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Cranbrook, B.C.

Elevation: 920 m (3020 ft)
Population: 20,000

Interesting Note: Cranbrook was originally the ranch of Colonel James Baker, who named the area after his ancestral home in Cranbrook, Kent England.

Cranbrook, located in the southeast corner of British Columbia, is the regional centre of the Kootenays. With Fisher Peak nestling on gently sloping plains, Cranbrook faces the Purcell Mountains to the west and the Rockies to the north and east. With mild winters and more sunshine hours than any other BC city, Cranbrook has become a favoured spot to work, play, retire or raise a family.

The Rockies make Cranbrook and the East Kootenay a first class, four seasons resort destination. Visitors from around the world experience the "Rocky Mountain High" while camping, fishing, boating and hiking. During the winter, Canada's finest ski resorts come alive at Kimberley, Banff, Panorama, Fernie and Lake Louise, only a short drive from Cranbrook. Cranbrook's beautiful natural setting, along with well developed tourist facilities and access to major tourist attractions including many golf courses and Fort Steele Heritage Town are the key ingredients for the local trade and convention industry.

Cranbrook serves a retail trading area population exceeding 55,000. As a result, the City has two major shopping centre's, an active central business district, 25 hotels and motels, two campgrounds and more than 50 eating establishments. Moreover, the City 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, swimming pools, water slide, arenas, a curling rink, performing arts theatre, a twin cinema, libraries, a daily and a weekly newspaper, 2 radio stations, cable television, and the internationally renowned Canadian Museum of Rail Travel
(Text courtesy of Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce)

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