Cranbrook, British Columbia
Cranbrook’s population of 18, 500 people make it the largest city in the Valley. It’s location on Highways 3, 93 and 95 allows for easy access to the United States to the south, Alberta to the east and BC’s lower mainland to the west.
Cranbrook’s economic base is diverse and secure with forestry, mining, Canadian Pacific Railway, service and supply industry, transportation, manufacturing and ever increasing tourism opportunities. It’s healthy outdoor lifestyle is very attractive with golfing, skiing, boating, hiking, hunting and fishing with photography opportunities like nowhere else in the world.
The Canadian Rockies makes Cranbrook and the Columbia Valley a class, four seasons resort destination. Visitors from around the world can experience the “Rocky Mountain High” while enjoying the incredible outdoor amenities.
During the winter enjoy Canada’s finest ski resorts – Kimberley, Fernie, Banff, Panorama, Snow Valley and Lake Louise are all only a short drive from Cranbrook. Cranbrook’s beautiful natural setting, well established tourist facilities and access to major tourist attractions including many golf courses and Fort Steele Heritage Town are key ingredients for the local trade and convention industry.
Cranbrook’s retail trade serves an area population exceeding 55,000. As a result, the City has two major shopping centres, an international airport, an active business district, over 25 hotels and motels, three campgrounds within the City and more than 50 eating establishments. Additionally, Cranbrook also boasts a well rounded menu of community facilities including a community college, 14 public schools, an acute, intermediate and extended care hospital, senior citizens homes, 20 parks, 3 golf courses, water slide, arenas, a curling rink, a recreation complex, performing arts theatre, movie theatre, libraries, daily and weekly newspapers, 2 radio stations, cable television, high speed internet service and the internationally renowned Canadian Museum of Rail Travel.