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.
1Wycliffe Buttes2399-2365 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.
2Cranbrook Community ForestCranbrook Community Forest, Kootenay Hwy, East Kootenay C, BC, Canada
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.
3Elizabeth Lake Bird Sanctuary620 Van Horne St S, Cranbrook, BC, Canada
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.
4Eager Hill Lookout112 Crowsnest Hwy, East Kootenay C, BC V0B 1N0, Canada
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.
5Mountain Man Outdoors901 Baker St, Cranbrook, BC V1C 1A4, Canada
Be prepared for outdoor adventures and birdwatching. Their extensive stock includes binoculars, outdoor clothing, hiking footwear, and more.
6Huckleberry Books16 9 Ave S, Cranbrook, BC V1C 2L8, Canada
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.
7High Country Sports11 10 Ave S, Cranbrook, BC V1C 2M9, Canada
Stock up on outdoor supplies for hiking, camping, watersports, and birdwatching.
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.
10Kootenay Grounds24 11 Ave S, Cranbrook, BC V1C 2N9, Canada
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.
11Kootenay Roasting Company903 Baker St, Cranbrook, BC V1C 1A4, Canada
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.
12Max’s Place21 10 Ave S, Cranbrook, BC V1C 2M9, Canada
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.
13Allegra1225b Cranbrook Street North, Cranbrook, BC, Canada
Perfect for those looking for an intimate fine dining experience. Mediterranean-style cuisine with a seasonally-focused menu, creative cocktails, and an extensive wine list.
14Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap37 11 Ave S, Cranbrook, BC V1C 2N9, Canada
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.
15The Heid Out821 Baker St, Cranbrook, BC V1C 1A2, Canada
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.
16Hot Shots Cafe1924 8 St N, Cranbrook, BC V1C 3N3, Canada
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.
17Morchella Market & Cafe101 Kootenay St N, Cranbrook, BC V1C 3T5, Canada
A great place to grab some picnic goodies for a day out birding on the trails.
18Twisted Peaks Frozen Yoghurt1114 Baker St, Cranbrook, BC V1C 1A8, Canada
Satisfy your sweet tooth! Choose from 10 rotating flavours of frozen yogurt (with vegan & sugar-free options) and a creative topping bar.
19Two Birds Deli1115 Baker St, Cranbrook, BC V1C 1A7, Canada
This innovative take on “fast food” is inspired by seasonal and local ingredients. Their ever-changing healthy menu features fresh salads, sandwiches, and hearty bowls.
20Find 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.