Quality of Life & Sustainability

Access to a wide range of outdoor pursuits and quality healthcare, education, and employment all contribute to Cranbrook’s enviable quality of life. Due to its wholesome, family-oriented community values, Cranbrook has all the charm of a small town with the added advantages of a big city. Safe, secure, and affordable, Cranbrook is the perfect city for employers and employees alike.

Temperate Climate

  • Hours of sunshine annually: 2,190.5
  • January daily average: 6.1C
  • July daily average: 18.7C
  • Annual snowfall: 125.3 cm

Love your commute

Known to many as the city of the “5-minute” commute, Cranbrook has a clear advantage over typical big-city commute times. Traffic is virtually non-existent, the city is covered by BC Transit and there are dedicated bike lanes on popular routes and nine kilometres of walking, running and biking trails that wind their way through Cranbrook.

Go for a run, enjoy your morning, drop the kids off at school and drive, bike or ride the bus to work. If you are sick of slamming your brakes, Cranbrook is the place to be.

Adventure at your fingertips

Living in Cranbrook means you will have easy access to a wide range of outdoor pursuits. In addition to in-city trails and the surplus of city parks, there are several hiking and biking trails that are within a 10-minute drive from downtown. Peaceful lakes, great river valleys and golf courses surrounded by nature are right at your fingertips.

Its mild summers and moderate winters make it the perfect destination to enjoy the outdoors all year round. From biking to hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and everything in between, the endless access to outdoor activities and a love for nature are what truly define the Kootenay lifestyle.

Mountains of Opportunity

  • 28 City-wide parks encompassing 160.5 ha (401.5 acres)
  • 3 Indoor arenas2 Outdoor rink facilities
  • Aquatic facility
  • 8 Golf courses within a 30-kilometre (19-mile) radius
  • 2 Ski resorts within 97-kilometre (60-mile) radius

Live, Play, Work

  • 2 shopping malls
  • 8+ big box and national retailers
  • Approx. 17 fitness, yoga & wellness centres
  • Vibrant downtown core
  • Main retail & service corridor
  • Hockey, baseball, slo-pitch and soccer and other local sports clubs
  • Additional $1.5 million indoor sports facility under construction

Environmentally Friendly and Sustainable Cranbrook

Cranbrook has been and continues to work hard to become a more sustainable and environmentally friendly city. Because of Cranbrook’s strong connection to nature and the outdoors, our community strongly advocates for cleaner and greener ways of doing things and our industry is driven by 100% renewable green energy. We present an ideal opportunity for cleantech investors and developers, such as those aimed at the protection and enhancement of parks and natural areas, the maintenance of our natural resources such as water, and the production of clean energy.

Experience Our Culture

Cranbrook also offers a wide variety of arts, recreation, entertainment, and cultural activities. Our sports complex, Western Financial Place, plays host to our very own hockey team known as the Cranbrook Bucks as well as several concerts throughout the year. The Cranbrook History Centre, Key City Theatre, and nearby Fort Steele Heritage Town are other top attractions.

Whether it is summer or winter, we like to celebrate. From farmers’ markets to festivals, Cranbrook serves up a healthy dose of fun. Go shopping, take in a live performance, tour galleries, find fresh baked goods and local produce or plan an evening at one of over 30 dining establishments.

Newcomers Guide

Newcomers Guide

Essential Guide

Essential Guide

Strategic Plan 2024-2027

Strategic Plan 2024-2027