Kimberley, Photo Destination BC Kari Medig

Travel Spotlight

Kimberley

Situated between the Purcell and Rocky Mountains this four-season destination has an abundance of outdoor recreation to suit everyone. However, the town of Kimberley itself, known as the Platzl, is the hub of activities and shopping. It is a fully pedestrian-only zone with a distinctly Bavarian flavour and home to Canada’s largest freestanding cuckoo clock.¬†Golfing, mountain biking and a variety of hiking, from casual day or half-day hikes within the community’s Nature Park, to day or multi-day backpacking trips up the St Mary Valley and other pristine valleys in the area. Visit Marysville Waterfalls, over 100ft high; take a wander through Cominco Gardens with thousands of stunning blooms; hop on the train in town or at the Kimberley Alpine Resort for a journey into the Sullivan Mine. In the winter there is Nordic skiing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and more.

Location

Located on Hwy 95A, 32 km (20 mi) north of Cranbrook in south-eastern British Columbia and 407 km (253 mi) west of Calgary, Alberta.

A Step Back in Time

Kimberley began as a mining camp at the end of the nineteenth century. It was named by William Ridpath, a Spokane lawyer who hoped the camp would have the same luck as its namesake in South Africa. After the discovery of high grade ores nearby, Kimberley blossomed into a small mining town. Throughout the next century, the underground Sullivan Mine was developed, producing lead and zinc ore.

Kimberley was incorporated as a city in 1968, and officially became known as “the Bavarian City of the Rockies” in the early 1970s.

Contact Information

Tourism Kimberley

Camping Lodging

The Super Camping / Select Lodging Guide

First Published in 1989