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Cranbrook, located between the Rocky and Purcell Mountain ranges, is an awesome hiking destination. We have a wide range of trails, ranging from family friendly strolls to intense climbs.

For the urban explorer who wants the feeling of the forest without going too far, there is the Cranbrook Community Forest. This 2000 hectare recreation area has many trails, small lakes, rest stops and viewpoints. You can add different loops together to make your hike as long or as short as you wish. The Community Forest is very popular for mountain biking as well. With a variety of landscapes ranging from treed areas to  grasslands, you won’t even feel like you’re in town. For more information on the Community Forest: http://www.cranbrookcommunityforest.com/

If you want something a little further out of town, you can try hiking one of our many forest recreation trails. These trails range from a few kilometers to multi-day treks and are suitable for a range of hiking abilities. Lakit Lookout is a well known hike locally. This relatively short (2.1 km) hike is a little bit steep, but switch backs help and it is suitable for children. There are great views from the top and an old fire lookout cabin. On the other end of the spectrum is Fisher Peak, the most prominent peak in the local Rocky Mountains. This is a serious, all day hike for experienced hikers with appropriate equipment only. These are just a few of the hikes in the Cranbrook area, there are many, many more. For information on forest recreation trails: www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca

Another great option for hiking is in Provincial Parks. Top of the World Provincial Park is a wonderful place for day hikes or overnight hikes – there are a few backcountry sites and a cabin near Fish Lake. The trails are all very well marked and maintained. Hiking on the Top of the World plateau is a neat experience filled with beautiful views of mountain peaks and meadows of wildflowers. Make a trip of it and stay at Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park, a great base for hiking in Top of the World. The Lussier Hot Springs are a nice treat after a day of hiking. If you want to feel like you’re on top of the world: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/top_world/

For more hiking information, including print outs of the forestry recreation trails and maps, please visit the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre at 2279 Cranbrook St N or call us at 250-426-5914. Information regarding backcountry road closures can be found at: http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/drm/services/road-works.htm


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