Why Kimberley? | A good place to be...
With over 300 days of sunshine, Kimberley continues to be intent on creating its future, rather than awaiting it.
Located in Southeastern BC, Kimberley's story begins with the discovery of Galena at the North Star Mine - now the location of the popular Kimberley Alpine Resort. A year later four prospectors discovered what would become the largest lead and zinc mine in the world for much of the 20th Century - the Sullivan Mine.
The mine fuelled the growth of Kimberley and what would later become the Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company (Cominco), and later Teck-Cominco.
In 1968, the community recognized that its mineral resources would eventually be depleted, and began to focus on developing recreational resources to attract visitors. In 1973, a Bavarian theme was adopted and the transition from mining to tourism and recreation destination began.
Since that time the community has supported various social entrepreneurship ventures to facilitate economic diversification, including ownership and management of the ski hill; the commissioning and construction of several championship golf courses and an award-winning campground. Later the ski hill was packaged with a golf course for sale to the private sector; and in 2010 the Kimberley Conference and Athlete Training Centre was constructed as a further draw for visitors.
Kimberley's history has been shaped by people with big ideas and an aversion to the word "no". The City of Kimberley is a pioneer in economic resilience, shifting focus to a more diversified economy and further developing its tourism industry after an era of mining.
Like many mining towns, Kimberley possesses a story of optimism and adventure, of resourcefulness and resilience.
SunMine continues this tradition of bold public sector leadership to ensure Kimberley's continued evolution as a good place to be.
Find out more for yourself at www.InvestKimberley.com and www.TourismKimberley.com