We’re humble here, so you know that we’re not exaggerating when we say – Kimberley’s trail system is truly exceptional.
This is a place where you can walk for hours, through forests and across avalanche slopes, without ever leaving city limits. A place where you can discover exquisite flowers and exhilarating mountain views, follow streams, glimpse wildlife, and leave your worries behind – and the trailheads are just minutes from downtown.
The Kimberley Trails Society's website can be accessed HERE, and provides a lot of information, including an online trail map, about the trails in the area.
The spectacularly diverse Kimberley Nature Park is one of Canada’s largest urban parks, covering 800 hectares of land and featuring over 100 kilometres of trails. The park rises from an elevation of 975 metres along St. Mary Lake Road to over 1600 metres on the shoulder of North Star Mountain – displaying hills, ridges, valleys, and plateaus along the way. Trails vary from wide and gently sloping to narrow, steep single track. The Kimberley Nature Park is great for hiking and biking in the warmer months, and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
The Lois Creek Trails, adjacent to the Townsite and Morrison subdivisions, are a mixture of double and single track trails weaving through mature forest, rock outcroppings, and along Lois Creek. These trails are popular for hiking and biking in the warmer months, and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. For a map of these trails, click HERE
The NorthStar Rails to Trails is a former railway track between Kimberley and Cranbrook that has been converted into a paved trail for walking, running, biking, and blading. It features gentle grades and spectacular views of the Steeples range, the St. Mary’s River, and the Purcell range. The Kimberley trailhead is located across the street from the Aquatic Centre, behind Rotary Drive. A few parking lots and outhouses are located near the trail between Marysville and Cranbrook.
The Lions, Volksmarch, and Mark Creek Trails connect Kimberley and Marysville, offering a variety of scenic walking and biking paths in the creek valley and along hillsides.
The Kimberley Nordic Centre is an exceptional cross-country ski facility located near the Kimberley Alpine Resort. In the winter, it features over 30 kilometres of snowcat-groomed trails, including single and double-track classic trails and skate lanes, accommodating skiers of all levels. The facility boasts a modern 1200 square foot lodge, washrooms, and a waxing hut, as well as a 3.3 kilometre lit loop for nighttime skiing. In the warmer months, the Kimberley Nordic Club trails are great for hiking and biking, and the network joins with the Kimberley Nature Park.