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Sandman Hotel Group features properties located within a rich mosaic of neighbourhoods and surrounding areas, each with a distinct, welcoming personality. We have compiled a list of useful information below to enhance your stay.

Cranbrook Attractions

Sightseeing

In the middle of the broad Rocky Mountain Trench, Cranbrook (population 19,161) boasts more sunshine than anywhere else in British Columbia, and it has a feeling of openness that is reminiscent of the Canadian prairies.

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 people who live in the small towns of the Kootenay Rockies, however, Cranbrook is the closest thing to a big city. There's a strip that runs through town – an avenue of distractions packed with fast food outlets, hotels, automotive businesses and big-box stores. Too bad that someone passing through would likely see nothing else.

Cranbrook feels like a working town with few upscale bistros or pricey boutiques. People raise families here, they work at the mill, at the college, in mining and in the service industry; people retire here.

In their leisure time, people actively participate in, come to watch, or volunteer in support of the wide range of cultural, recreational and sports activities that define life in Cranbrook – and this community supports everything from hockey to high school musicals.

Sightseeing Cranbrook

Transport

Cranbrook, situated in the middle of the Rocky Mountain Trench, is accessible via a number of highways and along three driving routes in the Kootenay Rockies Region.

Car Travel

Highway 95 runs up and down the valley connecting the city with Spokane WA (303km/188mi) via the Canada/US border crossing at Kingsgate, and with the TransCanada Highway at Golden, 246km/153mi to the north. Highway 95A links Cranbrook with nearby Kimberley, rejoining Highway 95 at Wasa.

Highway 3 connects Cranbrook with Castlegar, Nelson, the southern Thompson Okanagan Valley and Vancouver 849km/528mi to the west, and with Fernie and the Crowsnest Pass to southern Alberta and Calgary, 402km/250mi to the east.

Visiting the provincial parks and getting to Fort Steele and other attractions outside the city limits will require the use of a car. Budget and Enterprise car rentals are available both in Cranbrook and at the Canadian Rockies International Airport. Avis Rent A Car has an agency at the airport only.

Snow tires or chains are required for winter driving as highway conditions can be hazardous.

Air Travel

The Canadian Rockies International Airport is located approximately 15km/9mi north of Cranbrook, off Highway 95A. Destinations in Canada are served by Air Canada and Pacific Coastal Airlines. Delta Airlines, meanwhile, offers seasonal service to Salt Lake City, connecting with all parts of the United States.  

Transport Cranbrook

Activities

Sports Arena/s

Cranbrook RecPlex 1km

Beach

Wasa Lake 30km

Ski Slopes

  • Kimberley Alpine Resort 30km 
  • Fernier Alpine Resort 93km

Entertainment

Cinema

Tamarack Mall 1Km

Theatre

Key City 1km

Major Business Center 

  • Chamber of Commerce 2km        
  • Cranbrook Hospital 3km        
  • College of the Rockies 3.5km

Shopping

  • Tamarack Mall 1km    

Restaurants

Denny's 24 Hour Restaurant

24 Hour Family Restaurant located at the hotel. Serving Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Appetizers and Desserts. Special menu items for Kids, Seniors and Late Night dining.

Denny's