• Cranbrook Facts
  • Environment Canada reports Cranbrook as having the most sunshine hours of any BC city at 2229 hours annually.
  • The Canadian Rockies (Cranbrook) International Airport is the only international airport in the Rocky Mountains.
  • Cranbrook is the largest urban centre in the Kootenay region with a city population of 20, 047 and greater Cranbrook being home to 26, 083 residents.
  • The Ktunaxa peaople have occupied the East Kootenay Region for 15,000 years.
  • In 1898, Colonel Baker convinced the Canadian Pacific Railway to establish their line through Cranbrook rather than the nearby gold rush boom town of Fort Steele. That decision established Cranbrook as the major centre of the region, while Fort Steele declined and today is a preserved heritage town.
  • The Royal Alexandra Hall is widely considered the most elegant public venue in southeastern BC. Built in Winnipeg in 1906, closed in 1967 and then carefully disassembled into hundreds of pieces in 1971, it was acquired by the Cranbrook History Centre, reconstructed and opened in Cranbrook in 2004.