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Bellevue Underground Mine
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An experience like no other!

Experience the dark like never before.

The Bellevue Mine began it’s life as the Western Canadian Colleries in 1903.

Pumping out more than 13 million tonnes of coal before shutting it’s doors as an active underground mine in 1961.

Selling upwards of 90% of its high grade coal to Canadian Pacific Railway, to keep their engines running.

Bellevue suffered it’s share of tragedy during it’s operative years.

Seeing the loss of at least 83 men during that time. Thirty-one of whom, tragically, lost there lives to a gas induced explosion on December 9th, 1910.
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This was one of the worst mine disasters in Canadian history. Unfortunately, this was far from uncommon in Canada’s mines, as the lives of workers were undervalued until long after the emergence of Labour Unions.

More than just another mine tour or museum, Bellevue Underground Mine takes its visitors 1000 feet into what once was an active haulage route. And more than 150 feet below the surface.

Allowing visitors to explore the mine’s inner workings and hold actual tools once used by some of the hardest working people in Canada’s history, coal miners. All while learning about the rich history of Canadian coal mining in one of Canada’s authentic underground coal mines.

The Bellevue Mine sees between 10,000 and 20,000 visitors every year.
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Offering guided tours 7 days a week from May 1st to August 31st, and prebooked tours from September through April. As well, as hosting the annual “Miners’ Picnic” during Heritage Days (August long weekend)and offering “Haunted Tours” during the annual Halloween Howler.

Accommodating people of all ages and backgrounds while working hard, not only to bring history to life but, also to help preserve it for future generations.

Bellevue Underground Mine is a little piece of Crowsnest Pass history well worth visiting.
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