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THE BURGESS SHALE Parks Canada

WALCOTT QUARRY
This classic journey begins at spectacular Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park, British Columbia. As you hike through stunning mountain landscapes, you’ll learn about the bizarre Burgess Shale creatures and how they came to be fossilized at the top of the mountains. With a maximum group of 12 people, there is plenty of opportunity to ask questions about geology or the local plants and animals.

PRICE: $70.00 per adult (17 – 64 years) │$35.00 per youth (8 – 16 years) │$59.50 per senior (65+ years)
TIME: 7:00 am Friday, Saturday and Sunday
DURATION: 10.5 Hours
DISTANCE: 21km (13 miles) round trip
ELEVATION: 825 meters (2,710 ft)
CANCELLATION POLICY:  $13.50 non refundable at time of booking.

MOUNT STEPHEN
Hike to the site where railway workers reported finding ‘stone bugs’ in the 1880s and learn about the bizarre Burgess Shale creatures and how they came to be fossilized at the top of the mountains. With a maximum group of 12 people, there is plenty of opportunity to ask questions about geology or the local plants and animals. This short but challenging trip will take you to a 505 million year old treasure frozen in time.

PRICE: $55.00 per adult (17 – 64 years) │$27.50 per youth (8 – 16 years) │$46.75 per senior (65+ years)
TIME: 7:00 am Friday, Saturday and Sunday
DURATION: 7.5 Hours
DISTANCE: 8km (5 miles) round trip
ELEVATION: 795 meters (2,610 ft)
CANCELLATION POLICY:  $13.50 non refundable at time of booking.

STANLEY GLACIER
Join a Parks Canada Heritage Interpreter for a fun guided hike to the first Kootenay National Park Burgess Shale fossil site. This family-oriented hike provides an excellent introduction to the Burgess Shale on a relatively easy trail. Beginning in an expansive fire swept forest with lodgepole pines and a profusion of wildflowers, this hike crosses a turquoise river, passes by waterfalls and gives close-up views of the Stanley Glacier. Hidden at the base of Mount Stanley are trilobites, hyolithids, brachiopods, sponges and algaes from the Eldon formation. The lock box is chock full of real Burgess Shale fossils for you to hold. You’ll even see the “Stan animal,” a 505 million year old predator recently discovered here!
Note: This hike does not go to the recently excavated Marble Canyon quarry site and access to the Burgess Shale area in Kootenay is not restricted to participants on approved guided hikes. 


PRICE: $55.00 per adult (17 – 64 years) │$27.50 per youth (8 – 16 years) │$46.75 per senior (65+ years) │Children (7 years and under) gratuity is appreciated
TIME: 8:00 am Saturday, Sunday and Monday
DURATION: 7.5 Hours
DISTANCE: 10km (6.3 miles) round trip
ELEVATION: 450 meters (1,476 ft)
CANCELLATION POLICY:  $13.50 non refundable at time of booking.

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