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Cranbrook Stats: Elevation: 921 m (3,020 ft.) Population: 19,364 Hours of sunlight: 2,228

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Canadian Museum of Rail Travel

The railway built Cranbrook and there’s no better way to relive the glory days of rail travel than a visit to the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel on Van Horne Street in Cranbrook. The museum’s collection of deluxe railway passenger cars, with many belonging to “sets” of famous nametrains (“deluxe hotels-on-wheels”), is recognized as one of the great railway heritage collections in North America. In their niche, the collections are considered without equal in the world. The museum has some truly unique sets in its collection including the only surviving set of cars from the Trans Canada Limited, which at its time was the fastest train across North America. The set includes the dining car Argyle; sleeper car Somerset; a solarium lounge car River Rouge; a combination baggage and crew dormitory car and much more. A tour of this expansive collection is a family delight which will never be forgotten. The museum also boasts the restored Royal Alexandra Hall which was originally built in 1906 as the cafe of the Royal Alexandra Hotel in Winnipeg. See more at

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Cranbrook’s History Built on the railway

It was the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1898 that made the City of Cranbrook, but the area itself has been inhabited for millennia by the Ktunaxa people (pronounced “too na’ha”). The history of this valley starts with the Ktunaxa Nation. Ktunaxa is the traditional name for Kootenay (also spelled Kootenai, Kootney, Kutenai, Kootni). The St. Mary’s band land is located near Cranbrook on a beautiful stretch of river and prairie which also includes the St. Eugene Mission Golf Resort and Casino.

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through Cranbrook rather than Fort Steele, a decision that was instrumental in the future development of both settlements. By the time the track-laying train had arrived in 1898, the construction of Cranbrook was well underway and businesses were ready to supply the railway and its workers. The town became a major rail depot, and the commercial hub of the entire region. The early years of the 20th century brought the commercial harvesting of the area’s forests and new industry to town. Provincial government offices were relocated from Fort Steele in 1903, and the City of Cranbrook was incorporated on November 1st, 1905, and eventually grew into the area’s central trading centre.

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Sam Steele Days Spirit Square

There’s a full slate of events for the entire Sam Steele weekend. It begins with breakfast on June 13. Pancakes are on the menu at the Scotiabank Kick Off Pancake Breakfast. On June 14, the Baker Street Mall Pancake Breakfast, the Joseph Creek Village Pancake Breakfast and yet another pancake breakfast downtown in front of Nutters. They all kick off at 7:30 a.m. Each day. Royal LePage East Kootenay host their Corral Barbecue at the Royal LePage office on both Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The business and window decorating competition will be judged on June 14. The Sam Steele ball tournament begins on June 14, with action taking place at the Kinsmen Quads, Moir Park. Moir Park is also the site for the EK Community Credit Union Youth Soccer Tournament over the weekend. Of course the Festival Refreshment Gardens are open all weekend. The Youth Ambassador Pageant with the Sam Steele Sweethearts takes place Friday evening, June 14 at Key City Theatre and the Sweetheart Banquet and Ball at the Heritage Inn on Saturday, June 15.

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June 13-16, 2013 Downtown Cranbrook JCI Kootenay is hosting a full day of bocce — the BA Blacktop Balls of Steele — at Baker Park on June 15. There are all kinds of activities planned for the central fairgrounds. Taste of Cranbrook Food Court, Community Talent Showcase, Arts & Crafts Show, Kid’s Inflatable Funland, Strong Man Competition, Face painting, Kal Tire Go Carts, Lumberjack Show, Freeride Bike Competition, street performers, displays and demonstrations, and much more! Bring the kids! Don’t miss the wiener dog races, always a crowd favourite, on Saturday.

The big Sam Steele Parade, sponsored by St. Eugene Resort and Casino goes Saturday morning at 10:30. This is the biggest parade in the area — don’t miss it. There’s a fishing clinic at Idlewild Park on Sunday. And then kids can dress up themselves, their bikes, pet or teddy bear for the Kiddies Day Parade.

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Canadian Museum of Rail Travel

Take a trip through time at the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel. The internationally renowned museum houses a fine and unique collection of restored classic railcars and locomotives. Book a tour and see how the romantic history of Canadian railroading comes alive at this fascinating establishment. The museum is also the site of the Royal Alexandra Hall, which was originally built in 1906 as the Cafe of the Royal Alexandra Hotel in Winnipeg.

The summers can get piping out in southeast British Columbia. While in Cranbrook, cool off at one of our outdoor water spray parks, or visit the pool complex at the Western Financial Place. The Kinsmen Spray Park near the College of the Rockies and the Rotary Spray Park in downtown Cranbrook are always hubs of activity. And the top-of-the-line Aquatic centre, complete with wave pool and waterslide is a must-stop on your travels.


