Field Trips

RFG 2018 is offering a large variety of pre and post conference field trips. To register for one of them, you have to be a registered participant. 

The organization reserves the right to cancel a field trip if this one has not reach the minimum of participants. In that case, you will be notified by email of the cancellation around mid-May.

The field trips below are happening at the Resources For Future Generations Conference this year. All cancelled field trips are/will be removed from this page.

Pre conference field trips

2 days - Thursday and Friday, June 14-15, 2018

$460 Include: transportation, meals, accomodation and guidebook

The Chilliwack - Harrison Lake region occupies an important position in a mid-Cretaceous to Cenozoic (100-45 Ma) orogen whose southern extent geographically coincides with the Coast and Cascade Mountains of southwestern BC, and the Cascade Ranges of Washington State. We informally refer to this orogen as the "Coast-Cascade orogen". In this region there is excellent preservation of the allochthonous terranes that were sandwiched between terranes to the east previously accreted to the pre-Cordilleran continental margin of North America in the Jurassic, and Wrangellia terrane to the west that underlies most of Vancouver Island. The Coast-Cascade orogen is characterized by mid-Cretaceous to early Cenozoic granitic intrusions, associated metamorphic rocks, and by folds, thrust and reverse faults that diverge eastward and westward from an axis within the present mountains. The southern part of the CCO is overprinted by late Eocene through Neogene (~34-0 Ma in this region) volcanic rocks and plutons of the Cascade Magmatic Arc, whose volcanic rocks bury the CCO south of about latitude 47°N. The purpose of this 2-day field trip is to examine rocks and structures in two areas, discuss their association with each other and their paleogeographic affinities. One area is in and around the Chilliwack Valley south of the lower Fraser River (Day 1) and the other area is north of it on the east side of Harrison Lake (Day 2). The former area lies within the Cascade Mountains (called the North Cascade Ranges in Washington) and the latter in the southeastern Coast Mountains.

Field trip sponsor: This field trip is sponsored by the Canadian Tectonics Group Division of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC)

Contacts: Dan Gibson, Simon Fraser University; Jim Monger, Geological Survery of Canada

7 days - Saturday June 9 to Friday June 15, 2018

$2 250 Include: transportation, luncheons, accomodation and guidebook

This seven-day long field trip focuses on the porphyry Cu-Au systems in the prolific Late Triassic Quesnel Terrane(Quesnellia) of southern British Columbia. It will provide participants with exposure to various types of porphyry deposits, mineralization and alteration styles, mining methods and background lectures. In particular, participants will see alteration types associated with alkaline porphyry systems. Participants will also be exposed to the Anaconda Mapping Method, which can be variably practiced at surface and bench mapping scales as well as a MDRU-modified approach for core-logging. Participants will include a mix of industry and MDRU graduate students and researchers. For UBC students, this trip is part of a course requirement.

The course is based in the southern Quesnel Terrane around the porphyry deposits near Kamloops and the Copper Mountain district, near the town of Princeton. These represent important alkalic Cu-Au porphyry deposits that characterize British Columbia's metallogeny. The regional geology is also characterized to provide context to the nature of the Late Triassic arc whence the deposits formed. The region is well-exposed and the open pits and surrounding outcrops provides a fantastic natural laboratory. Evening lectures will provide insight, context and an opportunity for discussion and socializing.

The course will provide an introduction to the mapping of alteration, lithology, mineralization and structures associated with porphyry deposits. The focus will be on the field techniques and methodology, but the course will also provide a good field introduction into the geology of alkalic porphyry Cu-Au systems and include technical presentations and discussion on setting of BC porphyry deposits and alterations applied to exploration of porphyry copper deposits. Participants should be comfortable underground, in open pits and on uneven terrain and have appropriate boots and clothing.

Fees include all transportation, accommodation, and training materials. Lunches will be supplied most days: breads, cheese, meat, cookies etc. Breakfasts and dinners are not supplied but continental breakfasts are available at the hotel. Welcome and farewell BBQs are included with registration. Otherwise, individuals have the opportunity to select from a variety of dining options in the towns of Kamloops and Princeton. Participants are expected to bring outdoor gear appropriate for cold & windy weather, a knapsack, water bottle, as well as typical mapping equipment for a minesite such as rock hammer, hand lens, notebook, and PPE (CSA-approved safety boots, safety glasses, hard hats and safety vest required; please bring your own).

Participants with an interest in porphyry copper systems, particularly the alkaline variety, and an appreciation of alteration types and styles will get the greatest benefit from this course.

Field trip sponsor: Mineral Deposits Research Unit

Contact: Craig Hart; Jeanne Liu

1 day - Friday, June 15, 2018

$100 Include: transportation, meal and guidebook

This field trip will highlight and investigate the Urban Geology of Metro Vancouver. During this one-day bus trip, participants will view the sequence of rocks and sediments underlying Metro Vancouver from bedrock to Quaternary surficial deposits. We will discuss how this geological setting and geomorphic processes are manifested as development constraints, geological hazards. Geoheritage considerations will also be explored. Stops will include the regional water supply, the geology of Stanley Park, geotechnical challenges in construction of a 2 km tunnel as a part of the Evergreen LRT project and landslide problems. We will emphasize Urban Geology as an increasingly vital speciality within the earth sciences.

