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Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site

110 Century Drive | East Coulee, Drumheller, Alberta T0J 1B0, Canada
(403) 822-2220
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Ranked #7 of 20 Attractions in Drumheller
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mines, Historic Sites
Owner description: 16 tons of Fun!Drumheller is Coal Valley, where over 100 mines penetrated the black seams of the badlands. Go up the underground, ride the mine... more » Owner description: 16 tons of Fun!Drumheller is Coal Valley, where over 100 mines penetrated the black seams of the badlands. Go up the underground, ride the mine train, and climb the wooden tipple. Tours are fun and fascinating, and the guides rock.New in 2011! Step into the mine portal! For your safety, restrictions apply on some tours. « less
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North Battleford, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

It was awesome to walk up the coal mine! It was kind of expensive but was neat to see how the miners worked back then. The down side was that they had to rebuild the mine and made it more modern to go by todays building restrictions so it wasn't exactly the same experience as a miner would have had.

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Priddis, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We loved everything about this site - the short "train" ride showing how the miners travelled under ground. We were all given hard hats with miners lights and led up the inside of the tipple conveyor belt structure to the start of the underground. Our guide, Amber, was a wonderful source of information on the hardships these miners had to... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I took a tour of the mine, after being told that the tours goes through the mine as it's called, what they don't tell you until the last 15 minutes of the tour is that the tunnel has been collapsed for safety reasons, and so you can't actually go into the mine. They flat out lie to you, even when... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

You go about 100 yards on an old coal train, then switch the track over, and go the other direction for maybe 40 yards on another piece of track. The mosquitos were terrible. The experience almost worthless, and a waste of time. Maybe the tour into the entrance of the mine is better. I'd rather have sat this one out.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We did a tour and climbed up the tunnel to the tipple, the guide was very interesting and informative, pity we couldn't actually go underground but still worth a visit

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Victoria, BC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Dinosaurs are what draw most people to the Drumheller Valley today, but not so long ago coal was king. Atlas was one of 139 mines in the area, and the last one to close. There's not a great deal to see unless you take a tour. Of the three on offer, we thought the tunnel tour seemed the most promising.... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Went to the Atlas mine after a Travel Alberta search for something to do on a nice Saturday. Very informative and interactive, get to climb up the tipple and up to the entrance of the mine. They hope to re-open the entrance so visitors can experience what being inside the mine is actually like. Lots of artifacts on site.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

Paid 40 dollars for 2 of us and was not worth it not much to see really for the money. and when it came to train ride the girl kept jerking it for fun so had to get of it early and was sick of smart comments by her and rudeness.Only visiting from Ireland and was shocked with the experience... More

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Calgary, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I thought the prices they wanted to charge to go into the mine were a bit high, so opted to just take a peek from outside. It was neat, nothing outstanding however. Drive a bit further down the road that runs off the highway to the parking lot to see the old bridge at the end! Very neat wooden rail... More

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Prince Albert, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Having the last tipple in North America is a key selling feature for this location. The park has clear long term goals that will only enhance experiences in the future - this is a huge selling factor for me. I had a window of time to wait for the next tour, however this gave me adequate time to focus on... More

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