Canada’s Worst Mine Disaster Remembered

In 1914, an explosion in the Hillcrest Mine killed 189 men, making it the worst underground mine disaster in Canadian history. On Sunday, June 18 (one day ahead of the actual anniversary) the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre will be offering special programming to commemorate this tragic and historically significant event. 

10 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Guided Hikes to the Hillcrest Mine Site and Commemorative Cemetery

Put yourself in the shoes of a miner at Hillcrest Collieries as you uncover the tragic story of Canada’s worst mine disaster. On Sunday, June 18th at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m., join Joey Ambrosi on a guided hike to the Hillcrest Mine site and Commemorative Cemetery. This hike is approx. 1.5 hours in length and a moderate hike.  There is a limit of 30 per hike so please pre-register by calling the Centre at 403-562-7388.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Voices of Disaster: The Hillcrest Experience

Immerse yourself in the Hillcrest Story through our new interactive exhibit. Follow the timeline of three men who were impacted by the disaster, and explore the how the Hillcrest Mine Disaster affected the community. 157 victims of the Disaster are buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery, 112 of these in two mass graves. Two inquiries were held in July of 1914 to determine the cause of the explosion, but nothing was presented that could pinpoint its origin.

Throughout the day at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre special programs will highlighting the Hillcrest story in the theatre and along the scenic boardwalk around the Interpretive Centre. Learn how the men found their way safely underground with a demonstration of underground mine lamps.

The Hillcrest Commemorative event takes place in co-operation with the Crowsnest Pass’ community celebration of Bellecrest Days – a family weekend event with a parade, family dance, musical entertainment, children’s carnival, hypnotist and more.

Owned and operated by Alberta Culture and Tourism, the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre is located 1.5 km off Hwy #3 in the Crowsnest Pass and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $13 for adults, $9 for youth ages 7 to 17, $35 for families (two adults and their children ages 7 to 17) and $11 for seniors. Children six and under are admitted free.

For more information visit or call 403-562-7388 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access within Alberta).

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