Starting April 6th… A New Train Tour

Due to recent province-wide public health orders, the Cranbrook History Centre will switch from our traditional train tours, which take place inside the railcars, to our brand new Platform Tour. Taking place 100% outdoors, this tour weaves together 100 years of rail travel history in Cranbrook. Enjoy the early warmth of spring and get to know what impacts the evolution of rail travel had on our town.

The platform tour will be offered twice a day. Starting at 11am and 2pm, respectively. Attendees will be required to wear masks for the duration of the tour.

Please check back here, or on our social media accounts, to be informed when we return to our indoor train tours.

Tuesday – Saturday, September 29, 2020 – May 29, 2021

Experience life on the rails with the Cranbrook History Centre’s three distinct historic railcar tours. Every Tuesday to Saturday, the museum guides are ready to walk you through over a century of rail history. We hope to transport you back in time to the days where trains were the best and most fashionable means to get around!

The trains are only accessible as a part of the guided tours offered by the Cranbrook History Centre. We do this as a measure to continue preservation of the historic railcars.

If you have any questions or you wish to pre-book a tour please contact us: [email protected] or 250-489-3918

Comparative Tour 1927-1970

Duration: 45 minutes

10:15am, 1:00pm

Experience the diversity of rail travel in the 20th century. On this tour you will visit a variety of cars from the CPR’s invite-only executive British Columbia car to the small caboose where the freight train crew spent their days. With your guide, compare what rail life was like from the 1920s until the 1970s.

Trans Canada Limited 1929

Duration: 45 minutes


The Trans-Canada Limited 1929 train carried first class passengers from Montreal to Vancouver daily through its summer season. Explore our 7 restored cars to experience the life of passengers and train workers on the fastest and most luxurious way to cross the continent in the interwar period.

Soo-Spokane 1907-1914

Duration: 20 minutes

11:45am, 2:30pm

Visit our impressive set of wooden Soo-Spokane railcars. On this tour, you’ll travel over a century into Cranbrook’s past by touring the train cars that stopped daily at the Cranbrook train station from 1907 to 1914 on their way to their final destinations.

The Grand Tour

Duration: 1 hr 50 minutes

10:15am, 1:00pm

Can’t choose just one tour? The Grand Tour combines all three railcar tours and gives our most complete picture of rail travel history in Canada, all while connecting the importance of the railway to the founding of the city of Cranbrook.

Please be sure to arrive at least 15-20 minutes before the tour is scheduled to begin. All tours will start promptly at there scheduled time.

Admission for Train Tours

     Grand Tour     Trans Canada     Soo-Spokane     Comparative
Senior (65 +)$21.00$15.00$9.00$15.00
18 & Under$14.00$10.00$9.00$10.00
Family (2 adults & children from the same household)$62.00$48.00$33.00$48.00
*NEW* Single Parent Family (1 adult & children from the same household)$38.00$29.00$21.00$29.00
All Tour prices include Museum Admission

**Rates do not include GST**

For large group tours, please contact our Business Manager for discounts at [email protected]

Family Self-Guided Tour of Historic Cranbrook

Do you like to tour at your own pace? Pick up your own self-guided walking tour pamphlet from the museum, or download it below, and lead yourself through Cranbrook’s different historic districts. You can check out the local houses, businesses and churches built over a century ago, all while enjoying Cranbrook’s enviable sunny weather!