Welcome to Kimberley
When big-time mining left Kimberley in 1973, a plan was hatched to transform the little mountain village at 1113m altitude into a tourist destination with a Bavarian theme. The center became a pedestrian zone named the Platzl; locals were encouraged to prance about in lederhosen and dirndl; and sausage was added to many a menu. Now, more than three decades later, that shtick is long-gone. There's still a bit of fake half-timbering here and there, but for the most part Kimberley is a diverse place that makes a worthwhile detour off Hwy 95 between Cranbrook and Radium Hot Springs.