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Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site

Address: Highway 3, Alberta T0K 1C0, Canada
Phone Number: 403-562-7388
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Type: Landmarks
Owner description: Located off Highway #3 in the Municipality of Crowsnest PassOpen May 15 to Labour Day – guided...
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Type: Landmarks
Owner description: Located off Highway #3 in the Municipality of Crowsnest PassOpen May 15 to Labour Day – guided tours and education programs available.Stroll along walking paths through natural and historic beauty. The graceful ruins of the coal processing plant mingle with fragrant trees, flowers and grasses alongside a bubbling brook, with a spectacular Rocky Mountain backdrop. Leitch Collieries was one of the largest and most ambitious mines in the early history of the Crowsnest Pass. Established in 1907, it was the only coal company in the Crowsnest Pass that was completely Canadian owned and operated. Leitch Collieries was in operation until 1915. Visitors can tour the ruins of the coke ovens, washery, tipple, powerhouse and mine manager’s house. Storyboards and listening posts on site bring to life the events of yesterday. Picnic areas, washrooms, water and a dog run enhance the stop for travelers.

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Calgary, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

While on our way to the mines we came across this small historical site. The ruins are well maintained . A walk around the site takes you through the history of the area , the coal and power production and mine management ! Its a great site for photography lovers!

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Calgary, Canada
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94 reviews 94 reviews
24 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Pulled in right off highway and took my own tour through. They have done it up nicely with an easy to follow path and lots of signage to read. Found it incredible to look at and tried to use my imagination to fill in the rest. I appreciated the photos located in front of some of the ruins so I... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

A trip advisor review told. Us the tour was really good...so...I gave up hiking along creekbeds to go on the tour...we arrive and just in time for the. 2pm tour...we hung around waiting..and watching guests for a wedding arriving...yes a wedding...no signs saying the tour was cancelled but a big sign with the tour times so we hung around some... More 

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Ponoka, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

They have twice daily tours that are offered to show everyone around this site. It is amazing to walk through the coal production area.

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Red Deer, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

If you are a history buff don’t miss the Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site. It contains ruins of a coal mine that operated in the early 1900’s (1909 – 1919). There are 2 ways to tour the site; self guided (with signs) or with a guide. The guided tours are offered at 11am and 2pm during the summer. The self-guided... More 

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