Gold Panning

Gold Panning

An Unforgettable West Coast Gold Experience

Shantytown’s gold panning experience is more than just an activity; it’s a journey back to the era of pioneers and exploration. Step up with your gold pan and feel some thrill of the 1860s gold rush. With expert guidance from Shantytown’s gold miners, you’ll learn the techniques that could lead to your own “eureka!” moment.


What to Expect:

  • At Shantytown, you’re in good hands. Our experts will teach you the secrets of gold panning, ensuring you can find gold in your pan. They’ll share tips on the properties of gold, proper panning techniques, and the history of gold mining in the region, making your experience both educational and enjoyable. 
  • Wild Panning Adventure: For the truly adventurous, “Wild Panning” offers an extra challenge. Grab a pan and head to the sluice area, where you can shovel your own shingle and see if fortune favours you. Who knows? You might stumble upon a hidden nugget!
  • Live Sluice Gun Demonstrations: Witness the power and ingenuity of historical mining methods with live demonstrations of the sluice gun. These captivating displays showcase how miners blasted gold from gravel, offering a fascinating glimpse into the past.

Why Choose Shantytown for Your Gold Panning Adventure?

  • Expert Guidance: Learn from experienced gold panners keen to share their knowledge and ensure a successful experience.
  • Family-Friendly Fun: Gold panning is an activity everyone can enjoy. It is the perfect outing for families with children of all ages.
  • Historic Significance: Discover the rich history of gold mining in the West Coast region and appreciate the challenges and triumphs that old-time prospectors faced while hunting for fortune.

Planning Your Gold Panning Adventure

  • Pricing: Gold panning tickets are an additional $8 per pan on top of general admission pricing. Purchasing panning tickets in advance at the reception desk is recommended, especially during peak season.
  • What to Bring: Come as you are, just dress for the weather! Our sheltered gold panning area covers you on rainy days, and our open panning area is perfect when the sun shines.

Beyond Gold Panning: Explore Shantytown’s Treasures

While gold panning is undoubtedly a highlight, Shantytown offers a wealth of other interactive attractions to explore. Take a ride on a heritage train, grab an old-time photo, wander through historic buildings, and indulge in delicious treats at the cafe.

Panning for Gold
Panning for Gold
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