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Burgess Shale

Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
+1 877-737-3783
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Burgess Shale Guided hike

A must hike if you are into fossils and also beautiful scenery. This hike starts around the... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Laurie P
Townsville, Australia
Who Knew It Was Here?

Readers of Stephen Gould's Wonderful Life will be familiar with the Burgess Shale, one of the most... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
Maplewood, New Jersey
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The famous Burgess Shale is located in the magnificent Canadian Rockies of southeastern British Columbia. The site is on a ridge between two mountaintops, near the town of Field. Ninety kilometres east, across the Continental Divide, lies the resort town of Banff. To get to the Walcott quarry, you hike a scenic trail a distance of about 10km, taking about 3 hours. All around you is the spectacular scenery of Yoho National Park, including Takakkaw Falls, Emerald Lake, numerous glaciers, and high mountains.
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Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
+1 877-737-3783
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A must hike if you are into fossils and also beautiful scenery. This hike starts around the Takakkaw Falls and pretty much follows the Iceline Trail until little Yoho Lake. From there you have another couple of hours until you reach the Walcott Quarry. This...More

Thank Laurie P
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Readers of Stephen Gould's Wonderful Life will be familiar with the Burgess Shale, one of the most important geological sites in the world. But we did not realize it was at Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park, and it was a pleasant shock to make...More

Thank NJChisoxFan
Reviewed 15 October 2016

We hiked to Burgess Shale with a visit by Parks Canada and it was just awesome! We were a little scared at first, because of all the warnings Parks Canada post on their website, but it turns out that if you're used to regular day...More

1  Thank JeffQc
Reviewed 17 September 2016

There a number of hikes you can do to see the site of the Burgess Shale (one of the most important fossil sites in the world) - they are all guided. This is the less strenuous of them and run by Parks Canada. You meet...More

Thank Jeremy H
Reviewed 3 September 2016

A wonderful guide who tried to make the hike about more than the destination (which is a long way up!). Saw a kingfisher and woodpecker and had over an hour to look for fossils - very interesting.

Thank SmokoEdmonton_AB
Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Went on the hike to the fossil fields last week, absolutely amazing. Many thanks to our guide David, did a great job bringing the group together and getting everyone up and back down again. A really worthwhile hard day out.

Thank Ant W
Reviewed 19 July 2016

The hike itself is quite spectacular. I guess not for anyone with health issues as it is a bit of a climb and also some exposure. The guide we had from Parks Canada was amazing. She knew her stuff, we had a geologist and also...More

Thank Dawnmarilyn12
Reviewed 4 July 2016

The guided hike to the Mt. Stephen Fossil Beds was invigorating and fascinating. Our guide from the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation was knowledgeable and friendly, and answered all of my 7 year old's questions! The hike is only 8 km round trip, but the elevation...More

Thank 297ksr
Reviewed 4 July 2016

This is a decent hike that looks over Emerald Lake. The real attraction is the fossils. You can do a fossil hunt with a group of others and see a store chest of other found fossils that give you a perspective of our ancient past....More

Thank Consciousness E
Reviewed 2 July 2016

I did this hike with my high school science class years ago. It was a strenuous 21 km hike and not a walk in the park. It was all worth it once we reached the top. What an incredible view. We hung up top to...More

Thank Sanaay1
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Questions & Answers
30 June 2016|
Response from docleslie57 |
No. The guides for both are trained together so the level and depth of interpretive info is as similar as it can be—of course you can't account for different individuals of either org who might know more or less.
1 May 2015|
Response from docleslie57 |
A guide is required as access to the trails is strictly monitored due to vandalism, theft.