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Address: Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
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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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Perfect day, awesome experience!

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... read more

Reviewed October 15, 2016
Quebec City, Canada

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Quebec City, Canada
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30 reviews
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Reviewed October 15, 2016

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 hikes with elevation gains of 500-700 meters, you'll just have a lot of fun. Just... More 

1 Thank JeffQc
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2016

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. You meet the guide at the car park on the 93, and follow a steep (but not... More 

Thank Jeremy H
Edmonton, AB
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2016

A wonderful guide who tried to make the hike about more than the destination (which is a long way up!). Saw a kingfisher and woodpecker and had over an hour to look for fossils - very interesting.

Thank SmokoEdmonton_AB
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Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

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.

Thank Ant W
Calgary, Canada
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2016

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 

Thank Dawnmarilyn12
Red Deer, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed July 4, 2016

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 

Thank 297ksr
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51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 4, 2016

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 

Thank Richard B
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Reviewed July 2, 2016

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 

Thank Sanaay1
Canmore, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2016

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 

Thank Terry_Barb
houston, texas
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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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