What is the Crowsnest Pass?

    The Crowsnest Pass is a mountain pass through the Canadian Rockies, linking the towns of Fernie and Cranbrook in southeastern British Columbia. The pass was named by Major A.B. Rogers after the crows that nested in the area.

    The Crowsnest Pass has been used as a transportation route since prehistoric times. Aboriginal people travelled through the pass on foot, and later used it to transport furs and other goods by horse and wagon. In the late 19th century, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was built through the Crowsnest Pass, making it an important link in the transcontinental railway system.

    In 1897, a major avalanche struck Frank Slide, a small community in the Crowsnest Pass. The avalanche, which killed more than 90 people, is the deadliest in Canadian history.

    Today, the Crowsnest Pass is a popular destination for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and skiing. Mining is still an important industry in the area, and coal mines can be seen from the highway as you travel through the pass.


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