Cranbrook Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday features a mini-festival on 10th Avenue in downtown Cranbrook. Now in its fifth season, the Farmers’ Market attracts vendors from all over the region, and features fresh, locally grown organic foodstuffs and crafts. It is a major venue for busking musicians, and if you’re into people-watching, there’s no better spot.


Our Performing Arts

Take in a performance at the Key City Theatre or the Studio Stage Door — Cranbrook’s two central venues for live performing arts. The 600-seat Key City Theatre is Ground Zero for East Kootenay culture, featuring an on-going line-up of local and touring artists of all genres. For a more intimate occasion, take in a play at the Heritage Studio Stage Door building.



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Community Parks

Refresh your spirit at Idlewild Park, The Cranbrook area is the centre a community park located on of outdoor biking adventure in the south side of the Cranbrook. Western Canada. Cranbrook’s Idlewild Park is a popular Rotary Way biking or walking gathering place for locals and path runs the breadth of visitors — there is no better spot Cranbrook with all its diversity, for a picnic, hiking, birdwatching and will eventually lead to the or fishing (for children and seniors breathtaking Isadore Canyon. only!). Or get on the famous North Star Rails to Trails, running 30 kilometres from Cranbrook to Kimberley. If you want your ride to be endless, take your mountain bike to the vast expanse of the If golfing’s your thing, you are Cranbrook Community Forest, or in for a links experience unlike the South Star Recreation Trails. any other. Cranbrook has three spectacular courses — the Cranbrook Golf Club, Mission Hills and Wildstone — within city limits, and several more just a short drive away (no pun intended). For a quick stop with the youngsters, check out the mini-golf at Elizabeth Lake Lodge in Cranbrook.

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Elizabeth Lake

Speaking of Elizabeth Lake, the Elizabeth Lake park by Cranbrook is one of the top wildlife viewing areas in southeast B.C. The sixhectare wildlife reserve is on a migratory bird flight path, and every year becomes nesting and feeding grounds for many birding populations, and are popular for birdwatching, wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, jogging and dog walking. Or take out the canoe for a closer look.


Cranbrook Disc Golf

Add a little edge to your walk in the woods at the Cranbrook Disc Golf Course in the forest adjacent to the College of the Rockies. The fast-growing sport of disc golf has its ultimate expression at this 18-hole course, renowned as one of the best and most challenging in British Columbia.


Fort Steele Heritage Town

Take a day-trip to Fort Steele, and watch the past come alive. This historic 19th century village 10 kilometres from Cranbrook is now an important heritage site, featuring “living history,” goldpanning, old-time agricultural demonstrations, train rides along the Kootenay River, live theatre and much more.

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Cranbrook’s Downtown

Cranbrook is the major commercial centre of the East Kootenay region and the largest city in British Columbia’s southeast interior. Duck into downtown off the busy Highway 3 that passes through and see what’s happening. Downtown Cranbrook is a place to relax, to take advantage of our numerous green spaces, urban biking and walking trails, our bustling shops and our fine

dining experiences. There is a wide range of sushi restaurants, a famous brewpub and family restaurant, health food and organic grocery stores, coffee, books, music and more. And of course, if you are planning your escapade into the mountains and the backcountry, or a biking excursion on our famous trails, there are numerous suppliers of all the gear you need. Make us your home base.

Just pull in through the famous arches that straddle the main street entering our downtown off the highway. This landmark replicates an original set that straddled the highway from the 1930s to the 1950s. A project of the Downtown Business Association, the new arches are especially intended to welcome visitors. No doubt you’ll notice Cranbrook Ed, a sculpture by Tony and Twila Austin,






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which commemorates a pachyderm of the same name. The elephant was one of several who escaped from a visiting circus in the 1920s, and the last to be retrieved after a period of wandering the local woods. Some might say Ed is an unofficial symbol of Cranbrook. Downtown Cranbrook is also site of the landmark Clock Tower Square, the historic Studio Stage Door theatre

facility, and our vibrant farmers’ market. You also have the chance to take in some historic residential architecture, preserved over the more than 100 years of Cranbrook’s past on display via a heritage walking or driving tour. The Cranbrook Public Library is open seven days a week, the Western Financial Place recreation facility and aquatic centre is just a short stroll away, and

