East Kootenays
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Visitors and residents are drawn to the scenic East Kootenay area for the world-class recreational activities, strong cultural presence and the abundance of sunshine. Rated as the sunniest city in Canada, Cranbrook boasts more sunshine hours per year than anywhere else in the country. The outdoor enthusiast can find almost any activity in the East Kootenays including hang gliding, river rafting, heli-skiing, hiking, camping, skiing, fishing and snowmobiling - just to name a few.

The East Kootenay region is situated along the Rocky Mountains providing lush green forests, clear glacier-fed lakes, and spectacular alpine meadows. The Kicking Horse and Columbia Rivers run through this area providing spectacular sights and experiences. As the Wilderness Capital of BC, this area promises wild animals and the great outdoors will be right at your doorstep.

The East Kootenay Health Service Area has a vibrant and eclectic culture. From rodeos to music festivals to live theatre, there is always a community event extending a warm welcome.

Health care improvements

The East Kootenary Regional Hospital in Cranbrook received a $32 Million facility upgrade and expansion of services in 2005 improving the quality of care to the residents of the East Kootenays.

Come visit the East Kootenays and experience the true outdoors!

Find an Interior Health facility in the East Kootenays region or download complete profiles for hospitals in the area.

Our local communities

The following cities and towns make up the Kootenay Boundary region.  Learn more about these communities.