Frank Slide Trail
Secret: Amanda Asuchak shares that although its rare, she was amazed how her kids got along the entire time when hiking the Frank Slide Trail. “It was the perfect girls getaway and my kids' favorite activity was climbing on the rocks!”
Driving through the Crowsnest Pass is an eerie and ethereal experience for a stretch of two kilometres. Piled high on both sides of Highway 3 around the town of Frank are the remains of the deadliest rockslide to ever happen in Canada. To drive by and view the remains from behind the barrier of a car is one thing, but to feel the energy while walking through the wreckage is another. Walking among the midst of 82 million tonnes of rock is a mind-boggling and humbling experience and is something that you can experience on the Frank Slide Trail. This self-guided pathway lets you explore the effects of the Frank Slide first-hand for almost a mile. The Trail starts from the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre parking lot, takes you through the slide and then along the route of the abandoned Frank and Grassy Mountain Railway, before looping back to the parking lot.
Along the trail are 17 markers that give information about geology, history, and interesting facts about the spots where the markers are located. Learn what the limestone rocks can tell you about ancient life, hear about the rock rabbits who call the rubble home, trace the path that the slide took as the rock tumbled down the mountain, and answer the most asked question at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre: did mining cause the slide on Turtle Mountain?
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