Off the beaten path? Yes. Easy to get to? Also Yes.
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘off the beaten track’ and it might not apply to many places as much as it does Kimberley. Having to leave the main highway to take a side highway to get to the town is part of it, however that’s not the only way to Kimberley.
A lesser known way to get to Kimberley (yet even easier and faster), is through air. Kimberley is the closest ski resort in the region to an international airport – about a half hour away!
The Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC), is just a short drive down the road, and the great news is, it’s serviced by major airlines such as West Jet and Pacific Coastal Airlines. With daily flights flying in from airports all over Canada as well as from the United States, Kimberley no longer needs to be looked at as ‘off the beaten path’ (although it does still have that charm). A huge bonus – if you’re staying at Trickle Creek Lodge, Kimberley Alpine Resort’s premiere ski in/ski out hotel property, they’ll even send a shuttle to pick you up right from the airport – for FREE! This is one place you can really fly & ski all in one day.
Kimberley Alpine Resort and the town of Kimberley B.C hold a certain small town vibe about them. They both have a distinct Canadian feel while architecturally European looking, they’re like no other place in B.C (or Canada). Skiing of course being one of the many popular activities to experience in Kimberley, it certainly doesn’t stop there. It’s well known for being a family friendly resort with appropriate terrain (and perfect purcell powder), apres activities for kids and the only resort in the area with night skiing, however it’s also an awesome time for of agers – Americans take note, our drinking age is 19 up here ;-). There’s live music every weekend in The Stemwinder Bar & Grill at the resort located just a few steps away from Buckhorn & Main Mountain Eatery and even pop up craft beer stations to check out while you’re riding the powder. On top of that, Kimberley hosts fun events all the time with everything from ski races to outdoor concerts and parties.
If all that ski hill fun isn’t enough, the town of Kimberley is less than a 5 minute drive away and has an incredibly quaint walking plaza with multiple shops and a craft brewery, it’s like an awesome pub crawl but barely having to move!
If you’re looking for even more ideas on what to do in Kimberley, here are some other helpful spots to check out;
4 Epic Winter Adventures to Have in the Canadian Rockies (Besides the Obvious)
Winter Activities & Heli Skiing at Kimberley Alpine Resort
If you’re looking for even more terrain to hit, Fernie Alpine Resort is just about an hour away from Kimberley and perfect for a little day jaunt to check out a different mountain.
So what are you waiting for? Go on, book your trip to Kimberley now!
Visit the Canadian Rockies International Airport website for flight info.
Book your flight through West Jet.
Pair flights with your hotel and lift tickets through RCR Vacations.
Photos by Prestige Tours, The Real McKenzie Photography, Michael Scraper, Cole Pellerin