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Gold panning/mining

Hey gang. My 8 year old daughter caught gold fever when panning on the Wild Horse River near Cranbrook last summer. First pan she had color. Same with the first pan on the Red Deer River. Unfortunately, its all flour gold and almost impossible to extract from the sand. Nevertheless, we both love spending the day digging dirt and panning. Does anybody on the forum have a lease or know an area where we may be able to find a few larger flakes we may be able to extract (not counting on any nuggets...lol) in the BC area that is within 5 hours of Calgary? We want to come and pan a few weekends this summer. I'm not asking anybody to give up the motherload, just point us in the right direction or perhaps recommend some tools or machines that may make it easier. Cheers!
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My ex gf''s family were mad for it. They are currently in Western Australia on a 4 month gold finding expedition lol.
Bloody wackos!!!!

From my experience people dont talk about where they find gold
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Yeah. I don't expect to be pointed to massive paydirt. Just somewhere we may be able to make a couple bucks.
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You will never find my lucky charms!!
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I was looking into this a bit at the end of last summer. That and what is call rock hounding, which is searching for gems and minerals. I was unable to find any quality forums and also ran into the no one talks dilemma. Even asked at a few gem selling and supply stores where a newbie could start and got the answer, "I don't know of anywhere." Bullshit.

Basically you have to learn you some geology and a map to look for areas that may be worth your while. There are some gem/gold clubs as well, I am sure you could probably find one in BC. There are also definitely some cheesey tourist attractions where you might stand a chance, but those aren't "spend your day by the river peacefully" kind of places.
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