Tour Information and FAQs

General Information

Each participant in the tour will be equipped with a miner’s helmet and lamp while being guided by a Heritage Interpreter. The tour will last roughly 1 hour. Our experienced Heritage Interpreters will bring you back in time to explore the Crowsnest Pass’ rich underground mining history.

The Bellevue Underground Mine offers tours year-round.  As a non-profit organization, we rely on visitors to the mine and generous gifts from donors like you! Your donations help us grow, engage, and educate visitors at the Bellevue Underground Mine. If you would like to donate to the mine, please visit our Canada Helps donation page by clicking this link.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the mine tour suitable for?

The Bellevue Underground Mine tour is family-friendly and stroller and wheelchair accessible. Our Heritage Interpreters are trained to give the most appropriate tour based on the group dynamics. This ensures that all audiences will receive meaningful and enjoyable information and accommodations.

How difficult is the tour?

Although it is a walking tour, the mine path is extremely easy to walk on and the tunnels are wide. It is a level gravel/dirt path. While the tunnels vary in height and width, there are no areas where crouching or ducking is required.

Can I take photos in the mine?

Yes! Photographs are allowed and work best with flash.

Do I really need to dress warmly?

Even in the hottest summer weather, the mine is always cold. Temperatures can range from 0°C to 2°C year round. It is important that you stay warm as we spend the majority of the tour underground.

How long does the mine tour last?

The mine tour lasts roughly an hour (~15 minutes in the exhibit room, ~45 minutes underground in the mine). Pre-booked groups are scheduled during a 1.5-hour time slot to accommodate time for arrival, washroom use, gear up with the helmets and lamps, orientation, un-gearing at the end of the tour, and plastic wrapping souvenir pieces of coal.

How far do you go into the mine?

The tour will take you 1,000 feet (300 meters) horizontally into the mine, but at the end of the tour (by the fenced off region) you are technically only 150 feet below the surface. The Bellevue Mine has an overall horizontal distance of 5.6 kilometers with a total of 240 kilometers of combined tunnel distance. Unfortunately, the area beyond the 1,000 feet of the tour is unsafe and unmaintained. There has been a significant amount of slumping, collapsing, and rotting making it impossible to access all 240 kilometers of the mine.

Are pets allowed on the tour?

Unfortunately, dogs and other pets are not allowed on the mine tour. They are allowed within the parking lot and green space areas; however, they cannot join you for the tour (with the exception of mandatory service dogs).