Winter Activities in Kimberley, BC

Winter Activities in Kimberley, BC
Kimberley, a classic mining town in the region of the Rockies, is the highest city in Canada. Situated at 1,120 meters high, Kimberley was named after the famous South African diamond mine in 1896. Kimberley is known as the Bavarian City of the Rockies and features a rustic mountain lifestyle blended with a European alpine flair. A number of activities are available during the winter for entertaining visitors.

Kimberley Alpine Resort

Situated 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from Kimberley town center in the Canadian Rockies is Kimberley Alpine Resort. The resort is open from early December through mid-April and features 16 miles (26 kilometers) of machine-groomed, double-tracked trails. The long, south-facing ridge features a 700-meter vertical drop, and tree-lined runs are available for both skiers and snowboarders.

Kimberley Nordic Center

The local Nordic Center in Kimberley organizes cross-country skiing outings on the ski-able trails that surround Kimberley. Located adjacent to the Kimberley Alpine Center, the Nordic Center offers easy access to both new and old visitors for cross-country skiing.

Kimberley boasts a wide array of easily accessed trails for avid cross-country skiers, including the Centennial Trail. The Kimberley Nordic Center maintains 600-acres of ski-able terrain with 20 miles (33 kilometers) of machine-groomed trails. Additionally, a two-mile (3.3 kilometer) long loop is lit every night for night skiing. The terrain of the trails offers a wide variety of degrees of difficulty so that cross-country skiers from all levels can feel both comfortable and challenged.

The Kimberley Nordic Center also organizes clubs and events for cross-country skiing. Events include the New Year's Eve Candle Light Ski, the Kootenay Cup Races in February and the Iron Legs Quadrathalon in March.

St. Mary's Alpine Provincial Park

This rugged alpine park is situated 45 kilometers south of Kimberley. Two access routes are available, but both are utilized logging roads and have rough gravel roads. Hikers should be properly equipped and will see alpine lakes, creeks, ice fields, wildlife and waterfalls.

Kimberley Heritage Museum

History is the theme in Kimberley, and the Kimberley Heritage Museum is the best place to see it on display. Records are kept of the Cominco Mining Industry, old mining equipment, the Bavarian Railway and sports displays.

Bootleg Sled Dog Races

The Bootleg Sled Dog Races are held every February just outside Kimberley in the Kootenay Rockies. The races are held for a cause, raising money for the East Kootenay Friends of Children Fund, which assists the families of cancer patients with the financial burden of traveling from the Kootenay Rockies region to Vancouver or Calgary for treatment. The races feature six-dog, six-mile Open and Purebred classes, four-dog, four-mile Open and Purebred classes, two-dog, four-mile Skijoring and a two-dog, two-mile Junior class.

Article Written By Christina McDonald-Legg

Christina McDonald-Legg has been writing about health, wellness and travel since 1999. Her articles have appeared in "Colures Magazine" (London), "The Sunday Times" (Dublin), "The Connacht Tribune" (Galway) and "The Seattle Post-Intelligencer," and been featured online by the U.K. Department of Health. McDonald-Legg holds a Master of Arts in journalism from the National University of Ireland.

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