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Crowsnest Pass - History & Beauty in Southwestern Alberta, Canada
Seen from all corners of the Crowsnest Pass, Crowsnest Mountain stands proud as an icon of the area I live in.
Hiking up Crowsnest Mountain - 5.8 km to summit - 1040 meters elevation gained
Crowsnest Mountain is the crown jewel of hikes in the area. The massive form of the mountain can actually be summited by hikers without having to do any technical climbing. However, it is a long and difficult hike, with many hazards including danger from falling rock and some very exposed sections.
Behind Crowsnest Mountain lays numerous trails that give locals and visitors alike hours of quadding, fishing, camping, horse back riding, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and just about any other outdoor activity you can think of.
Turtle Mountain Slide
Turtle Mountain Slide
In Frank, Alberta, on April 29, 1903 at 4:10 in the morning, 90 Million tons of limestone rock slid 4 kilometers across the valley floor and rose to 152 meters above the valley floor. One of the largest landslides of Canadian History and still remains one of the deadliest. (70 to 90 people were killed, the actually number remains uncertain with the remains buried under the rock.
If you would like more information on the Frank Slide, check out the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre's website.
Hiking Turtle Mountain's North Peak - 3.1 kilometers to summit - 780 meters elevation gain
Lille, Alberta - An Abandoned Ghost Town
Walking into Lille is a great way to take up a sunny Saturday afternoon, with a 6.3 kilometer walk one way.
With status as an Alberta Provincial Historic Site, a bit of searching will find basement depressions, bricks, rusted metal and a couple of fire hydrants. Along with a couple of old brick structures, there is still a large pile of slack coal and the remains of Lille's Bernard-type coke ovens.
Window Mountain Lake - High Mountain Beauty
Window Mountain Lake is a very popular spot in the Crowsnest Pass, as day hikers and anglers take the 2 kilometer hike to view the spectacular beauty of this high mountain lake. I myself can attest to the vibrant colors in the trout that live in this lake.
Although you are not able to see the window from the lake, it can be hiked to. It is only 1.6 kilometers from the lake to the summit with a 630 meter gain. The mountain itself is named Mount Ward.
Castle Falls - Local Swimming Hot Spot
A favorite spot of my children, Castle Falls is a local hot spot for those looking for a place to cool off on a hot summer day. On one side of the river, tall rocks offer various places to dive into the clean, crisp water. The other side boasts large rocks to soak up the sun and warm up after a splash.
There is a campground located just above the falls and anglers come from all around to enjoy the fight of the bull trout, cut throats and rainbows that make this river home.
Chinook Lake aka Allison Lake
Chinook Lake also known as Allison Lake is a favorite spot of mine, with over 30 Kilometers of Cross Country Skiing the groomed trails are a great way to work of the stress of the week,
With great summer camping, I've spent many nights beside this lake with my kids. The lake is just the right temperature to cool off on a hot summer day and the warm summer evenings are a perfect companion for a fireside evening.
It is also a great place to take pictures of wildflowers and pick mushrooms in season, with the same elevation as Banff, Alberta, it's a milder place in The Crowsnest Pass to visit.
This is just an example of all the things that are available to see and learn in The Crowsnest Pass, I look forward to bringing you more beauty from the backyard that I play in.