In Alberta, Canada’s fourth most populated province, there lies the famous and historic Crowsnest Pass. It is located partially in the southeast part of British Columbia as well, and is the southernmost highway and rail route going through the Canadian Rockies. Canada's South has four other major mountain passes, namely Yellowhead Pass, Kicking Horse Pass, Howse Pass and Vermillion Pass. But it is Crowsnest Pass that has the lowest elevation, at 4,455 feet. It is generally cold and temperate in this area, with significant amounts of rainfall recorded all throughout the year. It is warmest there during the month of July, and the coldest in January. Despite the seeming wildness of the pass, it is readily accessible by car, as well as by ski buses from the Calgary airport during the ski season.
Crowsnest Pass is a favorite tourist destination for those adventure-seeking guests who are into rigorous outdoor activities, whether they are into hiking, spelunking, horseback riding, trail riding, fishing, cross country skiing, mountain biking, swimming, or ice sailing. Tourism is a major industry in the area around the Pass, and it is relatively easy to get to from any of its surrounding towns. It is visited by over 300,000 visitors annually, with that number continually rising as ongoing repairs and improvements are being implemented to the highways leading to it.
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The Crowsnest Pass is home to an interesting variety of plants and animals. Red Tailed hawks and Golden Eagles are often found soaring across the skies, while wolves, cougars, grizzly bears, and black bears roam its mountainsides. Along the ridgelines, you can expect to see mountain goats and bighorn sheep, while in the forests you’ll be sure to find moose, deer, and elk.
Conservation of the local wildlife, as well as their natural habitats found in Crowsnest Pass, is a primary concern for its residents and local and national governments alike. Aside from that, they also aim to preserve the corridors that serve as passageways for all the animals living in its wilds. Provincial programs such as BearSmart, Living with Bears, Apple Network, Crowsnest River Cleanup, Ed Gregor Stewardship Day, and Road Watch, as well as daily practices that encourage environmental stewardship, are all geared towards addressing such aforementioned concerns.