Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site, Drumheller

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Explore Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site, a former coal mine in the heart of the Canadian badlands. The site offers a range of informative tours that bring insight into the tough--and sometimes deadly--work of coal miners. Hop in a coal cart attached to a locomotive and you'll be transported around the site. Visit the country's last standing wooden coal tipple built in 1936. Don a hard hat and descend through the tunnels where the miners once spent countless hours. Be aware, however, that the tunnels can be claustrophobic for some. Use our Drumheller trip itinerary maker app to arrange your visit to Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site and other attractions in Drumheller.
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  • I wanted my grandchildren to understand the back bones of what made Drumheller and that was the reason we made a visit to the atlas coal mine. I certainly did not expect that my two grandsons age 11 a...  more »
  • If you like history and the old days, this is a must see. I took our kids in the summer. We had a blast. Not a cheap time out, but we'll worth it. Take the tour up to the mine entrance. Well worth it.  more »
  • This was one of the most expensive tourist attractions of our entire trip. Apart from being able to see a few old buildings and an interesting DVD about the area's history, all we got was a chance to ...  more »
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  • Atlas is an awesome site to experience, however it is over priced...you pay $40.00 each for the full tour. Bob was very knowledgeable and friendly but some of the younger tour guides do not accurately know the information about the site, the mining process, or the equipment. Lots of little "stories" that may have hypothetically happened but lots of I'm not sures. The "Unmentionables" tour is not worth paying for. The tour up the gantry to the mine and the tour up the tipple were awesome......they just need to be sure of their information before they tell the story. It's our history and it needs to be accurate.
  • Great guides and lots of things to look at. Would definitely recommend doing all the tours and making a day of it. My family enjoyed it.
  • This was a great way to see the history of coal mining in Drumheller. Coming from a coal mining town in Cape Breton it is nice to see how things were done differently in other parts of Canada
  • A very nice glimpse into the past of our coal mining history. Friendly staff and an interesting tour.
  • My guide, Josiah, was awesome on my tour of the tunnels. I was the only person on the tour, so I got a bit of the "unmentionables" tour too. BTW it's a PICK.

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If you want to embrace the town's Jurassic obsession, stay in a fun--if somewhat tacky--dinosaur-themed hotel. Most of the town's accommodations sit along the main roads of South Dinosaur Trail and Railway Avenue East, with a few budget-friendly motels, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, and cabins to the north of the river.
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