Great Outdoors

Cranbrook is the perfect base camp to discovering the Kootenay experience. Check in with the local outfitters for insider information before setting your compass and heading out into the wild.

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    Wycliffe Buttes
    2399-2365 McClure Rd, Kimberley, BC V1A 3J1

    The relaxing 2km trail into Wycliffe Buttes is speckled with beautiful wildflowers in the spring – and surrounded by spectacular views of the Rockies and Purcell Mountain Ranges year round. The slight elevation leads to a rocky knoll easily accessible by foot, bike, snowshoe, or horseback.

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    Cranbrook Community Forest
    101 Kootenay Hwy

    Managed by the Cranbrook Community Forest (CCF) Society, this birdwatching hotspot features 3 signed loop trails for hiking and nature exploration. Watch for cinnamon teals, Swainson’s thrushes, Clark’s nutcrackers, and more.

Elizabeth Lake Bird Sanctuary by Mitch Winton
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    Elizabeth Lake Bird Sanctuary
    620 Van Horne St S

    This large wetland area on the west edge of Cranbrook is the city’s best-known and most-loved birdwatching destination, with both resident and migratory birds making appearances. Walking trails lead you around the lake, with viewpoints, picnic tables and benches throughout.

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    Eager Hill Lookout
    Eager Lookout

    Part of the Cranbrook Community Forest, this short 1.5 km scenic climb follows an old road bed to an abandoned fire lookout. Reach the top for views of the Rockies, Mount Fisher and The Steeples Mountains.

Lazluli Bunting
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    Mountain Man Outdoors
    901 Baker St

    Be prepared for outdoor adventures and birdwatching. Their extensive stock includes binoculars, outdoor clothing, hiking footwear, and more.

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    Huckleberry Books
    16 9 Ave S

    This cozy bookshop located in downtown Cranbrook is a great place to get birding guide books before heading out on the trail. They also carry a wide selection of local authors, travel books, unique greeting cards, maps, and gift items.

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    High Country Sports
    11 10 Ave S

    Stock up on outdoor supplies for hiking, camping, watersports, and birdwatching.

 Visitor Centre

Inside Cranbrook

With history and culture as impressive as the rising hills and wild spaces surrounding the city, it’s worth taking time to relax and recharge at any one of Cranbrook’s many popular local haunts.

Downtown Cranbrook by Kari Medig
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    Kootenay Grounds
    24 11 Ave S

    A quaint coffee shop serving up specialty drinks and coffee, baked goods, salad bowls, and more. Browse their growing selection of new books and local art while you’re there.

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    Kootenay Roasting Company
    903 Baker St

    Enjoy artisan roasted coffee from this family-run shop established in 1999. Sit inside and observe the roasting process or catch some sun on the sidewalk patio.

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    Max’s Place
    21 10 Ave S

    A community staple for over 25 years, this shop serves breakfast and lunch options made in-house daily. Don’t forget to try their famous cinnamon buns.

Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap
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    Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap
    37 11 Ave S

    Located in a 1929 heritage building that was once the city’s fire hall featuring roll-up truck doors, a fire pole and fire bell. Enjoy BC craft beer and quality pub fare on one of their outdoor patios.

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    The Heid Out
    821 Baker St

    This ever-evolving restaurant has been in the community for decades. Tour the brewery, sample craft beer, and enjoy delicious food made with locally sourced ingredients.

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    Hot Shots Cafe
    1924 8 St N

    Whether it’s a relaxing brunch, a quick lunch, or an early evening meal on their sunny patio, Hot Shots focuses on fresh ingredients and creative specials.

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    Morchella Market & Cafe
    101 Kootenay St N

    A great place to grab some picnic goodies for a day out birding on the trails. 

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    Twisted Peaks Frozen Yoghurt
    #40 1114 Baker St

    Satisfy your sweet tooth! Choose from 10 rotating flavours of frozen yogurt (with vegan & sugar-free options) and a creative topping bar.

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    Fenwick and Baker Public House
    1017 Baker St

    Located in the historic Mount Baker Hotel, this central downtown restaurant is a great way to start the day with breakfast and specialty coffees, or end the evening with delicious upscale pub dining.

St. Eugene Resort
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    Find a place to stay in Cranbrook!

    From upscale resorts to historic hotels, to family-run bed and breakfasts and everything in between Cranbrook has somewhere special for you to rest your head.