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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Kootenay Rockies > Cranbrook 

Cranbrook is located 97 km (60 miles) west of Fernie on Hwy 3/93 and 107 km (66.5 miles) north-east of Creston on the Hwy 3/95.

East Kootenays
Historically Cranbrook has been the regional centre of BC's East Kootenays since the late 1800's. Transportation and trading from both the rest of Canada and the USA via the Canadian Pacific Railroad proved to be Cranbrook's economic strength as it evolved into the largest city in the East Kootenays.

Canadian Pacific Railroad
The CPR railroad is evident in Cranbrook. From the local workers of today to the heritage buildings throughout, the Canadian Pacific Railroad has shaped the landscape with the completion of the Crowsnest Pass linking Canada with British Columbia.

Canadian Museum of Rail Traffic
To fully understand this railway connection, make sure you visit the Canadian Museum of Rail Traffic. Located right downtown on Hwy 3/95 and Van Horne Street South, you'll find the exhibits and displays very interesting and informative. This is a must if you're travelling through Cranbrook and can visit for a while.

Rocky Mountain High
Hugging the eastern slope of the Purcell Mountains with views of the Rocky Mountains in the north-east, Cranbrook enjoys a view that is absolutely breathtaking. Rising up towards the sky these mountains will give you ample opportunities for exploring and finding some of British Columbia's hidden treasures. Wildlife photos, sightseeing and exploring, the activities never seem to stop. You will love it!

Highest Hours of Sunshine in BC
Claiming to have British Columbia's highest amount of sunshine hours, Cranbrook's lifestyle can surely suit your needs. Every season contains some excellent opportunities for recreation throughout the area. Mountain biking, hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing and hunting - you'll have it all. If you love golfing Cranbrook and the immediate area have a variety of courses available for all levels of play.

British Columbia's Best Skiing and Snowboarding
Cranbrook has to have some of British Columbia's best skiing and snowboarding opportunities offering fresh dry powder snow conditions. In around one to two hours' drive you can be at four different resorts.

Cranbrook's Four Resorts
To the north there is Kimberly Alpine Resort, plus Fairmount and Panorama that are both located outside of Invermere, then to the east Fernie Alpine Resort just outside of Fernie.

Circle Route to Fort Steele
If you enjoy driving a circle route you have to do is to go north from Cranbrook. In the morning take Hwy 95A to the Bavarian town of Kimberly. After Kimberly continue on 95A north to Wasa. Wasa Lake has some great swimming and has reported to be one of the warmest lakes in Canada. Then on your way back to Cranbrook, travel south on Hwy 93/95 along the picturesque Kootenay River and stop and visit historic Fort Steele.

Information on Cranbrook





Map of Cranbrook, BC
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Canadian Museum of Rail Traffic
Canadian Museum of Rail Traffic


Mt Fisher - Rocky Mountains
Mt Fisher - Rocky Mountains


Downtown Clock Tower
Downtown Clock Tower


Train Staion
Train Station


Water Tower
Water Tower

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