Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums

Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site


Be our guest - Free admission for wildfire evacuees

Now until September 5th, 2016, regular admission fees will be waived at provincially-owned historic sites and museums for evacuees of the Alberta wildfires. Evacuees will be required to provide photo identification or a postal code as proof of residency for family admission. We hope access to our sites and museums provides an opportunity for displaced Albertans to enjoy some activities together during this difficult time.


A glorious failure! Ambitious and hard-working people invested their savings, hopes and dreams in a business venture that held great promise, but ultimately didn’t make it. You’ll be surrounded by beautiful scenery, scents of wildflowers, the music of a fast-flowing mountain stream, and the brisk breeze while you explore the beautiful and majestic ruins of the only Canadian owned and operated coal mine in the Crowsnest Pass. Take a guided tour, talk with a knowledgeable storyteller, read the interpretive panels, and hear the listening post’s voices from the past. Uncover what went wrong for the “bad luck mine.”

Stroll through graceful ruins of a coal processing plant and find out how a coal mine worked and why this one failed. You will discover why the North-West Mounted Police established their most westerly post at Police Flats, which later became the site of Leitch Collieries’ second mine. Come and see what made this mine one of the most sophisticated early mines in the Pass. Participate in education programs tied to the school curriculum (history/science/technology).

Leitch Collieries on Alberta Primetime (ACCESS TV)

Leitch Collieries was one of the most impressive and sophisticated early coal mines in the Crowsnest Pass, and is an important part of our history.

Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site
Last reviewed/revised: May 30, 2016
Interpreter leading an educational program

Make a stop just off Highway 3 and breathe in a little history as you stroll around the ruins of this old coal mine.

Interpreter with visitors

Enjoy historical information that's presented throughout the site.

Interpreter with visitors

Summer staff provide programs for young and old alike during the visitor season. Make sure you call ahead to register.

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