The City of Cranbrook came to be in 1898 with the arrival of the Crowsnest Railway. Since then, Cranbrook has evolved into the supply centre of the East Kootenay region of British Columbia. The City’s population currently exceeds 18,500 people with a total surrounding population approaching 80,000.
Cranbrook was incorporated in 1905 and celebrated its Centennial in 2005.
To read about the history of Cranbrook and the region, from before the arrival of humans until today, click on the links in the History sub-menu on the left hand side of this page.
For more regional history, click here to go to the Columbia Institute of Regional History website.