Southwestern Alberta features stunning scenery and compelling history and has much to offer a wide range of travelers. Lethbridge, a charming river city of coulees and captivating gardens is just a short drive from many of the southwest's stunning destinations. Waterton National Park has a unique geologic history featuring some of the oldest exposed bedrock in the Canadian Rockies, as well as glacial landforms, abundant lakes, streams and waterfalls, and 55% of Alberta's total wildflower species including many plants considered rare in Canada. The beautiful Crowsnest Pass, rich in coal mining history and marked by the tragedies of the Frank Slide and the Hillcrest explosion (the worst mine disaster in Canadian history) is a corridor has been used extensively throughout history, one Kootenai Indian summer campsite located at Crowsnest Lake is 8500 years old. Enjoy a scenic 3 hour drive from Calgary along Highway 22X as you make your way through the Alberta foothills to Highway #3 and the town of Pincher Creek, the gateway to both Waterton National Park and the Crowsnest Pass. Visitors can enjoy outstanding hiking trails, from walks for beginners to challenging adventures for seasoned hikers. Whether seeking a chance to mountain bike, golf, windsurf, hunt, fish, cross-country or downhill ski, snowshoe or snowmobile, the opportunities are endless in southwestern Alberta. The uniqueness of Alberta's southwest is found in its blend of unusual geology, mild climate, rare wildflowers and abundant wildlife. And its history is well preserved in the excellent museums and interpretive stops to be found through the region. Alberta's spectacular southwest, where the wide-open prairie and gentle, rolling foothills rise to meet the magnificent Rocky Mountains, remains a region relatively unhampered by commercial over-development, and a place like no other.