Arts & Culture

Alberta Provincial Police (APP) Barracks

The APP Barracks is the location of the murder of Constable Stephen Lawson by Emilio Picariello and Florence 'Filumena' Lassandro.

Explore the 'Scene of the Crime' where Lawson lived, worked and was killed. Journey through Alberta's prohibition history, and decide for yourself "who done it" at the scene of Canada's most infamous rum running murder.


Bellevue Underground Mine

The Bellevue Underground Mine was a fully functional coal mine from 1903 to 1961.  In 1990 the Eco museum opened the re-timbered 300 meters of the underground mine and established displays for daily tours year-round.   Visitors will put on an authentic miner's helmet and lamp and follow the corridors taken by early coal miners.  Interpreters will explain the techniques of turn of the century underground mining.

The 300-metre coal mine tour is wide and level - easily traversed by young and old alike. 

It is very cold in the mine, please be prepared with appropriate footwear and a warm jacket. 

The Bellevue Underground Mine is the only underground coal mine tour in Western Canada, and we promise a safe and extraordinary experience you will never forget.

Visit to book your tour today!

Crowsnest Community Library

The library offers public access to computers, internet, and wifi.  Meeting rooms are available for public use.

In addition to books, find digital magazines, e-books, e-audiobooks, online databases, and DVDs.

Visit for more information.

Crowsnest Museum and Archives

The Crowsnest Historical Society and Crowsnest Museum & Archives protects, preserves, and portrays the cultural heritage of Crowsnest Pass and its people to ensure the knowledge of the past enriches the lives of present and future generations. 

Want to help support local history, and love visiting the Crowsnest Museum? By becoming a member of the Crowsnest Historical Society, you get free admission to the Museum for the entire year, a 10% discount on select items in the Gazebo Giftshop, and invitations to Museum events, exhibit openings, and more.

For more information, please call the Museum at 403-563-5434 or visit

Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery

Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery is managed by Crowsnest Pass Allied Arts Association, a charitable, not for profit organization.  The mission of the Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery is to provide and promote education in the arts for all. The Art Gallery provides rotational, monthly exhibitions of local, provincial and national art, art programs for adults and children, as well as many special events throughout the year. The Gallery also organizes mini art exhibits at the local Stone's Throw Cafe.  Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery was awarded Public Gallery status in 1995 and receives funding from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.  

In the Gallery Gift Store boasts fine arts and crafts from over 50 local and area artists.

The Art Gallery is open daily, and admission is free! 

Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery

Crowsnest Pass Community Orchestra

The Crowsnest Pass Symphony Orchestra has been together in various formats since 1925 and is one of the most enduring amateur orchestras in Canada.
Members have been comprised of residents of Crowsnest Pass, Lundbreck, Cowley, Pincher Creek, Sparwood and Fernie. 
A founding value is to provide an opportunity for students to participate in a group setting playing music they would not otherwise have had the opportunity to perform. The range of ages of members in the orchestra has spanned from 12 years old to over 80 years old.
The orchestra meets weekly from mid-September to mid-May on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The orchestra presents a Christmas Concert in early December, usually in conjunction with the Crowsnest Community Choir, and then a spring concert in May. Recently, the orchestra has traveled to Pincher Creek for a spring concert. Additionally, the orchestra participates in the Crowsnest Pass Music Festival in March.

For more information, contact or find them on Facebook.

Frank Slide Interpretive Centre

The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre highlights the rich heritage of the Crowsnest Pass amid the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies. The Centre is open all year and visitors will be greeted by friendly, knowledgeable staff who will share the fascinating stories of the Frank Slide through dynamic interpretive programs and presentations. State-of-the-art interactive displays and exhibits throughout the Centre focus on the infamous Frank Slide of 1903 - Canada’s deadliest rockslide.

Visitors will experience what it was like to be in the coal mining town of Frank before, during and after the great rock avalanche. Learn why Turtle Mountain fell and if another rockslide will come down. Two award-winning, audio-visual presentations are shown throughout the day in the Centre’s 70-seat, high definition theatre. "On the Edge of Destruction" is a powerful, 30-minute docudrama that recreates the remarkable night the rockslide came down. "In the Mountain's Shadow" is a visually stunning, 25-minute presentation that vibrantly presents the history of the spectacular Crowsnest Pass from immigration through coal mining to rum running. A 1.5 kilometre trail winds through the rocks of the Frank Slide, giving visitors an up-close look at the awesome power of nature

Frank Slide Interpretive Centre

Hillcrest Mine Disaster Cemetery and Memorial

Image Courtesy Doors Open and Heritage Festival

On Friday June 19, 1914 a pocket of methane gas in the Hillcrest Mine ignited, which set off a larger coal-dust explosion. The Hillcrest Mine Disaster was the worst coal mining accident in Canadian history and at the time the world’s third worst mine disaster. Most of the 189 men killed in the explosion were buried in a mass grave at the Hillcrest Cemetery.

In 2000 the Hillcrest Mine Disaster Millennium Memorial was erected in front of the cemetery to commemorate the victims of coal mining disasters across Canada. This memorial features individual monuments cut from stones native to each province and territory arranged around a central monolith.

The Hillcrest Cemetery is an important part of the history of Hillcrest and is identified on the Heritage Driving Tour map. The cemetery includes a short, informative interpretive walk (suitable for visitors with limited mobility), and there is an adjacent picnic area.

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Leitch Collieries Historic Site

Photo courtesy of Alberta Culture and Tourism

Leitch Collieries was one of the largest and most ambitious mines in the early history of the Crowsnest Pass.  Stroll along walking paths through the graceful ruins of this once bustling mine site.   

Pass Pottery Club

The mandate of the Pass Pottery Club is to provide a studio setting for the support and development of hobby potters and to make the art of pottery accessible to the community at a low cost.

They offer both beginner wheel throwing and hand building classes for anyone over 18.  Once a class is completed you are welcome to join the club.  Please check with the Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery in Frank or visit their website at for upcoming  classes.

For more information, please visit

Turning Pointe Dance Studio

Turning Pointe Dance Studio is located in Hillcrest in a 105 year old historic building. Originally, the Burnett & Cruikshank Store, the store was built in 1913. In 1948 the store then became a grocery & dry foods store. The building has been Turning Pointe Dance Studio's home for 10 years now.

Turning Pointe is an established dance studio with over 18 years operating in the Crowsnest Pass. The studio was excited to win the small business of the year award and strives for excellence teaching and developing dancers in our communities & the surrounding areas. TPDS's Mission Statement is as follows: Dedication, discipline, confidence & beauty, artistry, family, positivity, supportive & innovation.

Turning Pointe offers three dance studios and classes in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap, pointe, acro, contemporary, & acting! They offer experienced instructors who have a commitment to updating their own skills and are able to bring creative and current dance skills and knowledge to the studio.

For ages 18 months to adult, the studio offers Seasonal, Full-Year, and Competitive Programming. 

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