Monthly Talks at the Cranbrook History Centre

Introducing Ed Talks, a series of presentations, panels and workshops from invited guests in our beautiful Royal Alexandra Hall, funded by the East Kootenay Community Credit Union.

On the 3rd or 4th Wednesday of every month, we will host a new speaker or set of presenters to share their knowledge of and experience with East Kootenay natural and local history, and the skills or crafts they have honed in this region.

Due to COVID-19 we are finding innovative ways to host these talks, and can guarantee socially distanced seating in our large Royal Alexandra Hall venue. Talks are limited to 40 attendees for this reason.

Why are they called Ed Talks?

The name, coined by one of our 2020 summer students, is a play on the world famous speaker series and Cranbrook’s somewhat infamous escaped circus elephant, Ed. If you want to learn more about Ed’s fantastical 1926 escape into the Kootenay wilderness, check out this short video.

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Have any great ideas for future events and programs at the museum?

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

Our Next Ed Talk is January 27th, 2021:

WORKSHOP | Michelle Barroca, Archivist and Expert on Historical Preservation | Wednesday January 27th, 2021 | 6:00-7:30PM

Have you ever wondered how you should store your important family documents, photographs, home movies, and more at home?

Archivist Michelle Barroca will share tips and tricks for protecting your important family keepsakes for future generations.

Join our first zoom-based Ed Talk on January 27th to ensure that you have all the knowledge you need to preserve your treasured family memories.

Following her talk, Michelle will lead us through a workshop to learn hands-on conservation techniques. For this workshop, the Cranbrook History Centre will provide twenty participants with archival grade folders and envelopes. All participants are welcome to watch the entire Ed Talk, however access to workshop materials is limited and thus only available for those who reserve a specific “Workshop Materials” ticket, which are available on a first-come first-serve basis.


Upcoming Ed Talks Events:

TALK | Janice Strong, Naturalist | Wednesday March 24th, 2021 | 7:00-8:00PM

Past Talks:

TALK | Pat Morrow, Mountaineer and Adventure Photographer | Wednesday November 18th,  2020 | 7:00-8:00PM

TALK | Keith Powell, Author and Publisher | Wednesday October 28 | 7:00-8:00PM

PANEL | Cranbrook Market Gardens | Wednesday August 26 | 5:00-6:30PM
TALK | Jim Cameron, Local Historian and Educator | Thursday June 4 | 7:00-8:00pm

TALK | Gordon Sheridan, Local Film Expert | Thursday April 30 | 7:00-8:00pm

The Cranbrook History Centre offers programs for classes from  K-12, as well as trips for home school groups.

Currently there are two packages available for school visits. The first is the guided tour of our historic train cars, and the second is a set of curriculum based activities that help students navigate and engage with our exhibit space.

We are currently adapting our education programs to best suit the current public health protocols.

If you are interested in bringing your class into the museum to visit, then please send an email to [email protected] or phone us at 250-489-3918 for details.

2020 Downtown Cranbrook Historic Walking Tour

August -September 2020

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!

2021 Walking Tours

Starting in 2021, we’ll be conducting our Walking Tours throughout the full summer season, from May to September. Keep an eye out for our ongoing downtown walking tour and new, by popular demand, historic home tour. We will be announcing details about this new lineup of tours in April 2021.

To keep up to date on all new public programs and events hosted by the Cranbrook History Centre, you can register for our newsletter here,, or follow us on our instagram or facebook page.


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]

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.

Do you have any budding paleontologists in your family?

Our new Paleontology Home Kit is now available! You can now try digging for fossils from the safety of your own homes. We’re providing you with all the tools that you need to find your own trilobite fossils and see if you have what it takes to be a real paleontologist.

You up for the challenge? The kits are available for weekly rentals starting today. Each rental is $4.50 and you can keep whatever fossils you discover!

Want to rent a kit? Call us at 250-489-3918 or drop-in to the Centre Tuesday-Saturday between 10 and 3pm.

Thank you to the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines for continual support of our Paleontology programs.