Top things to see and do in the Crowsnest Pass
There is unlimited appeal in exploring this tourist-friendly part of Alberta
Just another blissful sunny day in the Crowsnest Pass. — Paul Jerry photo
The Crowsnest Pass is one of Alberta's treasures, both recreationally and as a historical location. Visitors are sure to be enthralled with these top attractions:
1) Frank Slide Interpretive Centre
See a dramatic piece of history at this famous site, where a rock slide in 1903 caused the complete destruction of Frank, a small coal-mining town. The centre has informative exhibits and a 70-seat, high-definition theatre with audio visual presentations about this tragic event.
2) The Crowsnest Museum
Located in the old Coleman high school building, the Crowsnest Museum provides a solid introduction to local history. The museum staff offer guided tours of the facility, as well as a walking tour of downtown Coleman and a one-kilometre guided Miner's Path Hike (an easy stroll, and you can hear interesting stories along the way—be sure to bring a camera.)
3) Bellevue Underground Mine Tour
Taking the Bellevue Underground Mine Tour is an intriguing way to learn about the lives of early coal miners. Guests can walk through an underground section of the Old West Canadian Collieries mine, where there are authentic artifacts and information provided by interpretive guides.
4) Flummerfelt Park
As a starting point for scenic and historic walks throughout the Crowsnest Pass, Flummerfelt Park is a focal point of the area. During the summer there are water features at the park, and several markets and special events take place here, making it a community favourite.
5) The Roxy Theatre
With its restored vintage style, this Coleman theatre was built in 1948 and remains a centre for classic film festivals, afternoon puppet shows, musical performances and other events. Seating more than 300 guests, the Roxy attracts historians and theatre buffs alike.
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North America's largest carriage museum
From elegant carriages used by royalty to stagecoaches of the old west, be prepared for an experience that will go far beyond your expectations. Recognized as one of the world's premier carriage museums, the Remington displays over 240 carriages, wagons and sleighs - many of them placed in their original settings in the main gallery. The museum also features an active horse program, carriage ride tour of Cardston, chuckwagon barbecues, miniature horse chuckwagon championships, a working restoration shop, restaurant and gift shop. Open daily, year-round.Alberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation & Culturehistory.alberta.ca
Canada's deadliest rockslide
The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre highlights the rich history of the Crowsnest Pass amid the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Visitors can experience a variety of interpretive programs, presentations and special events. Displays throughout the Centre feature the 1903 Frank Slide (rockslide-avalanche), the Canadian Pacific Railway, European settlement, early underground coal mining and community life. An award-winning audio-visual presentation entitled "In the Mountain's Shadow" is shown daily. Also showing, a docudrama created for the centennial of the Frank Slide in 2003, entitled "On the Edge of Destruction - The Frank Slide Story." Pathways around the Centre provide spectacular views of the Frank Slide and surrounding area.Alberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation & Culturehistory.alberta.ca
A smashing attraction
Located at a place where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains meet the great plains is one of the world's oldest, largest and best preserved buffalo jumps known to exist - Head - Smashed - In Buffalo Jump. This historic attraction boasts a $10 million interpretive centre that depicts the ecology, mythology, lifestyle and technology of the Blackfoot peoples. It also presents information about this unique custom practised by native people for nearly 6000 years.Alberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation & Culturehistory.alberta.ca
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