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Kimberley & Around

The town of Kimberley is well set up for visitors as it's actively luring people here since the 1970s, when a decline in mining – then its former economic backbone – led the place to transform itself into a faintly absurd Bavarian-style village.

This is where British Columbia meets Bavaria.

The kitsch in this outpost of dirndls and lederhosen now extends to fire hydrants, painted with the town’s jovial mascot “Happy Hans”, and a massive cuckoo clock from which he springs at the drop of a coin – all a quirky, good-humored backdrop for its friendly pedestrian core.

Fort Steele Heritage Town

1880s freeze frame

House Alpenglow

Rustic bed & breakfast ($$)

Kimberley (resort)

Relaxed family-orientated ski hill

Kimberley Nordic Centre

Huge cross-country ski network - floodlit 'til 10pm

Kimberley Visitor Centre

Local info & events

Musser’s Plateau Loop

Thrilling mountain bike trail 2.5hrs/10km/hard

The Old Bauernhaus

17th-century German farmhouse with great homemade food (d; $$)

Text © Christian Williams

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