Fall 2018 Field Trip: A Structural Excursion along the
Rundle Thrust in the Front Ranges, Canmore, AB
Field Trip Leaders: Francois Tremblay, P.Geo. and Leena Markatchev, Geologist
With contributions from Dr. Gerry Reinson
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Registration for this event is full.
Add your name to the waitlist and if a spot becomes available we will fill it at a first come first serve basis - Register for the waitlist here
Thrust Sheet is composed of Cambrian to Triassic rock thrust on Mesozoic
shales, sandstones and coals. In the lower part of the thrust sheet, several
faults complicate the stratigraphy. A section of Cambrian and the Fairholme
Group strata appear to have been thrust upon an additional section of the
Fairholme Group. This trip aims at recognizing the different faults making up
the Rundle Thrust and reconciling its structural architecture.
consists of a strenuous hike on the southwest side of the Bow Valley along the
Rundle Thrust in Canmore. We will gain exposure to key outcrops by venturing up
several gullies for short distances. Participants will have to be a in good
physical condition and willing to get their feet wet (depending on water
The trip is weather dependent, and if the forecast is
poor it may need to be postponed. The group will meet at a prespecified
location in Canmore and start hiking at 9am. We will aim to return to the cars
at 5pm. Participants have to cover their own food (breakfast/lunch) & Transportation
The trip will be limited to 20 CSPG members. For those
that are not able to make it, we will try and organize a summary and discussion
session for one of the regular lunchtime talks.
What to Bring:
Daypack, sunscreen, 2 liters of water, your own food, pencil, notebook, sturdy
hiking boots and a helmet.
sunglasses, and layered clothing appropriate for the weather conditions.
Elevation Gain and Distance:
Approximately 7.5km roundtrip and 650 meters elevation
Folded Sulphur Mountain Formation in the footwall of the Rundle Thrust