ATLAS COAL MINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Atlas Coal Mine Historical Society (no. 50412366) operates the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site (BN 13832 3043 RR0001), the last of the Drumheller Valley’s 139 mines. The Atlas site encompasses underground and surface workings from the Atlas No. 3 and 4 coal mines, including residential buildings. The site was active from 1936 -1984 and re-opened as a historic site in 1987. We are provincially and nationally designated as a near-complete example of the type of mines common in Western Canada in the 20th century, with an emphasis on our exceptional surface works preservation. We preserve the last wooden tipple (coal sorting structure) in Canada, the last of thousands in the country.
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.
We foster a sense of belonging by sharing the stories and experiences of the unique place that is Atlas Coal Mine – our story is part of Canada’s story.
Sustainability • Authenticity • Stewardship • Curiosity • Growth
Our Board of Directors
Jessica Burylo • Simen Christoffersen • Bill Herman • Lisa Making • Cheryl McNeil • Warren Nicholls • Jim Ramsbottom