Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, Frank

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Telling the story of Canada's deadliest rock slide, Frank Slide Interpretive Centre provides a sensitive insight into life in the coal mining town, both before and after the catastrophe. On the morning of April 29th, 1903, 110 million tonnes (121 million metric tons) of limestone cascaded down Turtle Mountain and within 100 seconds, ferociously destroyed the eastern edge of Frank, a section of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the coal mine. Discover the causes, impact, and individual tales of the rock avalanche through a series of dynamic programs and interactive displays, or check out the award-winning audio-visual presentations in the center’s 70 seat, high definition theater. A 1.5 km (0.9 mi) trail through the slide provides a moving, and up close look at nature's fatal power. Use our Frank travel itinerary planner to visit Frank Slide Interpretive Centre on your trip to Frank, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Very few guests so easy to maintain distance. Loads of fascinating facts and some hands on experience for the kids. Walk around the main building and over the slide rocks at no charge, centre...  more »
  • I haven’t stopped at the Frank Slide since I was a child, decades ago. I made an effort this year on August 5th to stop after a camping trip to take it all in, and what a great decision that was!  more »
  • Quite expensive for the actual experience. Lots of exhibits require handling a little phone like speaker which was not very clean, and are quite slow moving. The video was fairly interesting, but overall there's not a lot of substantive things to touch or see, mostly just placards to read and the little phone speakers. There is an intriguing Science area about the turtle mountain monitoring initiative which was by far the most interesting part.
  • Visit the Center, don't waste your time going in. The write-ups on the walkway outside the center are very informative. The Center itself is fairly useless. Most of the displays ramble about 'did this happen, or this happen, what happened?' I have never been to a museum that doesn't actually tell you anything. The guy at the front really pressured us to buy tickets "There are 2 movies, 4 floors, 52 buttons for the kids to press". After we bought tickets he informed us that only 1 of the 2 movies would play before the place closed, and we won't have time to see the museum and the movie both. I was not happy. You can see 3 of the 4 floors from the lobby, so don't be fooled about how big it is. None of the 52 buttons do anything interesting for kids. One of the displays was blatantly wrong. It claimed to be a map representing the area before the slide, but it was clearly a recent map. If you want to spend $40 to entertain the family in South Western Alberta, I recommend the Pincher Creek Rodeo.
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