Summer 2014 Guided Hike Schedule

Please phone our toll-free number 1-800-343-3006 Monday through Friday between 9am-noon and 1-4pm MDT to register for a guided hike to the Mt Stephen Fossil Beds, the guided hike to the Walcott Quarry or the Climate Change in the Rockies guided hike.

Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre special guided hikes to fossil sites

CMAGS (Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre) has booked hikes:

  • Thursday August 7 Mt Stephen Fossil Beds
  • Thursday August 14 Walcott Quarry
  • Thursday August 28 Walcott Quarry

Fees are lower than the regular price for the Walcott Quarry hikes. CMAGS members qualify for a further discount.
Please contact CMAGS to register by phone (403) 678-2462 Noon-5pm seven days a week, or click to open their contact form.

Geo-Walks take place 10:00am and 2:30pm every Tuesday & Thursday

Would you like to experience the Burgess Shale, but don't have the time to make the hike? Join us for an easy and informative Geo-Walk, followed by a hands-on fossil extraction activity. Drop-in participants are welcome.

Update on ROM's discovery of soft-bodied Burgess Shale-type fossils in Kootenay National Park

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.
Listen to an interview with Simon Conway Morris from the June 14, 2014 episode of CBC Quirks & Quarks.

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!

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.