Field trip sponsor: GAC

Contacts: Lionel Jackson, Simon Fraser University; Michael Wilson, Douglas College

Post conference field trips

3 days - Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24

$1160. Includes transportation, accommodation, and meals. Registration covers breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday, bag lunches on Friday-Sunday, and dinners on Friday and Saturday.

This MAC-sponsored field trip visits the Upper Fir carbonatite-hosted Nb-Ta deposit in the Blue River area, east-central British Columbia. The area is within the Omineca belt of the Canadian Cordillera, at the northeastern margin of the Shuswap metamorphic complex, in the Monashee Mountains. Metacarbonatites and associated ultramafic and alkaline rocks of at least two age groups (ca. 500 and 360-330 Ma) and the enclosing (semi)pelites and amphibolites of the Mica Creek assemblage (750-550 Ma) in the Blue River area underwent multiple deformational phases, anatexis at peak metamorphism, and exhumation during the Cordilleran orogeny.

Upper Fir is the largest and best-studied Nb-Ta deposit in the area, hosting an NI 43-101 compliant resource of 48.4 million tonnes (indicated category) averaging 1,610 ppm Nb2O5 and 197 ppm Ta2O5 plus 5.4 million tonnes (inferred category) averaging 1,760 ppm Nb2O5 and 191 ppm Ta2O5. Ore minerals are mainly Ta-rich pyrochlore and ferrocolumbite, with minor fersmite, niobo-easchynite, and microlite. In addition, centimetre-sized molybdenite books occur sporadically in both carbonatites and fenites, containing up to 1,386 ppm Mo over a metre-long drill core intervals at Upper Fir. Molybdenite hosted by carbonatites and related rocks was found in several other Cordilleran occurrences, including Perry River, Mount Grace, Wicheeda Lake and Mount Copeland (former Mo producer). Unlike unmetamorphosed and greenschist-facies metacarbonatites in British Columbia, REE carbonates are yet to be found in the upper amphibolite-facies metacarbonatites of the Blue River area.

Participants of this field trip will see representative drill-core sections and outcrops of carbonatites, related alteration and alkaline rocks, and the enclosing rocks of the Mica Creek assemblage at Upper Fir. We will discuss the primary igneous features and tectono-metamorphic overprinting of the Upper Fir carbonatites, recorded by their paragenetic relationships, mineral chemistry, recrystallization and retrograde mylonitization. Highway travel from Vancouver to Blue River transects a number of different Cordilleran terranes. We will have a few stops along the way to look at pillowed and massive basalts of the Fennell Formation (Late Paleozoic), Slide Mountain oceanic terrane, and at the Quaternary volcanic landforms, basaltic flows, hyaloclastite, fluvial and till deposits in the Clearwater valley.

Transport in the field will use four-wheel drive vehicles. Participants will need to be physically and logistically prepared to spend a full day in potentially cold and wet conditions, and to walk about 2 km on rugged, deactivated exploration trails and excavated sites. Therefore, everyone must bring adequate personal gear, including warm and waterproof clothing, safety-toed boots, hat/toque, gloves, sunscreen, etc. Because the itinerary includes rugged bulk-sample cuts, participants need to wear safety-toed boots and hard hats. Inclement weather or elevated risk of wild fire may cancel the Upper Fir itinerary, in which case we will have more time to examine the Commerce Resources Corp.’s drill-core from Upper Fir in Blue River.

Field trip sponsor: MAC

Contact: Alexei S. Rukhlov

4 days - Thursday, June 21 to Sunday, June 24, 2018

$800 Include: transportation, some meals and accommodation

The Tulameen ultramafic-mafic complex is a classically zoned Alaskan-type intrusion emplaced in a Late Triassic supra-subduction zone setting. This field trip will examine the lithological zoning and temporal evolution of the complex. and contrasting styles of well-documented chromitite-PGE mineralization in the dunite core and derivative placers versus newly discovered Cu-PGE sulphide mineralization in the more differentiated ultramafic rocks. Highlights include examination of "magmatic avalanche" deposits exposed in the Rulameen River bed, and a 700m zone of Cu-PGE mineralization similar to occurrences documented from layered intrusions in extensional tectonic settings. We will be based in Princeton (3 nights) and leave directly after the conference on Thursday June 21 returning to Vancouver by noon on Sunday June 24. Meals are provided except for lunches and dinner on the Friday night. Transport in the field will utilize four-wheel drive vehicles and participants should bring raingear and boots with ankle support. This trip complements the Special Session on Advances in the Study of Ultramafic Rocks. A limited amount of financial support may be available for students wishing to participate in the field trip. However, field trip leaders reserve the right to limit the number of students participating.

Field trip sponsor: MAC

Contacts: Graham Nixon; Dejan Milidragovic

1 day - Friday, June 22, 2018

$65 Include: transportation and luncheon

This is a post-conference trip that will describe and highlight geological features along the Sea to Sky Highway. During this one-day bus trip, participants will learn about the geology of Howe Sound, as well as natural hazards along the scenic transportation corridor between West Vancouver and Squamish. Highlights include: an underground tour of the Britannia Mine (once the largest copper mine in Canada); Howe Sound fiord, which bears the effects of Pleistocene glacial erosion; rockfall and debris flow hazards and their remediation; Mt. Garibaldi, a dormant volcano near the head of Howe Sound; and land-use planning in Squamish, a community subject to flood and debris flow hazards.

Field trip sponsor: GAC

Contact: John Clague