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Kimberley, BC, Canada

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Kicking it in the peaks in Kimberley

Don't be surprised if you hear the odd yodel and Bavarian oompah beat echoing from the beer halls of Kimberley. There was a time when this mountain town was intended as a sort of living homage to the Alpine villages of southern Germany. These days, a smattering of Munich-esque pubs and half-timbered Saxon architecture remains, while Kimberley itself has grown into a full-fledged adventure resort on the edge of the rugged Purcell Mountains. Kimberley vacation rentals offer a springboard to hiking, biking, skiing, golfing and more.

Get active in Kimberley

Kimberley vacation rentals don't dot the base of the T-bar lifts and groomed alpine pistes for nothing _ this still reigns as one of the top family-friendly ski resorts in the Purcell mountains. If the cold is not your thing, then perhaps a summertime jaunt to enjoy the golf courses, the hot springs, the spas, the yoga workshops, the endless hiking trails and the beautiful BC outdoors is in order? Or have you come for heritage, to ride old mining tracks and learn about the lead-zinc rush of the 1900s on guided tours of the town?

Railroads and beerhalls in Kimberley

Hit the Platzl _ the curious pastiche to all things Bavarian that runs through the heart of Kimberley. This living heritage area is packed with bratwurst stalls and Alpine chalets, and boasts an iconic free-standing cuckoo clock and enticing gastronomy aplenty. The Kimberley Heritage Museum is at its far end, where it's possible to get a feel for the prospecting past of the town. And talking of prospecting past, the rattling carriages of Kimberley's Underground Mining Railway are a must for family visitors. You can ride the tracks through the valley while tour guides spin tales of mining tools and more.

Choose what you want from Kimberley

A vacation to Kimberley can be whatever you want it to be. If you want to hit the pistes of the Kimberley Alpine Resort, then it's certainly best to wait for the snows to fall. They come with December, January and February, and open up the possibility of ski-in, ski-out Kimberley vacation rentals close to the lifts. If you want to sightsee and ride the old mining trains, or hike the trails of the Purcell Mountains, then summer is the top bet. That goes from May to September each year.

Kimberley _ the doorstep of the Purcell Mountains

Kimberley sits on the southern edge of the Purcell Mountains. You'll be able to see the snow-mantled peaks serrating the horizon from the town, and the lower ridges hosting ski pistes and gondolas closer to the center. The Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Provincial Park is just to the north. That's home to the long hiking trails of Earl Grey and Fry Creek, which crisscross rugged massifs and dense fir forests under the gaze of the glimmering Toby Glacier _ keep an eye out for roaming wild grizzly bears there.