Set amidst the spectacular Rocky & Purcell mountain ranges, Kimberley is a biker’s paradise. The Kimberly area provides a huge number and type of cycle rides, that can be easily accessed without driving. Here are just a few of them, and you can find many more by looking through the links we have provided on this site.
Rails to Trails: This is the former rail line that connected Kimberley, and the world’s largest lead and zinc mine, to the main branch in Cranbrook. It is now a beautiful paved 40km path. At its steepest point it is only a 3% grade. The round trip can be quite tiring for less experienced riders, but very rewarding. You can also try the downhill to Cranbrook, with a shuttle pick up. Check in store for more details.
Kimberley Nature Park: The Kimberley Nature Park contains a vast variety of terrain and trails. Every thing for relatively new mountain bikers, to seasoned racers can find a trail to challenge them. Keep in mind there is very little flat terrain within the nature park, so fitness is important.
- Duck Pond Loop – easy to moderate, 8km/5 mi;
- Pat Morrow Trail Loop – moderate, 8 – 10km/5 – 6mi;
- Myrtle Mountain Traverse – difficult to technical, 12 – 14km/7.5 – 8.5mi;
- South Side Loop – moderate with uphill, 6km/3.5mi.
Round the Mountain: This trail 20km loop showcases a little bit of everything Kimberley has to offer a mountain biker. The terrain is suitable for an intermediate rider with good fitness. Advanced riders will find it challenging as well, opting to walk less sections. In june there is a local race held on this course. More information is available here www.roundthemountain.ca.
Lois Creek Trails: These trails are a mixture of double track and single track in mature forest, logged areas, and along the creek. Generally beginner to intermediate riding and skiing is available with a few steeper sections of loose rocks and roots. There is a nice 6 km round trip hike to the Tea Spot from the 8th St entrance.
Kootenay Rockies – Grand Fondo Cycle Race: This is an organized, mass participation cycling event, suitable for all levels of cyclists. It provides three main distances and levels ( Gran Fondo – 150 km, Medio Fondo – 100 km, and Piccola Fondo – 52 km). So you can challenge yourself for the distance, cycle it as a race, or simply enjoy it for the camaraderie with friends and family.