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The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
201 Kicking Horse Ave, Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia V0A 1G0, Canada
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

Leda was our expert guide for the Mount Stephen Burgess Shale Trilobite beds hike. In total there were ten of us with varying degrees of hiking ability and knowledge of the history of these ancient fossils. Leda did a fantastic job of educating us and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

The hike up to the Mt Stephen trilobite beds is a definite must-do! It's a fairly steep grind, but well worth the effort, as the fossils abound and the views are stunning. David was our guide, and that man is incredible - he kept us...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

We spent a wonderful day climbing to the Burgess Shale Beds. Though it was challenging it was certainly rewarding and our 9 year old finished the climb in better shape than me 😊 To stand turning stones and for everyone to contain a fossil was...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 2, 2018

Our guide was Leda, she was great. Very knowledgeable about the area and the fossils and very enthusiastic. We were a group of 11 and we kept a very good pace the whole way up and down the mountain. Long day but so worth it....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

First, our guide, Lydia, was very knowledgeable about the local history and geology of the area. The hike is very strenuous, basically all uphill to the fossil site. I recommend training for this level of effort, especially if you are in your 60s like me....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 25, 2018

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the hike up to the Mt. Stephen trilobite fossil bed. Our guide, Russ, was very informative, and attentive. He is very knowledgable, and a very friendly guide. I was very grateful for the loan of poles, particularly for the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Renee780
Reviewed August 24, 2018

The guided hike to Walcott Quarry was an amazing experience. The views are incredible, and the fossils are exceptional. David is a wonderful guide, he is well versed in the story and impact of the Burgess Shale and it's obvious that he is passionate about...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mikaela P
Reviewed August 21, 2018

Our family of four really loved this experience. David was a fantastic guide who was both entertaining and informative. It was clear he could explain the history of the area/ the earth and the resulting fossil bed to anyone-child or adult. If you are a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank daveosmom
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

This is truely a once in a lifetime experience if you do not live in the area. These are 500 million year old fossils you are visiting. Our guide was David, and he had 24 years of experience guiding to the Burgess Shale at the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank raucolton
Reviewed August 8, 2018

This was a wonderful hike. Russ was an excellent guide - very knowledgeable about the geology but also about the flora and fauna as well as history of the area. Description of the hike was accurate and thus we were completely prepared. Hiking poles are...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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mari h
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I had forgotton the time difference. On August 4th, please. Thanks,