Singletrack State of Mind
Sunny days and mild winters mean that this region of the Kootenay Rockies is one of the first to see the trails clear of snow come spring. Cranbrook, sitting in the Rocky Mountain Trench between the Purcell and Rocky Mountains, is an ideal mountain bike destination with several distinct trail areas situated close to the city with quiet singletrack trails to black-diamond descents.
Check out Cranbrook Tourism for information on what to do and see around Cranbrook.
For some of the top trails in the region, head for the “Northern Star Wars Trails”. This route that encompasses five excellent singletrack trails named after Star Wars characters and references. Their difficulty ranges between black and blue. Check out the routes here:
Located at the southern end of the Columbia Valley, within the Canadian Rockies, Cranbrook is where the Rocky Mountains and Purcell Mountains meet. An easy escape from Calgary (just a 4.25-hour drive) or from towns just south of the Canada/US border. Daily flights are on offer from Vancouver and Calgary from all three of Canada’s major airlines including WestJet and Pacific Coastal Airlines landing at the Canadian Rockies International Airport.
If you are driving, Highway 3 runs right through town from Lethbridge, Alberta in the west and Castlegar in the east. Highway 97 routes you north into Golden or Banff and coming in from the south and Idaho in the south while Highway 93 welcomes our friends and neighbours from Montana.
Your own vehicle is a great way to move around town and reach other out of town destinations. Car rental companies like National and Budget are available in town and taxis also service the Cranbrook area.
BC Transit operates a bus service that also runs around the downtown and to neighbouring areas in town.
Biking is also another great way to get around town and out to other attractions. There is a great paved trail network from Cranbrook to Kimberley along the North Star Rails to Trails network, offering a scenic and beginner friendly way to explore the areas outside the downtown core. Another packed gravel trail, Chief Isadore Trail, runs from Cranbrook to Warden and is a great way to see the scenery south of Kimberley. Don’t have your own bike? Gerick Sports offers bike rentals from downtown Cranbrook.
Cranbrook is easy to get to with flights into the Canadian Rockies International Airport (XYC). Major carriers offer daily flights into the city from their international hubs in Vancouver and Calgary. While smaller air carriers offer daily flights from Kelowna, Victoria, and Vancouver. New flights on WestJet now link the community of Cranbrook to the communities of Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, and, Prince George.
Downhill rides and flowly singletrack, with trails for all abilities, this 5-day route through the Kootenays is not to be missed. Ride the Seven Summits in Rossland to the downhill bike part at Fernie. Post-ride, fuel up at local breweries in every town.
Adaptive sports are growing around the world, and British Columbia is at the forefront of adaptive mountain biking trails that help bring the community together so everyone can enjoy the sport of mountain biking.
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