Finding Culture in Cranbrook: Tops Events, Festivals, and Experiences

April 30, 2018 | By Michele Leyenaar

Anyone who lives here or has visited this region of the Kootenays knows about the unlimited outdoor activities. Fishing, skiing, hiking, cycling, golfing, camping, climbing, and watersports keep this place an active community. What may surprise visitors is that this area has a local arts, culture, events, and history scene too.

Annual events and festivals range from Sam Steele Days to the local Cranbrook Professional Rodeo and sporting events include the Gerick Sports Wasa Triathlon, Six in the Stix, Round the Mountain, and the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo.There is also a variety entertainment and experiences happening year-round too. Check out this list of cultural experiences for your next getaway to Cranbrook.

Cranbrook Arts: This studio and gallery contains local art, heritage information, education, supplies, and programs. It is located in downtown Cranbrook on Baker Street.

Western Financial Place: This is the local arena, concert venue, and community centre. With seats for over 4,000, this arena is home to the WHL Kootenay Ice and provides leisure programs and fitness facilities for locals and visitors alike.

Key City Theatre: Stop by the performing arts venue for professional dance shows, film festivals, live music, and big ticket performances.

The Studio and Stage Door: This is Cranbrook's best kept secret. This intimate community theatre showcases local talent and artists as well as small community productions.

Cranbrook Farmer's Market: Held every second Saturday, this market supports local agriculture and artisanal crafts. The market is open and held indoors or outdoors depending on the time of year.

Fort Steele Heritage Town: A historic site exhibiting the heritage of the inhabitants of the late 1800's. Volunteers at the park provide guests with an experience that allows them to see the way of life during Fort Steele's boomtown years. Watch for seasonal festivals and events during Halloween, Christmas, and Easter.

Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre: Located at the St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino, this interpretive centre showcases local Ktunaxa Nation indigenous art, history, and heritage. In partnership with the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council the resort and centre showcases the indigenous culture of this region in BC.

For a full listing of attractions, festivals, and events check visit Cranbrook Tourism.