Getting to Kimberley
Kimberley is located in the southeastern corner of British Columbia, where the Purcell Mountains and the Canadian Rocky Mountains meet. We’re a short 16km from the Canadian Rockies International Airport and are in close proximity to prominent travel routes like Highway 3. With easy access from major city centres combined with our relaxed mountain energy, we’ve got that off-the-beaten-path feel, without actually being too far off the beaten path. Come by plane, or cruise by car, then kick back and get ready to stay awhile.
Flying to Kimberley is as easy as YXC. The Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) offers direct flights from major centres like Calgary, Vancouver and Kelowna, and flight options from Air Canada, WestJet, and Pacific Coastal. Once you’ve touched down, choose your preferred form of ground transportation, then enjoy the short drive to Kimberley. The most ambitious of travellers can pedal by bike to Kimberley along the paved North Star Rails to Trails pathway, while car-travellers can opt for rentals through Budget Car & Truck Rental or Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Our suggestion? Schedule the easy and convenient Kimberley Transit shuttle, which runs daily from 8:30am to 4:30 pm.
Pack up, hop in, and cruise down the Powder Highway to arrive in Kimberley. We’re an easy half-day drive from many major centres, like Calgary, Kelowna, and Spokane, and a key stop on any BC Ale Trail itinerary. Along the road, keep your eyes peeled for the Highway 95A exit to Kimberley. While here, recharge your vehicle at our 4 electric charging stations, and enjoy the free parking throughout town. Then, prepare to ditch the car and stay close to the action while taking advantage of our pedestrian-only Platzl, the town transit bus, or the many trails that link our neighbourhoods together. Remember to check road conditions and closures before setting out, and come equipped with snow tires in the winter months.
For those who vacation on two wheels, transportation is made easy on our many paved paths, nature trails, and gravel roads. Pedal straight from the Canadian Rockies International Airport via the paved North Star Rails to Trails route, and use that same path to get you to and from the neighbouring city of Cranbrook. A gravel or mountain bike can also take you from Kootenay Lake to Kimberley via the famed Grey Creek Pass, while a road or e-bike can whisk you to town during a bike tour along Highway 95. For those in it for the long haul, head to Kimberley via the Trans Canada Trail, before enjoying a well-deserved rest here. While in town, be sure to take advantage of the many paths that connect our neighbourhoods, and the trail networks that show off our beautiful surroundings.
Whether you arrive by plane, car, or bike, take advantage of our convenient BC Transit services while here. Route 21 is our community loop throughout town and between the neighbouring community of Cranbrook, while Route 22 is the morning and night commuter option between the two communities. Be sure to also look out for Route 23 in the winter, which offers a free ski shuttle service to the base of the Kimberley Alpine Resort.