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“Great Value And An Excellent Family Tour Adventure” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site

Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site
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Atlas Coal Mine Admission
Ranked #7 of 28 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 64 helpful votes
“Great Value And An Excellent Family Tour Adventure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

We enjoyed our tour at the Atlas Coal Mine. We would have liked to have done the tour that took you into the actual tunnels of the mine, but we had our nearly 3-year-old daughter with us and they say it is not suitable for anyone under 4. There were still other options for young families. We ended up doing the train ride. We learned a lot of neat things about how the mines in the area worked and the different jobs the miners had. Our tour guide answered everyone's questions and was very well-spoken.

The fees are very reasonable. Any of the tours come with admission to the grounds. You do not have to take any of the tours of you don't want to, but you can take 1 or multiple tours if you do. 1 tour is about 1 to 1.5 hours.

If you don't actually want to get on the grounds, you can take pictures from the access roads. I did that, sent the pictures to my husband, and then he wanted to come and do it for real, so we did.

The grounds themselves are interesting. There were lots of information posts and all of the tour guides and staff were very knowledgable.

Our daughter liked playing in the kid's coal 'sand' box. Needless to say, her outfit for that day is in the garbage! She really enjoyed it though, so we didn't stop her.
**Note to parents - Make sure your kids are wearing something you don't mind them getting destroyed!**

Visited May 2013
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“Take tour back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Well thought out and displayed historical site to acknowledge and celebrate the coal mining history of the Drumheller Valley. Kudos to Linda and her staff for making this site a success.

Visited May 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Happy we went to see this”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I wanted to see what this place has to offer. Staff are VERY well informed & welcome questions. We went on a VERY hot day - we would have done & seen more but almost +35 with a baby makes limits on what you can see. We will go back.

Visited July 2012
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Banff National Park, Canada
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“Great historical and informative tour, gritty site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

This is a must see if you are going to go through Drumheller. Be prepared for heat and actual walking/hiking although there is also a train tour for those less strenous types. The interpretative staff really get into their jobs--ask for Chelsea--amongst others. You will be in the midst of authentic mining buildings and materials and learn stories of how it was for the "local" people who actually lived and worked the mines in their hey-day.

Visited August 2012
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Drumheller, Canada
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“Atlas Coal Mine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

This is a historical coal mine and one of the last of it's kind.. best to see in dry weather as the trails can be slippery in rainy weather...well worth the time to stop by and have a look around. The interpetures out there are very friendly and informative.

Visited June 2012
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