Granite is an igneous rock, it is formed when the lava from volcanoes is allowed to cool underground for a long period of time. They can be pink to gray in colour. Granite is found all over Earth. Most mountains are made of granite.

white and black speckled rock

The black minerals are hornblende and sparkly biotite. The white mineral is feldspar, and the clear mineral is quartz. These four minerals combine and make up granite.

Used in:

  • Countertops
  • Building stones
  • Paving Stones
  • Curling stones

Museum hours

Conestoga Rovers Learning Centre (the “Dino pit”) open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The museum’s main atrium, mining tunnel, Great Lakes fountain and stunning mineral exhibits open all day Monday to Friday and weekends from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Peter Russell Rock Garden (located outdoors) open to the public year round. Self-guided tours are available.

Admission is free! For more information, see Visit Us.

Scavenger hunts for kids ages 6 to 12+