Hold a 500 million year old fossil in your hand!

This family oriented hike is an excellent introduction to the Burgess Shale on a relatively easy trail in Kootenay National Park. Hike through a fire swept forest to the base of Mount Stanley where you will find trilobite, brachiopod and sponge fossils way older than dinosaurs! You’ll even see the “Stan animal,” a 500 million year old predator recently discovered here!

Note: This hike does not go to the recently excavated Marble Canyon quarry site and access to the Burgess Shale area in Kootenay is not restricted to participants on approved guided hikes.

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COVID-19 | Is this hike right for you? | Cost | Schedule | Reservations | Map | What to bring


Risk mitigation measures for Covid-19 will be in place during the hike program. Among these will be the following questions, asked of you by the guide on the morning of the hike:

  • Do you have a cough, fever, sore throat, difficulty breathing or any new or worsening symptoms?
  • Have you travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days?
  • Have you had close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has traveled anywhere outside Canada in the last 14 days?
  • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of Covid-19 in the last 14 days?
If you answer “yes” to any of the above questions, you may not participate on the hike and you will receive a full refund.

Your safety and the safety of our staff is our top priority. Group sizes have been reduced to 6 and there will be no sharing of props and equipment. Please remember to adhere to the following protocols during the hike:

  • Physical distance with people outside of your household.
  • Good hygiene, e.g. sanitize hands before and after eating/drinking, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching face.
  • Visitors may bring their own masks, if desired.

Stanley Glacier hike

Difficulty: Moderate
Return Distance: 10 km (6.3 miles)
Elevation Gain: 450 m (1,476')
Duration: 7.5 hours, 8 am to 3:30 pm

Is this hike right for you?

The Stanley Glacier hike is moderate in difficulty. The first 4 km (2.4 miles) of the trail are gentle and well maintained. The final sections of the trail include 800 m (874 yards) of rough trail and 200 metres (218 yards) of walking on rough rocks. It’s equivalent to climbing up and down 110 flights of stairs over 10 kilometers! This hike is not advised for people with recurring knee, back or ankle injuries.


  • Children under 0 to 5 are not allowed on the Stanley Glacier hike
  • Children under 8 are not recommended
  • The hike is not suitable for strollers or child carrying-backpacks.
  • Children and youth up to 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
  • Parent or guardian of participants 17-19 years of age must sign a waiver at the trailhead
  • No pets
  • No exceptions

We want you to enjoy your day! If you are unsure if this hike is right for you, please call us to discuss.


Guided Hike
Online Reservations
Phone Reservations
Adults (17-64 years) $55.00 $11.50 / party $13.50 / party
Youth (8-16 years) $27.50 $11.50 / party $13.50 / party
Senior (65+ years) $46.75 $11.50 / party $13.50 / party

Group rate

Groups that reserve all 12 available spaces at the same time for the same hike receive a 10% discount.

All participants on the Burgess Shale Guided Hikes require a valid national park pass. Purchase your pass the day before your guided hike; the park gates and visitor centres are not open in the early morning, and our guides do not sell park passes.

Schedule - 2020 Stanley Glacier Hikes

June 13 to June 29, 2020 - Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays
July 3 to August 31, 2020 - Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays
September 5 to 7, 2020

Note: When travelling east from Vancouver, the time changes from the Pacific Time Zone to the Mountain Time Zone at Glacier National Park’s eastern boundary. All hike times are in Mountain Daylight Time, the same time zone as Calgary, Alberta and Golden, B.C.


Reservations are required and available starting January 9, 2020. To make a reservation you will require the following information:

  • Dates and hike requested 
  • Names and ages of participants 
  • Emergency contact and medical info 
  • MasterCard, Visa or AmEx number 

Call 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783), or reserve online:

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Route map

Map of guided hike to Stanley Glacier in Kootenay National Park
Guided hike to Stanley Glacier

What to bring

A day of hiking in the Rockies requires preparation. Conditions can change rapidly in the mountains and higher elevations increase your exposure to the sun and stormy weather.  To have a safe and fun time outdoors you will need to bring:

Hikers on a trip to the Burgess Shale
  • Warm layers of clothes (no cotton), rain jacket and rain pants, winter gloves, and a winter toque / hat
  • Hearty lunch and multiple snacks
  • Drinking water, at least 2 litres or ½ gallon per person
  • Sturdy and worn in hiking boots and extra wool socks 
  • Hiking poles (required for the Mount Stephen hike)
  • Sturdy and supportive backpack with a waist belt
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat, insect repellent
  • Toilet paper in a plastic bag for disposal, hand sanitizer
  • Reading glasses, if you wear them
  • Blister kit and personal medical supplies (just in case)
  • Sorry, no pets please.
  • Camera!