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CROWSNEST PAST

Crowsnest Pass has been the backdrop for thrillers, comedies, tragedies, dramas, ‘stick-em-ups,’ and war stories. With a rich history of human settlement and migration, The Pass boasts a centre of relics to be discovered, and area tours that pay homage to its rum running roots, pioneer settlements, industrial revolutions and environmental biodiversity.

The principal keeper of the unique and varied history of the Crowsnest Pass region, the Crowsnest Museum and Archives has deep roots within the multi-town community.

A catalyst for the preservation, protection, and portrayal of cultural heritage (now officially designated by the Alberta Museums Association) can trace its origins back to the Crowsnest Historical Society. The society, formed in 1973, started with a band of citizens who recognized the area’s unique cultural significance to the region and to Canadian history.

A keen set of historically minded citizens worked to gather artifacts and memories from The Pass and catalogued both tangible items, and the intangible social and cultural history. Stories from community members and their ancestors combine to tell a rich tale of settlement and development in Western Canada.

In 1985, the hard work of the Crowsnest Historical Society materialized into a brick-and-mortar repository for the region’s shared history: the Crowsnest Museum and Archives.

Visitors can learn about The Pass’s pioneering roots, mining life, unique ecosystem, and military history from both World Wars through collections and exhibits that include riveting historical accounts.

And while history doesn’t change, the exhibits in the museum do. Newly found artifacts, exhibitions and events are always underway.

From a geo-caching prohibition tour to a miner’s walk, and workshops with hands-on components at ‘history how-tos’ – activities are holistic and transcend the walls of the museum itself. Check out the website and blog to plan a visit and see what’s coming up.

The cost for a journey back in time is $10 for adults, $8 for youth and seniors. Admission is free for kids under six, and $24 for a family.

Photo credit: Crowsnest Museum and Archives

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