The bones of what was once one of Canada's most prolific coal mines rest in ghostly silence along the Crowsnest Highway. It's an eerie and intriguing sight that calls to mind throngs of soot covered workers, steaming coke ovens and the grinding noise of pulleys and pickaxes deep in the earth, and it's open to the public to wander, wonder and imagine over.
Leitch Collieries was established in 1907 and was the only fully Canadian owned and operated coal company in the Crowsnest Pass. "Colliery" (pronounced call-ya-ree) is a fancy word for coal mine, and this particular colliery got its name from the man who ran the show during its short but highly productive existence - its president, Malcolm Leitch.
You'll learn all there is to know about Leitch Collieries from the multitude of interpretive signs posted throughout the sight, and one-on-one from knowledgeable guides who are there to answer any and all questions throughout the height of the summer season.