Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada is nestled on sloping plains facing the Purcell Mountains to the west and the Rockies to the north and east. With mild winters it boasts more sunshine than anywhere else in British Columbia, and it has a feeling of openness that is reminiscent of the Canadian prairies. Cranbrook has become a favoured spot for hiking, biking, river rafting, fishing, golfing and other outdoor activities and of course vacation rental accommodations.
The Kootenay Rockies is a pristine region of rivers, lakes, waterfalls, beaches, mineral hot springs, alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains. Four of British Columbia's seven national parks are located here. Outdoor water pursuits include canoeing, boating, cycling, windsurfing, water-skiing and whitewater rafting. The area is also internationally renowned for its abundant fishing locales close to your vacation rentals.
On land, the region is one of Canada's pre-eminent destinations for golfing and mountain biking, while the many backcountry lodging and cabins, cottages and other vacation rentals offer luxury accommodations and getaways in natural settings.
During the winter, the Kootenay Rockies offers some of the continent's finest powder skiing and snowboarding, from head-rushing descents to great expanses of groomed cross-country trails.
Wildlife flourish here - be on the lookout for eagles, elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, coyotes, moose, cougar as well as black and grizzly bears.
Cranbrook is a railway town, a mill town, a commercial centre, and an island in a sea of golf courses. It has a modern theatre and a lively arts community, a professional hockey team, and a remarkable museum that captures the experience of the golden age of rail travel in Canada. For a memorable visit to the western frontier of yesteryear, visit nearby Fort Steele Heritage Town, an historic 19th-century fort. This living museum is just 16km/10mi northeast of Cranbrook. Perched on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains since it's gold rush beginnings in 1864, the village has gone from boomtown to regional centre to ghost town to one of the most important heritage attractions of its kind in British Columbia.
The vistas of snowcapped mountain peaks, lush green valleys and crystal clear lakes are sure to take your breath away from the comfort of your vacation rentals, condo rentals or other accommodation. For those seeking an oasis of civility in the rough Rockies, there is shopping galore, boutiques and cafés, an arts centre, several heritage centers and an abundance of other attractions to entertain visitors in close proximity to your lodging.
Natural Hot Springs in the area include Fairmont Hot Springs and Lussier Hot Springs. Less accessible are the Dewar Creek Hot Springs, and Ram Creek Hot Springs, which are accessed from Skookumchuk. A snowmobile or cross-country skis are required to reach the Ram Creek pools in winter.
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