The Burgess Shale is one of the most significant fossil finds on earth. These exquisite fossils found in Yoho and Kootenay national parks are changing our understanding of evolution itself. Parks Canada protects these internationally significant treasures. We also make it possible for people from around the world to visit in person and explore the origins of life on earth.

A family learns about the Burgess Shale
Plan a guided hike

Book early as these popular hikes fill up fast and are limited to a maximum of 12 people per hike.

Animated drawing of a Burgess Shale creature
Visit the virtual museum

Observe the creatures who lived in the Burgess Shale community from a "virtual submarine".

Three women with fossils
Photo gallery

See photographs of the Walcott Quarry, Mount Stephen, Stanley Glacier and more.

Information panel on a guided hike
Frequently asked questions

What is the Burgess Shale? Can I collect fossils? Are the trips difficult? Find out here.