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Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site
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Drumheller and Badlands Full-Day Tour with a Small Group
Ranked #8 of 30 things to do in Drumheller
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Owner description: 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.
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2011

Visited the mine today but didn't have time left to tour more than the "Tipple" which is the last remaining one in North America. It is where the coal coming out of the mine is screened and sorting before being loaded into freight cars for transport. The mine was closed in 1979 and was turned over to a non-profit society as a museum. It is old and exposed to the weather and a lot of the artifacts are wooden so a lot is deteriorating but the society is slowly restoring areas and working hard to improve the history that visitors will see. This was a turbulent time in our history and historic sites like this are important to remember our ancestors history.
Take the time for the entire tour and see the mine shaft and the train ride, it is worth the investment of that time.

Visited May 2011
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Edmonton, Canada
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“very interesting to find out the human history of the badlands AB”
Reviewed May 25, 2011

our tour guide was one of the best I have ever had told so many interesting and intreging stories, they have added alot over just the last year, and are now digging into the mine itself at 40 feet right now, aim is 400 feet, good exersize, and stuff interesting information, if you goto Drumheller, please do not miss going! I had never been before first time and plan to go back in a few year when more has been done, you can tell how much work they have put in and that it is being very well mantained, only a 15 drive away from Drumheller and tour cost is pretty cheap at 12$ per person depending on what tour you wanna do. it is the last mine like this one left standing in AB out of originally over a 100, amazing stuff!


Visited May 2011
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St. George, Utah
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Reviewed July 13, 2010

My wife and I are are physicians who frequently travel internationally with our children. We added the Atlas Mine visit to a long day of driving from Calgary and visiting the dino museum and other sites in Drummheller.
Wow. What a great surprise. The mine adventure was thrilling, informative, and fun. Where else can you take your kids in a dark mine shaft with only the head lamp to see with.
Especially after visiting a world class museum. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable.
Anyone who treks out to Drummheller without seeing this site is missing half the show.

2 Thank Kenneth P
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“You won't get shafted!”
Reviewed May 8, 2010

This is a unique historic location and a must see. Take a ride on the coal train. Follow the conveyor belts up through the wooden structure and enter a section of the mine with just your head lamps for light. Guided tours offer interesting and humorous information the whole way.

2 Thank Mortaric
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Liverpool, Canada
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“Coal is Cool!”
Reviewed November 17, 2009

So, everyone goes to Drumheller for the Dinosaurs...but the town is there because of Coal mining. In fact, there used to be 139 mines just in the Drumheller Valley - I learned this at the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site.

I was impressed by this place. First because it is super spooky! The original out buildings are there and the last wooden tipple in Canada looms over the site. You can take a tour in a number of different directions: The Tipple Tour allows you into the tipple and you also get a bumpy ride on a mini mine locomotive named 'Linda'. Everyone loved that. The tipple is 45 feet high and is quite a slope. You can also don caps and lamps and head into the underground conveyor tunnel that takes you through a coal transport tunnel up to the upper mine workings, mine entrance and blacksmith shop. It is really surprising when you come out of the tunnel to find yourself so high up the valley wall. Underground they do all the typical stuff like turn your lights off. This was too much fun, I felt like a miner.

The guides are fantastic. You can pay to just wander around on your own - but I would plan to take a guided tour - they have some crazy mining stories to share with you. The guides were excellent at keep everyone entertained from little kids to adults - so there wasn't a lot of kids whining and making everyone nuts. It's pretty fast paced - the tours vary from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours...but either one feels like it goes by in minutes. I've been to many museums and sites where you want to shoot yourself after about 15 minutes with the guide with the 'tourguide' voice that sounds like they are reading from a script. These guys had obviously put their own twist on their tours, they were very personable and fun...and they knew answers to bizarre questions. I've never had a guide so good before!! And stuff works!!!!! They lit a carbide light and we rode on the 1936 train...

What impressed me about this place was that it was so 'open' and accessible. Most museums you go to keep everything behind glass and you can't get passed roped sections. Here, you walk the footsteps of the miners...touch their stuff...go in a 1926 shack...climb on machines - the site is very robust and interactive.

This place was a surprise...a gem...a really cool, AUTHENTIC and historical gem of the Badlands...highly recommended.

3 Thank Carla2000
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