Population: 7,425 (2016 Census)
Elevation: 1,120 m (3,670 ft)
Claims: Canada’s largest free-standing Cuckoo Clock.
The Nature Park is one of Canada’s largest municipal parks; approx. 2,000 acres.
A Good Place to Be
The city of Kimberley is set in an exquisite location on the western slope of the valley. This former mining town has recreated itself as a tourism destination, complete with championship golf courses, ski resort and an underground railway that takes visitors into the Sullivan Mine.
Canada’s largest free-standing Cuckoo Clock is set in the Platzl – put a coin in and out comes Happy Hans. A forest-trimmed path leads from the Platzl to the aromatically captivating Cominco Gardens. This property includes pathways, seating area and acres of gardens filled with thousands of colourful blossoms and giant larch trees.
Every Thursday evening during the summer, a wonderful Farmers Market takes place on Howard Street. You’ll find fresh food from area farms and food producers, as well as crafts and creations from local artisans. Also during the summer, all-day Arts & Culture celebrations take place on the first Saturday of each month.
Kimberley offers some outstanding hiking and mountain biking trails. The Nature Park is one of Canada’s largest municipal parks – almost 2,000 acres of hiking and mountain biking trails. This extensive network of trails criss-cross a natural forested landscape. Maps are available at the Visitor Centre. The Northstar Rails to Trails is the former railway between Kimberley and Cranbrook. It has been converted into a paved 25 km (15 mi) multi-use trail – now a part of the TransCanada Trail and very popular for bikers. The Marysville Falls and Eco Park offer a lovely boardwalk along Mark Creek to the falls. The park displays a Westslope Trout sculpture celebrating the return of this fish species to the creek.
Overnighting choices include on-mountain condos and vacation homes to downtown hotels and the beautiful Riverside Campground.