finding agates. After the talk I found my first beach agate!" Susan M, Visiting from Vancouver, British Columbia
- Date: 11am, every Tuesday and Friday for Summer 2018 starting May 11 (last Rock Talks takes place on August 31)
- Location: Crystal Cabin, 778A Richardson Road, Tlell, BC, V0T 1Y0
- Contact: 1-250-557-4383
- Price: By donation
What's The Tlell Stone Circle? And Why We Built It?
The Tlell Stone Circle was built in 2002 by founder Dutes Dutheil, with specimens he collected over 10 years from all corners of Haida Gwaii. Dutes, a local lapidary artist and mineral collector, built the Stone Circle to showcase the geology of Haida Gwaii and share his knowledge and love for stones. The Tlell Stone Circle represents just a small portion of Dutes’ vast private collection but boasts some of the most impressive specimens.
The Stone Circle consists of eight individual specimens, each supported by a concrete pillar made with East Beach Sand, and organically shaped steel encasings. The Tlell Stone Circle is arranged in a perfect geometric circle, reflective of a traditional medicine wheel. The medicine wheel traditionally embodies the four directions and the four dimensions of health and wellness.