Cranbrook BC Information

The City of Cranbrook is located in the southeast corner of British Columbia, and is the regional, economic and cultural centre of the Kootenay. Because it is situated only 80 kilometres from the U.S./Canada border, Cranbrook has immediate access to western U.S., Alberta and British Columbia markets as well as Pacific Rim markets through Vancouver, Seattle and Portland. Cranbrook is at the juncture of the No. 3 and No. 95 Highways, making it an important transportation hub.The Canadian Rockies International Airport has opened up the region to commerce, trade and tourism opportunities. Yet, with all of the amenities and advantages, Cranbrook Real Estate remains one of the most affordable markets in the southern interior of B.C.

Cranbrook is ideally situated in the Rocky Mountain Trench, offering unparalleled views to the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Purcell Mountains to the west. The mild winters and warm summer, and Cranbrook is renowned for having more daylight hours than any other city in the province. It is a centre that is garnering notice from all across the country for its business, recreational and cultural opportunities, as well as its increasing focus on sustainability. In other words, Cranbrook is a city where you can live, work and play.

Quality of life is the reason so many people leave behind the frantic pace of big city life to move to Cranbrook. Our organizations and sport clubs offer a diverse range of activities and projects to appeal to all members of the family. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the community, and there are always opportunities to become a vital part of the city—and make new friends for life—no matter what your passion is.

Educational opportunities abound—from pre-school to post-secondary—so lifelong learning begins here. Cranbrook is also the regional hub of the Kootenay, providing access to government, performing arts and the East Kootenay Regional Hospital. The Canadian Museum of Rail Travel is an important cultural landmark, and two theatres and several art galleries ensure your cultural needs are always met. The city blends old and new with heritage homes and state-of-the-art, custom-built homes. It is, quite simply, a city that has everything you’ll ever need.

Cranbrook is much more than just a nice town in a great location—it’s place to raise a family, operate a business or simply relax and enjoy life. It’s no wonder so many people have already discovered and settled in our prosperous community. Come and see for yourself. For more information on Cranbrook, please visit the Cranbrook & District Chamber of Commerce Web site at or the City of Cranbrook at

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Whether you're buying a home, selling your home or relocating to Cranbrook, the following information, resources and tools will help to guide your decision. Use the links below to view a variety of useful information about Cranbrook.

Chamber of Commerce
City of Cranbrook
School District
Cranbrook Statistics
Cranbrook Info
Daily Newspaper
Cranbrook Airport
Front Counter BC
Cranbrook RecPlex
Cranbrook Bucks Hockey
Regional Hospital
Key City Theatre
Railway Museum
Fort Steele
Minor Hockey
Youth Soccer
Minor Ball

Moving day checklist: Tips for stress-free moving

From colour-coded boxes to last-minute reminders, we’ve compiled a few expert tips and strategies for getting through moving day with all your stuff – and your sanity – intact.

At the old place

Pack a moving day “survival kit"

Have a box or backpack with everything you’ll need the day of the move, and the night and morning after, and bring it with you in the car or as checked luggage on the plane. Include items like toiletries, a change of clothes, sheets, towels, shampoo, soap, paper towels, coffee mugs and paper plates. Include important papers like insurance policies, birth certificates, etc. And don’t forget a big blanket or sheet to sit on so you can have a “picnic” and not worry about dirty floors.

Set aside special boxes for your kids’ important stuff, too.

Clothes, special toys and blankets, books, photos, toothbrushes and pyjamas – ensure they have easy access to everything they need to feel at home in their new space.

Colour code boxes

Assign each room in your new place a colour. (Red for the kitchen, blue for the master bedroom, etc.) Put a sticker of the appropriate colour on each box – and a corresponding sticker on the door of each room. It’s a great way to avoid confusion, especially if movers can’t tell which is “Max’s room” and which is “Emily’s room.”

Assign boxes “load last”

Vital kitchen stuff, linens, kids’ items and other things you’ll need right away should be loaded last and unloaded first. Mark them clearly.

Get a sitter

Have someone you trust take care of kids and/or pets for the day. That way they won’t get stressed out by the upheaval, and you won’t have to worry about them getting underfoot.

Clear a path

Make sure there’s a spot for the moving truck to park, and that there are no plants, boxes or furniture blocking doorways and walkways. Remove rugs, disconnect the spring from the screen door and prop open doors than swing shut.

Get rid of last-minute garbage

Ask your neighbours if you can use their containers to toss any remaining trash. Make sure any hazardous or flammable waste is disposed of properly.

Check the meters

Take note of your utility meter readings so you don’t end up paying for someone else’s use.

Do a final check

Do one last walk-through to make sure you haven’t missed anything. Don’t forget closets, cupboards and crawl spaces.

Turn the furnace/AC off

Turn off all the lights, shut all the windows and lock the doors.

Hand over the keys

Leave them with the landlord or new owner.

At your new home

Unload the “load last/unload first” boxes

Make sure they can be easily accessed once they’re inside.

Supervise the rest of the unloading

See that the right boxes are going to the right rooms.

Set up beds first

 Before unpacking or setting up anything else, ensure everyone has a comfortable place to sleep.

Kitchen essentials next

After sleep comes food. Pull out the coffee maker, the toaster and maybe a frying pan for scrambled eggs so you can have breakfast in the AM.

Enjoy your new home!