Office closed on Monday August 3. We're open again on Tuesday

The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation office will be closed on Monday August 3 for British Columbia Day in BC. (Heritage Day in Alberta and the Civic holiday in other provinces.)

What hikers and Geo-Walk participants have to say

Still undecided about registering for a guided hike or dropping in for a Geo-Walk? Click here to read what visitors have to say about their recent experiences.

Call to reserve your hike to the Burgess Shale Walcott Quarry, Mt Stephen Fossil Beds or Helen Lake Stromatolites

Call us to register for guided hikes and walks. Office hours Monday through Friday 9am-noon, 1-4pm Mountain Daylight Time. Toll-free in North America 1-800-343-3006. Overseas callers can reach us at 001-800-343-3006. Read more to view availability in the guided hikes schedule. Have a group of 12 hikers? Call to arrange for a private group on your preferred hike date.

Drop in for a Geo-Walk any Tuesday or Thursday at 10:00 am or 2:30 pm

Would you like to experience the Burgess Shale, but are unable to complete a full-day guided hike? The Geo-Walk program is designed to accommodate all ages & abilities and is a great alternative to the full-day guided hikes.

July 7 through September 8, Geo-Walks take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 am and 2:30 pm. Meet your guide for the morning or afternoon session.

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.