#RockiesExploring

Cranbrook hiking
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Chris Istace

#RockiesExploring

ZenSeekers is all about travel that transforms you and in this expedition we are challenging you to go Rockies exploring.  

Yes you might know lots about Alberta and BC’s central Rocky Mountains - but have you spent much time exploring the southern half?  

Destinations like The Ktunaxa Nation, Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie and Crowsnest Pass all hold their own unique and signature experiences. Perhaps you are looking to go back in time to learn how people lived on this land many millennia ago, or perhaps you are looking to try out more things that will make you happy or ideas on how to find your zen in the mountains.  Look no further then #RockiesExploring as ZenSeekers and our correspondents have you covered.

Access is a breeze as Pacific Coastal Airlines lands right in the Canadian Rockies via the Canadian Rockies International Airport.

Challenge yourself, invite friends, gather family and go #RockiesExploring 

Enjoy this inspiration below and please let us know what you discover, include #RockiesExploring in your social media posts along the way and you might be featured on our channels!

*Note the above map are location of visitor centres in each of our #RockiesExploring destinations.

Stories

Experiencing history has never felt so hands-on and as adventurous as it does in Cranbrook, B.C. After a short, smooth and scenic flight with Pacific Coastal Air, we landed in a new kind of paradise, and eager to explore the history of the southern Rockies region, we wasted no time.

Cranbrook, B.C. – Rising to the early morning glow from outside the teepee walls, we breathed the crisp mountain air and arose from our comfortable sleeping quarters to greet the day. After spending a night nestled in a teepee at Speaking Earth in St. Eugene, part of the greater Cranbrook area, we felt refreshed and more connected to our Canadian heritage than ever.  

Cranbrook, B.C. – I was glued to the plane’s window as it started its descent into the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook. The vistas, equally beautiful and mysterious, gave a hint of what the valley has to offer. Soon we’d be on the ground and experiencing it all for the first time. A short flight from Vancouver via Pacific Coastal Airlines was about to unleash a new world of possibilities.  

With our rental bikes loaded on the back of our SUV, we headed out from Kootenay Mountain Works bike shop eager to take on the Community Forest everyone was raving about in Cranbrook. As we neared Cranbrook, we turned north from the city towards the Eager Hill trailhead. We were immediately greeted with a sun-kissed hillside of blooming wildflowers and the scent of Ponderosa pine.

The rushing waters of the St. Mary River pass a circle of Ktunaxa tipis erected proudly on its banks while Fisher Peak keeps a watchful eye in the distance. You could imagine this very scene 10,000 years ago when the first Ktunaxa (Kootenay) people called this land home.

Driving along Highway 3 through the Kootenays, many folks pass by the city of Cranbrook not realizing what lies just off the busy road. I recently spent a couple of days here and discovered this: a cool recreated historic village, miles and miles of trails for hikers and bikers, a deliciously vibrant food scene and a local craft brewery named after the impressive Fisher Peak that reigns the landscape here.

If you were to tell a friend you were going to the mountains of Fernie, what would come to mind? Images of challenging multi-day treks in alpine wilderness, fearless climbs up huge rock walls, adrenaline-pumping mountain trail riding or daring white-water rafting?

We woke up for a day of adventure, feeling energized and ready for biking Kimberley’s trails. The natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains surrounding Kimberley will have that effect on you. Riding a bike puts me in a positive state of mind and I knew it was going to be a memorable day as we set out to explore the area on two wheels.

Not sure what I expected when I selected Level 2 on the power mode switch. Helmet strapped on, I took my first pedal stroke and with a surprising burst of energy my electric assist mountain bike burst to life. Now that’s more like it.

Looking to head to Cranbrook? Check out this awesome two-day itinerary

Enjoy your time in Fernie with this one-day itinerary

Are you a mountain biker? Cranbrook is the place to be for epic switchbacks and gorgeous trails. Learn more here.

Explore the Crowsnest Pass while you e-bike, hike, then dine on delicious food. Lear more here.

Head to Kimberley for epic biking and train rides. Learn more here.