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Hugging the Canada/U.S. border, this southeastern corner of British Columbia-best seen along the Crowsnest Highway that makes giant loops along the Moyie, Kootenay, St. Mary, and Elk rivers-was once a rich coal-mining area made possible by the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1898. Today the towering mountains, gentle valleys, inviting beaches, crystal-clear lakes, abundant sunshine, and energetic locals are turning former mining towns such as Kimberley and Fernie into all-season recreational playgrounds sure to please the entire family.
Cranbrook [C3] Located on a broad plain in the Rocky Mountain Trench, Cranbrook is framed by the Rocky and Purcell mountains and surrounded by lush forests and numerous lakes. Born with the arrival of the CPR, Cranbrook has become the key city of the East Kootenays. The town's historic buildings are worth visiting; information about self-guided tours is available. ®The world-class historical railway collection at the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel displays a dozen or more restored and preserved lavish original railway cars, allowing visitors to step back in time and discover what luxury train travel was like in the early 1900s.
Creston [El] In the 1930s, a dike was installed at the marshy southern end of Kootenay Lake, creating a fertile farmland for farmers and productive wetlands for birds. Encompassing some 6,800 hectares is nearby Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, home to more than 250 species of birds, and the world's third-densest osprey population. Here visitors can learn about the area's animal and bird species on guided hikes and canoe trips. The Creston and District Museum and Archives houses many historical artifacts, including the distinctive Kutenai canoe with a bow and stern that point downward.
Fernie [C5] This town in the wild and beautiful Elk River valley is a popular year-round recreational center well-known for fly-fishing, big-game viewing, skiing, biking, hiking, and boating. Legend has it that a curse was placed on prospector William Fernie, who broke his engagement to a Ktunaxa woman in the 1880s. Fires and floods followed until 1964, when aboriginal chiefs held a ceremony to lift the curse.
Fort Steele Heritage Town [B4] Originally called Galbraith's Ferry for the cable ferry that serviced miners during the 1864 Kootenay Gold Rush, historic Fort Steele was renamed in 1888 after Superintendent Samuel Steele. The boomtown thrived in the 1890s, but became a ghost town when bypassed by the CPR. Today visitors can tour this spacious living museum of over 60 meticulously restored buildings. Live theater, pioneer farming demonstrations, stagecoach and steam train rides reenact frontier life.
Kimberley [B2] Located on the slopes of Sullivan and North Star mountains, one of Canada's highest cities (1,120 m above sea level) calls itself "Bavarian City of the Rockies" for the colorful alpine decor of its buildings and its pedestrian-only shopping area, DcrPlotzl. Have your photo taken beside the country's largest operating cuckoo clock, visit the shop of Adi, an Austrian woodcarver who yodels and plays the accordion, and shake hands with Julyfest mascot Happy Hans. The Kimberley Alpine Resort is the 4th largest ski resort in B.C. BBA short drive from Kimberley is the Bavarian City Mining Railway. Take a scenic 11 km narrated ride on a narrow-gauge mine track along the switchbacks, tunnels, steep slopes, and sharp curves on nearby North Star Mountain.
Canadian Museum of Rail Travel Cranbrook Heritage Buildings College of the Rockies Elizabeth Lake Sanctuary (Confederation Park) Key City Theatre St. Eugene Mission and Church
Creston and District Museum and Archives Creston Valley Wildlife
Management Area (Interpretation Centre) Kootenay Candle Factory
Heritage Buildings (Courthouse, City Hall, Post Office) Leroux Mansion Oil Derrick
Kimberley Heritage Museum Der Platzl Kimberley Alpine Resort Kimberley Nature Park Bavarian City Mining Railway and Power House
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