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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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