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Blairmore | Alberta

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Crowsnest Pass

Crowsnest Pass is a mountain pass that spans the Continental Divide and resembles a large crow’s nest. It is located towards the southern end of the Rocky Mountains.

The Heritage Pathways system combines the Crowsnest’s fascinating history with non-urban, outdoor hiking trails. Hike the 12-kilometre North York Creek Plane Crash Trail to a real plane crash site, or the 1.5-kilometre Frank Slide Trail, which starts and finishes at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre.

Crowsnest Pass is also ideal for those who enjoy the rush of excitement that rock climbing and caving can provide.

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Frank Slide Interpretive Centre

Canada’s deadliest rockslide

The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, located near Crowsnest Pass in southern Alberta, overlooks Canada’s deadliest rockslide.

See and hear what transpired on the night of Turtle Mountain’s collapse in 1903. On the Edge of Destruction and In the Mountain’s Shadow, two award-winning documentaries on natural disasters, are part of the centre’s programming. Take a seat in the chilly auditorium and learn about the mountain’s fall on that fateful night.

Take your time viewing the miners’ cottages, hearing the stories of the survivors, paying your respects to the victims of the accident, and going along the interpretive route at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre.

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Crowsnest Community Market

On Thursday nights from 3 to 7 p.m. in downtown Blairmore, there will be family-friendly activities, wonderful food, live music, and a variety of locally manufactured items.

The markets will begin indoors in April, then move outside in June, return indoors in September, and conclude at the end of November. They aim to create a communal gathering with food, crafts, artists, music, entertainment, and more! It’s a terrific area to spend a day and take advantage of everything the neighbourhood has to offer!

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Bike Tour with Sweet Riders

Learn how to ride a mountain bike while having a great time in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Their goal is to instil a passion for mountain biking while also teaching skills in a fun and safe atmosphere.

Ride away with a once-in-a-lifetime mountain biking adventure! All levels and ages are welcome. Join them for a picturesque trip via the Crowsnest Pass. Adults, youth, and children can participate in a variety of trips and workshops. During the winter, they also offer fat biking tours.

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Pass Powderkeg Ski Area

Powderkeg Pass is a terrific area for the whole family to enjoy the winter. The mountain is large enough to provide routes for all skill levels but small enough for youngsters to roam free and explore the mountain while returning to a single, convenient lift system and lodge.

Pass Powderkeg is a not-for-profit ski slope focused on pricing and devoted to providing customers with unrivalled value. The entire experience transforms when the sun sets over Crowsnest Mountain, and the lights turn on for night skiing.

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Crowsnest Pass Orpheum Theatre

The Orpheum Theatre in Blairmore, like its namesake, offers a genuine cinema experience from the days of silent films and black-and-white reels. The Orpheum Theatre is most recognized now for displaying current Hollywood blockbusters and as a one-of-a-kind event facility. Peter Umbertino, an Italian immigrant who also operated the Blairmore Opera House at the time, founded the theatre in 1921.

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Bellevue Underground Mine

The Bellevue Underground Mine is one-of-a-kind and historically significant underground coal mine. They give guests a true sense of what it was like to work as a coal miner during an exhilarating hour-long underground tour led by Heritage Interpreters.

The underground tour will take you 1,000 feet down into the mine, 150 feet below ground level. Explore the mine’s inner workings while learning about one of Canada’s underground coal mines’ long histories. The tour will be led by a Heritage Interpreter and will include a miner’s helmet and lantern for each participant.

The tour should last around an hour.

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Launstein Imagery Wildlife Art Gallery

The Launstein Imagery Wildlife Art Gallery features John, Jenaya, and Josiah Launstein’s internationally recognized photography. They are dedicated to creating beautiful visual storytelling that highlights the beauty and behaviour of western Canada’s animals.

Fine art limited and open edition prints and canvases, greeting cards and calendars, sculptures, ceramics, jewellery, gifts, and handcrafted reclaimed teak root furniture are all available at the gallery.

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Turtle Mountain Hike

Hike to Turtle Mountain’s north top, 2100 metres above sea level, for a view of the Frank Slide and the Crowsnest valley. Turtle Mountain Path is a 7.4-kilometre moderately frequented out-and-back trail with magnificent wildflowers in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada. It is classed as tough. The route is best utilized from June to October and provides a variety of activities. This route is also open to dogs, although they must be kept on a leash. The views from the summit of the north peak are spectacular in every direction, but notably down on the Frank Slide rocks in the valley below.

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1933: Communist Town

Like many Canadian industrial towns in the 1930s, Blairmore had sympathies with Communism. Canada’s first Communist town council and school board were elected in Blairmore in 1933, which reformed the tax system, and refused to observe Remembrance Day as an Imperialist holiday and honoured the Russian Revolution instead.

A street was named after the leader of the Communist Party of Canada, Tim Buck, a decision that was reversed by the next town council.

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Castle Mountain Resort

Castle Mountain is a ski resort in the Rocky Mountains of southwest Alberta, in the Westcastle Valley. Around a 40-minute drive from Blairmore, it has been owned and run by skiers who are motivated by adrenaline rather than profit since its resurrection in 1996. They value high-quality dry powder snow and difficult terrain. And they believe that combining these aspects in the correct way will give once-in-a-lifetime experiences for individuals who live to ski.

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