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The East Kootenay region is located in the southeast corner of British Columbia. The region is bordered by Alberta and Kootenay National Park on the east, Montana on the south, the Purcell Mountains on the west and a point between Spillimacheen and Harrogate on the north. The region is 27,567.6 square kilometres in size, which is 3.2% of BC's land base.
Fort Steele Heritage Town
Fort Steele Heritage Town offers over 60 restored and reconstructed buildings that represent the town as it was in its heyday. Visitors can ride on a horse-drawn wagon, shop at a real old-fashioned general store, or take in a performance at the Wild Horse Theatre, where musical comedies are offered daily (except Mondays) throughout the summer. You can also watch a blacksmith and tinsmith in action. The International Hotel Restaurant offers turn-of-the-century fare served up by ne'er-do-wells from the past.
Canadian Museum of Rail Travel
Cranbrook is proud to be the home of the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel. The Museum is home to the only remaining set of passenger rail cars from Canadian Pacific's 1929 Trans-Canada Limited as well as other elaborately restored passenger cars. Open year round, stop in for a guided tour and enjoy the railway gift shop and the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel Cafe.
Kootenay Trout Hatchery
It is open 7 days a week and offers guided tours in the summer months. You will learn about the life cycle of a trout while viewing small fry and fingerlings. You can be guided through the trout rearing process by an interpreter or by the informational displays in the hatchery. The Kootenay Trout Hatchery has stocked over 400 lakes in the Kootenays.
Aasland Museum Taxidermy
Examples of local wildlife are on display in this working museum. Visitors are welcome to see the displays or watch the taxidermists at work. It is located 2 kilometres out of Cranbrook on the highway toward Kimberley.
Cranbrook Community Forest
Offers a variety of landscapes, including forests, grasslands, kettle and alkali lakes, streams, and swamps. The area provides a diversity of opportunities for outdoor education and leisure activities.
The main street, Baker Street, of downtown has many businesses, stores, banks, and historic structures. There is a self-guided heritage walking tour that allows you to learn more about the history of this town.
This was the original site for Fort Steele. The town was completely dismantled when gold was found under its streets, and was then moved to its present-day location. Many miners made their fortunes by finding gold in the Wild Horse Creek. Grab a map of the area and explore the old ruins.
St. Eugene Mission
St. Eugene Mission is the oldest and largest historical structure in southeastern British Columbia. The Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Tribal Council is developing this site into a world class resort complex, so be prepared for construction. Pay particular attention to the 1897 Gothic-style church which features hand-painted stained glass.
Wildlife Education Centre
Maintained by the East Kootenay Hunters Association, the Wildlife Education Centre displays wildlife species from all over BC. Located in the Chamber of Commerce building.
Osprey Landing makes a wonderful central point for your golf vacation. There are many golf courses (at least 10 exisiting and a number of high profile new courses on the way) within a short driving distance from here to make your golfing excursion memorable.
A short list of exisitng courses within 40 minutes of Osprey Landing would include:
Trickle Creek - Kimberley, Kimberley Golf Club, Bootleg Gap - Kimberley, St. Eugene Mission Golf Resort, Waylynne Ranch Golf Club, Cranbrook Golf Club, Mission Hills Golf Club - Cranbrook, Willow Bend Golf Club - Jaffray, Fernie Golf and Country Club, not to mention all the excellent courses North up the Columbia Valley towards Fairmont, Invermare and Radium, as well as all the excellent couses passed on the way to Calgary throught the Crownsnest Pass.
The camping opportunities in and around Cranbrook are endless. Osprey Landing is within an hour's drive of 7 provincial parks with campgrounds. Jim Smith Lake, Moyie Lake, Wasa Lake, Norbury Lake, Premier Lake, Whiteswan Lake, and Kikomun Creek Provincial Parks all offer unserviced sites within the spectacular Rocky Mountain Trench. For reservations at Moyie Lake, Wasa Lake, or Kikomun Creek, call the BC Parks Reservation Service at 1-800-689-9025.
The Cranbrook Forest District offers many primitive back country campsites that are located off of the main routes. Access to these campsites may be difficult and require a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Please check at the Cranbrook Ministry of Forests office or the Cranbrook & District Chamber.
South Star Recreation trails offer cycling opportunities during the summer months. During the winter, these trails are used for cross-country skiing. Located at the south edge of Cranbrook, South Star allows you the opportunity to "create" your own trail.
Kootenay Freewheelers have established a trail system near the Community Forest. These trails are rated moderate to difficult and vary in length. Please stop at the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce for a map.
Isadore Canyon is an old railway bed that is great for biking and begins on the north edge of Cranbrook. Again, please stop at the Cranbrook and District Chamber of Commerce for directions.
The Lazy Lake Mountain Bike Loop is a 33 kilometre loop beginning at Wasa Lake Provincial Park. For further information and a map, contact BC Parks District office at 1-250-422-4200.
Cranbrook also has a new cycle/walk trail that provides residents and visitors with access to a trail system that can accommodate a variety of non-motorized forms of transportation, including walking, bicycling, rollerblading, and jogging.
There are numerous areas and trails for cycling that you can take off right from your cabin at Osprey Landing as well.
There are many excellent fishing opportunities available in the area. In fact the whole area around Fernie and Cranbrook is one of the most renown fly fishing and stream fishing areas in North America attracting numerous visitors every year for this activity alone.
Lake Koocanusa is home to a variety of fish species. Sport fish include rainbow trout, west slope cutthroat, brook trout, kokanee salmon (blueback), burbot (ling), whitefish and Kamloops (a strain of rainbow trout). Tributaries of the lake like the Bull River and Kootenay River provide some of the best flyfishing in the area.
Premier Lake, known for its rainbow and brook trout, is an easy drive north of Cranbrook.
Moyie Lake is home to rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, and kokanee. A boat is necessary for optimum fishing. Rainbow and cutthroat trout can be found in Idlewild Lake, located on the south edge of Cranbrook. If you are under 15 or over 65, this is the perfect spot for you.
Many other lakes, streams, and rivers offer some of the best freshwater fishing in Canada. Ask the friendly locals for their opinions on the best places to fish.
Osprey Landing's proximity to excellent winter recreation opportunities makes it the perfect place for a snowy holiday. Skiing and snowmobiling are particularly popular sports.
South Star Recreation trails are the perfect place to take the family cross country skiing. Cross-country skiing opportunities are also available at the Kimberley Alpine Resort and at Fernie Alpine Resort.
There are four world-class downhill ski areas within an hour's drive from Cranbrook. Try your skill at Kimberley Alpine Resort, Fernie Alpine Resort, Panorama, and Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.
Snowmobiling is also a popular winter recreation sport. The Lumberton area, south of Cranbrook, and the Perry Creek trail system, northwest of Cranbrook, offer some fine snow and trails. While the trails along the Rocky Mountain Range right across the vally from Osprey Landing offer some of the finest snomobiling in Western Canada.
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