Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, Crowsnest Pass

(4.6/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
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. To visit Frank Slide Interpretive Centre and get the most from your holiday in Crowsnest Pass, create itinerary details personal to you using our Crowsnest Pass vacation route planner.
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  • Great interpretive centre explaining how the mountain fell and buried a coal mining town. There is some hikes right around the interpretive centre through the rock fall and there is also a hike that g...  more »
  • I took my two children out for a daily trip outside of Calgary during Spring break to Head Smashed in and Franks slide. We drove on hwy 2 to the buffalo jump and then headed on over to Franks Slide In...  more »
  • Possibly my favourite interpretive center. There's something for everyone; geology, history, drama, some interactive stuff. Make sure to do the short interpretive hike while you're there!  more »
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  • This is a well maintained interpretive centre, and the staff were all very friendly and helpful. The bathrooms were clean and in good condition. The exhibits were very interesting, and there was lots to read and see about the history of the area. We'd love to come back in the summer and hike around, as many of the trails were iced over and packed with snow at the time we visited. There is lots of parking available for visitors.
  • World class exhibit describing the disaster with remarkable views of Turtle Mountain and the slide. Lot's of hiking/interpretive trails around the site where you walk amongst the boulders and get a feel for the power of the slide.
  • Good facilities and a perfect pit stop to take the kids. Admission is $5/adult. They have a free binocular station which lets you get a closer look at Turtle mountain.
  • Can't imagine what had happened that night when we look at the big field of boulders. This center provides much information and helps us reflect and improve.
  • It sure spread out from the Montain. It will take years to clear all that rock and cost millions. That's why they just left it . And those poor people who lost their lives. Do to man's greed .Well that's what happens when you put a tunnel th a Montain