The easy, 1.5km graveled Frank Slide Trail begins and ends at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre parking lot and winds through the edge of the famous Frank Slide, giving visitors an up-close look at the awesome power of nature. An interpretive guidebook to the trail is available from the Centre, which is open year-round, with notes corresponding to several concrete markers along the way. The Frank Slide Trail shares its trailhead with the Frank Slide North Rim Trail; both are components of the Crowsnest Pass Community Trail system.
In the early morning of April 29, 1903 the face of Turtle Mountain collapsed, sending 87 million tonnes (30 million cubic metres) of limestone crashing down across the valley. The slide destroyed the Frank Mine surface plant, buried the CPR rail line and killed approximately 90 people on the outskirts of the town of Frank. However the mine was reopened within weeks, and the CPR rail line was pushed through the slide within a month. The Frank and Grassy Mountain Railway was forced to switch-back across Gold Creek when the slide obliterated its connection to the CPR main line; the Frank Slide Trail follows a short section of this railbed.
The many tales of tragedy and survival are documented in the interactive exhibits and media presentations at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre.