Crowsnest Pass

Crowsnest Pass is in Southern Alberta, Canada. Gateway to the southern Alberta and some of the last untouched beauty of the Canadian Rockies. It is located on the Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3).

The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass is a Special Municipality, the municipality resulted from a legal amalgamation of five towns (from east to west): Bellevue, Hillcrest, Frank, Blairmore, and Coleman, on January 1, 1979. Blairmore and Coleman are the largest towns; Frank is the smallest. Within its boundaries are also the former communities (abandoned, or much reduced) of Lille, Passburg, Sentinel (Sentry), and Crowsnest.

Get in

The easiest way to get there is by car, from either the east or west on Highway 3 or from the north on the undeveloped Highway 940 (this route is quite hard on the suspension and is only advised in a 4x4 or SUV).

The Crowsnest Pass is 269 km (about 2.5 hours by car) southwest of Calgary, 70km east of Fernie or 140km west of Lethbridge. If travelling from Calgary it is well worth taking the picturesque Highway 22 via Black Diamond and Longview, which follows part of the Cowboy Trail.

There is Greyhound service to Blairmore, which also stops in the smaller towns on route. CNP Shuttle (+1.403.5644911) offers a private hire mini-bus service between Calgary/Lethbridge and the Crowsnest Pass.

During Ski session it is possible to get a chartered Ski bus from Calgary airport and arranged to be dropped off en-route, you will probably have to travel to Fernie to catch the return journey.

Get around

Once 'in town' public transport is limited. There is a taxi (yes, one single one) and a 'Town Rounder' bus service.

If staying in or near Blairmore most amenities are within walking distance.


The main attraction of the Crowsnest Pass is it's pristine wildness, which is highly accessible from any of the towns.

There are a substantial amount of trails and backcountry roads, which are well signed and popular with walkers, cyclists and ATV/Quad riders. During the winter cross country sking, snow-shoeing and snow-mobiling take over as the wildness 'escapes'.

There is a small ski-hill located in Blairmore, which is more of a begineers slope. For 'adventurous' sking look at Castle Mountain and Fernie.

There is a small single screen cinema located on the main street in Blarimore (map) and a bowling alley located underneath the Legion on 129th Street (map).

During the summer months there is an outdoor swimming pool on 121th Street (map), with changing/shower facilities open to hikers/walkers for a small fee.

Go next

Routes through Crowsnest Pass

Cranbrook Fernie - Sparwood  W  E  Lundbreck - Cowley - Pincher Station - Brocket - Fort Macleod Lethbridge

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