A system of outdoor interpretive heritage signs helps bring the history of the Crowsnest Pass to both visitors and residents. Signage containing text and historic photographs will be located to enhance both the self-guided Heritage Driving Route and Historical Walking Tours, but will also bring information to casual passers-by. All signs carry the Discover Crowsnest Heritage logo and are in our distinctive colors.
Heritage signage can be divided into three classes: kiosks, signs, and plaques. Kiosks exist in the major population centres of the Pass to set historical context and to advise readers of some of the things that the community has to offer; all four kiosks have already been installed. Signs concentrate on a specific topic or area, and altogether present an overview of this area’s amazing past; in 2012 we installed the second phase of signs, bringing the total to twenty-three. Plaques will be placed on specific buildings that are of historical significance and will primarily target pedestrians; the first phase in Blairmore was installed in 2012, with Coleman to follow in 2013. Bellevue buildings presently display plaques in an older color scheme, which will be updated at the end of the plaquing program.
The text and photographs on each kiosk, sign and plaque was meticulously researched by a volunteer committee of the Crowsnest Heritage Initiative. The sign structure design was developed by students at the Blairmore campus of the Nippon Institute of Technology.