Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
Kimberley has a long and successful mining history that goes back almost 100 years.
Visitors are invited to share in the mining experiences and local Kimberley history at Kimberley’s Underground Mining Railway, which includes a train ride through an underground interpretive centre. In nearby Cranbrook, Fort Steele Heritage Town showcases life in an 1890s mining town.
Kimberley’s Underground Mining Railway
In 1892, prospectors laid claim to the North Star (the mountain where Kimberley Alpine Resort now sits) and nearby Stemwinder and Sullivan mining areas. Of these three claims staked, the Sullivan mine was the most productive and eventually became the largest lead and zinc mine in the world.
The fascinating history from this mining era has been well preserved at Kimberley's local museum. Visitors of all ages will be captivated with a trip to the Sullivan Mine and Kimberley's Underground Mining Railway. The train ride enters a 198m/650ft tunnel to the underground interpretive centre where visitors learn about hard rock mining. Displays and an interactive mining show provide a truly authentic experience. Be sure to also visit the Orpheum Theatre, North Star School House and the Kimberley Caboose.
Fort Steele Heritage Town
For a perspective on what life was like at the time of the miners, stroll the wooden sidewalks of Fort Steele Heritage Town, located 40km/28mi southeast of Kimberley. This restored 1890s pioneer boomtown is a living time capsule. Guests can enjoy train rides and horse-drawn wagon rides, watch live theatre performances, pan for gold, or explore original and recreated buildings and items from that era.