Kimberley BC is a delightfully quaint city with a population of roughly 6,600. Sitting astride Highway 95A between the Kootenay Rockies and the Purcells, it is only a short drive from the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook.
Named in 1896 after the historic mine in South Africa, Kimberley is also popularly known as the ‘Bavarian City of the Rockies’ and the ‘City of Festivals’. It has rightfully earned fame as a 4-season resort destination, attracting thousands annually to its incredible variety of things to do and places to see.
Historically, Kimberley is a mining community with a distinctly European alpine theme that can be immediately recognized in the downtown Platzl. The Platzl is a peaceful, brick-paved pedestrian-only area which is bordered by unique boutiques, restaurants serving authentic European cuisine and, if it can be imagined, Canada’s largest free-standing cuckoo clock! When you put a coin into the clock, the town’s mascot, Happy Hans, pops out, dressed in his alpine finery, to serenade you with a yodel.