The Kimberley Nature Park is one of the largest municipal parks in Canada covering 800 hectares of forest in the Purcells next to the Kimberley ski area. Located within the City boundaries, its varied terrain and diverse ecosystems provide endless opportunities for recreation and education. Several dozen kilometres of multi-use trails, criss-cross the forested hillsides, linking small ponds and ridges. Some excellent viewpoints can be found for panoramas of the surrounding valleys, the Rockies and the Purcells.
Early explorers came here for mineral exploration and logging. Many of todays trails are remnants of roads built by European settlers. There are several info kiosks in the Park where you can find large trail maps of the area and other current info.
There are a number of access points from the Kimberley area and the trails also connect to the Trickle Creek Golf course and the Nordic Center trail system. All trails are open to walkers, runners, mountain bikers and are great for skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Trails range from short & easy 2-5km trips to longer and more difficult routes of 10km to 25km.
Park maps are for sale at many local businesses in Kimberley.
The park has 5 entrances with parking available.
- Kimberley Nordic Ski Area
- Swan Avenue
- Higgins Street
- Jimmy Russel Road pullout off St Mary Road
- Campground trail at Kimberley Riverside Campground
For more information on events, trail conditions, maps and access points, see the Nature Park Society's website.
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Posted By: xtremepeaks
- Wed May 23 19:56:15 EDT 2007
CommentSee "Arctic Research and Northern Adventures" - Slideshow presentation by Chris Ferguson in celebration of Kimberley Nature Park Society's 20th anniversary. http://www.trailpeak.com/index.jsp?cat=ski&con=article&val=4146*new
Posted By: xtremepeaks
- Mon Jan 29 21:16:36 EST 2007
CommentGood skiing on the Nature Park trails everywhere. People have set ski tracks and also many snowshoe trails along the popular routes.