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Heritage Homes Cranbrook is proud of its many historic residences that have been lovingly cared for, restored and preserved — giving a glimpse of the easy-going life of decades past. The Baker Hill area in particular, adjacent to the downtown core, is a centrepiece heritage neighbourhood. Taking a walking, biking or driving tour can afford the visitor a site of many fine examples of early architectural styles and mature landscaping. Baker Hill was surveyed in 1897, during the city’s very first days, and today it is the largest and most distinct heritage area in Cranbrook. It is still a vital neighbourhood without highways or commercial development in it, and contains a mix of families, singles, young, middle-aged and

senior residents. Several of these fine old homes now function as bed and breakfast establishments. The Baker Hill Residential Heritage Association oversees certain development guidelines intended to maintain the flavour and character of a bygone area for future generations. Here’s an idea — on a fine Saturday morning take a stroll through the Cranbrook Farmers’ Market, then up into Baker Hill to see some living architectural heritage. Baker Hill comprises roughly 10 city blocks — what better opportunity for an afterbreakfast stroll? A full map of a self-guided, heritage walking tour is available on the website of the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel: The Canadian Pacific Railway Superintendent Home (1900): 117 Garden Avenue (12th Avenue South). The first “large” home constructed in Cranbrook, retaining much of its original character.

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The Tower House (1910): 324 Norbury Avenue (10th Avenue). One of Cranbrook’s outstanding residential landmarks, noted for its three-storey tower, ornate woodwork, brick construction and outstanding landscaping.

The Bowness Home (1910): 202 Norbury Avenue (10th Avenue). One of Cranbrook’s larger preWorld War One homes. Of note is the large carriage house in the rear.

The White Residence (before 1904): 913-4th Street South: This house stands imposingly at the end of Norbury Avenue (10th Avenue), looking downhill towards downtown. Of note are the maple trees of unusual size for this climate.

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The Cranbrook Farmers’ Market has become one of the main highlights of the summer and early fall for residents and visitors alike. Now in its fifth annual incarnation, the market’s opening is a highly anticipated event. Crowds flock down to 10th Avenue South beside verdant Rotary Park, to shop for locally grown organic produce and crafts from all over the Kootenays, take in the varied range of talented buskers, and mingle with friends and neighbours. What better way to start off a summer Saturday? The 2013 Market season has been set: this year the Farmer’s Market Society is kicking off the season with a Spring Market, to be held Saturday, May 25th, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Cranbrook Curling Club. The Summer Saturday Markets will run from June 22nd to August 31st, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Fall Saturday Markets, from September 7th to October 12th, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will also be two night markets: Wednesdays, July 17th and August 14th, from 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in Rotary Park. See you there!

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A course for every golfer! The East Kootenay offers a number of spectacular golf options right in Cranbrook/ Kimberley or an easy nearby drive away. The Cranbrook Golf Club on 2nd Street South is a championship 18-hole in a mature parkland layout. Way-Lyn Ranch Golf Course is an 18-hole executive course on Highway 95A between Cranbrook and Kimberley features an inspiring view of the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Purcell Mountains to the west. Mission Hills Golf Course on the edge of Cranbrook, is a family-friendly Par-3 in a forest of Ponderosa Pines. The challenging 18-hole St. Eugene Mission Golf Course on Mission Road winds through

meadows, woodlands and long the St. Mary River. And Shadow Mountain Golf Course’s championship links is nestled right along that same beautiful river. Then there’s the Gary Playerdesigned Wildstone Golf Course, right at the edge of Cranbrook. Still hungry for more golf experience? Don’t forget Kimberley’s three scenic courses - Trickle Creek, Bootleg Gap and the Kimberley Golf Course. These courses offer spectacular river views, ponderosa pine-edged fairways and some truly amazing teeshots. You can also travel further up the valley for more championship courses.


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Cranbrook Pro Rodeo

2013 marks the 27th Annual Cranbrook Pro Rodeo. The August event continues to be a popular stop on the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association roster. Fans always enjoy Wes Cummings as the Cranbrook Rodeo Announcer and entertainment by Trick Rider Shelby Cummings. Boys Steer Riding will once again be on

the schedule of rodeo events. Cranbrook Rodeo is part of both the Duane Daines Saddle Bronc Series and the Kenton Randle Bareback Series. A Rodeo Dance is set for Saturday evening. Sunday is Children’s Day. Cranbrook Rodeo will feature a “SUPPORT STARS” day again this year - on Saturday, August 17.

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Parks and Playgrounds

There are plenty of parks and playgrounds within Cranbrook. Visit beautiful serene Idlewild Peace Park, 9th St.S, Cranbrook. It’s a wonderful place to enjoy the breath taking scenery, the Peace Park, and walk to lovely pathways. Try the zip line or fish in the lake (catch and release). Take in the annual Celebration honoring United Nations, International Day of Peace every Sept. 21. There’s the Rotary water park in downtown Cranbrook to cool the kiddies on a hot day. You can also head out to Guide Elizabeth for a look Cranbrook Vacation adLake mar13:tee-off full pg ad aug.30/06 at a wide variety of water fowl.


