Bavarian city of the Rockies

A European alpine theme sets this picturesque resort community apart in BC’s Kootenay Rockies. Where else are the skiing, the golfing, and the river rafting just minutes from downtown? Kimberley enjoys a relaxed, family-friendly environment, and while the Kimberley Alpine Resort is known for the spectacular powder, sunny skies and short lift lines, the Purcell Mountains are also a backdrop for recreation year-round and endless festival fun.

Whether it’s a family road trip or a flight into the Purcell mountains, visitors are delighted when they arrive in Kimberley – it’s the European alpine theme that sets this picturesque resort community apart in BC’s Kootenay Rockies.

Where else are the skiing, the golfing, and the river rafting just minutes from downtown? Kimberley enjoys a relaxed, family-friendly environment, and while the Kimberley Alpine Resort is known for the spectacular powder, sunny skies and short lift lines, the Purcell Mountains are also a backdrop for recreation and huge festival fun year-round.

In Kimberley, everything is close by: the skiing, three championship golf courses, river rafting, and Kimberley Nature Park, one of the largest municipal parks in Canada, where hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails await.

There is a strong mountain biking culture in Kimberley, as well with local trails maintained by volunteers and maps available throughout town. The recent completion of the paved North Star Rails to Trails route between Kimberley and neighboring Cranbrook is great for serious road riders or casual family outings.

Three championship golf courses in Kimberley alone, plus six more in Cranbrook will keep golfers entertained. The local rivers and lakes provide some diversion on hot summer days. Visitors can take advantage of the fly-fishing opportunities, or rent a canoe or kayak to explore the waterways.

Kimberley is also known as the City of Festivals, as there’s no shortage of events, competitions and celebrations. Arts on the Edge, First Saturdays and Summer Theatre offer plenty of arts and culture, while live music, light shows, dancing and pancakes take centre stage at the Fall Fair and Marysville Daze.

Runners and mountain bikers will love the Rocky Mountain Event series and all will want to check out the annual Round the Mountain Outdoor Race Festival in June. In July, Kimberley celebrates JulyFest – the biggest event of the year. Home to one of the biggest soccer tournaments in North America, Bocce ball tournaments, an extreme longboard race, the Kimberley Homecoming Festival, Kids Festival and Saturday night dance party – Kimberley is the place to be.