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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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Great guided hike

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Red Deer, Canada

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 a biologist on our hike and she was able to keep the flow going. the... More 

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Red Deer, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 is daunting! Definitely take hiking poles and only take your kids if they have hiked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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. The guide was open to all points of view (including creationism) but this really is... More 

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Thank Richard B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 look around and see the fossils. Bring lots of snacks and food. I must have... More 

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Canmore, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Stanley Glacier location is the best for fit younger families. Pack a lunch and take lots of water. Wear good footware as even though this is the least steep of the 3 hikes it's still a climb. The hikes are hosted by Interpretive Guides from Canada's National Park system so they really know their stuff and are eager to... More 

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houston, texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

A great hike to an important site. All day 7am to 7pm. Guide required. Not that easy as I was hurting the next day. Spectacular views at the top. Always like it when I am rewarded at the top.

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This is one of the most important geological sites on the planet. Field is a lovely spot to start your hike but, beware, you need to be very fit. Take advice before you set out and let people know where you are going and when you expect to be back.

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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 

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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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 

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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 

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