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Top ten places to walk your dog Discover Cranbrook, and let your leashed canine lead the way.

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Rotary Way, a nine-kilometre paved path, winds along charming Joseph Creek, through a series of greenspaces and dog-friendly parks. At one end of Rotary Park is Isadore Canyon, a former railbed which runs almost to the Kootenay River. At the other end is the beautiful Idlewild Park, featuring play-

Make the trek down Rotary Way with Fido, and meet the people of Cranbrook out taking the air. The Cranbrook Community Forest fits snuggly up against Cranbrook’s east side, and features an extensive trail network through beautiful mixed forest, ponds, grasslands meadows, and awe-inspiring vistas.

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best friend up to the old Eager Hill Fire Lookout Point, where a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains and Purcell Mountains awaits. Get that canine tired out and happy!

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Trout Hatchery Try your hand at one of the area’s favourite pastimes — fishing — or get an in-depth look into the life and behaviour of our friends in the streams and lakes. Driving southeast from Cranbrook you will find the famed Kootenay Trout Hatchery, well worth an hour or two of your time. The Kootenay Trout Hatchery went into production in 1965 and produces some 2.5 million trout fingerlings each year, stocking up to 150 lakes in the East and West Kootenay regions annually, as well as several others further afield. By walking through an extensive interpretative area featuring aquariums, educational models and displays you will learn about the life cycle of a trout whilst viewing small fry and fingerlings be taken through the trout rearing process by a guide or by informational displays in the hatchery. The facility has tour guides on staff seven days a week for tours of our

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This cozy B&B is in a quiet forested area on the edge of town, close to South Star trails. Each room has a private bathroom, and queen bed.

St. Marys River B&B



Relax at our quiet, scenic B&B on the banks of the St. Mary river. BBQ on patio, fishing access, and shuttle available for Rails to Trails. Off season rates.

Bed & Breakfast 4445 - 53 St. S. 250-489-2177

3086 Wycliffe Store Road 250-427-2768

RV Parks & Campgrounds Elizabeth Lake Lodge & RV Fort Steele Resort & RV Park 590 Van Horne St., Cranbrook 250-426-6114

Hwy 93/95, Fort Steele 250-489-4268

Key City Answering Service

Communication Center for the Kootenays! Talk to a Real Person 24/7. • Work Alone Check-In Service • Emergency Service • Basic Answering Service • Dispatch Service • Pager Rental / Service

Everyday Solutions Kimberley Riverside Campground

y a d y r e v E Solutions

salesLake • service • rentals Turn on St. Mary Road off Hwy 95A serving Kootenay/Boundary 1-877-999-2929

AABCO Pawnbrokers


sales • service • rentals serving Kootenay/Boundary

Everyday Solutions sales • service • rentals serving Kootenay/Boundary

218-B 1525 Cranbrook St. N., Cranbrook, BC V1C 3S7

TF: 1-800-665-4243


4527 Hwy 93/95, Skookumchuck 250-422-3563


R LLING From Wheel Barrows To Motor Homes, We’ve Got The Tires To Fit....

And We Fix ‘em Too!

P: 250-426-2201 F: 250-426-4727

Springbrook Resort

109 Cranbrook St., Cranbrook Toll Free 426-8305 1-877-877-1906

Cranbrook: 250 Slater Rd 250.426.6600 • 1.800.661.4022 Castlegar: 1002 Columbia Ave 250.365.7772 • 1.866.515.7772

820 Cranbrook St. N. 250-426-5208 •

Paddle sports The East Kootenay is a paddler’s Paradise. It boasts numerous lakes, wetlands, rivers, and creeks for paddlers of all skill levels. Whether enjoying serenity with picturesque views on calm rivers and lakes or going for the extremity and exhilaration of whitewater kayaking, the East Kootenays offers it all. Paddling some of our classic whitewater runs like the St Mary’s, Bull River, Elk River, Skookumchuck Creek and Tobey Creek

will quickly make you realize why so many paddlers move to this region and others continually travel half way around the world to paddle here. From beginner class 2 rivers to full on class 5 creeking through committing canyons that challenge even the most experienced paddlers, the East Kootenay region has it all! For the recreationalist or leisure paddler the East Kootenay region offers numerous easy

access lakes and calm rivers where you can find an abundance of wildlife and majestic mountain views. For a paddling adventure like no other make it a day trip and drive high into the mountains to one of the many East Kootenay glacier lakes where, if the temperature of the water doesn’t take your breath away, the stunning views surely will.


