Legend, Land and Language - Discover an Ancient Culture in the Canadian Rockies
Hear stories, scrape hides, learn to bead, play traditional games and sleep in a traditional tipi with this exclusive First Nations experience. This completely unique indigenous experience is offered exclusively through the Ktunaxa Nation-owned St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino, a Rocky Mountain destination in southern British Columbia. Guests experience traditional knowledge and culture interpreted by nation members in a hands-on environment. The Speaking Earth program is unlike any other First Nations experience. It is an artful blend of authenticity and comfort in a resort environment with a caring and knowledgeable team.
Canadian Rockies Golf Safari
With seven amazing golf courses located within 24 minutes of one another, Cranbrook shines as a top golf destination. Each of these seven unique 18-hole golf courses are well established award-winning golf destinations. Offering inspiring, scenic views of mountain peaks, river valleys and forested hillsides, the Golf Kimberley Cranbrook courses are sure to impress. Arriving by air or land couldn't be easier when flying into the Canadian Rockies International Airport, and just an hour from one of Canada's primary travel routes, Highway # 3. The airport has direct service to Calgary, Vancouver and Kelowna.
Train Buffs Love the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel
The Canadian Museum of Rail Travel is a collection of 28 railway cars of which 13 are currently available for guided tours to the public. Highlights of the collection include the 7 cars of the 1929 "Trans-Canada Limited" (a classic "Jazz Era Art Deco" design), 2 cars of the 1907 "Soo-Spokane Train" (a deluxe example of "Edwardian Art Nouveau Elegance"), and the 1927 executive night car "Strathcona" which has housed many VIP guests during its time in service, including Queen Elizabeth II and Sir Winston Churchill.
Explore the Powder Highway
Cranbrook is the Gateway to the Powder Highway! Stay in Cranbrook and you're only minutes away from some of BC's top ski destinations.
Kimberley – 31 minutes from Cranbrook
Are you looking for a place to get away from the traffic, away from the full calendars and away from all things marked 'urgent'? Look no further than Kimberley Alpine Resort in Kimberley, B.C. where a laid back, genuine Canadian ski town and resort awaits you. Perfect Purcell powder and an abundance of sunny days come together to make Kimberley Alpine Resort the top pick for your next ski vacation! With a huge variety of ski in/ski out accommodations and family activities (including the family skating rink, night skiing, events and kids après activities) as well as race event nights and live music in the Stemwinder for the parents. Kimberley truly is the all-around winter playground you have been searching for.
Fernie – 55 minutes from Cranbrook
Delivering over 2500 acres of skiable terrain, up to 37 feet of snow in a season, 142 named runs, 5 alpine bowls, state of the art snowmaking and grooming equipment, and an exceptional beginner's area, Fernie is a true winter playground for skiers and riders of all levels. Also now featuring the most snow, most ski runs, and biggest vertical in the Rockies! Epic snow. Big lines. Vast mountains. A historic town complete with stories & legends. Interesting characters. Passionate people. This is Fernie. Where legendary skiing and snowboarding fuses with real stories from locals, pioneers, ski bums and freeskiers in one of the most classic Rocky Mountain ski towns in North America.
Brand New Experience – Stay at the Windsor Hotel at Fort Steele
The Windsor Hotel closed its doors in 1955, but it's fully renovated and reopened in 2019. This historic hotel stands in its original location in Fort Steele, British Columbia and is classified as an official heritage building. Step back in time and stay overnight inside this unique heritage attraction. Built by Robert Mather in the winter of 1893-4, the Windsor Hotel was the better known of the seven hotels operating at Fort Steele during the latter part of the decade. The Windsor has been fully renovated to pay justice to this historic hotel, and bring it back to its former glory. Great care was taken to restore this iconic hotel with historical accuracy, all the way down to the heating covers.
Cranbrook's Historic Downtown Culinary Revival
There are so many local hotspots to try – it's a foodie's paradise.
The Heid Out and Fisher Peak Brewery
The Heid Out and Fisher Peak Brewery feature fantastic food paired with beer you can only get in Cranbrook. Fisher Peak Brewery is a stop on the BC Ale Trail. Heidi's Restaurant was a popular Cranbrook establishment for years. The Romichs chose to renovate and update the restaurant, adding a brewery to the facility. The result is a welcoming and comfortable restaurant that has a kitchen focused on seasonally produced local ingredients and serves delicious, fresh craft beer. And it's just as busy as Heidi's ever was.
The Firehall Kitchen and Tap
A gourmet taphouse in Cranbrook's Ninety-year-old former firehall. With red brick, high ceilings and large roll-up doors the firehall has the rustic charm you would expect from a firehall converted to a restaurant. With over 20 beers on tap this is the place to taste the ales of B.C. The menu of fun dishes includes "The Token Healthy Dish", "Brinner" a waffle with beer battered chicken, and a good selection of signature poutines and burgers.
Soul Food and Little Soul
Little Soul is the newest addition to the highly popular Soul Food. Little Soul is a grab and go deli with healthy and delicious organic and/or locally-sourced options Soul Food became known for. Soul Food and Little Soul recently relocated into the historic Baker Hotel in the heart of downtown on Baker Street. Their new space features a stage for performers, a wood fire pizza oven and Keto, paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and even omnivores, Little Soul has you covered. Elixirs, smoothies, cold pressed juices, kombucha on tap, house made probiotic soda, and coffee beans from various local roasters served in many different ways (pour over, espresso and straight up drip).
The Grand Tour – Why You Need a Fat Bike Vacation in Cranbrook
Biking in Cranbrook does not stop when the snow falls. In 2018 members of the Wildhorse Cycling Club successfully crowdsourced $5,000 to purchase a specialized trail groomer for grooming fat bike trails in the Cranbrook area. The Grand Tour is a 17 km biking circuit through the Cranbrook Community Forest. Look to see the network expanded in 2020.
- Fast Facts
- Environment Canada reports Cranbrook as having the most sunshine hours of any BC city at 2229 hours annually.
- 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 people have occupied the East Kootenay Region for 15,000 years.
- The Canadian Rockies (Cranbrook) International Airport is the only international airport in the Rocky Mountains.
- 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.