Experience Waterton and the Crowsnest Pass
Nestled in the majestic Canadian Rockies, the Crowsnest Pass boasts an unparalleled natural setting which is enhanced by cultural and recreational attractions. You’ll love it for the distinct character of its haunting landscapes and resilient people. Founded on coal mining, the five historic communities that make up the municipality of Crowsnest Pass are situated within a few minutes of each other and are great places to explore, not only for the history, but for the beautiful countryside.
Learn of the tragedies, triumphs, booms and busts of Bellevue, Hillcrest, Frank, Blairmore and Coleman. June 19, 2014 marks the centennial of the worst mining disaster in Canadian history. It happened at Hillcrest, Alberta. 189 men died, 90 women were widowed and nearly 250 children lost their fathers.
To commemorate this event, the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre will unveil a new exhibit – Voices of Disaster: The Hillcrest Experience. Throughout the Crowsnest Pass, a range of activities will take place over the centennial weekend and during the rest of the summer. For more info see: history.alberta.ca/frankslide.
If you plan to attend and set up base camp in Waterton Lakes National Park, these mine tours and exhibits make for a terrific day trip through Pincher Creek.
Tucked away in the southwest corner of Alberta, the quaint townsite of Waterton lies just 90 minutes southeast of the Crowsnest Pass. Home to more than half of all the wildflower species found in Alberta and an abundance of wildlife, you’re likely to see more bighorn sheep then people. It may be the smallest of our Rocky Mountain parks, but many consider the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, to be the hidden jewel in the crown. Soak up the sun on the beach of Upper Waterton Lake or cruise across the water to another country! Hike the infamous Crypt Lake Trail or paddle Cameron Lake.
The person most often associated with Waterton is John George “Kootenai” Brown. To learn more be sure to stop at the Kootenai Brown Heritage Museum in Pincher Creek located about half way between Waterton and the Crowsnest Pass.
While you are in Pincher, be sure to stop at Unique Art Antique at the September Springs Ranch. Here you will find thousands of vintage antiques and collectibles – the perfect gift for that hard to buy for friend and family member. Browse their vintage, fine designer fashions and accessories along with eccentric vintage antique jewelry including Victorian, Designer, Old Native Pawn, Silver, Gemstone, New Age Crystal & Ethnic treasures.
Located 3km west of Pincher Creek on Highway #507, September Springs Ranch is open from the Victoria Weekend to Labour Day. Fully licensed, Memories Tea Room serves a variety of fine wines, desserts and High Tea (Gluten free available).