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.

DISTANCE
22 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1243 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wildlife

rocky

snow

historic site

no dogs

hiking
2 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.

hiking
3 months ago