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5 Reasons to move to the Crowsnest Pass

Blog by john redekopp | August 8th, 2018

5 reasons to move to Crowsnest Pass


  1. Community.


The small mountain Municipality of Crowsnest Pass is located in a low mountain pass across the Continental Divide of the Canadian Rockies, on the Alberta-British Columbia border, with a population of less than 6000 people. Crowsnest Pass is the amalgamation of 5 small former communities: Bellevue, Hillcrest, Frank, Coleman and Blairmore. With a passion for sports, outdoor pursuits, as well as arts and culture, this community wants you to experience all the amazing opportunities it has to offer! From weekly Farmer’s Markets to mountain bike meet-ups, come and explore Crowsnest Pass! You will always feel welcome in this cute little mountain community.


Chinook Lake

The Crowsnest Community Market


2. Biking


Mountain biking in the Crowsnest Pass is slowly getting the recognition it deserves! From rolling, rambling, cross-country rides to heart-in-your-throat, crazy-fast, winding downhills, this place has something for everyone in your group. Whether you are new to mountain biking, an experienced rider, or if  it is something that interests you, there are tons of resources for you in CNP. The United Riders of Crowsnest Pass is a club that represents the mountain biking community in Crowsnest Pass. The club organizes group rides, instruction programs, social trail building, activities and events. If you ever have any questions about riding in Crowsnest Pass, be sure to ask  a UROC member or me!


3. Hiking


What would a little mountain town be without it’s amazing hiking adventures! Crowsnest Pass has endless trails for you to explore. Whether you are up for a challenge, or just a nice stroll, there are plenty of hikes to choose from. Check out my hiking blog, where I list some of my favourite hikes in Crowsnest Pass. If you love getting outdoors and exploring, Crowsnest Pass makes for a very rewarding lifestyle.



4. Breweries and Coffee


Located 15 minutes from Bellevue is a unique micro-brewery called Oldman River Brewing in Lundbreck, AB. Featuring 3 beers on tap: Blue Bridge Lager, Blind Canyon Blonde Ale and Oldman River Pale Ale. Enjoy one of their great-tasting beers in their Taproom or keep an eye out for their beers at local Crowsnest Pass restaurants.


Maybe you aren’t a beer drinker, but crave your daily dose of caffeine. Luckily, Crowsnest Coffee Company has your back! Roasted right here in Crowsnest Pass, you can find their coffee at Bamboo Bistro, Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Cafe, Crowsnest Cafe & Fly Shop, Stone’s Throw Cafe, and make other local shops.  

5. Skiing and Snowboarding


Another added bonus to living in Crowsnest Pass is the ski hill located at your doorstep! Pass Powder Keg is a community-owned ski area, designed for riders of all ages and abilities, where there’s no need to hunt for parking, battle for space for a  turn on the slopes, or hit up the bank to finance a family ski trip. Who says that the winter season is no fun?!



AND did you know Pass Powder Keg is open all year long for hiking, biking, and dining. Every Friday and Saturday  night from 5 PM - 10 PM is Steak night at Pass Powder Keg!



Crowsnest Pass is an up and coming mountain town, which makes everyone feel welcome. Affordable Real Estate, good hospital, great doctors and within 2 hours of Calgary and Lethbridge.  Moving to Crowsnest Pass will give you the lifestyle you deserve with a lot of adventure and time outdoors!