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Burgess Shale Fossil Guided Hikes Notes • G  roups that reserve all 12 available spaces at the same time for the same hike receive a 10% discount. • C  hildren under 8 are not allowed on the Walcott Quarry and Mount Stephen hikes. • C  hildren 0 to 5 years are not allowed on the Stanley Glacier hike. 

Ryan Creary / Parks Canada

• Y  outh under 8 are not recommended on the Stanley Glacier hike due to trip length and difficulty. • C  hildren and youth up to 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. • P  arent or guardian of participants 17-19 years of age must sign a waiver at the trailhead. • A  ll participants on the Burgess Shale Guided Hikes require a valid national park pass. 

For more information Parks Canada Website: Zoya Lynch / Parks Canada

www.pc.gc.ca/burgessshale

Parks Canada Information Centre: 1-888-773-8888

To make a reservation: www.reservation.pc.gc.ca or 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783)

www.pc.gc.ca/burgessshale - 1-877-RESERVE @KootenayNP @YohoNP


YOHO NATIONAL PARK

Zoya Lynch / Parcs Canada

The Burgess Shale fossils are some of the oldest and most complex in the world. They are so important that they are recognized as a key part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. These exquisite fossils are over 500 million years old and extremely well preserved. They provide key evidence to the history and early evolution of multicellular life on earth. We are still making new discoveries and finding new fossils, which are changing our understanding of early life and evolution! Parks Canada protects these sites and offers guided hikes to three unique Burgess Shale locations in Yoho and Kootenay national parks. You will have the opportunity to search for, discover and hold fossils in your hands. Our guides are passionate about sharing these protected treasures with visitors from across the world. Read on to discover how you can experience the Burgess Shale fossils for yourself. To book: www.pc.gc.ca/burgessshale 1-877-RESERVE

Walcott Quarry: Classic expedition

Schedule and Rates

This classic journey begins at spectacular Takakkaw Falls. 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.

July 5 to August 31, 2020 - Every day, except Wednesday September 4 to 13, 2020 - Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Difficulty Distance

Elevation Gain Duration

Strenuous

825 metres (2,710 feet)

21 km (13 miles) round trip

11 hours 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Participant

Rates

Adults (17-64 years)

$70.00

Youth (8-16 years)

$35.00

Seniors (65+ years)

$59.50

Mount Stephen: Stone bugs galore

Schedule and Rates

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.

June 13 to 29, 2020 - Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday July 3 to August 30, 2020 - Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 5 and 6, 2020 Participant

Rates

Adults (17-64 years)

$55.00

Difficulty

Distance

Elevation Gain

Duration

Youth (8-16 years)

$27.50

Strenuous

8 km (5 miles) round trip

795 metres (2,610 feet)

7.5 hours 7 a.m. to ~2:30 p.m.

Seniors (65+ years)

$46.75

KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK Stanley Glacier: Kootenay fossils revealed

Schedule and Rates

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.

June 13 to 29, 2020 - Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday July 3 to August 31, 2020 - T  hursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday September 5 to 7, 2020 Participant

Rates

Adults (17-64 years)

$55.00

Difficulty

Distance

Elevation Gain Duration

Youth (8-16 years)

$27.50

Moderate

10 km (6.3 miles)

450 metres (1,476 feet)

Seniors (65+ years)

$46.75

7.5 hours 8 a.m. to ~3:30 p.m.

Online Reservation Fee (non-refundable) $11.00 / party

Phone Reservation Fee (non-refundable) $13.50 / party

Profile for Kootenay Rockies Tourism

Burgess Shale Fossil Guided Hikes - English  

Parks Canada offers Burgess Shale Fossil Guided Hikes in Kootenay and Yoho National Parks in the Kootenay Rockies region of British Columbia...

Burgess Shale Fossil Guided Hikes - English  

Parks Canada offers Burgess Shale Fossil Guided Hikes in Kootenay and Yoho National Parks in the Kootenay Rockies region of British Columbia...