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Whispering Spruce Campground, in Yoho National Park

Whispering Spruce Campground, in Yoho National Park

A Target Destination on the Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

 

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The next target for my tour was the Burgess Shale. This may be the most renowned fossil site in the world, despite its lack of dinosaur bones: perhaps more than any other site, it transformed the way we think of the evolution of life on this world. I have been thinking about visiting this site for years. Sadly, I waited too long. My old legs are no longer able to climb the steep trails to the site itself, con I had to content myself with gazing at the mountains and taking a few photos of museum pieces. Sigh! I parked my trailer at the Whispering Spruce Campground in Golden, B.C.

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Id Flights_GFT_2017_0815
Title Whispering Spruce Campground, in Yoho National Park
Subtitle A Target Destination on the Grand Fossil Tour
Keywords Yoho National Park, Whispering Spruce Campground, Burgess Shale
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL http://fenixnest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2017
Status Published: 2018/2/19
Last Revised 2018-05-06

Yoho National Park

Arrived 2017/8/15
Day of Tour 24
Nights Stayed 5
Departed 2017/8/20
Map miles from last stop 71
Mileage on arrival 20,218
Actual miles from last stop 218
Accumulated miles for trip 3,313

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I wound my way through the beautiful eastern BC mountains (they would have been a lot more beautiful but for the heavy wildfire smoke), stopping for a few days in Golden, BC, which I will use as a staging point for visiting Field, BC, which has the visitors center for the Burgess Shale fossil site (but no campgrounds suitable for RVs the size of mine).

The Burgess Shale may be the most renowned fossil site in the world, despite its lack of dinosaur bones. Perhaps more than any other site, it transformed the way we think of the evolution of life on this world. I have been imagining visiting this site for years. Sadly, I waited too long. My old legs are no longer able to climb the steep trails to the site itself, and I had to content myself with gazing at the mountains and taking a few photos of museum pieces. Sigh!

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Field, British Columbia, and Yoho National Park

Yoho National Park lies along the eastern border of British Columbia, abutting Banff National Park in Alberta, the two straddling the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Even without the Burgess Shale, it's a beautiful location, and Field, B.C. is perfectly situated for visiting, even if its RV parks can't handle big rigs like mine.

The Locale around Yoho National Park

I don't know what winters are like in Yoho, but my summertime visit was gorgeous.

Photo Gallery for Yoho National Park

Yoho National Park
Journey to Yoho National Park
Journey to Yoho National Park
Field, British Columbia
Field, British Columbia
Field, British Columbia
Field, British Columbia
Field, British Columbia
Field, British Columbia
Field, British Columbia
Field, British Columbia
Field, British Columbia
Field, British Columbia
Field, British Columbia
Field, British Columbia
Field, British Columbia
Field, British Columbia
Field, British Columbia
Field, British Columbia
Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park
Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge, Yoho National Park
Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge, Yoho National Park
Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge, Yoho National Park
Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge, Yoho National Park
Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge, Yoho National Park

Whispering Spruce Campground

I stayed at Whispering Spruce Campground because I wanted ready access to Yoho National Park and the Burgess Shale. I had originally planned to stay at Lake Louise, but I sought reservations too late.

Whispering Spruce met my needs at the time. It was reasonably spacious, and provided full hookups. The mountain setting for Golden, BC, is quite lovely. But the park has a somewhat seedy, unmaintained feel. If there is a next time, I will explore more widely.

Photo Gallery for Whispering Spruce Campground

Whispering Spruce Campground
Whispering Spruce Campground
Whispering Spruce Campground
Whispering Spruce Campground
Whispering Spruce Campground
Whispering Spruce Campground
Whispering Spruce Campground
Whispering Spruce Campground
Whispering Spruce Campground
Whispering Spruce Campground
Whispering Spruce Campground
Whispering Spruce Campground
Address 1430 Golden View Road
Golden BC V0A 1H1
Home Page wsc@whisperingsprucecampground.com
Phone (250) 344-6680
Associations none
Rate
(with discounts & taxes)
$37
Pros
  • Convenient location
Cons
  • Somewhat seedy and ill-maintained
Reviews (as of 2018/1/27)
Reviewer Rating Out of
RV Park Reviews 6.3 (Average) 10
Good Sam 6 10
Tripadvisor 2.5 5
Phoenix 6 10
  Site Type pull-through  
  Site Size 8 10
  Ease of Access 8 10
  WiFiNotes 7 10

Points of Interest

The Burgess Shale is one of the most important Lagerst├Ątten (i.e., major fossil sites) in the world, revealing the secrets of the "Cambrian explosion" of life, half a billion years ago. Unfortunately the fossil site itself requires a climb of 2500 feet over seven miles, a task my old legs can no longer manage; so I could just look from afar, and sigh. The visitor center did house drawers of fossils taken from the Shale, though most of them have been disbursed to museums around the world, so I do have a few photos to show you.

