Alberta -- In 1909, while riding his horse in Yoho National Park on
the eastern border of British Columbia, Charles Doolittle Walcott,
then head of the Smithsonian Institution, discovered fossils in a
The finding came
to be known as the Burgess Shale, and the place is now a Unesco
World Heritage Site.
Between June 1
and Sept. 30, the Lake Louise Inn, a 20-minute drive from the site,
is featuring a commissionable Stay and Hike package, which includes
overnight accommodations; a full-day, guided hike of the Burgess
Shale and Mount Stephen Fossil Bed; lunch; and return transfers.
Prices start at $158 per person.
The Burgess Shale
fossils are unlike most fossils in that the soft body parts were
preserved along with mineralized skeletal remains.
paleontologists, these fossils call into question Darwins theory of
evolution by random mutation, making them, in the words of Harvard
paleontologist and author Stephen Jay Gould, the worlds most
The inn offers
queen and king hotel rooms and family condos with kitchen
facilities, with or without loft areas.
include an indoor heated pool, a whirlpool, a steam room and a
supervised kids recreation room.
Lake Louise Inn
is located in Banff National Park, which is part of the World
Heritage Site that includes Yoho, Kootenay and Jasper national
The region is
home to ski resorts and wildlife such as grizzly bears, elk, wolves
and long-horned sheep.
call (800) 661-9237 or visit www.lakelouiseinn.com.
reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].