The Burgess Shale

Respect the rules

Parks Canada is responsible for protecting this fragile and globally important site and for helping visitors connect with it. To accommodate both of these goals, access to the fossil beds is by guided hike only. Violators will be prosecuted.

Walcott Quarry

Mount Stephen Fossil Beds

Mount Stephen Zone 1

Note that the collecting of fossils and other natural objects or artifacts is strictly prohibited.
Monitoring systems are used to detect and record intruders.

Local wildlife like this pika have unlimited access to the Burgess Shale. Visitors or researchers may only access the quarry beds with guides or by special permit.
Local wildlife like this pika have unlimited access to the Burgess Shale. Visitors or researchers may only access the quarry beds with guides or by special permit.
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