The Burgess Shale

UNESCO World Heritage Site recognition

In 1980, UNESCO designated the Burgess Shale a World Heritage Site, a collection of some of the planet’s most outstanding properties and places including the Pyramids in Egypt and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

In 1984, the Burgess Shale became part of the much larger Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site which comprises Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho national parks and British Columbia’s Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber provincial parks. This designation specifically recognizes the Burgess Shale for containing significant information about the earth’s evolution

During guided hikes visitors can learn about the area's UNESCO designation, geology, local animals and plants, cultural history and scientific details about Burgess Shale fossils.
During guided hikes visitors can learn about the area's UNESCO designation, geology, local animals and plants, cultural history and scientific details about Burgess Shale fossils.
PHOTO: © ROGER HOSTIN, PARKS CANADA