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Burgess Shale

Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
+1 877-737-3783
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Select one of the 3 Burgess Shale Hikes Best Suited for You

The Stanley Glacier location is the best for fit younger families. Pack a lunch and take lots of... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2016
Canmore, Canada
A fine guided hike

A great hike to an important site. All day 7am to 7pm. Guide required. Not that easy as I was... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2016
houston, texas
via mobile
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The famous Burgess Shale is located in the magnificent Canadian Rockies of southeastern British Columbia. The site is on a ridge between two mountaintops, near the town of Field. Ninety kilometres east, across the Continental Divide, lies the resort town of Banff. To get to the Walcott quarry, you hike a scenic trail a distance of about 10km, taking about 3 hours. All around you is the spectacular scenery of Yoho National Park, including Takakkaw Falls, Emerald Lake, numerous glaciers, and high mountains.
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Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
+1 877-737-3783
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Reviewed 1 July 2016

The Stanley Glacier location is the best for fit younger families. Pack a lunch and take lots of water. Wear good footware as even though this is the least steep of the 3 hikes it's still a climb. The hikes are hosted by Interpretive Guides...More

Thank Terry_Barb
Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

A great hike to an important site. All day 7am to 7pm. Guide required. Not that easy as I was hurting the next day. Spectacular views at the top. Always like it when I am rewarded at the top.

Thank entropyorganizer
Reviewed 18 May 2016

This is one of the most important geological sites on the planet. Field is a lovely spot to start your hike but, beware, you need to be very fit. Take advice before you set out and let people know where you are going and when...More

Thank OLDGIT71
Reviewed 30 October 2015

A great experience - seeing the origins of life in the splendid surroundings of the Rockies. Not a cheap "day out" but one that is memorable and can spark interest in teenagers. Local accommodation a bit pricey, but campsite great (if you have a tent,...More

Thank Robert G
Reviewed 30 September 2015

I did the Burgess triangle walk starting at the Emerald Lake Lodge car park, ascending to Lake Yoho, across Burgess Pass & back down to the Lodge car park. A 10 hour hike at moderate pace, I would definitely recommend doing it in a clockwise...More

1  Thank PhilbyJ2015
Reviewed 5 September 2015 via mobile

Absolutely amazing! The hike was tough but plenty of stops to catch your breath, scenery was spectacular. Our guide from the Geoscience Foundation was informative, knowledgeable and patient with the kids. The fossils were mind blowing and what a view at the top of the...More

2  Thank wendi k
Reviewed 22 August 2015

The fossils found at the Burgess Shale are what we all evolved from (along with all our plants and animals), 500mill years ago. We weren't expecting such a beautiful hike, or to be able to pick up and touch the fossils. Or to have an...More

Thank g0bbledeg00k
Reviewed 21 August 2015

The trek was supposed to be 21 kilometres, but it seemed more like 18. Beautiful walk, the Parks Canada people were not terribly helpful in terms of the website and the unfriendly advice regarding the walk. The day itself was great - lovely walk, friendly...More

Thank Felix L
Reviewed 4 August 2015

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and worth the gruelling, long uphill hike! Absolutely mind-blowing fossils and incredible views! Pack all kinds of layers and prepare for all types of weather and bring your camera and lots of water! Definitely worth it!

2  Thank Emmy B
Reviewed 18 July 2015

AMAZING! Our guide was very knowledgeable, and I learned so much. Word of warning - be fit, have good shoes, and bring lots of water.

Thank Heather B
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30 June 2016|
Response from docleslie57 |
No. The guides for both are trained together so the level and depth of interpretive info is as similar as it can be—of course you can't account for different individuals of either org who might know more or less.
1 May 2015|
Response from docleslie57 |
A guide is required as access to the trails is strictly monitored due to vandalism, theft.