Canadian Cycling Magazine - - NOTES FROM THE GRUPPETTO -

Get­ting there and away Kim­ber­ley is in south­east­ern B.C., in the broad val­ley be­tween the Rocky and Pur­cell Moun­tains. The near­est ma­jor city is Cal­gary, which is roughly 400 km away. The Cana­dian Rock­ies In­ter­na­tional Air­port, which serves both Cran­brook and Kim­ber­ley, has daily flights from Cal­gary and Van­cou­ver, along with less fre­quent flights to Kelowna.

Where to stay As a year-round re­sort des­ti­na­tion that fo­cuses pri­mar­ily on ski­ing and golf, Kim­ber­ley isn’t short on ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions. Sev­eral ho­tels, in­clud­ing Trickle Creek Lodge ( trick­le­creek­ and Moun­tain Spirit Re­sort ( moun­tain­spir­itre­, are found at the base of the ski area, while the Chateau Kim­ber­ley Ho­tel ( chateaukim­ber­ley­ho­ and Econolodge Inn and Suites (300 Wallinger Ave., 250-427-2266) are both found in the small down­town area. The River­side Camp­ground ( kim­ber­l­ey­camp­ is lo­cated just 7 km from town.

Where to eat Down­town Kim­ber­ley’s Platzl is lined with din­ing op­tions. The Snow­drift Café (110 Spokane St., 250-4272001) serves up break­fast and cof­fees, while The Shed ( theshed­kim­ber­ and the Pedal and Tap ( ped­a­land­ com­pete for the pub crowds. Au­then­tic gelato and Ital­ian cof­fee is served at de lights (285 Wallinger Ave., 250-427-9360).

Where to shop The one bike shop in Kim­ber­ley is Koote­nay Moun­tain Works ( koote­nay­moun­tain­ The well-stocked store is only open Tues­day to Satur­day, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. While Pur­cell Out­doors (196 Spokane St., 778-4815300) isn’t a bike shop, the store car­ries a va­ri­ety of out­door gear and ap­parel.

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