While Calgary is looking a bit soggy these days with nary a glimpse of sunshine, the recently completed May Long Weekend was quite pleasant. Having found myself in the Crowsnest Pass with some peeps we thought what better snack than some good ol’ ice cream.
When in the Crowsnest Pass, the best place to find frozen treats is at The Old Dairy Ice Cream Shoppe in Bellevue.
Bellevue was established in 1905, a prominent mining community. Today, tourists can tour the Bellevue Mine and tour main street for some icy, creamy contentment. The Old Dairy Ice Cream Shoppe is housed in the old Pass Dairy Ltd. which once produced, according to the historical plaque on the side of the building, “nationally acclaimed Pass Dairy Mozzarella Cheese.” The dairy closed down in 1992, was purchased by Murielle Lapointe in 1994 and since then has been The Old Dairy Ice Cream Shoppe.
The ice cream parlour is full of anything and everything ice cream and includes cow statues, stuffies and posters abound. The counter is situated with old school stools as well as tables inside and out for patrons.
I went for a medium Cotton Candy hard ice cream which was two scoops of Cotton Candy fabulousness in a traditional cone, if you like it, one can never go wrong with Cotton Candy flavoured ice cream. Gaby went with a medium as well, served in a waffle cone, with a scoop of Mint Chocolate Chip and Cookie Dough and Katie went for the Pepsi float; the float was a huge portion with the ice cream to soda ratio leaning towards too much ice cream and not enough soda.
All in all if you’re in the Pass and looking for some sort of refreshing treat, there’s nothing better than an ice cream shoppe.
The Old Dairy Ice Cream Shoppe
2501 213th Street, Crowsnest Pass (Main Street, Bellevue)