Crowsnest Pass is a buzzing hub of excitement in the summer, where the options for outdoor fun, mountain magic, and epic exploration are truly endless.
Just two hours south of Calgary, Crowsnest Pass is a vibrant mountain town with stunning natural scenery, fascinating historic landmarks, and a diverse range of experiences that offer something for families, outdoor enthusiasts, zen-seekers, and everyone in between.
With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder that visitors return year after year to enjoy the endless adventures that await in Crowsnest Pass.
Discover the magic of Crowsnest Pass: Top must-do activities for your next adventure
Join us as we share our favourite activities and spots to check out, and get ready to experience the best this stunning destination has to offer.
- Take a guided historical tour of the Miner’s Path or the Lille ghost town with Uplift Adventures.
- Visit the Crowsnest Museum and the APP Barracks, where the past comes alive through engaging exhibits, photographs, and artifacts that chronicle the region’s fascinating rum-running history and coal mining era. (It’s also a great place to buy gifts and souvenirs!)
- Go on the Bellevue Underground Mine tour or to Frank Slide Interpretive Centre—these are great indoor activities for hot summer days.
- Don’t miss the Crowsnest Community Market on Thursdays at the Gazebo Park (runs June to September).
- Whether you’re a die-hard golfer or not, you’ll love the views over at the Crowsnest Golf Course. Take them in over a few swings, followed by dinner at the on-site restaurant.
- Take a private mountain biking skills course with Sweet Riders.
- Embrace the art community and visit the Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery, also a great place to buy gifts and crafty souvenirs!
- Book a private guided hike with Uplift Adventures and learn about what makes Crowsnest Pass unique from a professional and local guide.
- Learn how to outdoor rock climb with Uplift Adventures. Our course is designed to teach you the basics of climbing outdoors and build your skills and confidence to embark on your own thrilling climbing adventure.
- Rent a kayak or paddle board from JoJo Adventure Rentals and head out to Crowsnest Lake or Chinook Lake for some time on the water.
- Take a guided fly-fishing trip with local fly-fishing guides: Crowsnest Café & Fly Shop, Crowsnest Angler, or Oldman River Outfitters.
- Find a patio and test out the local watering holes. Some great patios are found at Encounters Wine Bar, Pass Beer, Tin Dogs Pub & Brewery, Limber Pine Smokehouse & Taberna, Pure Country Bar & Grill, The Cosmopolitan Hotel, and Rum Runner.
- Stroll along the 23-kilometre-long Crowsnest Community Trail that connects the five Crowsnest Pass communities.
- Go shopping and pick up some local trinkets or snacks: Crowsnest Candy Company, Berta General Store, Kind Rat, Crockets Trading Company, Emilio’s Mercato Italiano, Crowsnest Pantry, Emerald & Ash Clothing, The Gilded Haus.
- Pick up a new pair of sunglasses or a hydration pack from spry and hit the Pass Powderkeg for trail running.
- Cheer on the participants in one of the renowned running or biking races that take place in the Pass: Sinister 7, Sole Survivor, Crowsnest Pass 100, Minotaur SkyRace, Run the Rocks.
- Hire a local photographer and get some family portraits that will last a lifetime: Anna Milne Photography does a wonderful job of capturing special moments.
- Drop in at the Crowsnest Community Library to find a good book to read by the Crowsnest River or Chinook Lake.
- Rent a mountain bike from Alpenland and hit the trails at Pass Powderkeg or York Creek. Support our local mountain bike club that builds and maintains trails: United Riders of Crowsnest.
- Connect with the Quad Squad and find a meetup group to check out some off-roading.
- Visit the South Canadian Rockies, GoCrowsnest or Crowsnest Connects websites for more ideas.
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Where is Crowsnest Pass, Alberta?
Crowsnest Pass is tucked away in the scenic southwest corner of Alberta, where the majestic Rocky Mountains meet the rolling foothills.
It spans an area that encompasses several small communities, including Blairmore, Coleman, Bellevue, Hillcrest, and Frank. Located near the borders of British Columbia and the United States, Crowsnest Pass is known for its stunning natural beauty, characterized by towering mountains, rolling hills, and pristine alpine lakes. The region is easily accessible, with major highways such as Highway 3 and Highway 22 passing through, connecting it to nearby towns and cities.
Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, exploring historical sites, or simply immersing yourself in the tranquility of nature, Crowsnest Pass is a captivating destination for visitors to discover and enjoy.