The Burgess Shale

Materials for this virtual exhibit – called “The Burgess Shale” – were produced and/or compiled by Parks Canada (for the Parks Canada section) and the Royal Ontario Museum (for all other sections) for the Canadian Heritage Information Network (Virtual Museum of Canada program) for the purposes of providing the public with information about the Burgess Shale. The term “materials” includes all or any information, artwork, text, video, audio, animations or image files.


Terms and Conditions

This virtual exhibit comprises and contains copyrighted materials. Copyright in such materials remains with the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Parks Canada or other copyright owners. The material on this site is covered by the provisions of the Copyright Act, by Canadian laws, policies, regulations and international agreements. Such provisions serve to identify the information source and, in specific instances, to prohibit reproduction of materials without written permission.


Information on this website has been posted with the intent that it be readily available for non-commercial, personal use only. Personal users may copy or share the material produced by Parks Canada and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) under the following conditions: the material must not be modified, must retain any associated copyright or other proprietary notices, and must acknowledge the source of the material. The source citations should include the URL where the material comes from.


All other uses are prohibited without the express written authorization of Parks Canada and the ROM, including:


Reproduction of any kind in any medium and redistribution in any manner for commercial* use, including commercial publication, or for personal gain.


*Definition of commercial use: material used in a product produced by a commercial entity or by a non-profit entity for profit-making, commercial purposes or a product produced and distributed free of charge, at cost, or at a minimal charge generally by a non-profit organization.


Anyone wishing to use the materials from this website for these or other purposes must obtain prior written approval from Parks Canada or the ROM or other copyright owners.


For information on and permission to use Parks Canada images, including licensing requests, and other Parks Canada media such as, photo, film or video, please contact:


Parks Canada – National Photo Collection
25 Eddy Street, 3rd Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0M5
Fax: 819.994.2120

Please quote the reference number(s) of the image(s) in all correspondence.

For further information about Parks Canada copyrights, please visit:

For information on and permission to use ROM images, including licensing requests, and other ROM media such as film or video, please contact:


Rights and Reproductions

Tel.: 416.586.5590
Fax: 416.586.5642


Third-Party Materials

The ROM has taken all reasonable efforts to ensure that materials, for which copyright belongs to others, are reproduced on this website with the full consent of the copyright owners. The ROM does not warrant that the use of materials displayed in the website will not infringe the rights of third parties. Such works may not be used in any form; they may not be copied or downloaded without prior permission from the third party.



Many of the trade-marks displayed on this website including the “Royal Ontario Museum,” ROM and Parks Canada logos, are registered and/or unregistered marks of the Royal Ontario Museum and Parks Canada, respectively. The trade-marks of third parties may also be displayed on the website. Use cannot be made of such trade-marks without the express written permission of the ROM or when applicable, the third party. Any queries in this respect should also be addressed to the contact noted above.