Burgess Shale Trilobites Course-
Mt. Stephen Trilobite Beds
Course - September, 2015
Inc. together with Parks Canada
facilitates a one day field course to the Mt. Stephen Burgess Shale
Fossil Beds. Located above the town of Field, British Columbia, the
Mt. Stephen Trilobite Beds lie within a restricted UNESCO World Heritage
Site in Yoho National Park. Designed for groups of 11 to 22, this
field course is highlighted by an exclusive group hike to the Trilobite
Fossil Beds. On Route, participants are versed on the natural history
of the area including the structural geology, glacial geology and
stratigraphy of the Alberta foothills, front ranges and main ranges
of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The cultural history of the Rockies
and Alberta foothills is included in this discussion. On site, participants
will view hundreds of fossils representative of the Cambrian Burgess
Shale, fossils that date back approximately 530 million years - making
them some of the oldest fossils on Earth! Recent GeoHistory sponsored research into the Field Lanslide
- discovered by GeoHistory's founder in the 1990's - has rewritten both the Cambrian and
structural history of the area, solving the century old geological puzzle
of the Mount Stephen Trilobite Beds and challenging the widely accepted, published Burgess
depositional models and Main Range structural models. The first published article summarizing the forthcoming
technical papers from this research is available for viewing via this link:
Geology of the Mount Stephen Trilobite Beds and Adjacent Strata.
The Trilobite Beds also offer a spectacular view of the Kicking Horse River Valley and of
the surrounding mountains. This day trip makes a great team builder
or social club activity.
the Trilobite Beds is a challenge for some, with an elevation gain
of 780 metres and a return hiking distance of approximately 6 kilometres.
The hike starts in Field BC, proceeds up a mountain trail and stops
at the Trilobite Beds on the open slope of Mt. Stephen. The trail
is relatively steep from the start, but ends in mountain goat country!
The hike is not recommended for individuals who have a significant
fear of heights, joint issues or any other medical problems that may
affect their well being, or for children under the age of twelve.
Mt. Stephen Burgess Shale Course Participant Comments:
the tour extremely educational and interesting."
" Best field trip I've ever
been a part of."
" Well organized, well guided."
" Extremely informative and fascinating. Challenging hike but worth every moment."
" Excellent overall, a great
" Incredible day... very worthwhile and fascinating."
" I finally understand mountain
" Very enjoyable and educational
trip. I really enjoyed myself, and what awesome fossils."
departs downtown Calgary at 7:30 am and return by 7:30 pm. The cost
of this field course includes lunch, the Parks Canada hike fee, Yoho
Park day pass and return luxury coach transportation to Calgary. The
season in Yoho is short - from mid June until
Pricing (Groups of 11 to 22 Calgary Departure):
to book groups.
Participants: $525 per person
Past GeoHistory Course Participants: $425 per person