Kimberley is the second highest city in Canada at 3,663 ft./1,110 m. Highway 95A passes through Kimberley and connects with Cranbrook 32km (20 miles) to the south and Invermere and Golden to the north.
The region was first settled in 1891 with the discovery of high grade ore and the start of the North Star Mine. The mine later became known as the Sullivan Mine, the world’s largest lead and zinc mine. The settlement was named Kimberley in 1896 after the famous Kimberley mines in South Africa. The region grew into a thriving mining community at that time.
The mine closed in 2001, after nearly 100 years of operation and Kimberley is successfully making the transition from a resource dependent town to a recreation and tourist destination within the Rocky Mountains. Now it is mainly a tourist destination and home to the Kimberley Alpine Resort.
The Canadian Rockies International Airport is located between Kimberley and Cranbrook and is able to accommodate international flights and larger aircraft. Kimberley is a unique four season resort town and is also home to a thriving Arts and Cultural scene. Tourism is expected to be the mainstay of the local economy.
Keystone Appraisals has office space in Trail, Nelson, and Cranbrook and regularly completes both commercial and residential assignments across the East Kootenays.