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Leitch Collieries

Leitch Collieries was one of the largest and most ambitious coal mines in the early history of the Crowsnest Pass. Established in 1907, it was the only coal company in the Pass completely Canadian owned and operated. Its first entry into coal seams occurred at Byron Creek, south of the present site. The No. 2 mine was started in 1909, 1 kilometre northwest of the area known as Police Flats. However, chaotic coal prices forced it to close in 1915.

Walk among the picturesque ruins of the powerhouse, mine manager's residence, coke ovens, washery and tipple. Leitch Collieries was declared an Alberta Provincial Historic Site in 1979, and the site was officially opened to the public on September 10, 1983.  The stone remains of the original buildings display early coal mining methods and interpretive displays are on trails.

You can visit the Leitch Collieries off Highway 3 in the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass.

Contact Information:
Frank Slide Interpretive Centre
Box 959, Blairmore
Crowsnest Pass, AB T0K 0EO
Phone (403) 562–7388
Fax (403) 562–8635
   
Seasonal phone May to September (403) 564–4211
Email: info@frankslide.com
Internet: http://www.frankslide.com/

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