Getting an incredible look at the devastating landslide that forever changed the town of Frank.
Today, it has become a star tourist attraction, bringing in thousands of people from all over the world. There's an impressive interpretive centre that teaches visitors all about the history of Frank, as well as various walking trails that take people through the rubble. There's also "Drive Through the Slide," a free self-driving tour that brings visitors up close with Turtle Mountain and seven points of interest along the way. Before embarking on the drive, we picked up a pamphlet that details the area we'd be driving through. However, there are also signs along the way that give information on where you are and why it's significant.
One of the stops that really stood out for me was Stop #2, which is titled "On the Edge of Disaster. This is the area closest to the landslide where you could have been standing and not have been hurt. I found it so incredible to think that someone could have been standing in this very spot back in 1903 and had Canada's second-biggest landslide go right by them, taking out houses and ranches but leaving them without a scratch. Then, at Stop #3, we were standing near the original Manitoba Avenue, which is where many of the miners' cottages were located. This was also the location where they found the remains of a house with several skeletons inside. Stories like this make you think about the lost lives and the immense destruction this landslide caused.