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Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site

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Address: 110 Century Drive | East Coulee, Drumheller, Alberta T0J 1B0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 403-822-2220
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   16 tons of Fun!Drumheller is Coal Valley, where over 100 mines...

   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.

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Before oil and gas were discovered in southern Alberta, the economy ran on coal. So when coal was discovered in the Red Deer River valley east of Drumheller, it was exploited. All... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Before oil and gas were discovered in southern Alberta, the economy ran on coal. So when coal was discovered in the Red Deer River valley east of Drumheller, it was exploited. All that remains of those labor intensive days in this area is the Atlas Coal Mine, a competent "living" mine that authentically shares what coal mining was all about... More 

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Seattle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

Our first time to an old coal mine. It's amazing to see the old structures that are still there, very very interesting. We took the ride in the coal cars, very short, but very fun. Walked around the old buildings, I took many photos, a great place if you have old buildings, rusty things, against a brilliant sky. Also there... More 

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Thank loverainsky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

This is a not overly polished view into a chapter of this areas history. Better than average roadside stop. Staff are friendly and engaged which makes it fun.

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Thank Glynn P
Red Deer, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

As a history buff I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the very knowledgeable guides who made this historic site come to life. They made every effort to entertain the many children, and adults alike, as well as being a wealth of information. I didn't get to go underground as my friend has claustrophobia - something I hadn't thought about before we... More 

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Three Hills, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

I went here for a school trip and have never forgotten it. The tour guides are the best I have ever seen! So funny, engaging and knowledgeable. Very cool history here and neat to see how important coal was to the area. I took the tipple tour.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

We were disappointed with the hoodoos, so very happy we added a visit to the mine to make our day. Our guide Chelsea was excellent, very knowledgeable and passionate. We took the Tipple tour because of timing but am certain all tours are as good. As others have said, a lesson in history made fun. Kids and teenagers would love... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

This site is being restored for future generations to see. The tour starts where the workers started their day. It was interesting to see how they stored their belongings in baskets hoisted to the ceiling on pulleys. Their was also a very large area with hot showers. The tour then went up into the mine. I did not attempt it... More 

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Whitehorse, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

Closed over 30 years ago, the site is the best preserved example of an industry that really helped develop the local area AND indirectly led to the discovery of the rich dinosaur finds in the area. The managing group is trying hard to get funding for further restoration, and provide a variety of tours that examine different aspects of mining... More 

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Brockville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

Good day: If you are a history buff, a mining fanatic or an old machinery aficionado you like this Historic site. It's a piece of the past set aside for future enjoyment. It is well kept, well run and safe. As I said; there is something for everyone; even the kids. So if you find yourself in the Drumheller area,... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

This redundant coal mine provides a marvellous reminder of the harsh conditions faced by miners. We didn't bother to go into the mine shaft because both of us struggle with claustrophobia. The tippell is awesome and there is a very good display of former mining equipment.

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