An ideal home base for current and future Livingstone Range School Division student programming may soon become a reality. LRSD is seeking to purchase the property of the now-closed Travel Alberta Crowsnest Pass Information Centre approximately 6 kilometres west of Coleman, on the south side of Highway 3.
“In September 2020 we became aware that the Government of Alberta was planning to sell this property,” says Chad Kuzyk, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Innovation. “When we visited the site, we knew this unique location would provide extraordinary opportunities for our students.”
LRSD began working with the provincial government about acquiring the 4.62-acre property. Currently, the government is assessing the land and building to determine a fair market value for the property. Once their process is completed, LRSD will have the option to purchase.
“The alignment of the possibilities of this property with our Mission, Vision, and Core Values is spot-on,” says Chad. “From innovation to wellness to place-based and outdoor pursuits education, the opportunities to expand programming in a way that so clearly matches our goals and belief as a Division is amazing.”
The FACES Summer Education Program could take advantage of the property right away, becoming the home base for the intensive and inspiring 6-day adventure of climbing, canoeing, classwork, hiking, and mountain-top experience attended by more than 450 students each year.
Going forward, place-based programming such as current high school Outdoor Pursuits and ski instructor/patrol training could take advantage of the prime location. Future offerings of experiential winter programming, experiential water programming, and environmental stewardship are also planned.
“We would like to see the facility grow to include an Environmental Education Centre, International Language Centre, and a Pre-Employment Centre offering certification for first aid, wilderness safety, backcountry touring and more,” says Chad. “The location is absolutely ideal with its direct access to water and backcountry areas combined with its easy access off Highway 3.”
LRSD students wouldn’t be the only ones to gain from this unique opportunity. The economic, social, and environmental benefits to the Crowsnest Pass area would be substantial.
“The possibilities for the neighboring communities are really exciting,” Chad says. “We see the centre bringing tourism, employment opportunities, and environmental stewardship benefits to the area.”
Further information will be released when the province has completed their fair market value assessment process.