Kimberley, British Columbia
|Motto: "Recordamur Omnium" (Latin)
"We Are Mindful Of All"
|Regional District||East Kootenay|
|• Mayor||Ron McRae|
|• Total||58.31 km2 (22.51 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,120 m (3,670 ft)|
|• Density||105.3/km2 (273/sq mi)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
Kimberley (Ktunaxa: k̓ukamaʔnam ) 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 the Kimberley Underground Mining Railway that features a 750-foot-long (230 m) underground mining interpretive centre. 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 British Columbia. 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.
Kimberley was incorporated as a city in 1944. 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
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 town square. 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.
- Blarchmont Elementary School (closed as of September, 2006) and now home of the / College of the Rockies Kimberley Campus
- Selkirk Secondary School
- McKim Elementary School (changed from a Middle School to a 4 to 7 school as of September, 2006)
- Marysville Elementary School
- Lindsay Park Elementary School
- Continuing Education School
- Kimberley Alternate School
Other Schools accredited by the government:
- Kimberley Independent School - Pre-K to 9th Grade
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).
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.
|Kimberley Dynamiters||KIJHL||Ice Hockey||Kimberley Civic Centre||1972||3|
- Scott Adams
- Len Barrie
- Margaret Bridgman
- Bob Cox
- Stanley Hayer
- Frank Howard
- Don Martineau
- Jason McBain
- Mike McBain
- Judy Rogers
- Gerry Sorensen
- Danny Sullivan
- "FirstVoices: Nature / Environment - place names: words. Ktunaxa.". Retrieved 2012-07-07.
- The Official Site for Tourism Kimberley
- Kimberley Lodging Company
- Kimberley Chamber of Commerce
- Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre
- City of Kimberley
- Invest Kimberley
- Kimberley Summer Theatre