Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums

Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site

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 gentle 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.”

Leitch Collieries was the only completely Canadian owned and operated mine in the Crowsnest Pass. 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, and what made this mine one of the most sophisticated early mines in the Pass. Interact with knowledgeable staff one-on-one or take a guided tour for the insider’s perspective. Participate in education programs tied to the school curriculum (history/science/technology).

Leitch Collieries was one of the most impressive and sophisticated early coal mines in the Crowsnest Pass. It was the only fully Canadian-owned and operated coal mine in the Pass and is an important part of our early history.

 

Last reviewed/revised: May 28, 2015
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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