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 REQUIRED on the Tunnel tours which involves walking up an incline and down a hillside. The site is very hot in the summer and so bringing water and sun screen is highly recommended. The water in our taps is well water and high in iron so we do not drink it. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
It is not recommended. Please leave your dogs at home! We do not allow any dogs/pets on any of our tours or in our buildings (save for our office cat, Raindrop). 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org