Community Economic Development Projects

Rural Economic Drivers

Crowsnest Opportunity Development Cooperative (CODC)

CODC was formed in 2013 as a pilot initiative developed by the Rural Alberta Development Fund and coordinated by Alberta Community Cooperatives Association. The Crowsnest Pass, along with two other rural communities, were selected to develop a community cooperative to give local investors an opportunity to stimulate economic growth in their own backyard. The CODC has a vision that puts the power back in the community members’ hands to invest directly into their own community. This type of investment vehicle creates a win/win situation for all parties.

This initiative was a pilot project of “Unleashing Local Capital” in conjunction with and Community Futures Network Alberta.

Crowsnest Pass Doors Open & Heritage Festival

This annual event coincides with the Heritage Day long weekend and provides opportunities for residents and visitors to explore the extensive heritage of the community. The event offers a wide variety of activities to celebrate our unique culture, history and heritage.

Entering its 12th year, the Crowsnest Pass Doors Open and Heritage festival attracts thousands of people to the area and is widely regarded as the community’s premiere festival.

In 2017 the Festival will focus on telling the stories of our lawmen and the challenges they faced to enforce Prohibition laws. Join us this year as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and honour our police history.

Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp (AYEC)

Celebrating 20 years, AYEC is an award-winning entrepreneurial-based camp that allows participants to spend a full week discovering every aspect of running a business. The camp brings together young people ages 13-15 from across Alberta in a fun, team-based atmosphere that combines realistic business games with the traditional camp experiences.

AYEC camp is held at Eagles Nest Ranch in Cypress Hills.

Mountain Bike Destination Attraction Initiative (Rural Development Initiative)

With funding from Rural Development Initiative (RDI), as well as private and public community partners, Community Futures Crowsnest Pass worked to develop a Mountain Bike Tourism Cluster.The initial two-year project established a 10-km loop of mountain bike trails and a mountain bike skills park. An area trails master plan was developed by the International Mountain Bike Association (I.M.B.A.) that identifies a formal network of approximately 145km of single-track trails. This initiative will help Crowsnest Pass to become an adventure and mountain bike destination.

To date, a total of 19 km of single track trail has been built and another 3 km of OHV trail was improved and integrated into the existing trail network.

This project is attracting mountain bike and tourism dollars as well as opportunities for business development.

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12501 - 20 Avenue
Box 818
Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0


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