About Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site , Drumheller, Alberta, Canada
Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site was once a working mine established in early 1900s,and was part of the erstwhile booming coal industry that covered the region of Drumheller.
After the Leduc oil strike of 1948, the fortunes of the region declined and Atlas coal mine closed its operations in 1979. It was designated Alberta Provincial Historic Resource in 1989 and a National Historic Site of Canada in 2002.
The Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site is famous for fascinating underground tours, train tours, and tipple tours. “Remember to breathe” at this authentic Drumheller attraction, where we tell true tales of mines and men.
What to do at Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site?
Attractions & Things to do at Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site.
Every year there are more things to do at this Alberta coal mining museum. Go underground. Ride the narrow gauge train. Hear a ghost story in one of our haunted places.
In late October, the Haunted Atlas Coal Mine is a popular Halloween activity for families from Calgary, Edmonton and Drumheller. More than a haunted house, this is an industrial site gone bad! Choose your scare: is it Big Boo or Little Boo?
Teachers love the experiential, story-rich programming and enthusiastic guides. If you are planning a Drumheller field trip or Alberta educational school tour, book a tour at the Atlas Coal Mine. The students will have fun while learning.
Visit this breathtaking mining museum in East Coulee, the last coal mine in Drumheller, Alberta…the heart of the Canadian Badlands.
Main Site: Wander through the original historic surface plant buildings at your own pace. See the wash house, lamp house, supply house, mine office, miner’s shack and interpretive building. Walk the footsteps of the miners around the tipple trail and read the interpretive panels.
Go on enticing tours offered at the coal mine.
Underground Tunnel Tour – Put on a miners’ lamp and go up the underground! This unique tour climbs an inclined conveyer tunnel. Follow in the footsteps of the miners, in one end, and out the other. Emerge high in the scenic badlands, and step into the Atlas #3 Mine Portal.
This tour is offered at scheduled times throughout the day. Wear sturdy shoes with good treads, and expect a gradual climb, and a steep descent through rugged terrain. Not recommended for children under 6, and children 4 and under are not allowed.
Tipple Tour – Climb the last wooden tipple in Canada, and see the inner workings of this nationally designated historic icon. Hear stories of the men and the boys who worked in the Drumheller mines. This tour is suitable for all ages, but moderately strenuous. People who are troubled by heights or ascending a ramp will find this tour challenging.
Offered at scheduled times throughout the day. This tour does not include the underground tunnel.
Mantrip Train Tour – Climb into a coal car and tour the surface plant and spectacular badlands scenery. This new above ground tour expands upon our popular coal car ride, and will be popular with families and train lovers of all ages. This narrow gauge “mantrip” is pulled by an antique Mancha Mule battery locomotive, formerly used in underground mines.
Weather dependent. Due to authentic equipment, visitors with mobility issues may find loading into cars difficult.
The Unmentionables Tour – Put your walking shoes on and explore the dark side of coal mining. Learn about accidents, brawls, the women, and the unmentionable side of Drumheller Valley history. Hear about mysterious sightings at the Atlas Coal Mine. The mine closed 20 years ago, but not all the miners have checked out.
Mature content, parental discretion advised. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
When to visit Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site?
Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site Hours
May 1 – June 22 | 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
June 23 – August 26 | 9:45 am – 7:30 pm
August 27 – October 8 | 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Best time to visit Atlas Coal Mine
Mornings are less crowded and arriving early allows time to plan your tours here before they fill up. For tourists with limited time, give us a call prior to arrival to find out daily tour schedules to best fit us in your day. One can spend 45 minutes to a half day here.
How much to visit Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site?
Atlas Coal Mine Admission / Tickets / Rate
$10.00/person or $30.00/family: site admission included in tour price.
General site admission does not include the tours.
Underground Tunnel Tour
$20/person or $60/family; site admission included in tour price; 1.25 hours
$25/person or $75/family: site admission included in tour price; 45 minutes
The Unmentionables Tour
$20/person 14A& $60 per family
Offered Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. July and August
If you are bringing a formal group, see Group Information. Discount available for formal pre-booked groups of 10 + people.
Visa, Mastercard, Interac, Cash, US Dollar accepted in person at the Welcome Desk.
How to get to Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site?
Address: 110 Century Dr. East Coulee, Alberta, T0J 1B0
Travel east on hwy 10, the scenic Hoodoo Trail. Follow the signs. We are across the river from historic East Coulee.
1.5 hours from Calgary; 3.5 hours from Edmonton; 25 minutes from the Royal Tyrrell Museum; 15 minutes from downtown Drumheller; 5 minutes from the Hoodoos; Across the river from historic East Coulee
N51 19.75 W112 28.847
For detailed directions, see the map tab.
Parking is free.
What about amenities, and accessibility at Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site?
We are a family-friendly site with picnic tables and washrooms available.
We are somewhat wheelchair accessible.
Pets are allowed on site, but not on our guided tours.
We sell drinks and snacks in our giftshop but we do not have a full cafeteria.
Alternatively, the East Coulee School Museum has a Tea Room. This charming museum is just 5 minutes away and can be contacted directly at: 403.822.3970.