Regional District of East Kootenay

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The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is a regional district in the Canadian province of British Columbia, Canada. At the 2016 census, the population was 60,439. Its area is 27,542.69 square kilometres (10,641.16 sq mi). The regional district offices are in Cranbrook, the largest community in the region. Other important population centres include the cities of Kimberley and Fernie, and the district municipality of Invermere and Sparwood. Despite its name, the regional district does not include all of the region known as the East Kootenay, which includes the Creston Valley and the east shore of Kootenay Lake.

East Kootenay
Regional District of East Kootenay
Kootenay National Park
Official logo of East Kootenay
Major communities
A map of British Columbia depicting its 29 regional districts and equivalent municipalities. One is highlighted in red.
Location in British Columbia
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Office locationCranbrook
 • TypeRegional district
 • BodyBoard of Directors
 • ChairRob Gay (C)
 • Vice ChairClara Reinhardt (Radium Hot Springs)
 • Electoral Areas
  • A
  • B
  • C
  • E
  • F
  • G
 • Land27,541.84 km2 (10,633.96 sq mi)
 • Total60,439
 • Density2.2/km2 (6/sq mi)


The regional district's dominant landform is the Rocky Mountain Trench, which is flanked by the Purcell Mountains and Rocky Mountains on the east and west, and includes the Columbia Valley region, the southern half of which is in the regional district (its northern half is in the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District). Another distinct area within the regional district is the Elk Valley in the southern Rockies, which is the entrance to the Crowsnest Pass and an important coal-mining region. Other than the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers, whose valleys form the bottomlands of the Rocky Mountain Trench, also included in the regional district are the northernmost parts of the basins of the Flathead, Moyie and Yahk Rivers (the Moyie and Yahk are tributaries of the Kootenay, entering it in the United States, and the Flathead is a tributary of the Clark Fork in Montana).


Municipality Government Type Population
Cranbrook city 20,047
Kimberley city 7,425
Fernie city 5,249
Sparwood district municipality 3,784
Invermere district municipality 3.391
Jumbo Glacier mountain resort municipality 0
Elkford district municipality 2,499
Radium Hot Springs village 776
Canal Flats village 668


  1. ^ "Board of Directors". Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  2. ^ a b "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census divisions, 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (British Columbia)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  • [1] Census Profile, 2016 Census, East Kootenay

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