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Cranbrook
Travel Guide

Explore the Rocky Mountains using this sunny valley town as your base. Peaceful hiking trails, diverse wildlife and gorgeous scenery are all within easy reach.

Cranbrook is a picturesque little town that offers a portal to the Rocky Mountains. In addition, it has plenty of charm of its own. Spend action-packed days exploring the breathtaking surrounding countryside. When you need some downtime, visit one of the town’s delightful museums, wander its historic sites or play a few rounds of golf.

The railway plays a key role in the history of this former mill town, having brought people from all over to live and work in this otherwise inaccessible spot. Explore this history in depth at Trains Deluxe – the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, which features painstakingly restored vintage railway cars. The 19th-century gold rush, too, holds an important place in the town’s identity. Visit Fort Steele Heritage Town to be immersed in a perfectly preserved town of the period, populated by costumed actors and guides.

To get the most out of Cranbrook, you must spend a fair bit of time outdoors. Head to one of the four provincial parks nearby to hike through rich rainforests and enjoy stunning coastal views. Wasa Lake Provincial Park is a great choice for swimmers. Try some windsurfing or waterskiing here too. Wherever you go, look for signs of the local wildlife, which includes bears, eagles and mountain goats.

Make time for one of the area’s great sporting specialties: golf. Spend an afternoon unwinding at Cranbrook Golf Club or one of the six other golfing facilities nearby, all of them set in very scenic surroundings.

If golf is not for you, another relaxed daytime activity is the Cranbrook Heritage Walking Tour. Follow this route through the historic sights of the town’s peaceful Baker Hill area.

Come in winter and trade your hiking boots for skis or a snowboard. The Rockies offer a perfect environment for wintersports.

Cranbrook is the ideal destination for a vacation due to its proximity to the Canadian Rockies International Airport. Fly in and then reach Cranbrook in around 15 minutes by car. From Cranbrook, it’s surprisingly easy to access the wealth of natural wonder that the world-famous Rockies have to offer.

Top Hotels in Cranbrook

Fernie Stanford Resort
Fernie Stanford Resort
3 out of 5
100 Riverside Way, Fernie, BC
The price is CA $119 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in East Kootenay, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Fernie Alpine Resort and within 6 mi (10 km) of College of the Rockies Fernie Campus and Fernie ...

4.1/5Very Good! (779 reviews)

"The pool & slide were great for kids. The games room upstairs was loved too. We were upgraded to a condo, whivh we absolutely loved amd will definitely visit again"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 2021

Fernie Stanford Resort
Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge
Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge
3 out of 5
1622 7th Avenue, Fernie, BC
The price is CA $167 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18

Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this East Kootenay hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fernie Memorial Arena, Fernie Golf and Country Club, and Annex ...

4.4/5Excellent! (325 reviews)

"Nice spot. I think a better system for the pool is needed. We couldn’t get our kids in it until two hours before we left. The option to book times before you get there should be an option."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2021

Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge
Fernie Slopeside Lodge
Fernie Slopeside Lodge
2 out of 5
5339 Ski Hill Road, Fernie, BC
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Located in the mountains, this East Kootenay hotel offering ski-in/ski-out access is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Fernie Alpine Resort and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fernie ...

3.6/5Good! (278 reviews)

"Nice quiet spot on the hill. Was perfect for having a dog because it was so close and could take her for lots of walks in between runs. Quiet, slept good, great water pressure. The only minus was the room coffee... not very yummy. But overall pleased and would totally return!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 24, 2021

Fernie Slopeside Lodge
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Vacation Rentals in Cranbrook

The Griz Inn
The Griz Inn
3 out of 5
5369 Ski Hill Road, Fernie, BC

Set amidst the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out aparthotel in East Kootenay is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Fernie Alpine Resort and close to winter activities such as ...

3.9/5Very Good! (70 reviews)
Fernie

"Good"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 24, 2020

The Griz Inn
Mountain Spirit Resort
Mountain Spirit Resort
4 out of 5
400 Stemwinder Dr, Kimberley, BC

Located in the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out condo resort in East Kootenay is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kimberley Alpine Resort and Trickle Creek Golf Course and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (269 reviews)

"Super friendly staff, very accommodating. Would stay here again no questions asked."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 13, 2021

Mountain Spirit Resort
Timberline Lodges by Fernie Lodging Co
Timberline Lodges by Fernie Lodging Co
3.5 out of 5
4559 Timberline Crescent, Fernie, BC

Located near the slopes, this East Kootenay condo building is in the mountains, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Fernie Alpine Resort and close to winter activities such ...

4.3/5Excellent! (36 reviews)

"Great access to ski hill. Rooms were large although a bit dated."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 2, 2021

Timberline Lodges by Fernie Lodging Co
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Reviews of Cranbrook

3.9

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5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 17.359413202933986%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 58.43520782396088%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 22.73838630806846%
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2 - Disappointing 1.466992665036675%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 31, 2020

Nice downtown brew pub.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Nov 8, 2019

I was here for work

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 8, 2019

I come to Cranbrook often, I live 1.5 hours away.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 12, 2019

We just stayed overnight on route to somewhere else but the hotel location was great because it was roght on the highway.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Sep 27, 2019

Great for a golf vacation. Fishing and hunting close by as well.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Sep 24, 2019

Cranbrook seems like a place.

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