Discover Crowsnest Pass Day 12: Snowshoe adventures and mining history

Join Uplift Adventures as we go on a hike through a winter wonderland in the Crowsnest Pass. 

We start off looking over into downtown Coleman, a National Historical Site. This means it has national significance to the history of Canada as a whole. This is the same designation given to the Prince of Wales hotel in Waterton and the Bar U Ranch. The reason that Coleman is a National Historic Site is because of the rich mining history here. You can see the beehive style coke ovens which were part of the International Coke and Coal Company. Many other companies sent coal to these coke ovens too. 

There is a lot of old mining infrastructure to find around the Crowsnest Pass. There were two major mines based out of Coleman: the McGillivray Mine and the International Coke and Coal Company. The International Coke and Coal Company is a big reason why Coleman exists. A.C. Flummerfelt came here and started the International Coal and Coke Company, and he also did a lot of mining and work for the community. There is even a park named after him: Flummerfelt Park. 

Next we check out old mining tunnels that span underground at least 2 km up towards York Creek. We strap on our snowshoes to crest a small hill covered in snow. We reach the top and are greeted with clouds blocking the expansive views.

Thank you for joining a virtual snowshoe in Crowsnest Pass. We invite you to come join us on a hike, backpack, outdoor course, climb or more around Crowsnest Pass, Waterton Lakes National Park, or Castle Parks. We are your local and certified professional guides in the South Canadian Rockies.

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