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Fossils and rock formations

In addition to the beauty of the landscape, panoramic views, flora and fauna which attract outdoor lovers and recreationalists, fossils and surface landforms attract the interest of many Talus Lodge visitors during the summer.

We are located in the Canadian Rockies and our rocks of limestone origin are constantly changed by water action.  This produces what is known as Karst Topography which is the result of this form of erosion.

Perhaps the Karst Topography at Talus, in combination with other forms of erosion such as gravitational, wind, melt freeze contribute to uncoverig treasures from a distant past. Treasures discovered by those with an eagle eye.

So far we have found trilobites and crinoids from the Cambrian age, similar to the ones found in the Burgess Shale area.

We also have found extensive stromatolite sites of late Cambrian origin. In regards to stromatolites it is amazing to know there is documentation of this organism still living today. It has been found alive and well in shallow seas in Australia as well as in areas of high elevation lakes in the South American Andes. My very first encounter with a large vertical piece of stromatolite baffled me and while scratching my head about this very interesting rock, the only thing that I came up with was to call it “the pineapple rock” until a kind friend was able to identify it for me.

 We speculate that someday we will locate coral fossils which have already been found in some areas of the Height of the Rockies BC Provincial Park (HOR). HOR is a relatively new Provincial Park with some of the most spectacular land base and it includes the Royal Group (among other mountain ranges), which are the majestic mountains just across the Albert Valley to the east of Talus Lodge.

If you are a rock hound and have a keen interest on what is on the surface of the Earth we walk on, you will find Talus Lodge a wonderful area to explore!!!

Please refer to our summer photo gallery and to photos in our Flickr page to get a better idea of the general landscape at Talus.

 Chris