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Eager Hill Hiking Trail, Cranbrook, B. C.

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The magnificent Steeples mountain range.

The magnificent Steeples mountain range.

Eager Hill, Cranbrook

The Eager Hill Fire lookout was built on Eager Hill, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada in 1948. At that time it was common practice throughout British Columbia to have manned lookout towers to aid in the detection of forest fires.

Sitting at an elevation of 1038 meters, this lookout point is the perfect vantage site to survey the neighbouring hills, mountains, and valleys surrounding it. It is also an excellent point from which to view the Rocky Mountain range and the Steeples which are a majestic section within it.

The Steeples, stretched out in all their magnificent glory into the distance, are a view that tourists travel to see, yet one that the firefighters of that day were actually paid to view.

In 1965, the Eager Hill Fire Lookout was closed down, but the hill remains open for hikers and any others who possess a desire to clamber up its many hillside trails.

Avid hikers, novice and experienced alike will enjoy this hike up to the old Eager Hill Fire Lookout Point. These hiking trails offer both moderate and steeper climbs naturally designed to fit the skills of all levels of hikers. For a view too beautiful to miss, Cranbrooks Eager Hill may be a trail that you will want to put on your future vacation travel list.

A Photo Journey Of Our Hike Up The Eager Hill Trail

Paul loves to hike and I like to take pictures so he and I combined our hobbies. He knows the spots to get the best pictures while I tag along with camera in hand to catch a few photos.

I am physically disabled and I am pretty sure that Paul is part billy goat so this means that he and I make for a fine pair of hikers. He dashes back and forth on the hike while I just plod steadily along. Must be the mountain goat in him but with his tall legs, he can sure climb like one.

I am far from an expert on any type of hike let alone one involving steep hills. If I need an arm or a push then he is there to give me one and if I fall then he is there to get me back up on my feet again. It sure is nice to have a good friend to get out and play with. Sometimes opposites make the best companions.

Paul's reward for pulling me up the hill and acting as my crutch on the way down.

Paul's reward for pulling me up the hill and acting as my crutch on the way down.

Cranbrook Is Nestled in the Rocky Mountain Trench

Located in southeastern British Columbia, Canada, Cranbrook is a community of approximately 19,000 citizens. Known as B.C.'s sunniest city Cranbrook proudly boasts of having more hours of sunlight than any other city within British Columbia. It records a yearly average of 2228.6 hours of sunlight.

Nestled within the Rocky Mountain Trench this bustling community provides a breathtaking view of the mountains that surround it. Cranbrook is a central point for a variety of scenic day adventures.

Surrounded by numerous parks, lakes, golf courses and hiking trails it is rich in history boasting a good selection of hotels, campsites and bed & breakfasts to stay at.

Cranbrook Is Surrounded by a Number of Parks and Lakes

Naturalists can hike one of a number of local hiking trails which are an excellent day trip adventure. Local excursions include the Elizabeth Lake Bird Sanctuary, Kootenay Trout Hatchery, Community Forest, Tanglefoot Lake Hiking Trail, Lakit Lake, Tie Lake, Wapiti Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Eager Hill Lookout Trail, or walk a portion of the Trans Canada Trail which can be accessed from within the community's Idlewild Park.

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Local beaches in the Cranbrook region include Jim Smith Lake, and nearby Tie Lake, Moyie Lake, and Wasa lake. These are all great lakes for fishing or participating in water sports. Other local lakes to include on your visit are Horseshoe Lake, Lakit Lake and Wapiti Lake.

Local parks in the Cranbrook region include Moyie Lake Provincial Park, Jim Smith Provincial Park, and Norbury Provincial Park.

There Can Be A Lot To See In A Small Town

As a vacation destination, Cranbrook is one of the many small towns within British Columbia that offers up a delightful means of exploring Canada's unique history, countryside, and scenic adventures.

Each town has its own unique history and historical events to see. So get off the beaten track this year when you hunt out your summer vacation destination and choose to visit one of Canada's smaller communities. You just may be surprised by all they have to offer

Cranbrook's History Is Quite Interesting

In nearby Fort Steele Heritage town where you can take a look back into Cranbrook's rich historical beginnings. A day trip to this heritage community will introduce you to Superintendent Sam Steel and Colonel James Baker two individuals who played very important roles in Cranbrook's early history.

Sam Steele Days are still celebrated in Cranbrook each year during the third week of June in honour of the legendary Superintendent Sam Steele. During Sam Steele Days, you can find local residents dressed in attire from the late 1800s, pancake breakfasts, a Sweetheart festival, sporting events, a parade, dancing, and a number of other adventures in celebration of this local event.

Nearby Kimberley B.C. offers a glimpse into early mining days in the region. Visit Kimberley Heritage Museum which highlights Kimberley's early days as a rural mining community or tour the old mining tunnels which link the downtown to the old Sullivan Mine.

Another important historical site in the local area to visit is the Saint Eugine Golf Resort And Casino. Previously known as the Saint Eugine Mission Residential School for native children the old residence building has now been converted into a 4.5 star rated hotel. Featuring a rich taste of local history, beautiful local scenery, fine dining, a health club, golf course and casino this is a must-visit spot in the local area.

© 2009 Lorelei Cohen

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Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on September 28, 2012:

@anonymous: It really was a nice hike up the old Eager Hill fire lookout. I loved the scenery looking down.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on September 28, 2012:

@DrBillSmithWriter: It's just a good thing that my husband is part billy goat or I could never hike a hill. He pulls me along lol.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on September 28, 2012:

@Virginia Allain: The smoke from fires in Washington and beyond have been following the mountain range into our area for a few weeks now and it is killing my lungs. I keep trying to walk but wind up with a huge asthma attack after so I guess I am stuck pretty much indoors till the smoke dies down.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on September 14, 2012:

What a beautiful area! I'm hoping to do more walks once I get past this plantar fascitis.

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on September 14, 2012:

What fun! I'd love to do this one... perhaps, one day! ;-) Thanks for sharing!

anonymous on August 13, 2012:

Yes, I have been on many hiking trails. Eager Hill look awesome!

CyberTech LM on June 16, 2012:

Yes in Michigan, Hoist Lake Trails on US23 north of Glennie, MI.

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on February 16, 2012:

Lovely pics - and how lucky you are to have your Paul, too!

anonymous on January 25, 2012:

Wish I was fit for hiking, requires lot of stamina, I really love hiking adventures.

Kate Loving Shenk from Lancaster PA on October 28, 2009:



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