When I plan a vacation or a getaway, relaxation is essential. There is something about Kimberley, BC that immediately puts me at ease upon arrival. Its laid-back atmosphere and easy-going community sets the pace for a relaxed escape. One of Canada’s highest cities at an elevation of 1,110 m/3,643ft, Kimberley delivers all the charm of an alpine village with loads of attractions and adventure to enjoy. Late this August, we made the jaunt down to Kimberley to squeeze in one last summer getaway.
The Kootenay Rockies region is known for its exceptional golf and Trickle Creek Golf Resort is one of the premiere courses in Kimberley. Though I’m a casual golfer, I have had the pleasure of playing this course a few times and am always in awe of the impeccable grounds and beautiful surroundings. The course itself certainly has its challenging holes but it is fairly forgiving for a novice. Lucky for me, Trickle Creek has a golf instruction professional on site so this time, I put the ego aside and decided to get some helpful tips on my game.
It’s only John Molner’s second season at Trickle Creek but his extensive experience was apparent with his calm and patient demeanour. John was raised on the game and his knowledge of the sport came through in his simple instruction that had me hitting straight by the end of the lesson (a miracle I never thought would happen). As much as just being on a beautiful golf course is enjoyable, the views only get better if you can play a decent game and John certainly made a difference in my experience. If you go to play at Trickle Creek, plan to join John on the range prior to your round or have him join you for a few holes to share his tips and strategy on mastering this world-class course. Trust me, it has its rewards!
A stop in at the Trickle Creek clubhouse for some eats is well worth it, even if golf isn’t your thing. We sipped on a cocktail and shared some delicious coconut shrimp while we watched all the action of the 18th hole from the sun-soaked patio. Of course, Kimberley has lots of dining options from schnitzel to sushi and the quaint atmosphere of the pedestrian Platzl is welcoming and fun to walk around. I definitely recommend a stop in at the Pedal and Tap for some Mucky Fries and The Bean Tree Café for your java-fix and homemade baked treats.
When I visit Kimberley, I always love to trek into the Kimberley Nature Park, Canada’s largest municipal park. It’s very accessible from various points through town and also minutes from Kimberley Alpine Resort at the Kimberley Nordic Centre entrance. I have hiked, biked, and cross-country skied in the park and have been able to enjoy a different trail each time due to the elaborate network that offers over 100kms of trails – Kimberley apparently has the most trails per capita! This visit, we hiked to Dipper Lake and were rewarded with above-town views, an impressive old rockslide path, and of course, the natural alpine lake.
A short drive from Kimberley along the 93/95 Highway is the sandy beach and wooded campground of Wasa Lake Provincial Park. Familiar with the park from a camping trip last summer, we stopped in on our way out of town for a refreshing dip. The park is a great spot for an afternoon picnic and is an ideal family campground with its warm lake, boat-access, and family-friendly biking and hiking trails accessed right from the park.
As always, we wrapped a whole lot into our easy-going getaway – the final hurrah of the summer season! There is no doubt that you can certainly find everything from adventure to relaxation in Kimberley and its quaint alpine charm will leave a lasting impression on you.