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Kimberley, B.C. — Ambling through a sleepy mountain town


An easy and popular day trip from Cranbrook is to Kimberley, a small Bavarian themed town in southeastern British Columbia, west of Cranbrook and nestled in the foothills of the Purcells .  The town was named after the famous Kimberley diamond mine in South Africa,  While there are no diamonds here, for almost 100 years this town was home to the world’s largest lead-zinc ore (or “gallena”) mine, the Sullivan Mine (which has been closed for more than a decade).  Kimberley’s main industry now is tourism.  Kimberley is among Canada’s highest altitude cities at 1110m above sea level.

The town has picked a Bavarian theme for it’s central downtown area, known as the …

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