Best of Fall in Cranbrook

October 2, 2019 | Cranbrook Tourism

Describing visuals of fall's magic is easy to do when you live in an area where Larch trees create golden contrast to the greens & blues of nature.

We love fall in Cranbrook because of the continued enjoyment the cooler season brings us. So what are we talking about?
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Hiking

If you haven't taken the chance to get up into the mountains yet this year - the time is now! The cooler weather is kind on a tired adventurer, the insects are less abundant, and the views/colours change with elevation.
A fall favorite? Bear Lake, pictured below - starts with a winding drive through thick backcountry to a short, steep trail. The trail follows the circumference of the alpine lake and also leads to an optional ridge hike to a birds-eye view of Bear Lake, the surrounding valley, and a neighboring Rualt Lake.

BONUS: Get high enough and you may even have the chance to have a snowball fight in shorts! View our list of top hikes & parks.

Harvest

With over 15 farmers frequenting our outdoor market, you can source all of your groceries from local suppliers! Catch them at The Cranbrook Farmers Market downtown. We're not just talking produce - folks, we have ranchers, bakers, food trucks & street performers... You don't want to miss this!


Biking

Similar to hiking, cooler weather is an excellent perk to fall riding. Take a cruise on The NorthStar Rails to Trails with over 20km through neighboring communities Wycliffe & Kimberley. Or take to gravel & dirt with endless options for every type of riding.
→ Looking for something a little different while you ride? Try Geocaching.
Geo-what-now? Think of it as a treasure hunt, but bigger, like - WORLDWIDE bigger. There are many of these little treasures hidden throughout the Community Forest, Rails to Trails, and South Star Trails, to name a few.


Heritage

Fall is the perfect time to visit Fort Steele Heritage Town. Make friends with the many on-site farm animals, grab a fresh cinnamon bun from the bakery, and even try your hand at gold panning! Another option for you history buffs is the Cranbrook History Centre. Find the rich culture and heritage of the East Kootenay region. Displays include first nations' history, early settler artifacts, and information about regional wildlife.


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