[I am in the process of migrating the photos in this gallery into a more comprehensive collection that will let you view photos of fossils from many different museums by age and by type. The coding for that new approach is taking much longer than I expected (as usual), so for the time being I leave this gallery in place.]

Photo Gallery for the Burgess Shale at Yoho National Park

Canyon Hot Springs Resort
Anomalocaris, 506 MYA
Anomalocaris, 506 MYA.
Anomalocaris, 506 MYA
Anomalocaris, 506 MYA. Drawing.
Anomalocaris, 506 MYA
Anomalocaris, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1
Anomalocaris, 506 MYA
Anomalocaris, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1 (enhanced).
Anomalocaris, 506 MYA
Anomalocaris, 506 MYA. Exhibit 2.
Anomalocaris, 506 MYA
Anomalocaris, 506 MYA. Exhibit 2 (enhanced).
Anomalocaris, 506 MYA
Anomalocaris, 506 MYA. Exhibit 2 (enhanced).
Canadaspis, 506 MYA
Canadaspis, 506 MYA.
Canadaspis, 506 MYA
Canadaspis, 506 MYA. Drawing.
Canadaspis, 506 MYA
Canadaspis, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1.
Canadaspis, 506 MYA
Canadaspis, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1 (Enhanced).
Chlorophyta, 506 MYA
Chlorophyta, 506 MYA.
Chlorophyta, 506 MYA
Chlorophyta, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1.
Chlorophyta, 506 MYA
Chlorophyta, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1 (Enhanced).
Choia, 506 MYA
Choia, 506 MYA.
Choia, 506 MYA
Choia, 506 MYA. Drawing.
Choia, 506 MYA
Choia, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1.
Choia, 506 MYA
Choia, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1 (Enhanced).
Nisusia, 506 MYA
Nisusia, 506 MYA.
Nisusia, 506 MYA
Nisusia, 506 MYA. Drawing.
Nisusia, 506 MYA
Nisusia, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1.
Nisusia, 506 MYA
Nisusia, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1 (Enhanced).
Ottoia, 506 MYA
Ottoia, 506 MYA.
Ottoia, 506 MYA
Ottoia, 506 MYA. Drawing.
Ottoia, 506 MYA
Ottoia, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1.
Ottoia, 506 MYA
Ottoia, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1 (Enhanced).
Paterina, 506 MYA
Paterina, 506 MYA.
Paterina, 506 MYA
Paterina, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1.
Paterina, 506 MYA
Paterina, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1 (Enhanced).
Scenella, 506 MYA
Scenella, 506 MYA.
Scenella, 506 MYA
Scenella, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1.
Scenella, 506 MYA
Scenella, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1 (Enhanced).
Scenella, 506 MYA
Scenella, 506 MYA. Exhibit 2.
Scenella, 506 MYA
Scenella, 506 MYA. Exhibit 2 (Enhanced).
Selkirkia, 506 MYA
Selkirkia, 506 MYA.
Selkirkia, 506 MYA
Selkirkia, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1.
Selkirkia, 506 MYA
Selkirkia, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1 (Enhanced).
Siphusauctum, 506 MYA
Siphusauctum, 506 MYA.
Siphusauctum, 506 MYA
Siphusauctum, 506 MYA. Drawing.
Siphusauctum, 506 MYA
Siphusauctum, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1.
Siphusauctum, 506 MYA
Siphusauctum, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1 (Enhanced).
Trilobite, 506 MYA
Trilobite, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1.
Trilobite, 506 MYA
Trilobite, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1 (Enhanced).
Trilobite, 506 MYA
Trilobite, 506 MYA. Exhibit 2.
Trilobite, 506 MYA
Trilobite, 506 MYA. Exhibit 2 (Enhanced).
Vauxia, 506 MYA
Vauxia, 506 MYA.
Vauxia, 506 MYA
Vauxia, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1.
Vauxia, 506 MYA
Vauxia, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1 (Enhanced).
Waptia, 506 MYA
Waptia, 506 MYA.
Waptia, 506 MYA
Waptia, 506 MYA. Drawing.
Waptia, 506 MYA
Waptia, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1.
Waptia, 506 MYA
Waptia, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1 (Enhanced).
Wiwaxia, 506 MYA
Wiwaxia, 506 MYA.
Wiwaxia, 506 MYA
Wiwaxia, 506 MYA. Drawing.
Wiwaxia, 506 MYA
Wiwaxia, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1.
Wiwaxia, 506 MYA
Wiwaxia, 506 MYA. Exhibit 1 (Enhanced).

Story Time.

I had intended to tell here a tale of the Burgess Shale and the Cambrian Explosion in much greater depth. But I don't have time to say now all that I want, so I'll have to put that story off until later.

Next Stop

My next stop after leaving Yoho National Park was the Spring Creek RV Park in Canmore, AB, as I pushed out the the Canadian Rockies and down into the Great Plains.

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