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Burgess Shale

Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
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Type: Hiking Trails, Historic Sites
Owner description: The famous Burgess Shale is located in the magnificent Canadian Rockies of southeastern British Columbia. The site is on a ridge between two... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Calgary, Canada
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105 reviews 105 reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

You will have to book fairly early in the season if you want to do this hike, unless you want to bet on the cancelations. the guides from Canada Park are very well versed in explaining all about the fossils. even though this is not a very difficult hike, you will need to be in good shape especially for the... More

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Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Invited to attend a trip organised by a Calgary-based oil company pre-2012. It is a place that every geologist should visit. Weather was extremely kind to us so the hike up & down was not arduous. It did produce snow flurries for a while at the quarry, but we didn't care! Spectacular views en route. Our guide was very informative... More

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Calgary
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

We did not go to the Burgess shale to see the fossils, we did the triangle hike which is Burgess Pass, Yoho Pass, Emerald Lake. This is rather demanding 20km, 880m elevation gain (and loss) hike. A parks Canada officer suggested that we start with the most difficult part from Emerald Lake to Burgess Pass and go from there, which... More

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Red Deer, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

We had an excellent 7 hour hike up & down Burgess Shale on Mt Stephen. This remakable few million year old fossil bed is amazing. Well worth the slight leg pain the next day. K-Woman was an excellent guide. Very friendly, very informative, & made it work for the whole group. If you can do a 3.5 - 4 hour... More

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Calgary
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

My husband and I signed up for the guided hike to Burgess Shale via the Geological Foundation. Our guide was terrific--clearly knowledge and very passionate about his area of expertise and provided us with much wonderful information on not only the fossils and the history of the site but also the area, the mountains, the flora and fauna. For example,... More

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Kearney, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

Although this trek involved miles of uphill walking, the scenery is spectacular and the fossils are plentiful. Our guides were geologists and were great about answering questions, stopped often to interpret the trail and for rest breaks, and even gave help treating blisters.

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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

After seeing exhibits about the shale at the ROM in Toronto, I never thought I would experience its origin.

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Canterbury, NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

There are hikes to the area guided by naturalists. The hike to the area should be considered relatively difficult and one should be prepared to climb quite steeply in places with good hiking shoes or boots. Once there you can see some of the most ancient and varied fossils to be found. If you are interested in biological evolution this... More

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

Any keen geologists should at least pop into the Field Visitor Centre where there is a small display explaining and showing some pieces from the Burgess Shale. We were visiting in May so there was no chance of seeing the rock formation themselves, but this was at least something. There is also a telescope on the banks of Emerald Lake... More

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Calgary, Canada
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124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2011

We hiked the 23.6 km Burgess Shale hike this weekend. When they tell you it is a long hike, they are right! The literature states that it is a 10 hour hike, but due to a slow moving group before us, it ended up being slightly over 11 hours. You meet at a local parking lot, then drive to the... More

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