Visitors and residents are drawn to the scenic East Kootenay area for the world-class recreational activities, strong cultural presence and the abundance of sunshine. Rated as the sunniest city in Canada, Cranbrook boasts more sunshine hours per year than anywhere else in the country. The outdoor enthusiast can find almost any activity in East Kootenay including hang gliding, river rafting, heli-skiing, hiking, camping, skiing, fishing and snowmobiling - just to name a few.
The East Kootenay region is situated along the Rocky Mountains providing lush green forests, clear glacier-fed lakes, and spectacular alpine meadows. The Kicking Horse and Columbia Rivers run through this area providing spectacular sights and experiences. As the Wilderness Capital of BC, this area promises wild animals and the great outdoors will be right at your doorstep.
The East Kootenay Health Service Area has a vibrant and eclectic culture. From rodeos to music festivals to live theatre, there is always a community event extending a warm welcome.
East Kootenay Communities
Fernie represents a place where you can run away and embrace all that nature has to offer; we are surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges filled with cultural history and story-telling. Fernie is encapsulated by heartfelt hospitality and local generosity. It truly is a recreational Mecca in all four seasons. We have world-class restaurants, one-of-a-kind shops, and cafes. The ability to work in a profession live in a community that inspires emotional tranquility is priceless and I truly feel blessed every day to call Fernie my home.
- RN Jo-Ann Hnatiuk, Clinical Practice Educator, Elk Valley Hospital
Every season in Golden offers something spectacular – from hiking, hang-gliding, camping, fishing, a walking trail system, and mountain biking in the summer months, to all kinds of skiing and sledding, skating indoors or out, tobogganing, and watching our Golden Rockets hockey team in the winter. A lively arts community offers great music and drama, and the beautiful mountain views are breath-taking. Great food and warm-hearted people at every corner make this a great place to call home.
- Rhoda Taggart, Medical Device Reprocessing Technologist
The secret to making a house a home is to surround yourself with things that make you happy! I am fortunate to work and have my home in the Columbia Valley, surrounded by all its mountains and beauty.
- Shelan Verge, Housekeeper, Invermere & District Hospital
The town leadership is forward thinking and has involved citizens in planning Sparwood’s future. Imagine 2035, a town planning process that envisions a Sparwood of the future, will soon be released to the public following large amounts of community engagement. Sparwood is home to hard-working families and, because of the many amenities, it is a great place to live and raise children.
- Jo-Ann Decker, RN, Sparwood Primary Care Clinic