Learn more about the Atlas Coal Mine


The Atlas Coal Mine Historical Society (no. 50412366) operates the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site (BN 13832 3043 RR0001), an extensive industrial heritage site.

Designated at both the national and provincial levels, the Atlas preserves the last of the 139 mines which operated in the Drumheller Valley from 1911-1979. Our mandate is to preserve and present the days when “Coal was King” in the Drumheller Valley. The site comprises 31 hectares with numerous buildings, trackways, machines, tools, and documents from the working mine.

The Atlas is a locally operated, visitor-supported site, with no ongoing operational support from any level of government. Visitation has increased year-on-year and we now welcome more than 20,000 guests each year. These visitors include over 100 group tours, mostly from schools. We offer a dynamic interpretive program, and special events.

Although the visitor services program is the engine that drives other museum functions, we are energetically implementing collections management, research, and historic restoration projects. We seek partnerships with other organizations to develop the economic and cultural landscape of the region. Tunnel Vision is our 10 year development plan, with 4 pillars. The purpose of Tunnel Vision is to complete building conservation and develop the facility to a sustainable level, empowering us to preserve the nationally designated historic.


Dr. Sarah Newstead – Executive Director – snewstead@atlascoalmine.ab.ca

Jay Russell – Director of Curation and Operations – jrussell@atlascoalmine.ab.ca

William (Bill) Given – Director of Conservation and Maintenance – wgiven@atlascoalmine.ab.ca

Cory Fulk – Director of Visitor Services – cfulk@atlascoalmine.ab.ca


Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site

Box 521, 110 Century Dr.
East Coulee, Alberta, Canada
T0J 1B0

Email: info@atlascoalmine.ab.ca
Phone: (403) 822-2220
Fax: (403) 822-2225

We’re located 20 minutes southeast of Drumheller, along Highway 10


Unfortunately as a historic industrial site we have very limited wheelchair access. All the buildings have steps as access and the site itself is very uneven with steps in areas.
The Atlas Coal Mine is an authentic industrial site so sturdy walking shoes are HIGHLY recommended for your visit. The site is very hot in the summer and so bringing water and sun screen is highly recommended. The water in our taps is not potable (not drinkable). We advise bringing your own. There can be bugs so bug spray is important too.
Yes! All visits need to be pre-booked via atlascoalmine.ab.ca/booking
All of our visits are pre-booked, so check our booking page to see how busy the time you are interested in will be. We are currently only allowing 30 visitors per 30 minute entry slot, so the site will be very peaceful throughout the summer.
We don't expect to be running any tours until later summer 2020. Please check back for updates!
The Atlas Coal Mine is an industrial heritage site. We are the most complete coal mine left in Canada. Although our underground and tipple buildings are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, there's still lots to do! Explore our amazing machine yard, peer into an array of interesting historical buildings, learn about coal mining history and experience the Badlands landscape at its best. Make sure you bring your camera; our site is one of the most photogenic historical sites in Canada!
We have free parking. Our washrooms, available for paying guests, are fully cleaned and sanitized regularly for our visitors' safety and comfort.
No. Dogs and other pets are not permitted at the Atlas. Please leave your dogs at home! It is NOT SAFE to leave dogs/pets/children in your vehicle during the summer as temperatures can soar above 40 degrees (C) on our site. We call the RCMP for immediate assistance if we discover unattended dogs/pets/children in vehicles on our property.
Feel free to take photos for non-commercial use. Make sure you mind your step and be respectful of other visitors. Inquiries for commercial photography + media can be directed to info@atlascoalmine.ab.ca
No. Drones are strictly prohibited on site.
We can cater to a wide range of site use requests at the Atlas...all of which will come with a charge, depending on the project/event. We are happy to work with film crews, wedding planners and commercial photographers! All site use requests MUST be pre-arranged with management (in writing), up to several months in advance, depending on the scale of project and permissions needed. Site use inquiries can be directed to info@atlascoalmine.ab.ca


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THE ATLAS is a locally operated, visitor-supported site, with no operational support from any level of government.