With the election looming and the past actions or inaction of the current council weighing heavily upon us, there has been a lot of negative talk lately about the Crowsnest Pass.
Today I want to talk about all the positive that the Crowsnest Pass has to offer.
We live in one of the most beautiful places in Canada. It boasts majestic mountains and pristine rivers. The Pass has numerous beautiful lakes and awesome camping. It has great fishing and numerous other outdoor recreational opportunities.
We are lucky to live in the Rocky Mountains, in a place that hasn't been turned into a National or Provincial Park. The plus side of this, is more freedom and we actually own our land/property. We have a right to vote, to make decisions regarding our town and land.
Other things we have that we should be thankful for, include the following -
We have many outdoor pursuits, such as:
ATV/Quadding (Quad Squad)
Cross Country Skiing (Crowsnest Pass Cross-Country Ski Assoc.)
Snowmobiling (CrowsSnow Riders Association)
Swimming (community pool, lakes and rivers) (Pass Piranhas Swim Club)
Baseball/Slo-Pitch (Minor Ball & Pass Slo-Pitch League)
Soccer (Minor Soccer)
HorseBack Riding (Turtle Mountain Riding Club)
Rifle/Gun Range (Crowsnest Gun Club)
Lacrosse (Minor Lacrosse)
White Water Slalom
Track & Field (Passtrak)
And Indoor Activities:
Ice Skating - Indoors and Out
Figure Skating (Skating Club)
Ice Hockey (Minor Hockey, Ladies & Old Crows Recreational Hockey)
Curling (Crowsnest Curling Club)
Indoor Rock Climbing
Pottery (Pass Pottery Club)
Weight Training & Fitness Gym
Indoor Pistol Range (Pistol Club)
We are fortunate to have the following programs and events in place:
Adult Education Program
Adult Literacy Program
The Literacy Foundation
Women's Resource Centre
Parent Link Centre
Community Health & Mental Health Services
Boys & Girls Club
Three Senior's Centre's
Citizen's On Patrol
Crowsnest Conservation Society
CNP Allied Arts Association
CNP Weight Lifting Club
Communities In Bloom
Rum Runner Days
Thunder In The Valley
Crowsnest Pass Symphony
Mason's (Sentinel Lodge)
Hillcrest Miners & Literacy Club
Kananaskis Pro Rodeo Society
Knights of Columbus
Order of the Royal Purple
Road Watch in the Pass
Royal Canadian Air Cadets
Sole Survivor Foot Race Society CNP
Taoist Tai Chi Society
NIT (Nippon Institute of Technology)
Amature Radio Club
Cancer Support Group
We also have the following facilities:
Albert Stella Memorial Arena (Blairmore)
Allison/Chinook Cross-Country Ski Trails
Ball/Soccer Complex (Hillcrest)
Bellevue Community Campground
Blairmore Elk's Hall
Climbing Wall (Blairmore)
Frank Slide Interpretive Centre
CNP Art Gallery
Rocky Mountain Lane's - Bowling
CNP Community Swimming Pool
CNP Golf & Country Club
CNP Municipal Library (Blairmore)
CNP Sports Complex (Coleman)
Dairy Road - SportsField
Hillcrest Ball Diamonds
Hillcrest Fish & Game Hall
Lion's Hall (Blairmore)
Pass PowderKeg Ski Hill (Blairmore)
Lost Lemon Mine Campground
Allison /Chinook Lake Campground
Orpheum Movie Theatre
Two Veterinary Clinic's
Two Doctor's Offices (one in Blairmore and one in Bellevue -with about 7 doctor's)
Three Dental Offices
Long Term Care Centre
York Creek Lodge
Tecumseh Mountain Manor
Two Second Hand Stores (Bagatelle & Women's Resource Centre)
Four Day Care Centre's
Bellevue Mine Tour
Four Fire Hall's
And the list goes on.......
The point being that we have a lot of great things to do and be thankful for.
The Crowsnest Pass people are a special breed of people, as well. They are kind and generous. They are willing to lend a hand and help each other out. We have a great volunteer base.
We have some awesome and unique local businesses.
We are lucky to have a couple of good developers, who have put a great deal into this community.
Our hospital is efficient and the staff friendly. We are lucky to have no line-ups or long wait times in emergency, or for certain procedures.
The Crowsnest people take pride in our valley and it's rich history.
The people who live here are hard working and equally hard playing. We enjoy life and all this place has to offer. We know that it is a special place to live and raise a family.
We respect nature around us and enjoy what it has to offer.
We are proud of our heritage.
The Crowsnest Pass is a very special place. It has a lot of good to offer. Let's never forget that. Let's work together to make this place even better.
There are still many more things that we can improve upon. Things that can make this place an even better place to live. Things that can attract the next generation to stay and raise a family.
The Crowsnest Pass depends upon it's people and it's leader's to ensure a bright and hopeful future.
Remember this, when it comes time to vote, on Monday October 18th. Who do you want to lead us into the future??