Cranbrook and Tourism

Cranbrook Highway Arch in the 1940'sCranbrook has long been a gateway to tourism in the Canadian Rockies. This arch welcomed motorist-visitors in the 1940's.

In deciding where to site the museum, it helped that Cranbrook already had sizable tourist traffic, mostly from visitors travelling between the United States and several nearby National Parks, including Banff, Kootenay, Yoho, and Glacier. Also, Fort Steele operates as a provincially owned historical site, with a steam-powered railway that runs in the summer. The neighbouring city of Kimberley, boasts a large ski hill and calls itself the "Bavarian capital of the Rockies." It has electric locomotives running on underground narrow gauge mining trackage, and has an above-ground tourist mining railway. The modified CPR station in the heart of Kimberley is also preserved, along with a wooden CPR caboose parked nearby.

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