When you visit Cranbrook in the East Kootenays, you might never want to leave town.

Yes, Cranbrook, at just 4 hours southwest of Calgary, is a great home base to hit up the Powder Highway, 8 lakes, world class hiking, fishing, climbing, paddling, skiing, and more… BUT .. it’s also a great place to just stay put.

The Days Inn is right on the strip in Cranbrook, it’s a family friendly hotel that was just awarded an award for Best Renovation. The front lobby is stylish and comfortable and right next to it is a game room filled with the latest consoles, just have the kids sign out a controller from the front desk and they can game away while you relax and read in the lobby.

Breakfast is included (a must for me anytime I book a family getaway) and features waffles, cereal, french toast, yogurt, as well as a made to order omelette and breakfast burrito station. 

The strip in Cranbrook makes for a great home base for accommodations as its easily accessible to all directions to get out of town and explore. Except on this trip, we stayed put and dug into all that Cranbrook has to offer.

Just a kilometre away from the Days Inn, the downtown of Cranbrook is experiencing a rebirth as entrepreneurs breathe life into a fresh and local food scene. 

The South Star Trail network is a collection of hiking, snowshoeing, biking, and dog walking trails that are popular year round. And Fort Steele is a fantastic place for kids to bring their school curriculum to life as they wander the original streets and discover how the railway landing in Cranbrook decimated this once bustling town. 

And then there’s Arq Mountain Centre, a place where kids can climb and parents can flop in overstuffed sofas with a latte in one hand and all the energy of the day burning out in front of them.

Yes, Cranbrook is a great gateway and central to exploring the Kootenays, but on this trip we never wanted to leave. Start planning your trip now at CranbrookTourism.com!

READ THE REST OF MY CRANBROOK POST AT SNOWSEEKERS TO LEARN ABOUT THE VINTAGE FIRE HALL THAT’S NOW A PUB, AND HOW TO BOOK A ROOM IN A 100 YEAR OLD HOTEL!

Disclosure: I spent a weekend at Visit Cranbrook on assignment for Snow Seekers 

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