Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site

Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site

Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Located off Highway #3 in the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass. Staffed 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 (summer only), water (summer only) and a dog run enhance the stop for travelers.
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Karen BF
Edmonton, Canada472 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
If you like some restored ruins, and want to imagine an operational coal mine, you can learn a lot on this easy stroll through the ruins of the collieries. After 100 years nature has reclaimed much of the site, but well maintained stone foundations and interpretive signs tell the story. Nice stop for a picnic too.
Written June 18, 2021
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Copl12
65 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Leitch Collieries, coal mine opened in 1907 was the only fully Canadian owned coal mine and the most technologically advanced mining operation for its time in the Crowsnest. This is an Out door site that takes you on a journey back in history when the mine was in full operation with info boards and building remnants. Easy access, lots of parking, no charge.
Written June 9, 2022
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Matt P
Coronation, Canada105 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Standing in the powerhouse looking around and interacting with information boards/photos really give you an idea of the operations of the early coal mine industry. The amazing feats human beings are capable of given the era technology is truly amazing and simply put worth the hour long stop to pay tribute to the pioneers who shaped this province through hardwork and perseverance. Very clean facilities and in the wake of covid-19, very easy to practice social distancing.
Written August 8, 2020
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RaphB63
St. Albert, Canada6 contributions
Aug 2020
The remnants of the original collieries are a treat to walk through, knowing you're stepping in the same building as those who worked there in the early 20th century. The boards at the entrance and throughout the area give a great understanding of what went on in each building.

If you're in the area, I highly recommend you stop and check it out!
Written August 19, 2020
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2014Jandy
Calgary, Canada6,800 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Stopped here as spotted it as we were driving to Fernie
Really pleased we did. There is so much information on boards as you walk around the site. Really interesting to see the remains of the buildings and learn about them. Easy path takes you from board to board.
There are washrooms that were very clean and lots of parking.
A pleasant hour and well worth stopping.
Written July 13, 2022
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casswagner
Edmonton, Canada61 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
This is a great place to get out of the car for a short walk to learn about local history. The area is very well maintained, the signage is informative, and when we went it wasn’t too busy so we were able to enjoy the area at our own pace. Worth a stop if you’re in the area!
Written March 1, 2020
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cmhprh
Kenosha, WI441 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
This stop may be one of those moments of serendipity that befalls travelers on occasion. It is the site of a massive coal mining and processing operations from the early 1900s that simply didn't survive. There are only a few ruins left -- the mine manager's home is quite impressive, as are one wall and a long stone foundation of the coke ovens -- but there are extensive displays with historic photographs and explanations of the entire operation. It is easily accessible for the vast majority of the trail, and there are restrooms (albeit, down some stairs). This is right on the highway, there is ample parking, and, although there was a small school group present when we were there, it was not at all crowded.

If you enjoy local history, this is a very well done site that is informative, enjoyable, and, well, surrounded by great natural beauty.
Written July 4, 2017
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Harry
Red Deer, Canada10 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
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 tour is okay, but the tour provided by the guides is definitely more informative. The stories they tell provide insights into a miner's life and how an underground coal mine operated in the early 1900's!
Written August 29, 2013
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Usia2014
Calgary, Canada1,689 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
This site is very accessible, flat and gravel pathways, picnic tables to have a snack, washroom facilities in the main building and the old walls of the ruins are very interesting. Read the signs about the mining or listen to the miners stories.
Written September 2, 2015
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Poisonivyjc
Calgary, Canada815 contributions
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 could get a feel of how it looked in the 1900's. Pet friendly as well.
Written September 7, 2014
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Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site is open:
  • Sun - Sat 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM