MEG Membership Information Form – If you would like to be included in a database of available MEG member services please complete the attached Word document and email it to Boukare Tapsoda ralleyboukare@gmail.com

Thank you for the very positive response to the upcoming field trip to the Monarch and Kicking Horse Pb-Zn-Ag Mines, near Field, B.C., in Yoho National Park. The field trip will be on September 23rd, based on the popular vote! This field trip will be lead by Barry Richards, of the GSC Calgary, a specialist in Mississippi-Valley-Type Pb-Zn-Ag deposits.

As of Sept 5, the field trip is over 1/2 full. Barry Richards has capped the total # of participants at 32. Due to the restriction in space, please buy a spot through EventBrite soon. (cost with service fees is $80.12, with $75 going to the MEG Calgary group to cover the trip expenses).

The Monarch and Kicking Horse mines are important because they are the most-easterly base-metal mines in the southern Canadian Rocky Mountains, and provide a great opportunity to examine a readily accessible Mississippi-Valley-Type Ag-Pb-Zn deposit close to Calgary. Their presence, and that of several base-metal prospects along the Kicking Horse Rim, indicate the main and western ranges of the Rockies have significant exploration and production potential outside of the national parks.

The Kicking Horse orebodies appear to line up with those of the Monarch mine across a gap of 1158 metres between the cliff faces of Mount Field (Kicking Horse) and Mount Stephen (Monarch).

The mines had a long and complex history of development and production. From 1888 to 1952, various mining companies have explored and mined the deposits. During the main phase of mining from 1929 to 1948, 773,445 tons of ore were milled yielding 697,208 ounces of silver, 129,747,211 pounds of zinc, and 84,310,179 pounds of lead. The mines have been inactive since 1952, and were acquired by Parks Canada in 1976.

Water will be available throughout the day, and lunch will be provided. The trip is limited to 48 participants. Please signup through EventBrite by September 18, 2017 with the link below:


Al Turner (MEG Membership Director)

Our monthly lunch talks will henceforth be held in Lecture Room 205, at the Kerby Centre, 1133 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB. The talks will generally be held on the first Friday of the month, but may vary occasionally to avoid conflicts with other events, or to accommodate speaker availability. The Kerby Centre is conveniently located at a C-Train station and offers free parking with validation. The main entrance to the Kerby Centre is located near the eastern end of the building, adjacent to the C-Train station. The Reception Desk can direct you to Room 205. If you are using the Kerby Centre parking, please enter your plate number on the computerized console at the registration desk.

The Calgary Mineral Exploration Group Society is a non-profit association incorporated under the Societies Act of Alberta. The mandate of the Calgary MEG is to foster a recognition of the importance of mineral exploration and the development of mineral resources to the province of Alberta.

The Society endeavours to promote public understanding of the Earth Sciences and the business interests of its members. The society offers monthly lunchtime seminars relating to geology and mineral exploration in the province of Alberta, across Canada and around the world. We also offer occasional short courses on individual subjects for the professional development of our members.

If you would like your name added to our mailing list, please email luncheons@megcalgary.com or use the form below. It is not necessary to be a member to join the list, but members do get a reduced rate on luncheon price.

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Alternatively, you can attend a lunchtime presentation and provide your contact information at the desk, or download the Membership Form and mail it to Calgary MEG, PO Box 1027 Calgary AB T2P 2K4.


In the mid to late 1960’s, the mineral exploration scene in Calgary was small. Great Plains Development, Imperial Oil, Scurry Rainbow and others maintained small mineral exploration groups, mainly engaged in the search for gold and base metals. Don Sawyer, Murray Pyke, Sandy Dean and Al Swanson were some of the geologists working for these companies. At this time the Red Fox bar in the Holiday Inn (now Ramada) was the informal meeting place for the mineral exploration community …


Sponsor a Calgary MEG Society Luncheon. Benefits include your logo and a website link on the Email Distributions to our membership; your logo and website on the event page of our website; and time for a 5 minute information sharing session about your business, product, service or project at the luncheon.

For more information on how to present a talk or sponsor one of our Luncheons please click here to email the President of MEG.