Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, Crowsnest Pass

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Telling the story of Canada's deadliest rock slide, Frank Slide Interpretive Centre provides a sensitive insight into life at the coal mining town, both before and after the catastrophe. On the morning of April 29th, 1903, 82 million tonnes (90 million metric tons) of limestone rock cascaded down Turtle Mountain and within 100 seconds, ferociously destroyed the eastern edge of Frank, the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the coal mine. Discover the causes, impact, and individual tales of the rock slide through a series of dynamic programs and interactive displays, or check out the award winning audio-visual presentations in the center's 70 seat, high definition theater. A 1.5 km (0.9 mi) trail around the edge of the slide site provides a moving, and up close look at nature's fatal power. Use our Crowsnest Pass travel itinerary planner to visit Frank Slide Interpretive Centre on your trip to Crowsnest Pass, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Every couple of years we take the Cub Scout Pack on a tour of the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. The tour starts with a 30 minute video. This video is new since the last time I was here. It is reall...  more »
  • The centre is full of history to do with the slide. Its such an interesting event you need to know about the story of the town the was berried and the people that lived there.  more »
  • The interpretive centre is very well but together for learning and great for all ages since there are activities for kids. Large auditorium shows 2 different documentaries - both well done. We went re...  more »
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  • Excellent interpretive centre, very informative, considerate exhibits that truly capture the emotion and atmosphere of the slide itself, as well as further exhibits that talk about the geology, history, and what is currently being done to monitor the mountain. The price is very good, and the staff knowledgeable and friendly. They play 2 different movies, one from the 80's that is mainly about the Crowsnest in general, and one from 2003 specifically produced to commemorate the 100th anniversary. Please be sure to take this 2003 film in as it is much better than the 80's one, informative, emotional, and really puts you "there" for the slide. Also worth doing, weather permitting, is the interpretive trail going around the centre and through the rocks. Give yourself a couple of hours to take it all in properly.
  • Really well done, the staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The facility was beautiful and exhibits were well laid out. Highly recommend the 30 minute video about the slide as it really gives you a better understanding of the town and events that lead up to it.
  • Excellent exhibits, very modern and up to date. Friendly, knowledgeable, and engaging staff. Well worth the time to stop.
  • Very neat permanent exhibit with great use of technology that really helps to explain facts. The best interpretative centre I have visited.
  • Beautiful interpretive centre. They did a great job on it and it's cheap to get in. You'll learn a lot about the history of what happened, however, if you are here to learn, take the guided tour. The guys and gals who work here know so much and it's really interesting. I loved walking through the path they made in the slide, and it was just a great way to spend a Saturday. Haven't been here in years, as I went when I was a child, but I appreciate it way more and it was a great trip.
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