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The latest news and updates from the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation!

Registration begins April 1, 2015

Educational Programs and Guided Hikes information is up to date and so is the 2015 guided hikes brochure.
During the winter months, the office hours are limited. Please use the contact page to submit questions.
Click on our Facebook link on the left to see photos from our guided hikes and outreach programs. (No need to have an account or login.)

Geo-Walks resume in June 2015

Would you like to experience the Burgess Shale, but don't have the time to make one of the guided hikes? The easy and informative Geo-Walk program starts up again in June 2015. Geared for all ages and abilities, it is a great alternative to the full-day guided hikes.


Here's a 2015 reading recommendation. Four Billion Years and Counting: Canada's Geological Heritage describes the geological history of Canada and how the geology of Canada impacts the way we live. Take a close look at any one of our modern conveniences and there's a connection to geology: the metals and quartz mineral in a wristwatch, the plastics in appliances and the fossil fuels in the gas tanks of our vehicles. Geological processes are behind natural hazards such as earthquakes and landslides.

Aug. 21, 2014 Update on ROM's discovery of soft-bodied Burgess Shale-type fossils in Kootenay National Park

The CBC visited the new fossil site on August 21. View the video.
Wonderfully preserved specimens of Metaspriggina from the Marble Canyon site have allowed Conway Morris and Caron to redescribe this very early fish and to interpret clues about the early evolution of fish.

Burgess Shale Virtual Tour

The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of virtual tours of the Walcott Quarry, Mount Stephen Trilobite Beds and various other locations that are of importance to the Burgess Shale fossil discovery.

The virtual tours are available at

A big thanks to Rick Lichtenauer for creating these virtual tours!

Isotelus rex - the world's largest trilobite

Check out the Burgess Shale's replica of the world's largest trilobite measuring approximately 100 cm long by 51 cm wide. Below is an excerpt from an article written when it was found in 1998.

The giant trilobite represents a new species of the genus Isotelus. Elias notes: "This remarkable discovery adds to our knowledge of biodiversity following the Ordovician evolutionary radiation, one of the greatest diversifications in the history of life. The huge species existed just before the end of the Ordovician Period, when Isotelus and many but not all other trilobites disappeared in a great mass extinction. Studies of these events help us understand more about global environmental changes and their effects on the biosphere."

Royal Ontario Museum On-Line Exhibition

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and Parks Canada have launched their Burgess Shale on-line exhibition, as part of the Virtual Museum of Canada. The website provides, for the first time ever, an immersive journey into the world of the bizarre prehistoric creatures that formed the foundation for all animal life on Earth half a billion years ago.

Windermere School group from Vancouver visits the Burgess Shale

Students from the Windermere Leadership program graduating class of 2012 were given the opportunity to embark on a wonderful journey to the Rocky Mountains. The group drove 9 hours from Vancouver, British Columbia to Yoho National Park, along with three adult sponsors. The group camped 4 nights in various locations and was given a once in a life time opportunity to go up to the Burgess Shale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A Lifelong Dream Realized

A lifelong dream to see the Burgess Shale was realized on Friday September, 3rd 2010 by Richard and Janet Selby. Congratulations!