Last week I talked about our drive down the Cowboy Trail. Having arrived safely at Highway 3, we turned west for some unforgettable experiences in the Crowsnest Pass. Our first goal was to watch for the historic Burmis tree as we travelled west.
The Frank Slide is one of the most awe-inspiring sights that I have seen. There is an excellent interpretive centre where you can learn about the tragedy, the heroism and twists of fate that saved some and condemned others.
If you would like to read more, our library has some histories of the slide, such as The Frank Slide and The Frank Slide Story. You can relive the terror through the experiences of the heroine in a recent novel, The Outlander, by Gil Adamson.
We also visited the Bellevue Underground Mine, or I should say, my daughter, son and niece went underground while my sister and I guarded the car (I'm really not fond of dark, closed spaces). The kids were amazed at how dark it really was and intrigued by the fact that the walls of the tunnel were built on an angle. As well, the girls weren't sure about the fashion statement that the hard hats made.
We finished off our afternoon in the Crowsnest Pass by visiting beautiful Lundbreck Falls. I love waterfalls and would have been quite happy to just sit and watch the water for hours. This is a great place to picnic and there is a campground there as well.
There is a lot more to see and do in the Crowsnest Pass but that is all we had time for in the half-day we were there. Bill Corbett's Day Trips from Calgary has a good section on the Crowsnest Pass. You can also find more information at the Crowsnest Pass webpage.