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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...more
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We did the Walcott Quarry Hike (Burgess Shale) with Parks Canada. Our group of 15 included Parks Canada Interpreter/Leader Lydia, two Parks Canada hike leader-trainees, a Parks Canada summer student, and 9 other friendly people. Lydia was fantastic, as was the hike: 10 1/2 hours,...More
We were part of an eight person guided hike to the fossil bed on Mt Stephen. The hike was well organized, our guide Lidia, was very informative, experienced, and enthusiastic. We learned a lot about trilobites and the Burgess Shale formation. This hike is steep...More
A must hike if you are into fossils and also beautiful scenery. This hike starts around the Takakkaw Falls and pretty much follows the Iceline Trail until little Yoho Lake. From there you have another couple of hours until you reach the Walcott Quarry. This...More
Readers of Stephen Gould's Wonderful Life will be familiar with the Burgess Shale, one of the most important geological sites in the world. But we did not realize it was at Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park, and it was a pleasant shock to make...More
We hiked to Burgess Shale with a visit by Parks Canada and it was just awesome! We were a little scared at first, because of all the warnings Parks Canada post on their website, but it turns out that if you're used to regular day...More
There a number of hikes you can do to see the site of the Burgess Shale (one of the most important fossil sites in the world) - they are all guided. This is the less strenuous of them and run by Parks Canada.
Went on the hike to the fossil fields last week, absolutely amazing. Many thanks to our guide David, did a great job bringing the group together and getting everyone up and back down again. A really worthwhile hard day out.
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...More
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...More
No. The guides for both are trained together so the level and depth of interpretive info is as similar as it can be—of course you can't account for different individuals of either org who might know more or less.