Posted by: cherylyoung | April 14, 2012

Kimberley is the highest city in Canada and it is known

Kimberley is the highest city in Canada and it is known

as the Bavarian City of the Rockies

The highest city in Canada, at 1,120 metres,

Kimberley is the classic mining town of the

Rockies region.

Named in 1896 after the famous South African

diamond mine, Kimberley was incorporated as a

city in 1968 and became the Bavarian City of the

Rockies in the early 1970′s.

Nearby North Star Mountain attracts more skiers

each year, and visitors will be charmed by the

“Old Bavaria” feel of the downtown shopping area.

There are plenty of cafés and boutiques for urbanites,

and hiking, camping and two golf courses for those

who prefer the great outdoors.

A charming collection of Bavarian styled buildings,

cafes and shops surround The Platzl pedestrian

mall,  the downtown centre’s focal point.

During summer, European music is broadcast from

the bandstand, supported by a wandering minstrel


Population: 7,147

Location: Kimberley is located on Highway 95A,

20 miles (32 km) northwest of Cranbrook

in the BC Rockies.

The Bavarian City of the Rockies has an endless

summer of festivals, music, art, and theatre.

Kimberley’s International Old Time Accordion

Championship is held here in early July, so bring

your lederhosen!

JulyFest is another long-running event that has

traditionally been held each year during the third

weekend in July.

It’s a family fun fair with a parade, KidsFest at the

Platzl and the Canadian Bocce Championships.

Take a ride on Kimberley’s Underground Mining

Railway through switchbacks, a tunnel, and sharp

curves as it winds its way through the steep walled

narrow valley of Mark Creek.

The authentic mining railway tour links the

downtown with the old Sullivan Mine and Kimberley

Alpine Resort.

Experience life as a miner at the Underground

Interpretive Centre; explore the Orpheum Theatre,

the North Star School House, the Miner’s Cabin, the

Powerhouse, and the Caboose, all part of the

historic and informative tour.

Local history is the main theme of the Kimberley

Heritage Museum, which also records the history

of the Cominco Mining Industry, sports displays and

old mining equipment adjacent to the Bavarian


Stroll through Cominco Gardens, where 45,000

flowers  burst into bloom each year around the

Victorian Gazebo, Memorial Rose Garden and

Prairie Garden.

St. Mary’s Alpine Provincial Park is a rugged alpine

area, located south of Kimberly on a 45-km rough

gravel road.

Experienced and properly equipped hikers will be

rewarded with outstanding scenery – alpine lakes,

icefields, creeks and waterfalls.

Take a side trip to Wasa Lake, one of the best

recreational lakes in the East Kootenays, and one

of the warmest in the province.

It’s a big hit with families, as the sandy beaches and

warm water are perfect for swimming, kayaking or


Other area lakes include Lazy Lake, Horseshoe Lake,

Norbury Lake, St. Mary’s Lake and many more.

The varied terrain of the B.C. Rockies region of

British Columbia accommodates every outdoor

recreation  known to man.

Golf: Kimberley offers three golf courses nestled

between the Rocky and Purcell Mountain ranges:

Kimberley Golf Club winds through towering

ponderosa  pines high above the St. Mary’s River,

offering manicured fairways, flawless greens, and

stunning mountain views from tee to green

(18 holes, par 71, 5,540 to 6,251 yards).

Trickle Creek Golf Resort is a thrilling course to play,

as it weaves through the rugged alpine environment,

crossing creeks and diving with the slopes of North

Star Mountain (18 holes, 5,082 to 6,896 yards).

Bootleg Gap Golf Course is a 27-hole public golf

facility located off Highway 95A in South Kimberley

(18-hole championship par 72, and 9-hole par 34).

Neighbouring courses in Cranbrook include

Cranbrook Golf Club and St. Eugene Mission

Golf Resort.

Golf Vacations in the BC Rockies.

Whether you’re looking for night skiing, recently

groomed runs, mogols, tree skiing, a half-pipe or an

untouched fresh powder run,

Kimberley Alpine Resorthas it all.

Located 2.5 miles (4 km) from the centre of town, the

resort’s challenging runs and friendly local ambience

draw skiers and snowboarders of all abilities.

Skiing and Winter Recreation in the BC Rockies.

In nearby Marysville, stroll down the Mark Creek

nature trail leading to the beautiful 100 foot high

Marysville Waterfalls, a delightful photo spot

waiting for a visitor to happen.

Canada’s largest free standing operating cuckoo

clock lives here, and is home to Kimberley’s mascot,

Happy Hans.

Every hour on the hour, Happy Hans greets visitors

and locals in The Platzl with his Bavarian yodel.

See the best of the area on

The Okanagan and BC Rockies Circle Tour.

Travel the sunny interior of British Columbia, north

through the Okanagan to Sicamous, following

Highway 1  into the mountains of the BC Rockies.

From Golden, head south through the Columbia

Valley to Creston, and west through Boundary

Country and the Southern Okanagan to complete

the loop Circle Tours in BC





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