Atlas Coal Mine – Drumheller, Alberta - Atlas Obscura

Atlas Coal Mine

A seven-story wooden coal tipple stands this former mine, the last of many that once covered this area.  

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This coal mine operated in Drumheller between 1936 and 1979, and was the last of 139 coal mines that used to dot the region. Today it stands as testament to a bygone era when coal was king and the population of Drumheller was nearly three times its current size. Many of the original buildings remain intact and old tools, machines, and artifacts remain on the site. Atlas Coal Mine also holds the distinction of having Canada’s last standing wooden coal tipple, built in 1937. The tipple is a machine used to sort and load coal that stands over seven stories tall. Atlas Coal Mine has been designated as a national historic site, and welcomes visitors to learn about the industrial heritage of Alberta.

Know Before You Go

The Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site is open every day between mid-May and mid-October, and Monday through Friday from mid-October to December. Hours vary throughout the season. General admission costs $12 per person or $35 per family. More extensive tours and experiences can be found on their website.