Discover Crowsnest Pass Day 9: Spotting mining artifacts on a Saskatoon Mountain hike

Join Uplift Adventures as we discover some old mining artifacts up and around Saskatoon Mountain in the Crowsnest Pass.

Our hike starts off steep but we are quickly rewarded with great views of the Flathead Range. We get a good look at Willoughby Ridge where most of the volcanic rock in the Crowsnest Pass can be found. 

As we make our way up the snow gets deeper so we strap on our gaiters and snowshoes while enjoying views of the Livingstone Range. Once we get a little higher we find a very sick limber pine tree. They are an endangered species being infected by blister rust.

After some hard work we get to the summit and do some dancing, and enjoy the views the top of Saskatoon Mountain has to offer. 

We soon find ourselves on our way down headed towards the old McGillivray Mine. The McGillivray Mine was based out of Coleman and extended quite far back underneath Saskatoon Mountain. We find some old mining artifacts from when the mine was in operation, an old trolley system and all of the infrastructure that would help bring coal down the mountain. They put a lot of work and time into these mines! Next we find an old cabin that might have belonged to someone who lived there to manage the trolley system.

Thank you for joining our snowshoe adventure! 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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