Highways 93 and 3; 50 miles north of Kingsgate, BC Customs Port of Entry; 10 miles from historic Fort Steele; 240 miles to Calgary. Population: 20,000. Visitor Information: Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce, 2279 Cranbrook Street North, PO Box 84, Cranbrook, BC V1C 4H6; Toll Free Phone: (800) 222-6174; Website: www.cranbrooktourism.ca.
The East Kootenay region is an unspoiled land of mountains, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and hot springs. The crossroads of all the region’s main highways, Cranbrook is home to the area’s only jet airport, providing daily service.
Visitors will want to dedicate an afternoon to the stunning Cranbrook History Center, which encompasses the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, Royal Alexandra Hall, Cranbrook Museum and Archives and exhibition galleries. Located downtown on Highways 3 and 95, the finest of Canada’s opulent railway heritage is portrayed with beautifully restored luxury passenger trains and the magnificent, oak-paneled former Grand Cafe of a 1906 CPR hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The historic residential area of "Baker Hill" contains many beautiful heritage homes from 1898 and there are historic structures and public art in the downtown, entered through a large replicated historic highway arch. Cranbrook also boasts a lively contemporary arts scene.
Be sure to visit the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Interpretive centre, located in the St. Eugene Mission Resort a few miles from the city, to learn about the rich culture of the area's aboriginal peoples. Golfers are drawn to the seven championship courses located within twenty minutes of town.
In addition to a wide variety of inns, hotels and B&Bs, several campgrounds and RV parks around the city provide plentiful accommodations for travelers. The full-service Municipal Tourist Park, located in the downtown area within five blocks of golf, swimming pools and sensational shopping, offers a peaceful camping area by a bubbling stream.
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Cranbrook History Centre