The Frank Slide highlights the rich heritage of the Crowsnest Pass area amid the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. The Frank Slide took place on April 29, 1903 - two years before Alberta became a province of Canada - when 82 million tonnes of limestone crashed from the sumit of Turtle Mountain and buried a portion of the sleeping community of Frank in the valley below. You will learn why Turtle Mountain fell and if another slide might happen. "On the Edge of Destruction" is a powerful docudrama that recreates the remarkable morning the rock slide came down. There is also a 1.5 kilometer trail that winds through the rocks of Frank Slide.
The Bellevue Mine was active from 1903 to 1961. Over its lifetime, the mine produced over 13,000,000 tons of domestic coal. Like other mines in the Pass, methane gas and coal dust were significant hazards. In 1910, there were two major explosions and it is a sad tragedy that 31 men had to die in the Bellevue Mine before the Province of Alberta saw the need for mine rescue services. In all, 82 men were killed in the Bellevue Mine during its operation.
We will be touring the mine with hard hats and lanterns. The mine has some uneven footing so good footwear and warm clothing is advised as the average temperature in the mine is 0 to 2 degrees Celsius.
On this tour, FLC Members will be divided in half so each group will see both the Interpretive Centre and the Mine. Both groups will meet to enjoy lunch at the RumRummer in Coleman (gratuity included).