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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fernie Stanford Resort
Fernie Stanford Resort
3 out of 5
100 Riverside Way, Fernie, BC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $109
per night
Mar 31 - Apr 1

Located in East Kootenay, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of College of the Rockies Fernie Campus, Fernie Heritage Library and Arts Station. Fernie Memorial ...

4/5Very Good! (663 reviews)

"Very homie. Nice spot. The toilets are built for very little people. Hard on the knees."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 14, 2020

Fernie Stanford Resort
Fernie Slopeside Lodge
Fernie Slopeside Lodge
2 out of 5
5339 Ski Hill Road, Fernie, BC

Located in the mountains, this East Kootenay hotel offering ski-in/ski-out access is Fernie Alpine Resort and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fernie Aquatic Centre and ...

3.6/5Good! (258 reviews)

"Nice and close to the lifts. Rooms and hotel however are older. Well worth the price we paid."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 14, 2020

Fernie Slopeside Lodge
St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino
St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino
3.5 out of 5
7777 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC

Located in East Kootenay, this resort is steps away from Columbia Mountains and Casino of the Rockies. Wildstone Golf Course and Tamarack Centre are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (721 reviews)

"The customer service, accommodating a late check in after a flight arriving late to the nearby airport, and then accommodating a late check out due to a business meeting, was very appreciated. They went above and beyond to accommodate me despite only a one night stay. Those little things make the ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 20, 2020

St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino

Popular things to do in Cranbrook

Fernie Alpine Resort
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Fernie Alpine Resort

4.5/5(190 reviews)

Summer or winter, the varied terrain and breathtaking views of this sprawling Canadian wilderness make it the perfect getaway for an outdoor adventure.

Kimberley Alpine Resort
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Kimberley Alpine Resort

4.5/5(90 reviews)

Set atop the beautiful Purcell Mountains, this sunny resort is thick with perfectly fluffy snow and features one of North America’s largest gladed terrains.

Reviews of Cranbrook


Guest rating

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 17.3697270471464%
4 - Good
4 - Good 58.312655086848636%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 22.8287841191067%
2 - Disappointing
2 - Disappointing 1.488833746898263%
1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 0%

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.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Sep 20, 2019

It was simply a stop on m trip

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