This attraction is listed as one of the Bucket List experiences in southern Alberta and is part of the "Stay a Night, See a Site" program with Canalta hotels.
Atlas Coal Mine
110 Century Drive
East Coulee, Alberta, Canada
In the early decades of the 20th century, coal was more than something people used to heat their homes - it was the fuel that ran the global economy. The hills just outside Drumheller were rich with coal deposits in those days, and throngs of immigrants flocked to the region to work the 139 mines that were once operational here.
One of those mines outlasted all the rest. It ran for nearly 70 years and produced upward of 5 million tons of wildfire coal - all of it sorted by Canada's last standing wooden tipple. The mine's name is Atlas.
Atlas Coal Mine began operations in 1911 and didn't shut down until 1979. It was declared a Provincial Historic Resource ten years later, and a National Historic Site in 2002 - which means the mine is standing in pretty much the same state it was when the last batch of black rock came rumbling up to the washhouse.
Visitors at Atlas Coal Mine see and experience the daily lives of coalminers in a uniquely authentic way. There are underground tunnel tours, rumbling trips along a train track, chilling ghost stories and endless artifacts to examine and enjoy.