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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Kootenay Rockies > Kimberley

'Bavarian City of the Rockies'
Kimberley is located 32 km (20 miles) north-west of Cranbrook and 117 km (73 miles) south of Invermere on Hwy 95A. Kimberley is known as the 'Bavarian City of the Rockies' because of the creation of a local European village atmosphere called the 'Platzl.'

Second Highest City in Canada
To go along with the 'Platzl' and Bavarian theme, Kimberley happens to be in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 1,097 m (3,600 ft) giving it the distinction of being the second highest city in Canada.

The Sullivan Mine
Kimberley was named after the famous South African diamond mine in 1896. Kimberley also was once home to the world's largest lead & zinc mine called The Sullivan Mine which had been operating since 1917.

Kimberley's Economy
Cominco Ltd. has shut down the Sullivan Mine in 2001 which was the area's largest employer for years. Today Kimberley's economy has developed around various outdoor recreational activities that are available throughout the region.

Relaxing Atmosphere
Walking around Kimberley one cannot stop to notice the nice clean-living atmosphere and civic pride. One thing that you will notice is that all the fire hydrants have been hand painted with various characters lending to the mountain scenery.

The 'Platzl'
The 'Platz' business area is also very relaxing especially with vehicles being restricted and the creation of a pedestrian-only zone. Kimberley also has the distinction of the largest cuckoo clock in Canada which lends to the character of the Bavarian atmosphere you'll find everywhere.

Kimberley Alpine Resort
Kimberley has some excellent outdoor recreational activities. If you enjoy the winter sports the number one thing that Kimberley has is the Kimberley Alpine Resort. Located really close to town this mountain resort offers a very good selection of runs with some awesome powder snow.

Beautiful Golf Courses
Plus, if you enjoy golfing, Trickle Creek is located at Kimberley Alpine Resort offering an excellent layout through some beautiful country. Other selections for you include Kimberley Golf Club and Bootleg Gap Golf.

Located just south of Kimberley by a 5-minute drive south is the small suburb of Marysville. Originally its own community, Marysville has since amalgamated with the City of Kimberley. Located here are a few small stores and the famous Marysville Pug & Grill.

Marysville Falls
You can also gain access to a short trail to the spectacular 33-metre (100-feet) high Marysville Falls. If you love the backcountry and fishing, there is a good road to the west from Marysville 15 km (9 miles) to St. Mary Lake.

Some festivals you might want to see include the Julyfest parade held every third weekend in July. Julyfest is a celebration of events designed for the whole family.

Music and Dance
For music and dance lovers there is a number of events including the Jazz and Ragtime Festival, the Rockin' in the Rockies 50's Fest and various art exhibitions.

Historic Fort Steele
The good thing about staying at Kimberley is you're close to some good exploring around the area. Historic Fort Steele is located on Hwy 95A just downstream from Marysville on the St. Mary River where it joins the Kootenay River on Hwy 93/95.

Wasa Lake and Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
Wasa Lake, reportedly one of Canada's warmest lakes is north from Kimberley on Hwy 93/95. If you would like to camp you can find Wasa Lake Provincial Park. For golfers just north Wasa is Fairmont Hot Springs Resort and Invermere offering even greater selections.

Information on Kimberley




Map of Kimberley, British Columbia
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The 'Platzl'
The 'Platzl'


The 'Platzl'
The 'Platzl'


Kimberley Alpine Resort
Kimberley Alpine Resort


Kimberley's Cuckoo Clock
Kimberley's Cuckoo Clock




Marysville Falls
Marysville Falls


At Fort Steele
At Fort Steele


Wasa Lake
Wasa Lake

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