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Waterton-Castle Region Canadian Rockies

The southwest corner of Alberta has everything you need, if what you need is mountains, wildlife, lakes, history, restaurants, views, waterfalls and boat cruises that cross an international border. Waterton Lakes National Park, Castle Provincial Parks, Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek are the soon-to-be-not-so hidden gems of the Canadian Rockies. ● Picture this: The town of Waterton offers lakefront-mountain views from your restaurant table. ● Hike this: Castle Provincial Park is the newest park in the Rockies, which means crowd-free pleasure. ● Discover: Crowsnest Pass is filled with quaint towns, fascinating history and the site of an eye-popping rockslide.
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Hiking in Waterton Lakes National Park

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Buffalo grazing in Waterton Lakes National Park

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Stay a Night & See a Sight - Pincher Creek

To make your next weekend one for the history books, why not take your family to visit some local sights? This package includes overnight accommodation in Pincher Creek and family admission to your choice of Frank Slide, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Waterton Lakes National Park or Remington Carriage Museum. Restrictions apply.

Expires: 2018-09-30
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Waterton Lakes National Park - Photography Workshops

Join professional photographer Kyla Black with Gathering Dust Photography Company for a 7-hour photography workshop: $225 for individual, $375 for group of two, $495 for group of three or $625 for group of four. Instruction, park entry, travel within the Park and dinner are included in the workshop price.

Expires: 2018-11-01
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Roam, Discover & Explore Package

Use the Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre as your base for exploring Pincher Creek and area with the Roam, Discover & Explore package. This family package includes overnight accommodation, hot breakfast, passes to Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village and Waterton Lakes National Park, plus a $25 Esso gas card.

Expires: 2018-08-31
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The Crowsnest Pass During Its Heyday

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
2018-06-09 to 2018-07-08 MST

Visit us at Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery, where exhibitions change monthly. On the first Saturday of each show we host a reception, 1-3pm. Next show is "The Crowsnest Pass During Its Heyday" by local artist Donna Bilyk. June 9 - July 8, 2018. Join us on June 9th, 1-3pm to meet the artist, and enjoy some refreshments.

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23rd Annual Huckleberry Festival

Pincher Creek, Alberta
2018-08-24 to 2018-08-26 MST

Huckleberry Festival, a full weekend event, occurs at Castle Mountain Resort each and every August. This annual, family friendly event that attracts more than a thousand people each year to come enjoy music and entertainment, a pig roast, and ride the chairlifts to some of the best Huckleberry picking around. While the main attraction may be the scenic chairlift rides whisking you into prime huckleberry picking zones, guests will also enjoy lots of great food and drink, guided hiking, a bouncy Castle, vendor's market, and all kinds of free, live music outside on the Huckleberry stage. New this year is the all-access Huckleberry pass providing unlimited access to the lifts for the weekend and including all meals.

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Sin Fest

Blairmore, Alberta
2018-07-05 to 2018-07-10 MST

This year we are excited to announce Sin Fest! Every year hundreds of people come to the Crowsnest Pass to run in the Sinister 7 Ultra Marathon. Sin Fest is a celebration of the community that hosts this world-class event and the athletes who push themselves to the max. We know that when you are supporting a family member or friend in the race, there is a lot of downtime between meeting your person at the transition areas. If you are running, it’s nice to enjoy some of the local entertainment while you are here. So we are working with a number of attractions and local organizations to provide you a weekend that isn’t just about running! There will be an outdoor community market, guided hiking trips, mountain biking, an eating contest, access to the outdoor pool, historical presentations at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, and a bumping night scene at Pass Powderkeg, Ground Zero for Sin Fest!

