Kimberley Nature Park | Kimberley, British Columbia
Hike, cross-country ski or ride your bike in the Kimberley Nature Park, one of Canada's largest municipal parks at 800 hectares (1,800 acres).
Situated on the eastern flank of the Purcell Mountains, the view from Kimberley across the valley to the Rockies is unparalleled. The Kimberley Nature Park is a great place to hike, bike and ski. The trails are a mix of old logging and mining roads, and hand-built footpaths, located entirely within the city boundaries.
Several dozen kilometres of multi-use trails criss-cross the forested hillsides, linking small ponds and panoramic viewpoints into a unique soft-wilderness experience for residents and visitors alike. Some suggested routes include Duck Pond Loop, Pat Morrow Trail Loop, Myrtle Mountain Traverse and South Side Loop.
The North Star Express quad chairlift whisks sightseers, hikers and mountain bikers to the top of North Star Mountain during the summer at the Kimberley Alpine Resort. And, the Mark Creek Nature Trail leads to Marysville Falls, a 100 foot cascade of water over rocks worn smooth.
The Kimberley Nature Park Society provides numerous opportunities for volunteers to get involved. These include noxious weed patrols to control spotted knapweed, ecological restoration work projects, and trail maintenance. The Society has established a natural history committee to inventory native plants, lichens and fungi in the park. Contact Kent at the Society to get involved.
The city of Kimberley is located on Highway 95A, near Cranbrook. The Kimberley Nature Park trails are located entirely within the city boundaries and trail heads are located at various locations. The Mark Creek Nature Trail can be accessed from Kimberley or Marysville (south Kimberley).
Whether you are an old timer who knows the park like the back of your hand and just appreciates social occasions in the park or someone new to Kimberley looking for a guided tour, the Nature Park Society has many events for you to enjoy. Meet others, see new features or get some exercise! A complete list of guided events with descriptions can be viewed on the Kimberley Nature Park website.