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Kimberley's Pedestrian Platzl
(Picture BC photo)

Kimberley

Geography

Kimberley is located in the southeastern corner of British Columbia in the beautiful Kootenay Rockies region.

Situated on the eastern slopes of the Purcell Mountains with vast views of the Rocky Mountains to the west, Kimberley sits amongst a spectacular natural setting with numerous creeks, rivers and lakes.

Weather and Climate

Kimberley is noted for its elevation and ranks itself among Canada's highest cities; it has an elevation of 1,110 m/3,643ft and receives an impressive 500cm/200in of snowfall in the winter, making it a popular destination for skiing, snowboarding and winter activities.

Boasting 2,125 hours of sunshine per year, the area's year-round recreational opportunities abound. Average annual precipitation is 452mm/18in with an average annual rainfall of 265mm/10in. Temperatures vary throughout the year from January's average of -7.5°C/19°F to July's average of 26°C/78°F.

Kimberley's Nature and Parks

Kimberley is part of the Crown of the Continent Region, a geotourism partnership with National Geographic and allied organizations to preserve and sustain the geographic character and heritage that includes southeastern British Columbia, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park in southwestern Alberta, and northwestern Montana.

Kimberley Nature Park is Canada's largest municipal park at 800 hectares/1,800 acres and is located within city boundaries. With an extensive trail network for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing, the varied terrain and diverse ecosystem provides endless activity options. Trails range from easy to difficult.

There are numerous provincial parks in the area, all within close proximity to townsite, and include Premier Lake, Whiteswan Lake, Top of the World, Wasa Lake and Purcell Wilderness Conservancy. The area also has two undeveloped mineral hot springs a short drive away along Skookumchuk Creek and Lussier River.