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The Best Trails for Mountain Biking in Kimberley

Kimberley is a great destination if you’ve got biking on your mind. It’s home to an expansive network of trails with both riveting descents and flat, scenic terrain. Planted right between the Rocky and Purcell mountain ranges, Kimberley provides perfect mountain biking terrain with exceptional views.

Whether you’re looking for challenging mountain bike trails or a leisurely cruise perfect for the whole family, you’re bound to find something for everyone in Kimberley. This scenic mountain town is planted right between the Rocky and Purcell mountain ranges, making Kimberley an ideal location for outdoor recreation.
Mountain biking in Kimberley is no exception, as the mature forests and close mountain ascents provide as much fun as one can have on two wheels. Here are our picks for the best mountain biking trails in Kimberley:

1. North Star Rail Trail: Kimberley to Cranbrook

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The North Star Rail Trail is a new paved pathway connecting Kimberley and Cranbrook.
This 25km trail follows the old rail bed of the Canadian Pacific Railway, which has recently been removed. The railway was originally used to service the old Cominco mines in Kimberley, providing a route to transport ore to the company’s smelter in Trail, BC. Today, this route is an awesome way to see the Rockies and explore the pristine forest and St. Mary’s River by bike.
The smooth pavement and slight incline/decline make this trail accessible for people of varying fitness levels, and even families with children. It’s also ideal for rollerblading, jogging, or walking with a stroller. There are plenty of places to stop along the way and enjoy the view while you refuel.
When visiting Kimberley, biking this path is a must, but you’re best to use it mid-day as it’s a popular commuter route in the mornings and late afternoons.
Location
The trail can be accessed in Kimberley at the junction of Rotary Drive and Archibald Street across from the Civic Centre.

2. Kimberley Nature Park

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This urban park is one of Canada’s largest municipal parks and has an extensive trail system for hiking, as well as mountain biking. The trails within the park are a mix of purpose-built trails and old logging roads. They are maintained by a local group of volunteers passionate about keeping this park accessible for multi-use.
Kimberley Nature Park mountain biking trails range from beginner to intermediate, but there are no paved trails in the park, so it is not suitable for younger children or bike trailers/strollers. Bear in mind that the trails are multi-use, so use caution when cycling at high speeds and be mindful of hikers on the trail. For updates on trail conditions, check in at the Kimberley Tourist Information Centre.
Kimberley Nature Park Trail Map

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Kimberley Nature Park Photo

  • Popular trails include: Upper Thunder Turkey, Shapeshifter Trail, and Hoodoo View
  • Popular routes include: Steam Donkey Grind (23.8 km), Old School Route (17.9 km), and North End Loop (11.6 km)
  • For more information on route and trails in the area, visit Trail Forks for details

Location
The park is within the municipal boundary of Kimberley and can be accessed from a number of points within town.

3. Lois Creek Trails

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For a variety of trails all part of one network, head to Lois Creek Trails. Bikers can ride double track or single track trails that range from beginner to intermediate difficulties. There is more than 20km of groomed terrain that weaves through mature forest, and alongside Lois Creek. These trails are also popular with hikers in the spring and summer as they offer many viewpoints that overlook the town of Kimberley. These trails are also used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
Additionally, there are a few single track trails that are catered more towards the advanced rider with loose rocks and large roots running along the paths. If you’re a confident biker, you’ll enjoy one particular A-Frame Trail that’s 2.7km one way and eventually meets Blake’s Single Track trail which can be followed to reach the Tea Spot (as its known by locals). This is a great spot to break for a picnic and take in beautiful views of Mt. Fisher.
Location
Access points are from: 8th Ave and Elko St, and Nelson/Trail St. It can also be accessed passed the Centennial Hall and the Old Legion Track.

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