Cranbrook (British Columbia)

Cranbrook is a city in southeastern British Columbia, Canada. It is the seat of the Regional District of East Kootenay district.


Originally the land was inhabited by the First Nation. In the area around present-day Cranbrook lived and live the Kutenai. In their language is called the present town ʔakis ` ak ǂ iʔit. Received its current name of the city as part of the settlement by Europeans end of the 19th century. Colonel James Baker had acquired land here and named the resulting settlement after his home in Cranbrook England. In 1898 he reached the the Canadian Pacific Railway did not build their route through the Crowsnest Pass through the nearby gold mining town of Fort Steele, but by Cranbrook. The granting of local government (incorporated ) for the community was on November 1, 1905.


The census in 2011 showed a population of 19,319 inhabitants for the city. The population of the city has thereby increased since the census of 2006 at 5.4%, while the population in British Columbia grew by 7.0 % at the same time.


Cranbrook is located on Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3) represents an important east -west connection. In a north-south direction of Highway 95 passes the city.

Furthermore, Cranbrook is joined by his Canadian Rockies International Airport to cities in Canada. Among other things, Pacific Coastal Airlines offers daily scheduled service from here to Vancouver.

Sons and daughters of the town