Day 3: Nelson to Cranbrook

Trip Start Jun 30, 2012
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Trip End Jul 05, 2012

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Monday, July 2, 2012

On Day 3 of the roadtrip, I travelled from Nelson to Cranbrook, British Columbia. 

The drive from Nelson to Creston is very mountainous; a true British Columbia route. 

Nelson to Creston
I stopped for breakfast in Creston at Renee's Roadhouse Diner. Good choices and reasonably priced.

Creston to Fort Steele
The heritage site of Fort Steele contains restored buildings from the original town as well as reconstructed buildings that would have been typical to the area between 1890-1905. The site is another 'must-see' on this trip. When you pay your admission, you will receive a "Welcome to Fort Steele" newspaper which includes a guide for walking the townsite. I found it did a good job of introducing a number of the buildings. 

Fort Steele is a time capsule of the settlement and changing fortunes of a pioneer community in 19th century British Columbia. It comprises over 60 restored, reconstructed, fully-furnished buildings, including log barracks, hotels, a courthouse, jail, museum, dentist's office, ferry office, printing office, and a general store crammed with intriguing historical artifacts.

The town is brought to life by interpreters working as blacksmiths, carpenters, politicians, weavers, gardeners, photographers, and many others.  Tide a steam train, heckle a politician, view a silent movie in the old-time theatre, and even pan for gold.  Fort Steele Heritage Town is a very good attraction for people of all ages.  Highly Recommended.

Fort Steele to Kimberley
Visiting Kimberley must start with a walk around the Bavarian-themed Platzl. This can be easily done within an hour. I stopped for a snack at Chef Bernard's for some Bavarian food.  

Kimberley to Cranbrook
Cranbrook, which is the largest centre in the area, is a historic character-filled place with interesting sights. My visit to the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel showcases the compelling history of the railway. The museum boasts many fully-restored luxury railcars and many other exhibits.

In the evening I visited St. Eugene Resort which is hosts a casino and Ktunaxa First Nation interpretive centre. I was not a winner at the casino so I wish you luck if you visit.


Highlights:

1.  Fort Steele  http://www.fortsteele.ca

Fort Steele was founded in 1864 when gold was discovered on nearby Wild Horse Creek.  It is now designated a provincial heritage site and restoration continues.

2.  Canadian Museum of Rail Travel http://www.trainsdeluxe.com/

There are 5 tours that you have to schedule. To see them all it takes 2 hours. All exhibits require guided tours. I would recommend you research the tours and times before visiting this attraction. I saw the Royal Alexandra Hall and the Business & Royal Cars Tours. ($7.50 per person) 
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