Traveling through the windy roads, encircled by Rocky Mountains and spotting the occasional deer, we arrived in Canada’s highest city: Kimberley. Established back in 1891 and being one of the greatest lead-zinc mines in the world, Kimberley thrived as a mining village. Being aware that the resources would eventually be depleted, in 1973 Kimberley adopted a Bavarian theme, transitioning to a popular tourist and recreational area. They transformed their downtown into a pedestrian only shopping area called the Platzl. Although the city has become so much more than that today, there is still evidence of both the traditional mining past and Bavarian community design.
Kimberley has several cute little shops on the Platzl; The City Bakery which is family owned and operated and specializes in French, German, and Swiss baked goods and pastries, and the Old Crow Emporium housing beautifully crafted antiques and artist goods.
My favourite place though, just off of the Platzl, would have to be Over Time Beer Works. Their decor is simple and clean, and their taproom seats around thirty people. Initially launching in July of 2016 with four main beers, Over Time now produces many more than that. Yet, they still can’t seem to keep up with the demand of the locals and tourists alike. While visiting, we ordered a flight of five beers. At the time, they only had five on tap which made the choice quite easy. Each were tasty in their own way, from a nice wit, to a fruity sour, to a robust IPA. This place is worthy of a walk off the Platzl!