Kimberley Nature Park
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Located entirely within the City boundary the 800 hectare Kimberley Nature Park is twice the size of Vancouver’s Stanley Park. With over 600 metres of elevation change from its lowest to highest point and under the influence of both the wet Pacific air masses that move down the St. Mary River Valley and the dry air of the Rocky Mountain Trench, the diversity of habitats in the Park is remarkable.
Inhabited by moose, black bear, rubber boas, northern alligator lizards, ant lions and the endangered Williamson’s Sapsucker, the Kimberley Nature Park is an important conservation area and a great place for people to experience the diversity of nature.
A 50 km long network of natural surface trails allows visitors (along with their well-behaved dogs) to safely explore the Park by foot, bicycle, snowshoe or ski.
Horse Barn Valley
Just outside the City boundary and attached to the Kimberley Nature Park is the Horse Barn Valley Interpretive Forest. Co-managed by the Kimberley Nature Park Society and the Province of B.C. this 200 hectare parcel of land contains an old growth cedar forest, most of Dipper Lake, a rustic log cabin, some great viewpoints, and a number of well maintained trails. It is a popular destination for Nature Park hikers and cyclists and shouldn't be missed.
For more information, visit the Kimberley Nature Park Society website.
A map of the Kimberley Nature Park can be purchased at the Visitors Centre located in the downtown parking lot and from many of the stores & gas stations around Kimberley.
Autumn Larch Tree Viewing
Surrounding Kimberley are some of the highest concentrations of Western and Alpine Larch trees in Canada.
Both are a member of the Larix Genus. They have needles and cones, recycle their pigment and drop their foliage,
so they are considered coniferous and deciduous trees.
Kimberley has many hiking/biking trails you can access in and around town when the Larch Trees paint the forest
with their stunning shades late-September to mid-October.
Horsebarn Valley Interpretive Forest
The Horsebarn Valley Loop – Access from the Matthew Creek entrance. (3.3km, 70m elevation gain)
This short hike through the bottom of Horse Barn Valley and along the ridge above it offers some diverse terrain and habitat, and great views of the St. Mary River Valley. Mountain bikers will find the riding easier if they travel around the loop in a clockwise direction. Some of the 13 interpretive panels that were installed in 2014 by the KNPS can be found along this loop.
The Horsebarn Valley area is also a great place to find Old Growth Cedars.
Kimberley Nature Park
Nordic Center Entrance - Musser’s Plateau Loop (9.5km, 475m elevation gain)
This loop is for those who like climbing. It offers spectacular views across the Rocky Mountain Trench to the Canadian Rockies. You are not likely to see others on Musser’s Plateau trail. The Moe’s Canyon trail is a unique way to end this loop.
Bear Hill Lookout
Great viewpoint. Offers an excellent view of the St. Mary’s River Valley. There are many different ways to find your way to this viewpoint. Online you can go to trailforks.com or stop in to the Kimberley Visitor’s Center and purchase a Kimberley Nature Park Map for $5.00.
Can be accessed by the Swan Ave or Higgins St. entrance, in the North East corner of the Kimberley Nature Park. There are many other loops in this area to enjoy on your way to the Romantic Ridge.
The Tea Spot Loop (9.2km trail head-8th Avenue and Elko Street
Follow this trail taking the left fork at the top of the hill and continue on Lois Creek Trail. Take the right up the hill to 401, passing the Swamp Trail on the left and the Chute on the right. You will come to a logging road, cross it and continue across a few meters left. The trail meanders through a larch and pine forest for a km to a wooden shelter and picnic table known locally as the Tea Spot. The Tea Spot is mid-point of the trail and a great place to have a rest and enjoy the view of Mt. Fischer.
Lost Dog Forest Service Road
From the lights in downtown Kimberley, follow 95A towards Fairmont/Radium 18.4km until you turn left on Lost Dog FSR. Follow this road until you find Larch trees or take a stop at the day-use area at Hahas Lake.
St. Mary’s Lake Forest Service Road
In between Kimberley and Marysville, travel along this gorgeous route to view larch trees from the comfort of your vehicle.