Four-Star Retreat Nestled in British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains
The four-star Mountain Spirit Resort sits at the base of Kimberley Alpine Resort in the Purcell Mountains. Crafted from timber and stone, the lodge is equal parts elegance and rustic mountain charm. Here, you can spend the morning in a spa tub, the afternoon exploring the spectacular wilderness surrounding Kimberley, and the evening enjoying dinner at one of the village’s nearby restaurants.
The resort's rustic wooden portico provides a sheltered pathway to Mountain Spirit's lobby, which features a massive, double-sided fireplace. Well-appointed suites boast floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the heated outdoor pool and the Kootenay Rockies. The resort uses geothermal heating and cooling, which helped the property earn a 4 Green Key eco rating.
In the morning, have breakfast in the en suite kitchen and keep an eye out for deer foraging for their own meals outside. Kayaking and whitewater rafting in snow-fed waters are popular warm-weather activities, as is a round of golf on a mountainside course.
Kimberley, British Columbia: Alpine Charm and Outdoor Adventure
Kimberley complements mountain-village charm with year-round outdoor adventures. The town’s Underground Mining Railway is a train attraction that chugs through Mark Creek Valley's scenic landscape as guides reveal historical tidbits about the town's late-19th-century roots as a mining center. In town, pedestrians walk through the Platzl shopping center, which boasts quaint boutiques, Bavarian architecture, and Canada's largest freestanding cuckoo clock.
Beyond the picturesque town, mountainous topography and abundant waterways make for excellent horseback riding and fly-fishing. The array of summer activities include access to water falls, hot springs, mounting biking, golf, and much more.