This B.C. city looks like Germany and has the largest cuckoo clock in Canada


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Known as the “Bavarian city of the Rockies,” Kimberley has a population of roughly 7,500 people and is located within minutes of spectacular ski hills.

The city has distinctive gingerbread architecture, as well as a smorgasbord of delectable eateries, gift shops, and antique shops. In addition, the city centre’s brick streets are pedestrian only. As such, people are free to wander through the streets and gaze in at the intriguing window displays.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy navigating the areas seemingly endless trails and breathtaking park space. Art lovers will also find a range of diverse galleries as well as engaging live performances.

Of course, one of the main draws to the city is its alpine activities. Not only does the Kimberley Alpine Resort offer 1800 acres of terrain and an average of 400 cm of snowfall, but it also receives a great deal of sunshine throughout the year. As a result, riders are able to enjoy plenty of sunny runs. Further, the slopes offer stunning vistas of the Purcell Mountain Range.

While the hills provide ideal conditions for downhill skiing and snowboarding, the mountain also provides ample territory for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and even dogsledding.

Kimberley Cockoo Clock

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The Kootenay city is also home to the largest freestanding cockoo in all of Canada. The massive timepiece is located in the downtown area and proudly announces the changing hours. In fact, Tourism Kimberley notes how visitors will enjoy, “witnessing the emergence of Happy Hans, a yodelling, mustachioed man clad in short leather shorts, hoisting a beer stein.”

The freestanding marker dons the city name directly below the face of the clock. There is also a little wood bench below the structure.

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Kimberley makes an ideal destination for a spring break holiday, but there are a number of cheap destinations to travel to from Vancouver this year, too. Have a look at some of our top picks here.