Partnering with Kimberley Alpine Resort and Got Adventure, we’re bringing a brand new activity to our area to try out, scenic horseback riding tours on the mountain! 1 hour or 2 hour scenic mountain horseback trail riding tours will depart 3 times a daily until the end of September and offer a unique opportunity to see the mountain without all the snow (and without even having to hike). To book your spot call us at 1-877-282-1200 or 250-427-5175, horseback riding tours can also be booked as part of your accommodations. Pair 1 night with a 1 or 2 hour ride for 2 people, give us a call to book your accommodation/riding package!
For more information on horseback riding tours including pricing visit the Kimberley Alpine Resort website.
We’re offering a special rate for participants in the annual Men’s Mountain Classic golf tournament at Trickle Creek Golf Resort in September!
Call us at 1-877-282-1200 or email email@example.com to book your room.
For more information and link to register for the tournament visit the Facebook event page.
Summer might be the best time to get outdoors and enjoy what the mountains have to offer in our amazing backyard in Canada. In recent years, ski resorts in British Columbia have made a series of additions, upgrades and updates to have family friendly activities for adults and the little’s as well as keeping the hardcore activities available for the summer thrill seeker.
Summer is a great time to escape the hustle and city bustle, to relax and recharge. The tranquility of fishing will help those kids forget all about the stress of making the grade at school and will help you take a real mental vacation from work. Fishing provides kids (of all ages) a great lesson about being calm and one with nature in an authentic environment. More information about fishing in Kimberley is on the Tourism Kimberley.
2) Take a Hike
No, we’re not telling you to get lost, but we are literally telling you to take a hike. Kimberley, Fernie and Kicking Horse all offer hiking in a mountain setting with amazing views at Fernie and Kicking Horse the lift accessed hiking provides some epic views you won’t on any regular old hike. For more information about hiking in mountain towns visit the Tourism Fernie, Tourism Golden or Tourism Kimberley websites and for more information about lift accessed resort hiking visit the Fernie Alpine Resort or Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
3) See a real bear up close (and learn too)
Perhaps one of the most unique aspects at Kicking Horse is Boo the Bear who lives year round at the resort and has made a name for himself as a local celebrity. Boo has an interesting story of how he ended up making his home at Kicking Horse, in the largest protected Grizzly Bear habitat in the world. While living at the resort he’s offered us humans a rare and special opportunity to learn about the life and practices of Grizzly Bears. Kids and adults of all ages will enjoy taking a Grizzly Bear Interpretive tour and learning about his life at the horse! Get more information about Boo and Interpretive tours on the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
4) Monkey Around
The Aerial Park at Fernie Alpine Resort is a good introduction to find out how the little’s in your family feel about heights. They can try out the free kid’s aerial park, or if they meet the height restrictions can venture up in the trees. The lesson beforehand from our knowledgeable guides and extensive safety system will allow them to feel safe while far away from the ground! If you have a very adventurous little one (who is at least 10), use the Aerial Park as a stepping stone to trying the Via Ferrata at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Get more information and book the Aerial Park on the Fernie Alpine Resort website.
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5) Explore historic towns
Many towns in British Columbia have a strong history in mining and have museums or memorials in town to commemorative and conserve the memories. Along with learning about history, try out some of these unique town experiences;
- Walk the downtown platzl in Kimberley (also location of the Kimberley museum). More info.
- Visit Beanpod Chocolate (Canada’s Traditional Chocolate maker) in historical Downtown Fernie. Beanpod website.
- Walk with Wolves in Golden, a truly unique experience in the Canadian Rockies. More info.
- Visit the Heritage town – Fort Steele (near Kimberley, B.C). More info.
- Pop into the Clawhammer Press in Downtown Fernie. Clawhammer Press website.
6) Take a golf lesson
Getting them started young is a great way to build impressive golf skills! Check out the Trickle Creek Golf Resort website to see about specials like ‘take a kid to the course day’, ‘family stay & play packs’ and family golf lessons. Or, if your little’s aren’t into golfing the big courses, try the Mini Putt at Riverside Campground in Kimberley.
7) Swim in the pools
Staying at ski resorts in the summer offers a full service experience! While many of our hotels have in house or nearby Spas to pamper, gyms to keep in shape and outdoor pools/hot tubs for the kids to keep entertained for hours! Looking for a family basecamp in Kimberley – check out Trickle Creek Lodge.
