View of Mt. Fisher in the Rocky Mountains near Cranbrook.
(David Gluns photo)


Fort Steele Heritage Town (BC Heritage photo)

Fort Steele Heritage Town (BC Heritage photo)

Situated in the middle of the broad Rocky Mountain Trench, Cranbrook (population 19,364) boasts more sunshine than anywhere else in British Columbia.

Its location in this wide valley creates a feeling of openness unique for a region defined by its mountainous geography.

Cranbrook is a railway town, a mill town, a commercial centre, and an island in a sea of golf courses. It has a modern theatre and a lively arts community, a professional hockey team, and a remarkable railway museum that captures the experience of the golden age of rail travel in Canada.

The wilderness, abundant wildlife, and quiet lakes and hikes complement the town's lure as a service and shopping hub for the surrounding communities. The Canadian Rockies International Airport – gateway to the Kootenay Rockies – is located here, and while visitors will find hotels, restaurants and big-box stores along Cranbrook's main strip, it's well worth a detour to explore the local boutiques, shops and cafes.

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