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Cranbrook Arts, Entertainment and Events

By Michele Leyenaar
Editing by Joanne Elves

CRANBROOK – Anyone who lives in or has visited this region of the Kootenay Mountains knows of the unlimited outdoor activities including fishing, skiing, hiking, cycling, golfing, camping, climbing and watersports. But what about festivals and events?

We have all that too!

View from Eager Hills, Cranbrook Photo: Janice Strong

Annual Festivals or Events

There are several annual events and festivals, the most popular being Sam Steele Days, The Cranbrook Pro-Rodeo, Gerick Sports Wasa Triathlon & Six in the Stix, Round the Mountain and the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo.

Arts and Entertainment – all year long!

Cranbrook Arts: An absolute gem. This studio and gallery contains all kinds of local art, heritage information, education, supplies and programs. It is located downtown Cranbrook on Baker St.

Western Financial Place: The city’s arena, concert venue and community centre to find the sporting action. It seats over 4000, is home to the WHL Kootenay Ice, and provides leisure programs and fitness.

Cranbrook Arts Photo: Janice Strong

Key City Theatre: Stop by the performing arts venue for shows like professional dance, film festivals, live music and big ticket performances.

The Studio and Stage Door: Cranbrook’s best kept secret – (But not for long!). This intimate community theatre showcases local talent and artists as well as small community productions.

Culture and Community

Cranbrook Farmer’s Market: Held every second Saturday both indoors and outdoors depending on seasons, the market supports local agriculture and artisanal crafts. The market is open for most of the year.

Winter Farmer’s Market Photo: Janice Strong

Fort Steele Heritage Town: A very popular tourist attraction from Mid-May through Thanksgiving, Fort Steele is an historic site exhibiting the heritage of the inhabitants of the late 1800’s. Volunteers at the park provide spectators and guests with an experience that allows them to see the way of life during Fort Steele’s prime time. Watch for seasonal festival fun around Halloween, Christmas and Easter!

Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre: Located at the St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino, the Interpretive Centre showcases Ktunaxa Aboriginal art, history and heritage. In partnership with the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council the hotel promotes the awareness of aboriginal culture.

For a full listing of other attractions, festival and events check out the Cranbrook Tourism website.

Also click the Cranbrook.ca website’s link http://cranbrook.ca/our-city/heritage-registry/heritage-designation/ for information on historical and heritage designations where photos and information were provided by the Cranbrook History Centre.

Dining Car, Canadian Museum of Rail Travel at the Cranbrook History Centre Photo: Janice Strong