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Crowsnest Convenience

Bellevue, Alberta
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Crowsnest Convenience in Bellevue offers the ultimate in convenience! In store, you'll find a wide variety of confectionary, groceries, deli, Italian Speciality foods, snacks and beverages, sandwiches made-to-order, and so much more. Not only is their large selection extremely convenient, but its doors are open for business 7 days a week from 8:00 am - 10:00 pm (9:00 am - 9:00 pm in the fall/winter). You won't be disappointed by closed doors. Whether you forgot to bring your toothbrush on your trip, or you ran out of hot dogs and burgers for the kids; you had unexpected guests and need steaks for the BBQ and fixin's for your Caesar Salad; you're too tired to make dinner and want to pick up a home-made lasagna and a flourless chocolate torte; Crowsnest Convenience is the place to stop! The Italian Deli is a favorite place for fresh, made-to-order Italian sandwiches and home-made soups, or for enjoying a pastry and morning coffee with the weekend paper. They're more than happy to make a "Fisherman's Lunch" to take out on the river. Come discover how delicious Chef Giovanni's take-home foods are! You won't regret popping in and having a look around.

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Sinister Sports

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta

For nearly 20 years Sinister Sports (formerly Full Moon Adventure Company) has hosted world-class endurance events throughout Alberta and British Columbia. Their promise is that they will always challenge you and offer the best-organized events for their athletes. They have 3 ultra-marathons - Sinister 7 Ultra, a race that may be the greatest challenge of your life. 100 mile (161km) course with 6,400m of elevation gain across the course, this race will punish those who are not prepared. - The Black Spur Ultra (54km & 108 km), no pavement, big climbs through rugged terrain, and stunning scenery. In its first year many racers dubbed Black Spur an "instant classic". - The Canadian Death Race in Grande Cache, AB. The 125km course begins and ends on a 4200-foot plateau, passes over three mountain summits, and not only includes over 17,000 feet of elevation change but a major river crossing at the spectacular Hell's Gate canyon at the confluence of the Smoky and Sulphur Rivers. Each year, extreme athletes push themselves to the limits of their endurance against the breathtaking background of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

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Frank Slide Interpretive Centre

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
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Canada’s deadliest rockslide. 90 Seconds Changed Their Lives. “It took quite a bit of time for us to get it through our heads that everything and everybody beyond that point where the wall of rock began was dead…” What was it like to be in Frank when Turtle Mountain collapsed? Why did it happen? Will it happen again? Visitors can feel the impact of the Frank Slide story in a personal, interactive and creative setting, involving first-hand accounts by the people who lived through the destruction. On April 29th in 1903, 110 million tonnes of rock thundered from Turtle Mountain and buried part of a town. Immerse yourself in emotional survivor accounts. Stand on the edge of destruction and marvel at the awesome power of nature or take a walk through the massive boulders and imagine what it must have been like. Discover unforgettable stories told through prop talks, dramatic vignettes, high definition award-winning presentations, guided walks, powerful images, and one-on-one contact with historical guides. Get out into the spectacular Rocky Mountain landscape and discover the unexpected with a guided or self-guided walk on the Frank Slide Trail. Interact with knowledgeable staff one-on-one or as part of an interpretive experience inside or outside the Centre. Immerse yourself in special activities during events that celebrate the area’s unique history and culture. Enjoy two high definition, award-winning presentations in the Centre’s theatre. Take time to explore four exhibit galleries with heart-rending accounts by survivors of the slide, powerful images of the devastation, and touch screen displays to help you dig deep into the history. Look for items in the Frank Slide Gift Shop that are only found here.

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Oldman River North Provincial Recreation Area

Crowsnest, Alberta

This small riverside campground is in Oldman River North Provincial Recreation Area, 40 km north of Crowsnest on Forestry Trunk Road. Sites are suitable for tents and RVs and are surrounded by trees. Go fishing here or access the nearby OHV and snowmobiling trails right from your campsite.

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Upper and Middle Waterton Lakes

Waterton, Alberta

Flanked by the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, Upper and Middle Waterton lakes are the largest bodies of water in the national park and considered the centerpiece. They are also your only option for power boating in the park. You’ll find boat launch ramps at the Waterton town site marina and the Linnet Lake picnic site on Middle Waterton Lake. Waterski when the water’s calm, and try windsurfing and sailboarding when the wind picks up. Exploring the smallest national park in the Canadian Rockies by boat promises a unique perspective on the area's natural beauty.

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