Kimberley is famous for its Bavarian-themed downtown, and its Platzl pedestrian mall, with Canada's largest cuckoo clock and wandering minstrels. The city is built on the slopes of Sullivan and North Star mountains, at an elevation of 1,113 metres (3,651 feet), and lays claim to Canada's second highest city. The city is the site of the Sullivan Mine, the world's largest underground lead-silver-zinc mine, until it was closed down in 2001.
Kimberley really has three parts: Kimberley proper (the north part), which includes the Platzl shopping & restaurant district and is close the Kimberley Ski & Summer Resort, and Marysville (sometimes called South Kimberley), which is about 6 km south of the Platzl. Marysville is closer to the Cranbrook airport, and can provide visitors more cost-effective accommodation options. Around the ski hill (quite a ways up the hill from the town of Kimberley) are a number of hotels, vacation condos, golf courses and restaurants, so you may never have to get into your car once you arrive. In the summer, you can ride the miniature railway between the town and the ski resort.
Polar Bear Race (Jan 1), Wineterfest (2nd week in Feb), Bavarian Iron Legs Quadrathlon (end March), Marysville Daze(June), Bavarian City Family Fund Day (June), Rock'n in the Rockies (June), Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships (2nd week July), Julyfest (3rd weekend July), BC Days (August), International Folk Dance Festival (Labour Day eekend), and Oktoberfest (September), Kimberley Country Fair ( end September)
Kimberley is served by Blarchmont Elementary (K-5), Lindsay Park Elementary (K-5), Marysville Elementary (K-5), McKim Middle School (6-8) and Selkirk Secondary (9-12), and has a public library & museum in the Platzl.
As well the town has Kimberley Adult Learning Centre, Kimberley Community Schools Program and Kimberley Continuing Ed.
Kimberley's shopping is clustered around the "Platzl" (town square), with several large grocery stores nearby. Serious shoppers head 22 km south to the various malls and stores south in Cranbrook.
Kimberley is best known for its ski hill & resort, and has the large Kimberley Nature Park to its west
While the homes south of the Platzl and those in Marysvill (about 6 km south of town) tend to be older and smaller, there are new homes and homes being built in the south end of town, as well as as around Kimberley Resort.