Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums
Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta

Planning Your School Visit

Booking a Program

To book a Program, contact the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre by phone at 403-562-7388 (toll-free by calling 310-0000, followed by 403-562-7388) and speak with the Bookings Coordinator. You can also fill out the Program Booking Form below, print the form and fax it to the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre at 403-562-8635. You can also scan and email the form to frankslideinfo@gov.ab.ca.

Timing

Our busiest months for school group bookings are May, June and October. If you wish to come during these months, please book early, as times fill up very quickly. Bookings are based on a first-call, first-served basis. Due to staff training, we are unable to take any group bookings for the first two weeks of May.

Supervisor Ratio

For all education programs, the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre requires a supervisor to student ratio of 1:8. This ratio is mandatory. All supervisors are expected to stay with their group at all times, and to discipline unruly behaviour.

Cafeteria/Lunch

There is no cafeteria at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. We suggest groups bring a bag lunch. We have a small area indoors with three tables, which may be available to you for eating. Please make this request at your time of booking if this is something you would like to use. There are also outside benches and picnic areas.

Gift Shop

Most groups who visit us like to give students time to browse and shop in our gift shop. If this is an option that you would like your group to have, please request special time when you book your visit. Due to limited space, we ask that supervisors accompany a maximum of eight students at a time into the gift shop.

Special Requests

We are able to alter some programs to accommodate special needs groups. Please notify us of any special requests at your time of booking, and we will do our best to accommodate your group.

Group Size

We can accommodate groups of up to 120 students. However, large groups will need to be split into smaller groups, so no more than 30 students are participating in a particular program at any given time. This ensures quality programming and organization, increased student participation, and better overall service to your group. We work with other facilities such as the Bellevue Underground Mine Tour and the Crowsnest Museum to split up large groups between sites and then rotate them through the various programs.

Weather and Hikes

If you are booking programs that require hiking or other outdoor activity, be aware that weather in the Crowsnest Pass may be very different from the weather at your place of origin. Teachers are responsible for ensuring that students come with appropriate footwear for hiking, and with proper outerwear. Students who are not adequately prepared may have to stay behind. In extreme weather conditions, programs may need to be modified.

Timing

Try to arrive 10-15 minutes ahead of your scheduled start time. This will give your group some time to get settled and use the washrooms. If you are going to be extra early, or you will be arriving late, please phone us and let us know. We may be able to work around your new arrival time, but be aware that our days are often tightly booked. We make our schedules on the premise that your group will be on time.
Groups who arrive more than 15 minutes late may have their programs cancelled or altered to accommodate other groups and our staff commitments. Groups arriving early should expect to wait until their scheduled time to begin their programs.

Cancellations

If you are unable to fulfill your booking commitments, please contact us as soon as possible to either cancel your visit or arrange an alternate date. We often have other groups waiting for a cancellation, so your prompt notification is much appreciated by all.


Other Attractions in the Region

There are other historic sites and tourist attractions in the Crowsnest Pass and in southern Alberta that you may wish to add to your itinerary. For your convenience, their information is provided below.

Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site
ph: 403-562-7388
email: frankslideinfo@gov.ab.ca

Bellevue Underground Mine
ph: 403-564-4700
email: bellevuemine@telus.net

Crowsnest Museum
ph: 403-563-5434
email: cnmuseum@shaw.ca

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
ph: 403-553-5062
email: info.hsibj@gov.ab.ca

Remington Carriage Museum
ph: 405-653-5139
email: remingontcarriagemuseum@gov.ab.ca

Alberta Parks, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
ph: 403-627-1152
email: heidi.eijgel@gov.ab.ca

Last reviewed/revised: March 18, 2016