Lille Historical Tour
Don't miss out on learning why Lille collapsed and is now a ghost town
LILLE HISTORICAL TOUR
Near Crowsnest Pass
It is the stories that make Lille come alive. Go back in time as you learn about why people moved and settled in Crowsnest Pass. Discover old mine ruins, settlements, a cemetery, and mine entrances as we venture towards the ghost town of Lille.
SAT & MON
(May - Oct)
Prepare for your trip!
Packing for your trip
Ensure you bring a backpack, water, hiking boots or runners, raincoat, hat, sunscreen, insect spray, sunglasses, and your camera. Weather can be windy or change suddenly, so come prepared! We do meet at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, and will drive to the trailhead using your vehicle. If you do not have a high-clearance vehicle, please advise us in advance.
The day of your tour
An email is sent out the week leading up to your tour. Ensure you read this email as it will review the meeting location and other information important for your day.
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early so that we can start the tour on time. Your guide may not be able to wait for you to arrive.
Highlights of this tour
- Educational tour that has been researched using multiple sources, such as archeological studies, historical books, and interviews.
- Expert and local guide
- A relaxing lunch with an optional art pice to colour to recreate Lille
- Locally made bagged lunch
- A special gift to take home
Use of hiking poles
Locally made bagged lunch
On trail beverage
Special gift to take home
Safety equipment (carried by guide: first aid kit, bear spray, satellite communication device)
✕ Personal Gear
Explore this Provincial Historical Site, now a ghost town!
It is the stories that make it come alive! Lille is a Provincial Historical Site and this tour is full of well-researched information presented in a fun and interesting way by professional guides.
Your tour starts at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. You will meet your guide inside the main lobby. We will go over the day’s activities, hand out lunches, start the tour with a fun hands-on activity, then use the washrooms. You will then drive to the trailhead. The drive is an adventure of its own, and we recommend a high clearance vehicle. Please advise us ahead of time if you do not have a high clearance vehicle.
Once we are at the trailhead, we will start the hike. We make several stops on our way into Lille to visit remnants that help tell the historical stories. There is no shortage of stories to share as we head to Lille and to get a better understanding of what happened.
When we arrive at the townsite, you will have time to complete a scavenger hunt with your Lille map. The townsite is mostly gone, but where did it go and what did it look like? As you are venturing around, your guide will set up your lunchtime activities. During lunch, you will have time to create and colour your own art piece of what Lille used to look like.
After lunch, we will finish our tour of the townsite and explain to you what happened to the town and where everything went. It is fascinating to learn how Lille operated, how fast it was built and created, to then to understand how fast it disappeared.
We will then return to the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre to say our goodbyes and finish the tour.
Meeting Location: Frank Slide Interpretive Centre
Physical Difficulty Rating:Easy to Moderate. It is an easy trail, but the length of the trip can be difficult for small children.
Please Note: There are no washrooms available at the trailhead or along the trail. Please ensure you use the washroom before we leave the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre.
It is the responsibility of the participant to bring the proper clothing for the weather. The guide can refuse to allow a participant on the trip if he/she is not prepared properly for mountain weather.
Must have a minimum of 4 participants to run the experience.
Uplift Adventures’ waivers are required to be signed before starting the event.
Guests under 18 years of age, must have parental consent to attend the event. Guests under 15 years of age, must be accompanied by an adult.
Guests must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including cannabis, while out on the snowshoe portion of this event. Uplift Adventures has the right to refuse participation if a guest is suspected under the influence prior to the experience. A return or compensation will not be given to the customer.
Please advise Uplift Adventures of any medical conditions or allergies prior to the event.
Cancellation Policy: We will cancel and try to reschedule or give a refund if the weather is extreme. Examples of extreme weather include 120km continuous winds, below -25°C with wind chill, heavy snowfall warnings for the duration of our trip, and severe thunderstorms for the duration of the trip. Examples of extreme weather does not include subzero temperatures or rain.
Guests must cancel within 48hrs for a refund. For private or group bookings (4+ people), must cancel 7 days prior to event for a refund.
Tours can be offered to private groups with a minimum of four people. Please contact us for a private booking.
Book an upcoming tour now!
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