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 the Bavarian City of the Rockies. 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, though the city still claims to have the largest freestanding cuckoo clock in Canada. 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.
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