2013 - 2014 Visitor Guide

Hike, bike, walk or run – join us There’s something about waking up to summer sunshine that makes you want to get out and explore. Cranbrook receives more sunshine hours than any city in British Columbia. What better way to enjoy it than to get outside and take a walk. Whether in running shoes or hiking boots, roller blades or on a bicycle, you will want to check out the great trails in and around Cranbrook. From paved walking paths to strenuous hikes up a mountain side, there is a trail for every level of fitness. One of the nicest trails in Cranbrook, especially for those who enjoy inline skating, or pushing a baby stroller is the nine kilometre Rotary Trail.

Beginning at the east side of the City near 30th Avenue North, the trail takes you through the city through Baker Park, Kinsmen Park and then Idlewild Park in the south, Isadore Canyon in the north, and out to the Elizabeth Lake Wildlife Sanctuary in the west. The Wildlife Sanctuary at Elizabeth Lake provides some great opportunities for birdwatching or a relaxing stroll on the walking trails around the lake. The 30-kilometer South Star Recreation Trail system is ideal for horseback riding or hiking in the summer, or cross country skiing in the winter. The trails begin at the south end of Cranbrook where 38th Avenue runs into the rural Gold Creek area.

Forty kilometres of marked and mapped trails are available in the Cranbrook Community Forest on the eastern edge of Cranbrook. An old railway bed is the base for the Isadore Canyon, a seven kilometre section of trail, which offers a smooth but challenging bike or hike. And we mustn’t forget the glorious North Star Rails To Trails, a 30-kilometre paved former railbed that runs from Kimberley to Cranbrook (and back again), for an up close and personal look at the marvelous countryside.

take your getaway to new heights Our 4½ star resort offers gourmet dining, world-class golf and casino nightlife all in one breathtaking location. Whatever your reason for staying with us, we promise a memorable stay like no other in the stunning East Kootenays. 7777 Mission Road, Cranbrook, British Columbia | 1.866.292.2020


Fort Steele A walk through history You can take a walk back in time no matter what the season at Fort Steele Heritage Town, 10 kilometres from Cranbrook. Fort Steele has been through it all since 1864 — from boomtown to gold rush to ghost town. All that history is captured at the wonderful Fort Steele Heritage Town, one of British Columbia’s premiere heritage attractions.

Fort Steele is a quick trip from Cranbrook out on Highway 3. Turn north on Highway 95, and in only five minutes you will see Fort Steele’s big water wheel. Plan to spend several hours exploring Fort Steele Heritage Town — a great way to spend the day for the whole family.

Stroll through a replica of life in the late 1800’s. Enjoy old-time farming demonstrations, ice cream making, train rides and horse-drawn wagon tours. Try gold panning, watch live theatre performances and observe the museum displays. Or simply enjoy the view of the Kootenay Rockies. And there is something for every season at Fort Steele - celebrations at Easter, Thanksgiving and Halloween are renowned, and massively attended. There are even fun family activities over Christmas!

You can get there from here! Via Pacific Coastal Airlines

Cranbrook to Victoria, BC Wake up next to the Rocky Mountains at Fort Steele Resort & RV Park. The resort is located directly across from Fort Steele Heritage Town on Hwy 93/95 (18 kilometres/9miles) North of Cranbrook, BC. They have over 200 sites, pull-thrus, 50 amp full hook-ups, a tent area, an enclosed area for large groups, WiFi, fire pits and wood! They are big rig friendly. You will find groceries, souvenirs, gas and propane. Try your hand at Goldpanning in the Wildhorse River or river rafting. Make friends with their animals – horses, donkeys, ponies, emus – in the fields beside the campground. Kick back and enjoy the heated swimming pool, free hot showers, playground, sports and so much more!

Fort Steele Resort & RV Park

(250) 489-4268 • Fort Steele, BC

$456.32* RETURN

Including all fees and taxes

Explore Yesterday…Today

Via Air Canada

Cranbrook to Kahului, Hawaii $787.15* RETURN

Including all fees and taxes Same flight from Calgary costs $1,032.60 250-417-6000

*Fares searched on March 28, 2013 for travel between June 15 and June 22, 2013. Prices subject to change without notice.


2013 - 2014 Visitor Guide

Elizabeth Lake Lodge

Mini Golf

The most challenging course in BC!

New Greens and New Holes!






April 30, 2013  

Section X of the April 30, 2013 edition of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman

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