Finally, the charming mountain town of Kimberley is well worth a visit. It adopted a Bavarian theme in the seventies, and its pedestrian-friendly Platzl is still home to the world’s largest free-standing cuckoo clock and hydrants daubed with the town’s moustachioed mascot, Happy Hans. It’s based in southeastern BC, around seventy miles from Fernie.
The many activities of the Canadian Rockies (Destination BC/Kari Medig)
Thanks to the Canadian Rockies’ outstanding natural setting, the area is best known for outdoor activities, ranging from the sedate (hiking, kayaking, horse-riding) to the extreme (climbing, heli-skiing, whitewater rafting).
For winter sports, you’ll find resorts scattered right across the region. Kicking Horse, near Golden, is a good choice for intermediate skiers, with 2,800 acres of bowls, chutes and steep downhill runs. Make sure you visit the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant for dinner overlooking the Purcell Mountains – it’s the highest restaurant in Canada. Kimberley Alpine Resort’s laid-back trails are better suited to families, while Fernie Alpine Resort has more varied terrain and deep powder snow.