• Wardner is a small town located 27 km east of Cranbrook and 26 km west of Fernie. The unincorporated settlement runs parallel to the Kootenay River beside Highway 3/93.

    Wardner began development in 1897 after Jim Wardner sold 144 acres to Simon and William Guggenheim. The two brothers built a smelter on the property and divided the remaining land into smaller sized lots, thus starting a boom town. In 1901 Jay A. Humphreys built a planer and saw mill to process the local lumber harvested from the area. Steamboats were used to move materials and people to the other local towns up until 1909 when a road bridge was built across the Kootenay River.

    Wardner remains a small family friendly community only 20 minutes from Cranbrook, 15 minutes from Lake Koocanusa, 30 minutes from the U.S. border, 40 minutes from the Canadian Rockies International Airport, 45 minutes from Fernie and 2 hours from the Alberta border.

    Farming and agriculture

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Interior Health

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: A

    • Practitioners

      There are no general practitioners yet in this community.

      The nearest health services are in Cranbrook