8) Eat all the food
It might be a bit of a hidden fact (although gaining more and more recognition), mountain towns are the best place to have great food! Each have their own unique restaurants, bars or cafes to check out – all come with an authentic mountain town vibe (guaranteed).
Here is some advice to get your mountain foodie experience started;
Top 5 Places to eat in Kimberley
Food, Our second favourite F Word
9) Mountain Bike ON a mountain
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is a great starting point to get the passion flowing for mountain biking, with a kid’s skills course in the base area set up each summer. Fernie Alpine Resort has also added a myriad of beginning trails over the last couple season to provide a gentle ride down the summer ski slopes. Kimberley is home to a variety of mountain biking and gentle ride trails around and through town, including the well known North Star Rail to Trail paved trail running from Cranbrook to Kimberley. More information about mountain biking in Kimberley, B.C or at Fernie Alpine Resort and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort can be found on our websites.
10) All the best fests
What’s your jam? Outdoor music? Farmers Markets? Hardcore racing events? There is something nearly every weekend in Fernie, Kimberley or Golden. Check out the online events calendars on the resort websites or town tourism websites to find out the schedule for this summer!
Photos: Tourism Kimberley, Cali Sammel, Raven Eye Photography, Kimberley Farmers Market
1) Lost Boys Lookout at Fernie Alpine Resort
How to get there: Ride the Timber Chair to the top and walk a short distance past Lost Boys Café over to the Lost Boys Lookout
What you’ll see: Amazing landscapes of the surrounding peaks of the mountains and of the town of Fernie below.
2) Eagle’s Eye at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
How to get there: Ride the Eagles Express Gondola from the Plaza to the summit, step outside and see the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant walkway in front of you
What you’ll see: Spectacular views of 6 National parks surrounding the resort (and eat a delicious meal as well).
3) Kimberley, B.C – Lois Creek Trails
How to get there: Parking is available at Centennial Hall. To enter Lois Creek Trails go to either the North End of trail Street, the intersection of 8th and Elko Street or at Centennial Hall at the old Legion Tracks.
What you’ll see: Gorgeous mountain vistas and a variety of wildlife along the trails.
4) Lizard Lookout at Fernie Alpine Resort
How to get there: Ride the Elk Chair to the top and walk a short distance into Lizard Bowl
What you’ll see: Stunning views of the Elk River & town of Fernie
5) Via Ferrata at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort – The Ultimate Mountain View
How to get there: Ride the Eagles Express Gondola from the Plaza to the summit, step outside and proceed to Eagle’s Eye, look for the tent to meet up with your guide and group. Once everyone is there you’ll do some training and head right over to the suspension bridge taking you to the Terminator Peak for the climb of your life!
What you’ll see: If you’re brave enough to turn around and take a look behind you’ll see a stunning stretch of mountains while hanging off the Terminator Peak including 6 National parks, the resort below you and Eagle’s Eye Restaurant off in the distance.
Join us for another Mountaintop Kidz Festival on June 26th, 2016! Ride the chairlift at Kimberley Alpine Resort to the mountaintop to find a kids wonderland of fun including bouncy castles, scavenger hunts and live music! Plus facepainting, crafts, mountaintop BBQ and petting zoo!
Tickets will be available starting June 10th, call us at 1-877-282-1200 to purchase.
The trail running event of the summer is returning to Kimberley, B.C this summer on August 20th & 21st. The Black Spur Ultra is a ‘pure, tough’ mountain running event that is wrought from the winding single track that trail runners dream about (no pavement – just rugged terrain and big climbs)!
Trickle Creek Lodge is proud to once again be the official Black Spur Ultra hotel partner, offering all competitors and spectators a special rate on Studio, One Bedroom and Two Bedroom suites. Book online now or call us at 1-877-282-1200 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about our special Black Spur rates and to book your spot today.
Trickle Creek Golf Resort has just announced their tentative opening day for the 2016 golf season on Friday, May 6th! Book a stay and play special in May and save – visit our packages page to see all special offers, call us to book at 1-877-282-1200.
