Guided Hikes Summary


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Walcott Quarry | Mount Stephen Fossil Beds | Current Ice Age | Early Bird | Helen Lake Stromatolites | Mount Stephen Family Hikes

It is not possible to visit the fossil sites on your own! They are protected sites within the UNESCO Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. Visitors may access the fossil sites only in a guided hiking group that is led by a certified and licensed guide. Dogs are not permitted on the guided hikes.

BSGF Guided Hike to the Walcott QuarryThe Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation contract professional geoscientists, university graduate students and professors to conduct earth science educational guided hikes that will interpret the topics of geology, paleo-biology, climate science, bio-astro-physics and evolution during the hikes and that are developed for geoscience professionals, high school students, teachers, academics and the general public. The Foundation guides have been charged with the responsibility to provide all levels of understanding of these topics. These are Science-in-Action hikes that will pleasantly change your perception of the planet earth we live on forever.

Download the guided hikes brochure and check out the Burgess Shale virtual tour.

The earth science educational hikes include the following themes:

  1. History of Life on Earth (the story of the Burgess Shale and life that existed before the Burgess Shale)
  2. Rocks and Mountain Building (how these incredible mountains came to be and how the Burgess Shale marine animals, that once lived at the equator over half a billion years ago, died and managed to be perfectly preserved and remain intact during the mountain building processes. As wel