Kimberley, British Columbia Tourist Attractions
The small town of Kimberley (1113 m (3653 ft)) promotes itself as the "Bavarian City". A start was made in 1972 to change the appearance of this old highland mining town to a tourist resort in the Bavarian style.
A "Bavarian Platzl" (square) was built in the town center, and a pedestrian zone laid out with a small stream, flower-tubs, seats and benches, street-cafés and buskers. It also boasts what is said to be the biggest cuckoo-clock in the world. The houses are decorated with Alpine façades or are half-timbered, and the "Bavarian atmosphere" is further emphasized by the wearing of "lederhosen" and "dirndl" (Alpine dress with bodice and full skirt) by assistants in shops.A Winter Festival in Kimberley is held on the second week-end in February, and later in the year there is the "July Festival". After 55 km (34 mi.) Highway 95 joins Highway 95/93, which leads southwards to Fort Steele, a journey of 33 km (20 mi.).Kimberley ski resort is also a major tourist draw during the winter months.
Fairmont Hot Springs, Canada
To the north of Kimberley is a scenically charming route by way of Fairmont Hot Springs (pop. 200; 800 m (2625 ft)). Here there is a bathing center, opened in 1922, with four thermal pools with temperatures of up 42°C (108°F) ). More than 750,000 visitors come here every year. There are helicopter flights and flights over the glaciers, trail riding Jun.-Sep. and an 18-hole golf course.The area also hosts a number of conferences with facilities to accommodate large groups. The scenery around the town is spectacular.The town is also popular in winter for the down hill ski hill in the area.
Kimberley Alpine Ski Resort
The town of Kimberley is well known for the Kimberley Alphine Resort which attracts visitors from all over in both winter and summer. The Mountain has a top elevation of 1,982 meters (6,500 feet), with a good mix of advanced, intermediate and beginner ski runs.It is also possible to go up the hill in summer on chairlifts for the spectacular views and summer scenery. More adventurous visitors can rent bikes from the Kimberley Alpine Resort to explore the hill on multi use trails at the base of the mountain.
Kimberley's Underground Mining Railway (formerly the Bavarian City Mining Railway)
The Bavarian City Mining Railway offers a scenic trip through the Mark Creek valley and connects the town of Kimberley with the . The narrow gage mining railway links the town of Kimberley with the old Sullivan Mine which is now closed and the Kimberley Alpine Ski Resort. There are some great views of the old mine as well as the surrounding terrain from the train.Next to the Bavarian City Mining Railway is the Historical Sullivan Mine Interpretive Centre which visitors can tour, along with the Power House.
Kimberley Heritage Museum
Located in the Platzl is the Kimberley Heritage Museum with exhibits from Kimberley's mining past and some minerals.The museum presents a permanent collection along with changing exhibits. Visitors will learn about the main highlights of Kimberley's history.Call the Kimberley Heritage Museum to set up an appointment if you wish to see the archives.