Check this page in mid-February for 2016 Guided hike information

The guided hike schedule for Burgess Shale Walcott Quarry and Mount Stephen Fossil Beds hikes hasn’t yet been finalized. Please visit this page in mid-February for updated information.
Telephone registrations will get underway around the first week of April.

Move your cursor over the Guided Hikes tab to choose from the list of hike descriptions.

What our customers have to say

Still undecided about registering for a guided hike this summer? Click here to read some of the feedback from our hiking clients and Geo-Walk participants.

Listen to Simon Conway Morris in a recent Palaeocast

Listen to an interview that was recorded in June of this year. Simon Conway Morris discusses the Burgess Shale, the Cathedral Escarpment and the discovery of other fossil sites in Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. He provides his thoughts on the relevance that this site holds after more than a century and in light of more recent Cambrian fossil lagerstätte discoveries. The Palaeocast can be accessed here.

Hallucigenia re-described with a grinning mouth

Martin Smith and Jean Bernard Caron's re-description of Hallucigenia was published in the journal Nature on June 25. A great deal has been learned about the arrangement of the mouth an eyes of this creature thanks to imaging with a variety of lighting techniques and by the use of electron microscopy. View a video on Jean Bernard Caron's blog

Yawunik kootenayi

In March 2015 PhD candidate Cédric Aria and his supervisor Jean-Bernard Caron published a description of a new leancholiid arthropod named Yawunik kootenayi. The species was discovered in 2012 at the Marble Canyon Fossil site in Kootenay National Park.
Read more about the characteristics of this creature and how it was named.

See where we've been on Facebook

Have a look at recent photos from the neighbourhood of Field BC on our Facebook page. No login is required to view photos.