Hillcrest Mine and Cemetery
Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
Attraction|Museum & Historic Site
The worst coal mining disaster in Canada happened in the community of Hillcrest, on the east end of Crowsnest Pass. On June 19, 1914, a pocket of methane gas in the Millcrest Mine ignited and set off a coal-dust explosion that killed 189 miners. Most of the victims were buried in a mass grave at the Hillcrest Cemetery where a memorial was erected in 2000. Join a tour of the cemetery to learn more about this catastrophic event and its impact on the community.