The Kimberley Nature Park protects important wildlife habitat and provides exceptional opportunities for ecological education and non-motorized recreation. Located inside the City of Kimberley in the foothills of the Purcell Mountain range, the 840-hectare nature park and the adjacent 200-hectare Horse Barn Valley Interpretive Forest contain more than 50 kilometres of trails linking forested hillsides, panoramic viewpoints, pockets of old-growth cedar, rugged talus slopes and numerous small ponds and streams. The largest municipal park in British Columbia is managed by the non-profit Kimberley Nature Park Society, which has a mandate of conservation, education and recreation.

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September 24, 2020

Pronounced ‘PEE-ka’ in imitation of its call, this little rock rabbit exists in many East Kootenay locations – but you just may hear its high-pitched nasal ‘eeeek’ before you see it. About seven to eight inches long, the wee gray beastie with round ears and no tail will sit very still for long periods, almost invisible among the gray rocks, until it suddenly moves.

The North American pika (Ochotona princeps) is quite common in...

June 26, 2020

You will soon likely see some new trail being built near Romantic Ridge, where Hillside Trail swings up and over it. The KNPS and KTS put a lot of time and effort into planning this reroute, and we wanted to share some of the considerations to help park users appreciate what goes into these decisions.

First is the annual convening of the KNPS Trail Upgrades Committee (TUC) in late winter. This year’s committee consisted of four...

June 14, 2020

 During the last week of May and the first week of June several members of the Kimberley Nature Park Society naturalist group set out to count the Calypso orchids (Calypso bulbosa) that were blooming at that time. We covered as many trails as possible in the Nature Park and in Horse Barn Valley, carefully checking into the bush as far as we could see.

Also known as fairy slippers, the Calypso bulbosa is the only member of this...

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