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Address: Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
Phone Number: 1-877-737-3783
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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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Spectacular geology

A great experience - seeing the origins of life in the splendid surroundings of the Rockies. Not a cheap "day out" but one that is memorable and can spark interest in teenagers... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 30, 2015
Robert G
Bolton, United Kingdom

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

A great experience - seeing the origins of life in the splendid surroundings of the Rockies. Not a cheap "day out" but one that is memorable and can spark interest in teenagers. Local accommodation a bit pricey, but campsite great (if you have a tent, of course). Very good diner near the Tourist Info Centre - can't remember its name,... More 

Thank Robert G
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

I did the Burgess triangle walk starting at the Emerald Lake Lodge car park, ascending to Lake Yoho, across Burgess Pass & back down to the Lodge car park. A 10 hour hike at moderate pace, I would definitely recommend doing it in a clockwise manner as the climb from the lake up to Burgess pass going tha nti-clockwise way... More 

1 Thank PhilbyJ2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely amazing! The hike was tough but plenty of stops to catch your breath, scenery was spectacular. Our guide from the Geoscience Foundation was informative, knowledgeable and patient with the kids. The fossils were mind blowing and what a view at the top of the mountain! Will return to see Walcott. The visitor center in Field should not to be... More 

Thank wendi k
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The fossils found at the Burgess Shale are what we all evolved from (along with all our plants and animals), 500mill years ago. We weren't expecting such a beautiful hike, or to be able to pick up and touch the fossils. Or to have an incredibly knowledgable and personable guide. One of the best days I have had in a... More 

Thank g0bbledeg00k
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The trek was supposed to be 21 kilometres, but it seemed more like 18. Beautiful walk, the Parks Canada people were not terribly helpful in terms of the website and the unfriendly advice regarding the walk. The day itself was great - lovely walk, friendly guide, splendid fossils.

Thank Felix L
Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and worth the gruelling, long uphill hike! Absolutely mind-blowing fossils and incredible views! Pack all kinds of layers and prepare for all types of weather and bring your camera and lots of water! Definitely worth it!

2 Thank Emmy B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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.

Thank Heather B
Tamworth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

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 

1 Thank MinMcD
Spruce Grove, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

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.

1 Thank Charity B
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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