Hiking the Historic Crowsnest Pass

Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Crowsnest Pass boasts unsurpassed scenery and untouched wilderness 90 miles (145 km) north of the Canadian/U.S. border. The region is also laden with the history of early coal miners and mill workers who forged the first communities. Learn about key developments that brought the area from its inception to the modern community of today through field trips and interpretive hikes to historical sites. Trailside discussions offer a look into the natural history and alpine environment of Crownest Pass.


Latitude: 49.6178283 Longitude: -114.5983887 Elevation: 4881 ft

Highlights and Best Features of this Trail

• Learn about the greatest landslide in North American history — the collapse of Turtle Mountain — during a field trip to the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre.

• Get a historic snapshot of life in the Canadian Rockies during a visit to the ghost town of Lille, a Provincial Historic Site.

• Gain insight into coal mining history during a morning at the Bellevue Underground Mine.

Activity Notes

• Hiking 1-4 miles on mountain trails and uneven ground; elevation changes of up to 1,000 feet.


Full Description of this Recreation Trail

Host or Sponsoring Group for Experience

Country Encounters and Road Scholar


Activity Level to be Expected



Appropriate Ages for Experience



Special Skills that May be Required

Good physical condition and a desire to meet new people.


Date or Dates for Experience

September 02, 2012 to September 07, 2012

September 09, 2012 to September 14, 2012


Overnight Shelter Arrangements (if an overnight experience)

Other Lodging


Costs to Participate

$919.00 per person. All meals and accommodations included

Trail Distance

Hiking 1-4 miles on mountain trails and uneven ground; elevation changes of up to 1,000 feet.

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