If you’re thinking about getting out of the house and trying something different this August long weekend, our network of historic sites and museums has got you covered!
Frank Slide Interpretive Centre Celebrates Crowsnest Pass Doors Open and Heritage Festival – July 30 to Aug. 3
From July 30 to August 3, the history-filled Frank Slide Interpretive Centre is proud to celebrate the 10th annual Crowsnest Pass Doors Open and Heritage Festival. The Crowsnest Pass is offering numerous events highlighting the history of the region, celebrating culture and exploring the natural beauty of the area. Programming includes performances byJohn Wort Hannam on Thursday night and Double Exposure on Saturday night, a country market, rides on a miniature train pulled by a coal-fired steam locomotive, a show and shine, garden/cemetery/driving/heritage building tours and more.
Crowsnest Pass dino history
For its 10th anniversary, the festival will highlight the prehistoric history of the Pass through this year’s “Stones and Bones” theme. Learn about history dating back 65 million years ago where, dinosaur tracks, fossilized parts of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and only last year an unusual hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur) have been found in Crowsnest Pass. See the massive skull of the T. Rex known as “Black Beauty” at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre!
Dr. Phil Currie is the guest speaker at the launch of the heritage festival on Friday night. On Saturday, Brian Reeves, Margaret Kennedy and Claire Allum will lead an archaeology bus tour through the Pass which has the highest concentration of archaeological sites in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. There will be a guided tour of the ghost town of Lille and a hike to the chert quarries on the Livingstone Range, both on Monday.
The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary with special interpretive programs during the long weekend. Opened last June, the innovative exhibit, Voices of Disaster: The Hillcrest Experience introduces visitors to the story of Canada’s worst mine disaster. Mad Science presentations on Saturday are irresistible to children, as is the dinosaur day camp at Leitch Collieries on Sunday.
Where: Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, located 1.5 kilometres off Highway 3 in the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass. There are other activities throughout the Crowsnest Pass area; please refer to the schedule of events for details.
Need more info? Visit the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre website, the Crowsnest Pass Doors Open and Heritage Festival website or call 403-562-7388 (dial 310-000 for toll-free access within Alberta).
Annual Fresh Air Market – Sunday, August 2, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Experience the time-honoured tradition of trading and gathering at Historic Dunvegan’s Fresh Air Market. Get to know local artisans and the products they passionately create. It’s the perfect opportunity to treat yourself or pick up a thoughtful gift for a loved one. Items available for sale will include everything from handmade sewn items, paintings, knitted/crocheted items, honey, and beauty products to alpaca wool, glass beads, pottery, dream catchers, jewelry, woodwork, quilting, dresses, and hair accessories!
The Peace Country Spinners and Weavers will also be onsite demonstrating wool spinning techniques and a craft table will also be available so the entire family can learn a simple finger weaving technique or sew together a bright pencil case for school.
As if that wasn’t enough to get you there, costumed interpreters will be offering tours of the gorgeous Historic Dunvegan’s four fully restored historic buildings. Regular fees apply.
Note: Vendors at the market accept cash only. There is no ATM machine onsite.