Kimberley, British Columbia

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Kimberley
Motto: "Recordamur Omnium"  (Latin)
"We Are Mindful Of All"
Kimberley is located in British Columbia
Kimberley
Kimberley
Location of Kimberley in British Columbia
Coordinates: 49°40′11″N 115°58′39″W / 49.66972°N 115.97750°W / 49.66972; -115.97750Coordinates: 49°40′11″N 115°58′39″W / 49.66972°N 115.97750°W / 49.66972; -115.97750
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Regional District East Kootenay
Incorporation (city) March 29, 1944[1]
Amalgamation November 1, 1968[2]
Government
 • Mayor Ron McRae
Area
 • Total 58.31 km2 (22.51 sq mi)
Elevation 1,120 m (3,670 ft)
Population (2013)
 • Total 7,600
 • Density 105.3/km2 (273/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 250
Website http://www.kimberley.ca

Kimberley (Ktunaxa: k̓ukamaʔnam [3]) is a small city in southeast British Columbia, Canada along Highway 95A between the Purcell and Rocky Mountains. Kimberley was named in 1896 after the Kimberley mine in South Africa. From 1917 to 2001, it was the home to the world's largest lead-zinc mine, the Sullivan Mine. Now it is mainly a tourist destination and home to the Kimberley Alpine Resort, a ski area and Kimberley's Underground Mining Railway that features a 750-foot-long (230 m) underground mining interpretive centre complete with operational 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge railway equipment. Recreational pursuits include world-class skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, biking, hiking and golfing on championship golf courses. The city has the largest urban park in Canada. At 1977 acres (800 ha), the Kimberley Nature Park is the largest incorporated park in Canada and the paved, non-motorized Rail-Trail linking the cities of Kimberley and Cranbrook make Kimberley a unique four-season resort. Kimberley is also home to a thriving Arts and Cultural scene.

History[edit]

Kimberley incorporated as a city on March 29, 1944.[1] It amalgamated with the former Village of Marysville on November 1, 1968.[2] Following the routing of Highway 95 away from the city, in 1972 Kimberley transformed into the Bavarian City of the Rockies to entice motorists passing through the region to visit. Kimberley's Mine was the Sullivan Mine, and it was the largest lead-zinc mine in the world. The mine ceased operation in 2001.

Tourism and transportation[edit]

Kimberley Bavarian cuckoo clock.

The city has the "largest freestanding cuckoo clock in Canada".

Kimberley is also home to a professional summer theatre which typically produces a mainstage musical at the local theatre and a free outdoor vaudeville show in the Platzl. Past productions include:You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Where's Charley?, By Jeeves, Lend Me A Tenor and several original scripts featuring local material. Kimberley Summer Theatre's mandate is to produce affordable but professional theatre for all ages. Productions are housed at the 125-seat "Centre 64". KST alumni include Elicia MacKenzie, winner of the CBC Television contest How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?.

Kimberley is served by the Canadian Rockies International Airport that has been expanded, and is expected by many to have a positive impact on commerce and tourism in the Kimberley area. The airport expansion will accommodate large charter and scheduled flights, opening up the area to more vacationers from across the country and abroad.

Schools[edit]

Schools in Kimberley are part of School District 6 Rocky Mountain which also serves Invermere and Golden. Five of the district schools are in Kimberley.

Other schools accredited by the government:

  • Kimberley Independent School (pre-K to grade 9)

Sports[edit]

The Kimberley Dynamiters Junior B Ice Hockey team play in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). The Dynamiters have produced many pro hockey players including Jason Wiemer, who last played with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Kimberley Alpine Resort regularly hosts ski races on the IPC Disabled Alpine World Cup. It's known as the sunniest resort in BC, and offers a wide range of runs, for all levels. Kimberley Alpine Resort is also home to the Winter Sports School which hosts lessons for all ages, and abilities, such as Black Forest Tours.

There are five major golf courses to play, Trickle Creek Golf Resort, which, along with Trickle Creek Lodge and Kimberley Alpine Resort, is owned by Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc., Bootleg Gap Golf Course, Kimberley Golf Club, and just 15 – 20 minutes away are the St Eugene Golf Resort and Shadow Mountain Golf Course, both of which have received rave reviews for their quality and incredible scenery. Additionally, new investment in the area is producing another golf course known as Wild Stone. The areas around Kimberley also have premiere golf courses, making Kimberley and the surrounding area a golf tourism destination.

Club League Sport Venue Established Championships
Kimberley Dynamiters KIJHL Ice Hockey Kimberley Civic Centre 1972 3

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "British Columbia Regional Districts, Municipalities, Corporate Name, Date of Incorporation and Postal Address" (XLS). British Columbia Ministry of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Name Details: Marysville (Community)". GeoBC. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ "FirstVoices: Nature / Environment - place names: words. Ktunaxa.". Retrieved 2012-07-07. 

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