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The happenings in Crowsnest Pass this summer

Blog by john redekopp | July 4th, 2018

Alberta’s summers are truly amazing. Maybe it’s the long wait, or the frigid cold winter temperatures or the teaser hot weather in April, but when July 1st hits, mountain towns in Alberta seem to be where Albertans flock. If you’ve been to Banff lately, you know how hectic it has become. Looking to break away from the crowds and get a more unique mountain town experience? Crowsnest is less than a 2 hour drive from Calgary and has a lineup of events happening all summer long.

Sinister 7

July 6-8, 2018

The Sinister 7 Ultra is an intense endurance race that covers 100 miles (161 KM). The course takes participants through the most rugged, remote and beautiful terrain in Alberta's stunning Rocky Mountains of Crowsnest Pass. With 6,400m of elevation gain through the course, this race will punish those who are not prepared. The Sinister 7 is open to solo runners or teams of up to seven and racers have 30 hours to complete the grueling event. The course is split into seven stages, each featuring a geographic and historic highlight of the area. The race's name is inspired by the treacherous Seven Sisters Mountain that looms over much of the course.

Maybe you aren’t up to running 161 KM in a day, which is totally understandable. Sinister 7 has created Sin fest, which is designed for the non-participants and fans of the athletes! From Yoga at Spry to a Pie Eating Contest, it will be a weekend full of events. Come cheer on the athletes, or volunteer for the race! It will be a happening weekend in Crowsnest Pass.  

Photo by: Raven Eye Photography

CNP BearSmart Association (Speaker Presentation)

July 7, 2018  7 - 8:30 PM

Come learn about the ‘bear necessities’ of wildlife safety, and a local organization whose goal is to “keep people safe and wildlife wild.” Bring the cubs out for a ‘beary’ good time! A presentation put on by Alberta Parks. For more information email swparks@gov.ab.ca.

Sole Survivor

July 14, 2018

“A great little race in the mountains.” Get some exercise on your trip to the Pass by registering for the Sole Survivor race. Choose between a 2.5 km, 5 km, or 10 km race throughout the Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill trails. No pressure with this race, choose to walk or run the distances and feel accomplished when you cross the finish line.

Photo by: Hermit Crab Photography

Communities in Bloom Judging in Pincher Creek

July 15 - 16, 2018

Communities in Bloom judges in Pincher Creek. This is an International competition in which Pincher Creek is a 2018 National Finalist. Help prepare by tidying up! The judges will tour 80 per cent of the town. For info about the program call the recreation office at 403-627-4322.

Rev. Sekou & the Dimpker Brothers

July 20, 2018

Holy Ghost Cafe & Music Hall  

Tickets are still available for the upcoming show at Holy Ghost Cafe & Music Hall. Show starts at 8 pm and tickets cost $25.

2018 CNP Doors Open & Heritage Festival

August 2-6, 2018

The Crowsnest Pass Heritage Festival is a celebration of the areas unique history and heritage. Discover Crowsnest heritage with historic tours, Miners Picnic, Cemetery tours, and even go underground to the mines!  UROC is organizing a family friendly ground ride to Lille as part of the festival. What a great time to bring the kids to the Pass, and learn some local history!

This Show and Shine takes place during the Heritage Festival


Meet the Minotaur

Aug 25, 2018

Are you up for the challenge to meet the Minotaur? The Minotaur is approximately 15-20 km of demanding mountain terrain, but it’s not a trail race. Competitors will use their mental and physical stamina to overcome natural challenges along the course, but it’s not an obstacle course race. The route will be flagged, but competitors will still test their route finding skills along a changing landscape, but this isn’t an adventure race. So what is the Minotaur? It’s the chance to find out who you are and what you’re really made of. Compete, cheer on the athletes or volunteer at the race on August 25th!


Photo by: Hermit Crab Photography



Rick Rypien Memorial Golf Tournament

August 3, 2018


Golfing for a cause at Crowsnest Pass Golf and Country Club! All money raised will be donated to the local Kidsport in the Crowsnest Pass. Entry Fee is $640 for a team of 4 ($160 per player, Mens, Womens, Mixed). For more information click here.



13th Annual Mainstreet Crowsnest Pass Show and Shine

August 5th, 2018

This Show and Shine takes place during the Heritage Festival. This annual Show & Shine for car, bike and truck enthusiasts is a ton of fun for the whole family! Own an older or special interest vehicle, enter it in the show!

Crowsnest Community Market

Thursdays 4- 8 PM

What little mountain town isn’t complete without a weekly farmer’s market! Shop and browse local vendors at the Crowsnest Community Market located at 13019 20th Avenue in Blairmore. The Crowsnest Community Market is currently in it’s third season. It runs Thursday Evenings from June 28th - September 4th from 4-8 PM. at the Blairmore Gazebo park in downtown Blairmore. The market features a variety of food, crafts, artisans, unique items, music and entertainment and more! It’s a great place to check out and enjoy all the Crowsnest community has to offer. There are also some special Market dates this year too. Click here to find out more.

Tour de Frank

Bouldering competition in Crowsnest Pass. Stay tuned for more details and events dates. https://gripped.com/news/frank-slide-is-albertas-bouldering-hot-spot/


Frank Slide Interpretive Centre

Open daily


Learn about Canada's deadliest rockslide, Frank Slide of 1903. The centre's programming includes two award-winning docudramas about the natural disaster: On the Edge of Destruction and In the Mountain's Shadow. Take a seat in the cool auditorium and learn about the night the mountain fell.

1.5 km off Hwy 3, Blairmore, 403-562-7388, history.alberta.ca/frankslide