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“Don your Miners Lamp”

Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site
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US$7.58*
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Atlas Coal Mine Admission
Ranked #7 of 29 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.
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Don your Miners Lamp”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

The Atlas Coal Mine offers several guided tours, we took the tunnel tour. Our guide took the group past several buildings and into one of the largest. There we sat down and were introduced to a coal miners life. After collecting our miners lamps we walked into the shower area and saw where the miners clothes were raised up to hang. Here we were told more of the mines history and tales after which we were taken to the conveyor tunnel. Walking from one end up the steep incline to the other we were regaled with stories of the men that had worked at the mine as well as the functions of the mine. At the top we exited to a view of the badlands and explored the Atlas #3 Mine Portal. The drift entry has been excavated and re timbered and will be an amazing part of history when finished. There are other areas to visit at the mine. The tipple is the last remaining wooden tipple in Canada and the train tour passes through the stunning badlands landscape. You can wander around to view old pieces of equipment originally used for the trains and rail road, or wander through the buildings to see equipment and memorabilia from when the mine was in use.

Visited July 2013
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“Excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

Took the 3 tours that were available and found the staff to be pleasant and well informed. Visited on a Tuesday and had the pleasure of being the only person on two of the three tours!
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Visited May 2014
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Inuvik, Canada
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“Unfortunately timing meant we didn't get to do much”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Unfortunately we arrived on a day when bus loads of school children were expected and there were no public tours. Staff wasn't much help in providing information beyond "no tours today" so we didn't bother paying to look around either. Might be worth calling ahead if you got your heart set on one of the tours.

Visited May 2014
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Train tour pleased adults & kids”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014 via mobile

My husband and I both enjoyed the historical info. in the train tour, and my 6 and 8 year olds loved climbing on all the old mining equipment. Even though I've been at other mining historical sites, I really enjoyed the guide's stories, and how the museum presented the daily life of the valley's coal miners. The story of young Bob Moffatt, an 8 year old trap-boy, really gave my 8 year old son something to think about! We'll definitely come back to do a tunnel tour when our kids are a bit older.

Visited May 2014
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Drumheller, Alberta, Canada
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“Wonderful experience a chance to look back in time!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

The young group of interpreters are knowledgable, humorous, interesting and passionate about their tours.

Visited June 2013
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