In May of 1987, Cranbrook and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA became sister cities. The proclamation was made in order to promote international relations and goodwill and to develop stronger ties in commerce, education, culture, industry and the sciences.
More recently, as part of the Government of British Columbia's "Asia Pacific Initiative" Cranbrook began exploring twinning opportunities with suitable communities in Asia. The goal of this initiative is to forge new friendships that ultimately will foster mutually beneficial economic opportunities.
As a result of these efforts Cranbrook formally entered into "Friendly Community" agreement with the port city of Taicang Jiangsu province, Peoples Republic of China, in February of 2011.
In addition to the new agreement with Taicang, Cranbrook is currently pursuing a similar agreement with the city of Wonju, Gangwon province, South Korea.
Through these efforts Cranbrook hopes to open new opportunities with Asia in the areas of tourism, post-secondary education, natural resources, green technology development and advanced manufacturing.
Please also see the Welcome BC - Cranbrook Newcomer's Guide for information about the City and its amenities. This project is made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.