Burgess Shale and Walcott Quarry

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Burgess Shale and Walcott Quarry is a 22.0 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Columbia-Shuswap A, British Columbia, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until October.

22 km
1,243 m
Out & Back



nature trips






historic site

no dogs

14 days ago

You have to do this hike with a guide through the Burgess Shale Geo-Foundation or Parks Canada (although a good chunk of it can be hiked without a guide, just the last bit is technically when you have to be with a guide due to the protection of the fossil site, there are signs that warn you). Very rewarding hike with amazing views and amazing 508-million-year-old rare soft body fossils at the end, once in a lifetime experience! The weather did change quickly and the amount of mosquitos at the lower parts of the trail were crazy, def bring bug spray and hiking poles!!

9 months ago

A must hike if you are into fossils and also beautiful scenery. This hike starts around the Takakkaw Falls and pretty much follows the Iceline Trail until little Yoho Lake. From there you have another couple of hours until you reach the Walcott Quarry. This is a guided hike only as the area is restricted and monitored being a UNESCO world heritage site for one of the best hard & soft body parts fossil preservation of Cambrian marine animals from 540 million years ago. Our guide was a geo-physicist from the Burgess Shale Geo-Foundation ( they organise the hikes) and her wealth of knowledge was unbelieveable. It is a long hike (22km) and a long day. We had snow, sun,showers, wind etc so be prepared and extra layers of clothing + good hiking shoes are recommended.

17 days ago

10 months ago