Positioned in a valley divided by the St Mary and Kootenay rivers, Cranbrook is encircled by picturesque nature, from wilderness conservation areas and provincial parks to undulating mountain ranges and crystalline lakes. The city is home to a fascinating railway museum, along with a community forest, golf courses and a downtown dining hub.
Things to do in Cranbrook
One of Cranbrook’s most prominent attractions, the Canadian Museum of Railway Travel showcases the history of the Canadian Pacific Railway with artefacts, archives and old train carriages. You can also see old train conductor uniforms, along with clothing and tools belonging to Native Americans.
Afterwards, wander into the city’s historic centre, where old buildings reveal pubs and international restaurants. Grab a drink at The Heid Out & Fisher Peak Brewing Company or Deweys Pub & Grill, then enjoy delicious Chinese cuisine at Bamboo Garden Dining Room. You can also have high tea at The Cottage or purchase baked goods from Max's Place.
Do you enjoy a game of golf? Head to the Cranbrook Golf Club for a round on the immaculate 18-hole course. Alternatively, head to the picturesque Shadow Mountain Golf Club, which hugs the St Mary River and boasts a championship 19-hole course surrounded by white-capped mountains.
Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the hiking and biking trails through Cranbrook Community Forest, which offers about 2,000 hectares of forest, picnic areas and serene lakes. Keep an eye out for native birds and wildlife, such as mule deer, white-tailed deer, woodpeckers, chickadees and numerous songbirds.
Getting around Cranbrook
Cranbrook is just under 10 kilometres from Canadian Rockies International Airport, which has regular flights from Vancouver. It’s also close to the Alberta and United States borders and has regular Canadian Pacific Railway train services. You can walk around most of Cranbrook or use the public buses or a hire car to venture further.