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 operational support from any level of government. Visitation revenues increased 680% from 2000 to 2013, and we see more than 35,000 paying visitors 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.


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 and closed toe footwear is REQUIRED on the Tunnel and Tipple tours. 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. We sell sunscreen, bug spray, and water in our gift shop if you forget.
No. All tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis daily. Feel free to check the Tour Schedule on the website. If you are planning to visit during our high season (July + August), we recommend coming earlier in the day, as this will give you the best options for tours. Mid-day tours during the weekends in July and August fill up quickly, so come early to get your spot! We open at 9:45am. We do offer pre-booked and/or customised tours for groups of 10 or more. Email programs@atlascoalmine.ab.ca for more info.
We are open May until Oct. May, early June, and September, are a very busy time for school visits and so tours on week days for visitors may have to fit around the schools. If we do not have a tour available upon your arrival, we encourage you to explore our site on your own. General admission includes access to original mine buildings, access to an amazing machine yard, an interpretive trail where you'll learn about the history of the site and a variety of exhibits. Throughout the season, but particularly in July and August, the middle of the day is extremely busy, with the majority of tours running at capacity. It is well worth getting here in the morning to make sure you get the best out of your day. Please note that we open at 9:45am daily. Arriving in the morning also helps to beat some of the Badlands heat!
In May, June, and September, tour times can vary due to school groups. You can check out the tour times here. We aim to have them on the website a week in advance. In July and August our tours run more consistently, but do check the above link for tour times.
The Atlas Coal Mine is an industrial heritage site. We are the most complete coal mine left in Canada. The site has a number of original mine buildings to investigate and is rich with stories about the miners and their families. We also have available a range of Specialty Tours including going up the Tipple and into our conveyor Tunnel. We have recently launched a series of Signature Experiences which boast small group sizes, offering intimate ways to discover more about the mining history and our fascinating site.
We have free parking. We also have washrooms and picnic tables available for our visitors. In our gift shop we sell Atlas souvenirs, items you may have forgotten that make your visit even more enjoyable, snacks, and drinks.
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.