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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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  • The visit to the site was interesting as the history of mining was explained during the two different tours we took. The outbuilding showed how life was during the time. Overall we thought the time sp...  more »
  • We went on a hot day and being older it was difficult to get around as there was a lot of walking. That is not the fault of the attraction as a mine it is spread over a fair amount of land. We felt th...  more »
  • While wandering we found this Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site. It was huge and I was attracted by it. I found out that this is the last standing wooden coal mine. There used to be 139 coal mine...  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.