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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  • Really nice and cool place to visit and witness the awesome power of nature. You an spend a few hours in the entre itself and learn quite about about this natural disaster. Also walking around the are...  more »
  • This is an exceptional museum that describes the events and provides context for two of Canada's worst disasters, the Frank Slide and the Hillcrest Mine disaster. If "dark tourism" is your thing, this...  more »
  • I always enjoy stopping here when travelling through the pass. The walking trails are very user friends, sky lines can be amazing when you pick the right time of day for a stroll and the indoor interp...  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.
  • 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.
  • A really well put together interpretive center. Lots to see and read. They are activities for the kids as well, so they stay engaged. The movies and live presentations were really well done. There is also a walk through the rubble which was nice as well. Staff is very helpful and friendly. They also advised on places to go see outside of the center as well which was nice.

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