Cranbrook is accessible by highway and commercial bus service. The local airport also offers regular commercial service to both Calgary and Vancouver. Lethbridge, Alberta is the nearest major centre, at a distance of 315 km (approx 4 hours). Vancouver is 845 km (11 hours) away by road.
The Cranbrook & District Chamber of Commerce provides valuable information about the community, relocation and local businesses.
Cranbrook currently has TD Canada Trust, BMO, Scotia Bank, HSBC, Bank of Nova Scotia, Columbia Basin Trust, East Kootenay Community Credit Union.
Cranbrook is in the Southeast Kootenay School District #5.
This town has many elementary, secondary, StrongStart and alternative schools. For a complete list, please check the BC Government directory page.
There is also a seasonable Visitor Centre located on the highway at the West entrance to Cranbrook at the rest stop.
Cranbrook is rich in history. Visit the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel where you can see the only complete set of cars from the luxurious “Trans-Canada Limited” built by the CPR in 1929. Or take a walking tour of Cranbrook’s 40 historic buildings. Visit nearby towns of Fort Steele which features over 60 heritage shops and buildings or the ghost towns of Fisherville and Lumberton.
Enjoy the outdoors by camping, hiking, horseback riding, cycling and wildlife viewing. Visit Wasa Lake Provincial Park to enjoy swimming, fishing, boating and water skiing. The region is home to two hot springs. Lussier Hot Springs is set in the wilderness and is located near the boundary of Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park. Pamper yourself at Fairmont Hot Springs located about 100 km north of Cranbrook.
Approximately 25 minutes drive from Cranbrook is the Kimberley Alpine Resort, where you can ski or snowboard up to 70 runs covering 728 hectres of terrain. The resort also features cross-country skiing trails.