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Events

Overview

Kimberley Nature Park events are free, open to all, and guided by knowledgeable volunteers.

 

Our Events Committee organizes and publishes an annual schedule of guided outings in the park. These outings include recreational hikes, nature walks and beginner bicycle rides led by KNPS volunteers a couple of times each month from early May to the end of October.

 

Guided interpretive walks through the nature park are offered in July and August from the Kimberley Riverside Campground on St. Mary Lake Road.

 

The Freewheelers Bike Club leads group mountain bike rides on Wednesday evenings in summer, often using trails in the park.

 

A variety of organizations also use the park from time to time for large group events. Round the Mountain Festival, Black Spur Ultra marathon race, Julyfest running race, and Kootenay Rockies Enduro bike race have all used the trails in the park with permission from the Kimberley Nature Park Society (KNPS). These events are included in the schedule posted each spring.

 

Participants in KNPS events (and parents or guardians of children under 19 years) are asked to sign a waiver of liability. To make the most of your experience, please take note of the following recommendations:

 

  • Weather can be variable so bring a sweater, hat and rain gear

  • The duration of each event is estimated, but the actual times may vary

  • Few trails are flat – expect every route to have up and down sections

  • Pack food, water and other useful items such as a field guide, binoculars, notebook and pencil

  • Bring a Kimberley Nature Park Trail Guide (available at many Kimberley retail outlets, the Tourist Information Centre in the Platzl parking lot, and Riverside Campground)

  • Wear bear spray, and carry a whistle

  • Wear sturdy footwear

  • Well-socialized dogs that don't chase wildlife or interfere with others' enjoyment are welcome

  • Please leash your dog in residential areas, and pick up your dog's poop on trails in the park

  • When using the Higgins St. entrance, please park a block or two away to avoid inconveniencing residents who live near the entrance

 

Events Calendar

Below is a calendar with all our 2019 guided events from May through October. You can also download a .pdf version of the entire schedule by clicking here.   If you have more questions about any of our events please contact us.

Event News

April 29, 2019

We have just released our 2019 schedule of guided events in the Kimberley Nature Park, and there is something for everyone. If you would like to learn about the geology of the Park, improve your photography skills, turn your kids on to nature, share your love of poetry in a natural setting, or just get some exercise, please check out our lineup of free guided events. 

 The annual Golden Larch Hike to Dipper Lake...

December 31, 2018

While some last-minute shoppers were still rushing around in search of perfect presents, 29 hardy individuals took a break from holiday gift-buying Dec. 22 to join Kimberley Nature Park Society volunteers Paul Paronetto and Paul Holden on a Christmas snowshoe hike up Sunflower Hill.

Spirit of Christmas: 29 people came together in the nature park Dec. 22 for an evening snowshoe hike on Duck Pond Trail to watch the full moon risi...

September 3, 2018

Popular Gateway to Nature hikes every Saturday morning in July and August offered residents and visitors an overview of the wonderful biodiversity in the Kimberley Nature Park. Leaving from the Kimberley Riverside Campground entrance on St Mary Road, the 2.5-hour loop took participants up Campground trail, along Jimmy Russell Road, up SW Passage to the viewpoint, down Skid Road and Duck Pond trail, and back along Jimmy Russell...

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