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Burgess Shale Guided Hikes

Since its discovery in 1909 by paleontologist Charles Walcott, the Burgess Shale has been widely regarded as one of the world’s most important animal fossil sites. These so-called ‘stone bugs’ are the remains of half a billion year old sea creatures so exquisitely preserved that scientists can actually tell what they ate for breakfast!

Accessible only to those registered as part of a guided group, knowledgeable Parks Canada Heritage Interpreters lead seven hikes weekly to the Walcott Quarry and Mount Stephen Fossil beds in Yoho National Park.

These challenging, yet educational hikes, take visitors high into Yoho’s subalpine forest – breathtaking views and (if you’re lucky) wildlife viewing are all part of the experience.

Parks Canada Heritage Interpreters also lead three weekly guided hikes to the recently discovered Stanley Glacier fossil site in Kootenay National Park. This guided hike along one of Kootenay’s most popular half day trails, combines park stories with geology, wildflowers and incredible views.

Reservations are required.

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