Cranbrook at a Glance

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Written by Patrick J. Smith posted on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

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Cranbrook is an excellent base for a vacation in the Canadian Rockies province of British Columbia. It offers all the amenities of larger towns, with quick access to horseback riding, hiking, and many of the area’s attractions.

BC offers some of the most stunning vistas in the Canadian Rockies.

Cranbrook, BC is known as the main commercial center for the region, with its vibrant downtown area and strong sense of community.  A vibrant city, Cranbrook is home to the  Kootenay Ice (the Western Hockey League team), the vibrant Key City Theatre, the Cranbrook & District Arts Council, which sponsors many exciting events throughout the year, and  the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel.

Here you can get a picture of what it was like when the railway began in the Canadian Rockies.  At the museum you will see vintage passenger cars beautifully refurbished to their original glory, including the 1929 Trans-Canada Limited.  Take a tour of the vintage cars and have a late afternoon tea in the elaborately inlaid dining car, the Argyle.  If your vacation travel takes you to Cranbrook in June or August, enjoy Sam Steele Days and the Cranbrook Pro Rodeo, respectively.

Just a short trip east of Cranbrook you will find Fort Steele Heritage Town where you will get a feeling of life back in the 1800s.  Open all year round, there are many attractions here that vary according to the season. Below you’ll find some of our hotel and lodging recommendations for the area.

St. Eugene Resort & Casino: Near the Four National Parks And Alpine Ski Hills, this hote features a Les Furber-designed Golf Course and has terrific views of the St. Mary River and Fisher Peak. On-site dining includes gourmet food at The Purcell Grill, spirits and cocktails at the Fisher Peak Lounge Serves Spirits And Cocktails, and more. The resort also has a on-site casino, a health club, dry sauna, 0utdoor heated pool and more. Visit the St. Eugene Resort & Casino for more info and reservations.

The Super 8 Motel Cranbrook: Located in the town of Cranbrook, BC,  close to shopping, a casino and excellent golfing. Rooms include WiFi access, complimentary continental breakfast, and an indoor hot tub. For more information, or for reseravtions, visit the Super 8 Motel Cranbrook.

The Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Cranbrook: Located In Cranbrook, BC, just 20 meters from the Tamarack Mall and other local attractions.  You’ll also find an outdoor pool, laundry facilities , WiFi access and more. For reservations or more info, visit The Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Cranbrook.

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