Photo provided by Tourism BC/David Gluns
Photo provided by Tourism BC/David Gluns

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.

Known for

Hiking, Skiing and Fishing

Top Hotels in Cranbrook

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Fernie Stanford Resort
3 out of 5
100 Riverside Way, Fernie, BC
CA $129/night
Aug 19 - Aug 20
4/5Very Good! (557 reviews)

"Paperwork was ready for my arrival. Followed up with me prior to arrival to confirm stay. Room was clean and easily found. Food provided was great."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 12, 2019

Fernie Stanford Resort
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Days Inn & Conference Centre by Wyndham Cranbrook
2.5 out of 5
600 Cranbrook St N, Cranbrook, BC
CA $122/night
Aug 25 - Aug 26
3.9/5Very Good! (912 reviews)

"Good location. VERY happy you allowed us to bring our cat!! Quiet and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 11, 2019

Days Inn & Conference Centre by Wyndham Cranbrook
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Lizard Creek Lodge
3.5 out of 5
5346 Highline Dr, Fernie, BC
CA $128/night
Sep 8 - Sep 9
4.3/5Excellent! (674 reviews)

"Room was spacious, bed comfortable, cold pool and sufficiently hot hot tub. We came to mountain bike so the location of the hotel was great."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 17, 2019

Lizard Creek Lodge

Popular things to do in Cranbrook

Fernie Alpine Resort
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Fernie Alpine Resort

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

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.

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