Guided Hike to the Burgess Shale Walcott Quarry

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First discovered in 1909 by Charles Doolittle Walcott, recent interpretation of these exquisitely preserved 505 million year old fossils has influenced the scientific view of the evolution of life on Earth. Visit this UNESCO World Heritage site and learn about our three themes: History of Life, Mountain Building and Glaciation & Climate change in the Canadian Rockies.

The publication of Stephen Jay Gould's Wonderful Life in 1989 raised public awareness about the exquisitely preserved fossils of the Burgess Shale. Jean-Bernard Caron's February 2014 announcement about the discovery of the Marble Canyon site in Kootenay NP has further increased interest in visiting the Walcott Quarry. Due to the high demand, the dates for this hikes fill quickly. Please also consider visiting the Mt Stephen Fossil Beds, where Burgess Shale-type biota were first recognized in 1886.

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Check out the Burgess Shale virtual tour here

Hike Details

Elevation gain
825 m (2,710 ft)
21 km (13 mi) round trip

Difficult due to length and elevation (11 hours total hiking time)

2016 Schedule

July 22: sold out
July 23: sold out
July 24: 1 spot left
July 25: sold out
July 29: 1 spot left
July 30: 1 spot left
July 31: cancelled
Aug 1: sold out
Aug 3: sold out
Aug 5: 1 spot left
Aug 6: 6 spots left
Aug 7: 10 spots left
Aug 8: 2 spots left
Aug 12: sold out
Aug 13: 2 spots left
Aug 14: sold out
Aug 15: 2 spots left
Aug 18: 7 spots left
Aug 19: 11 spots left
Aug 20: 1 spot left
Aug 21: 10 spots left
Aug 22: 8 spots left
Aug 26: sold out
Aug 27: 11 spots left
Aug 28: 2 spots left
Aug 29: sold out
New Dates Added
Sept 2: 10 spots left
Sept 3: 10 spots left
Sept 4: 9 spots left
Sept 5: 9 spots left
Sept 9: sold out
Sept 10: sold out
Sept 11: 3 spots left
Sept 12: 9 spots left

If the dates above do not work for you, please call us to discuss a private tour

Hikers meet at 8:00 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time at the gas station parking lot at the Trans-Canada Hwy and Field Access Rd, immediately across from the Yoho Visitor Centre (the building with a blue roof) in Field BC.

Unable to reserve for the date you want? You may be interested in guided hikes offered by Parks Canada


All Ages
$126 CAD