called "Galbraith's Ferry" after John and Robert Galbraith
that started a cable ferry across the Kootenay River. The community
was later renamed Fort Steele in honour of Sam Steele of the North-West
Steele grew into a commercial centre, shipping lead, zinc and
silver from Kimberley's North Star Mine to smelters in the United
States. However, when the railway bypassed the centre in 1898
the town was gradually deserted.
town is back to life as Fort Steels Heritage Town is vibrant with
the sights and sounds of frontier life. Visitors can enjoy first-class
musical comedies, scripted street dramas, food at the International,
and much more. The grounds are open year-round, dawn to dusk with
an admission fee in peak season of mid-June to early Sept.
Fort Steele Heritage Town: The past lives at Fort Steele Heritage Town, history since 1864. Enjoy steam train rides, old-time farming demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon tours, gold panning, live theatre performances, & a view of the Kootenay Rockies. There’s no time like the present & no... more
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Follow Highway 93/95 16 km north of Cranbrook
Wild Horse Theatre Shows, Living History Street Dramas, Steam
Train Rides, Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides, International Hotel Restaurant,
Prospector Print Shop, City Bakery, Kershaw's General Store, Mrs.
Sprague's Confectionery, over 60 heritage buildings, Pepsi Hose
There are campground/RV parks and a lodge located at the Heritage
Town as well as a variety of motel/hotel and campground accommodation
in the surrounding area.
Fort Steele Heritage Town
Fort Steele, BC V0B 1N0
Telephone: (250) 417-6000 Fax: (250) 489-2624
Recorded Information: (250) 426-7352