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. Using our international travel planner, Drumheller attractions like Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Since we have visited several mines before and know what tipples are and how being in a mine seems, we passed up the tour and instead toured the grounds and looked at the old equipment. This seems lik...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We paid the $75 to do the tunnel tour and we are a family of 5. We found out you need to be 6+ to do the tunnel tour so our 3 year old stayed behind with his mom. They outfitted us with lamps and away...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    The tour of the site gives you a real sense of what the work was like for coal miners. Interesting that children were engaged on the tour as the guide asked them to perform some tasks, then explained ...  more »
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  • June 10, 2017
    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.
  • June 7, 2017
    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.
  • June 23, 2017
    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
  • June 18, 2017
    A very nice glimpse into the past of our coal mining history. Friendly staff and an interesting tour.
  • June 2, 2017
    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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