According to some of the staff at Kimberley Alpine Resort, the best thing about spring in Kimberley is…
Sue Raymond is 1st year Ski Host at Kimberley Alpine Resort, she’s lived in Kimberley for 10 years and owns Stonefire Pizzeria in the Platzl and is also a Kimberley Alpine Resort Event Volunteer Extraordinaire!
We asked Sue about her favourite part of Spring in Kimberley;
Q: What’s your favorite Spring Event?
A: Spring Splash! There’s lots of people and a great vibe! It’s the happening place to be.
Q: Where do you go for Apres?
A: Stemwinder for live Apres music at 3!
Q: What are you favourite runs at Kimberley Alpine Resort?
A: I especially love our groomers especially Flapper – A groomed Black run!
Our Ski Hosts run FREE mountain tours daily at 10:30 am, find them at the sign outside the rental shop (see Sue and the sign in the picture to the left) to join in on a free tour!
Glenn Hauptman is our smiling, laughing Ski Tech Extraordinaire and Trickle Creek Golf Course General Manager. He has been working at Kimberley Alpine Resort for 8 years – working here in the late 90’s for 5 years and then taking a hiatus and now has been back for the last 4 years.
Q: What is your favourite thing about Kinmberley Alpine Resort in Spring?
A: Corn snow and blue bird days. (Kimberley is famous for its sunshine)
Q: What is your favourite Spring Event?
A: Definitely, the Spring Splash – I get a kick out of people wiping out in the pond! I also like the Beer and Burgers on the deck!
Q: What is your favourite place to Apres?
A: Stemwinder! I LOVE their Poutine and Honker’s Ale.
Q: What is your favourite run at Kimberley Alpine Resort?
A: Magma! I head straight over to Easter Chair to Magma for its sustained fall line and steep pitch.
The Spring Splash Festival is on April 2nd! Book your room now and see what all the fuss is about! Rooms start at just $99 with our special Spring splash offer, call 1-877-282-1200 or email info@tricklecreeklodge to book your spot!
Words by Cali Sammel
Photos by Tourism Kimberley, The Real Mckenzie Photography and Mike Reece.
This post originally appeared on Kimberley Alpine Resort’s blog.
The ski (and tourism) industry are run by numbers and stats – i.e how many runs the mountain offers, how many centimeters or feet of snowfall received, how many other things can I do while visiting? Well, here are some interesting Kimberley numbers you might be less familiar with!
historic points of interest. Kimberley Alpine Resort and the city of Kimberley, B.C have a strong history in mining, leading the town and resort to have many names and areas that pay homage to the industry. Find out more about the points of interest on our website – http://skikimberley.com/things-to-do/points-of-interest/.
feet of fire! A favourite tradition of the locals and staff in Kimberley is the annual Ullr Dag ski burning ceremony. Near the beginning of each year, there is a gathering and offering to the Norse god of snow by burning old skis and hoping to appease the god to bring the perfect purcell powder falling all season long.
in the morning – NEW this season, Montana’s opens for breakfast at 8:00am on Friday, Saturday & Sundays (8:30 am Monday through Thursday). Montana’s is located in Trickle Creek Lodge in the base area at Kimberley Alpine Resort.
hundred! Hectares of skiable terrain, now that should keep you occupied for a wee bit of time!
thousand! Our lift capacity per hour, it’s easy to keep those slopes uncrowded with that kind of movement.
months to night ski! From mid December to mid March, enjoy Night Skiing on our main run (and the longest lit run in North America) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Don’t forget to check out the ‘Rec Rut Runners’ our Thursday night race series or our Friday College Nights! Visit the Online Events Calendar for more information.
hours of Fat Biking! Try the newest and hottest winter outdoor activity craze and take a Fat Biking tour around Trickle Creek Golf Resort. Rent it for just $45 – email the Winter Sports School (email@example.com) for more information or see the Fat Bike section on our website.
awesome après spots on mountain. Head up the stairs and check out The Stemwinder – featuring a variety of daily food and drink specials as well as local jam nights and live après music every single weekend throughout the season! Got kids? Montana’s is the place to be, with views of the ski resort and a restaurant for the whole family to enjoy a beverage or after ski snack together. (Note – Stemwinder is kid friendly as well – ask our staff for ‘kid friendly’ hours).
Good Place to Be. Kimberley is: A Good Place to Be… “all together now, finding adventure, closer together, pinnin’ it, roughing it with friends” or whatever else you choose to do here!