The Ultimate Day Trip to Kimberley, BC

The Ultimate Day Trip to Kimberley, BC

The Ultimate Day Trip to Kimberley, BC Words and photos by Sam Egan Tucked into the eastern slope of the Purcell Mountains and less than half an hour from Cranbrook’s International Airport lays the sleepy Kootenay town of Kimberley, British Columbia. Formerly home to one of the world’s richest lead-zinc mines, Kimberley Alpine Resort now sits atop the site that originally attracted prospectors in the late 1800’s, and the former boom town has become a recreationist’s dream. While the natural assets of Kimberley may be no secret to neighboring Albertans in the winter months, it isn’t usually top of mind for mountain bike destinations. It isn’t on the way anywhere, and you need to go out of your way when travelling between larger destinations to reach it. In other words, you’ve got to be going there to get there. There’s a definite culture of mountain bikers readily apparent to even the least canny observer upon entering the downtown area, easily confused with the “townsite” that sits above the commercial centre. The locals are friendly and easy-going with information about trail options, and in the Bavarian-inspired, pedestrian-only “Platz”, you’ll find the local bike shop Kootenay Mountain Works and a full bevvy of shops and restaurants to fulfill your every adventure need. An authentic schnitzel house lays down the road from funky breakfast options like the Bean Tree Café, where you can fuel up and caffeinate before heading to one of  the many Kimberley Nature Park trailheads. The Jimmy Russell trailhead is a solid staging point for any length of ride in the park, and located just across the road from...
Riding, Nelson, Rossland and Kaslo

Riding, Nelson, Rossland and Kaslo

Based in Penticton BC, Ryan Taylor is constantly searching for the meaning of life through trail enlightenment and is an expert at learning things the hard way. He regularly contributes to various cycling publications in an effort to balance writing and photography with his depressing real world job.

This year, dirtbag living was in the back of my mind as the 9:00-5:00 rat race took its toll. With life getting real, I was motivated to take a break from domestication by living in my car with just my bike and whatever I had in my bag. And I chose to pair this break with riding TransRockies Event’s Singletrack 6 (ST6) stage race. Though I’ve done ST6 before, 2017 was the first year it was hosted in the Kootenay Rockies; and I was stoked! Here’s what I found while in Rossland, Nelson and Kaslo