May 27, 2020
The Burgess Shale Fossils Hike -
Mt. Stephen Trilobite Beds, Field B.C.

GeoHistory Inc. together with Parks Canada facilitates a one day sightseeing tour to the Burgess Shale Fossil Beds on Mt. Stephen in Yoho National Park at Field, B.C. The Burgess Shale Sites are restricted UNESCO World Heritage Sites within Yoho National Park. Participants must be in very good physical condition to participate on this strenuous Burgess Shale guided hike / fossil bed tour. The Mount Stephen Trilobite Beds Tour entails a hike with an elevation gain in excess of 800m and a return hiking distance of approximately 8 kilometers. The Burgess Shale Beds at the Walcott Quarry are also available to tour, with a return distance of 24 kilometers and a similar elevation gain to the Mount Stephen Fossil Beds site - and a day several hours longer. The Mount Stephen Burgess Shale Fossil Beds Tour commences in either Calgary or Banff. Tours from Calgary are 11 hours in duration. Tours from Banff are 8 hours in duration.

This sightseeing / hiking tour is for physically capable individuals looking for a challenge. The hike proceeds up a steep wilderness mountain trail and is not recommended for individuals who have a fear of heights or any joint issues or medical problems that may effect their well being. The location of the Mt. Stephen Fossil Beds is indicated by the white X on the photo of the mountain above. On site, participants will find numerous fossils representative of the Cambrian Burgess Shale that date back approximately 520 million years - some of the oldest fossils on Earth!! Fossil buffs will find trilobites, anomalocaris, and maybe a wiwaxi. Recent GeoHistory sponsored research into the Field Lanslide - discovered by GeoHistory's founder in the 1990's - has rewritten both the Cambrian and structural history of the area, solving the century old geological puzzle of the Mount Stephen Trilobite Beds and challenging the widely accepted, published Burgess depositional models and Main Range structural models. The first published article summarizing the forthcoming technical papers from this research is available for viewing via this link: Geology of the Mount Stephen Trilobite Beds and Adjacent Strata. The Mt. Stephen Fossil Beds are located in Yoho National Park above the town of Field, British Columbia and provide unsurpassed spectacular views of the Kicking Horse River Valley and of the surrounding mountains.

Past Burgess Shale Tour Participant Comments:

" Found the tour extremely educational and interesting."
" Best field trip I've ever been a part of."
" Well organized, well guided."
" Excellent overall, a great experience!"
" Very enjoyable and educational trip. I really enjoyed myself, and what awesome fossils."


Tour Particulars:
Price: $475 per person (Banff Departure)
Minimum Participation: 4 persons
Departure Point: Banff or Calgary
Availability: Mid June through Mid September

All transportation, facilities fees and lunch are included.

Contact to book.

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