Events and Programs

Birthday Parties

What better way to celebrate your rail fan’s birthday and passion for trains than at the centre?

Three packages are available for up to a maximum of 12 children ($5.00 per additional child). We ask that you supply cake as well as any plates, napkins, forks, or other snacks. There is access to a fridge inside the building.

1. Train Tour & Scavenger Hunt – $70

This package includes a fun guided tour of our Trans Canada Limited set of train cars designed for children. This tour is different from our regular Trans Canada tour as it is based less on information and more on exploring the cars, looking for hidden objects, and learning fun facts about rail travel in 1929. The scavenger hunt portion allows guests to explore the inside of the Cranbrook History Centre including our Model Railroad room while looking for facts and items throughout the building. This scavenger hunt is tailored towards the age group of the party guests. Finally, you can head up to our boardroom for cake, gift opening, and an additional activity.

2. Movie in a Train Car – $100

This package features access to our baggage car for the screening of a movie of your choice, that you provide. We provide one bag of popcorn and a juice box per child. All of your party activities will be taking place within the baggage car including the cake and gift opening. Seating is sleepover style so we do ask that you bring any desired pillows and blankets with you.

3. The Grand Package – $140

This package features everything that is included with parties 1 and 2. However, you can choose if you would like to begin with the tour and scavenger hunt then end with the movie and cake on the train, or if you would like to start with the movie and end with the tour and scavenger hunt with cake in the boardroom.

Guest Lectures

We host lectures and presentations from guests worldwide in the Royal Alexandra Hall. Please contact the event coordinator if you wish to present.

History Centre School Program

The Cranbrook History Centre offers programs for K-12 which include a tour of our historic train cars and a curriculum based scavenger hunt. Further details can be found in the package below:

Full School Program Package

What We Offer

Trans Canada


Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grades 8-12

Summer Paleontology Programs

Adult Paleontology Program

The Adult Paleontology Program is complete for the season. Thank you to the participants and volunteers for a great summer!

If you are interested in the program, check back spring of 2019 for next year’s schedule! Join teacher volunteers for 5 days this summer on a trip back in time. Learn about local geology, fossils, and trilobites with 2 indoor lectures and 3 field trips designed for adults! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

Call 250-489-3918 or e-mail [email protected] for more information or to register.

Summer Paleontology Program

Junior Paleontology

The Cranbrook History Centre’s always popular Junior Paleontology Program has returned for summer 2019!

Your child, ages 6-12, will explore our unique regional paleontology and geology with local experts and will be able to bring home the specimens they discover.

The program runs Saturdays through July and August from 10:30 – 12.

For more information and to register, call 250-489-3918 or e-mail [email protected]