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.

Community Talks

Traditionally, we host bi-monthly talks, panels and workshops from guests worldwide in our beautiful Royal Alexandra Hall.

However, due to COVID-19 we are finding innovative ways to host these talks, including zoom and socially distanced in the great outdoors!

Please contact the programming coordinator if you have an idea for a future talk, or wish to present yourself.




Our Upcoming Talks:

Cranbrook Market Gardens | August 26 | 5:00-6:30

Did you visit a local farmer’s market this Summer? Is locally-grown produce an essential in your pantry? With ‘Live Local’ now a growing trend in the region, the Cranbrook History Centre has partnered with the Cranbrook Food Action committee to ask:

“What did ‘Live Local’ look like in Cranbrook 50 years ago?”

Join us on Wednesday August 26th from 5:00-6:30pm at Cranbrook’s very own Public Produce Garden where Rick Sum and Alan Gordon will join us in a conversation about Cranbrook’s Historic Market Gardens.
Having grown up with and worked on the market gardens, they will share with us what Cranbrook looked like before we had the Tamarack Mall, and the big box grocery stores. Come learn what life was like when these gardens were established all around town, producing fresh food for local residents to enjoy!

After the talk, we will join Heather, the resident gardener at Cranbrook’s Public Produce Garden, on a tour of the site. She will walk us through what fruits, veggies and other delicious edible plants will thrive in the Cranbrook area, and the best practices for growing our own fresh-local food!

Places are limited due to social distancing, so please CLICK HERE to pre-register for the event.

Seating is limited, but there is plenty of grass! We encourage bringing lawn chairs or blankets to make yourselves comfortable.

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


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Grades 8-12

Junior Paleontology Program


Junior Paleontology is an 8 week summer program hosted by the Cranbrook History Centre, made possible by funding from the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines and Canada Summer Jobs. Each class will explore the unique paleontology and geology of the East Kootenay, with fun, hands-on projects for kids to learn about evolution, the environment, and to discover fossils for themselves!

*Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, spaces will be limited to 12 children per class. Social distancing measures will be in place, as well as frequent hand washing and tool sanitization. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.


New this year! Based on the feedback we received last year, we have created two unique classes tailored to 2 different age groups.







Junior Paleontology has finished for the season!

Thank you to all the kids who joined us this summer to learn about fossils, extinction, evolution, and paleontology! We loved breaking rocks and digging fossils together with you all! We hope that you all take good care of your newfound trilobite friends, and maybe decide to make fossils of your own at home!

Next summer, Junior Paleontology will be back bigger and better than ever! We hope to see you next season!

For more information call us at (250) 489-3918 or e-mail [email protected]

Downtown Cranbrook Historic Walking Tour


Join the Cranbrook History Centre for a leisurely walk around historic downtown Cranbrook and learn about what’s made this place the centre of the East Kootenay for over a century!

This hour-long walk will take you through history and back again. The tour starts at Colonel Baker’s home and circles the downtown area to finish at the Old Firehall opposite  Rotary Park. On the tour, you will gain an understanding of some of the challenges, failures and successes of Cranbrook and its residents in building up this city to the present day.

This year, the Cranbrook History Centre is working in collaboration with The Firehall Kitchen and Tap. Stop there for a bite to eat and a cold beer after the tour, and use your ticket to receive 10% off appetizers!

Where to meet:

The tour begins at Colonel Baker’s House at 1601-1st. St. S., in Baker Park. You can find street parking in the area. Please arrive at 5:50pm so that the tour can start on schedule at 6.

The tour finishes in a different location, two blocks west of Baker Park, at the Fire Hall. Please keep this in mind when you are arriving to the tour, as your guide will not be bringing you back to the starting location.

How to register:

Register online below, on the phone at 250-489-3918, or in person at the museum.

Registration for Thursday August 13th through September 3rd are full.