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Address: Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
Phone Number: 1-877-737-3783
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Description: The famous Burgess Shale is located in the magnificent Canadian Rockies of...
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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AMAZING! Our guide was very knowledgeable, and I learned so much. Word of warning - be fit, have good shoes, and bring lots of water.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

AMAZING! Our guide was very knowledgeable, and I learned so much. Word of warning - be fit, have good shoes, and bring lots of water.

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Tamworth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We hiked the 21km round trip from Takkakaw Falls to Walcott Quarry with a Parks Canada guided hike. Our guide Cindy was friendly, helpful and well-prepared. Our group of fellow hikers were a mixed bag of internationals and Canadians. I was accompanying my science teacher husband who wanted to see the fossils...but the challenge, the view and the company were... More 

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Spruce Grove, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The only was to see the Burgess Shale is with a guide from Parks Canada. The hike is moderate to difficult but is well worth it. To be able to hold a fossil that is over 500 million years is worth the hike. We did the Mt Stephen hike and it was a beautiful hike.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My teenage son, his friend and I recently stayed in Field, BC and went with the Geoscience Foundation guided hike (different from the Parks guided one) up Mt. Stephen to the Burgess Shale. This hike is different from the Walcott Quarry. We decided to do the Mt. Stephen hike because of the quality and quantity of 500 million year old... More 

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KAMLOOPS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I was worried about the climbing stairs for 260 floors of a building description. But only the beginning and end of the one way trip are really difficult for us bit out of shape hikers Foggy day so views were poor but guild has no control of that

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Approached from Emerald Lake area, it is that the shale was discovered to have remains of very early life. This area was once an inland sea. A mud slide buried the creatures so they are very well preserved. There are information boards that tell the history with continual updates from further data.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I see quite a lot has been written already about the hike from Takkakaw Falls to the Walcott Quarry, so all I will add from that perspective is that it really helps to be reasonably fit for this hike, and it is essential that you take lots of layers (including waterproof jacket and pants) with you. I hiked to Walcott... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This was a really good experience even if your not up on fossils and that sort of thing because the guide I had filled in all the details and theories . If your in decent shape it can bit of a grind the last 15 min or so but once you get to the top its loaded with fossils to... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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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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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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Address: Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
Phone Number: 1-877-737-3783
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Kootenay Rockies  >  Yoho National Park

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