Canada’s deadliest rockslide happened in 1903 when the side of Turtle Mountain collapsed and all but destroyed the tiny town of Frank, Alberta. It took only a minute and a half for 30 million cubic meters of limestone to crash down on the sleeping town, burying the town and a hundred of its residents under 150 meters of rubble. A Canadian Pacific Railway worker, on duty that night, was able to avert further disaster by flagging down a passenger train before it collided with the slide. This is just one of the many stories of heroism and survival.
Panorama of the debris from Frank Slide. (Photo Credit:Amateria)
You can still see the evidence of this disastrous slide as you drive through that section of highway three. You’ll see giant boulders stretching out in both directions. Perched atop this debris is a modern interpretive centre which will shed more light on the town of Frank and its untimely demise. You’ll learn about the mine workers, trapped in Turtle Mountain, who were able to dig themselves to safety, and three young sisters who survived the slide despite their home being crushed. The stories of tragedy and survival against all odds have captivated Albertans for generations, let them captivate you. A visit to the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre will help you appreciate the Rockies’ destructive power as well as their beauty.
The Frank Slide Interpretive Center is located 1.5 km off Highway Three in the Crowsnest Pass, north of Waterton Lakes National Park. It’s open daily from 10:00am – 5:00pm.
By John McKiernan
If seeing Banff National Park’s roaring waterfalls, emerald lakes, alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks are on the list of things to do, then a sightseeing tour with Jasper Vacations is a must! Wheelchairs and crutches are no obstacle for the curious sightseer. The most exceptional locations for photos, wildlife viewing, and nature walks are available for all.
Small, personalized luxury vehicles are equipped with large viewing windows for optimal sighting opportunities. Melody Jacobsen from Jasper Vacations says, “There is one vehicle which has wheelchair access. Staff helps anyone who wants in and out of the van. Everyone is welcome; it’s really not a big deal. We just need a quick phone call before hand to arrange it.”
Sun Dog can also provide a private van equipped with all the essentials and a highly qualified driver/guide. There are a range of vehicles that can accommodate between 1 and 29 guests. All charter transfers from the airport include a meet and greet service, baggage handling and a door to door service.
By John McKiernan
Sometimes it can be a particular burden to have to bring your own wheelchair all the way to Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies. But if you are travelling to Banff and would rather rent a wheelchair, there are a few options to help you out. At the airport, it’s nice and easy. Just organize the rental with your airline and there will be one ready when your plane hits the ground. However, once you leave the airport, where to head to next? Here are a few options to help out.
There are several places to rent wheel chairs once you've left the airport.
In Calgary, Kenron Pharmacy rents wheelchairs, crutches and most other essentials for the disabled traveler. They are located off the Trans Canada Highway as you’re traveling from the airport to Banff. You can arrange everything online and pick it up on your way from the airport to Banff.
There is a general fair price of (CA)$20 a week or (CA)$50 per month.
In Banff itself, your first option is Gourlay’s Pharmacy. They charge roughly the same prices as Kenron’s.
229 Bear Street
Rexall is a better option for those who are looking to book short term. There aren’t many though so book early. It is only $5 per day.
317 Banff Ave
Visit British Columbia’s Canadian Rockies
British Columbia offers up another side of the Canadian Rockies, where you’ll find Kootenay National Park, Mount Revelstoke and Yoho National Park. Golden, British Columbia is a great little town from which to explore the ample skiing, hiking, rafting, backpacking and other activities the Canadian Rockies offer. Look for more information on British Columbia from CanadianRockies.net in the near future.
Nipika Mountain Resort
Radium area – Nipika Mountain Resort borders Kootenay National Park and offers guests a recreational playground right out the front door of our luxurious lodge and cabins.
Nipika is a remarkable eco lodge inviting guests to retreat, relax and recreate. Cross-country ski, mountain bike, hike or run on our endless trails out the front door. Fish, canoe, kayak or raft the nearby Kootenay River. Or just sit on the porch and watch wildlife graze on the meadow.
Grizzly Bears of Knight Inlet
Trains, Planes and Grizzly Bears
Outstanding wildlife together with “The Most Spectacular Train Trip in the World” A perfect combination for an unforgetable daylight journey through the spectacular Rockies and Canada’s West.
Grizzly Bear viewing Glendale Cove in Knight Inlet is home to one of the largest concentrations of grizzly (brown) bears in British Columbia. It is not uncommon for up to 40 bears to be within a few miles of the lodge during the peak fall season when the salmon are running up the Glendale River.
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The essential Canadian Rockies
Here’s one simple fact about the Canadian Rockies. Even if you had an entire lifetime, it would be nearly impossible to see everything there is in Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Waterton National Park, Glacier National Park and Yoho National Park.
The Canadian Rockies cover a vast and amazing area. You'll never see it all, but it'd be fun trying.
This enormous area contains hundreds of natural sites to see, trails to hike and backpack, and culturally fascinating towns. Below is a list of some of the essentials, some of the most unique things you’ll want to be sure to see on your trip to the Canadian Rockies. Even doing a “What not to miss” list would take some time, but it should at least help you narrow down your choices.