Kootenay Local Secrets by David

Kootenay Local Secrets by David

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 Meet David. Born and raised in Burlington Ontario, David always loved playing and fishing in the creek behind his home. This grew into a passion and in turn, led to watching fishing shows that always seemed to be located out west. In 2001, David hopped on the Via Rail Train in Toronto and rode it to Vancouver. From there, living on Vancouver Island, Fernie and eventually Kimberley where he’s planted his roots and is raising a family. You can find him biking, fishing, canoeing, hiking and of course, snapping photos of the great little part of the world we call the Kootenays.

Views of Kimberley, BC.

Describe your ideal fall day in the Kootenays.

My ideal fall day in the Kootenays would likely begin with coffee and some books with the kids.  From there I would head out with the dog for a nice morning bike ride on the trails of the Kimberley Nature Park.  After lunch we would load up the canoe and the family and head to a lake for afternoon paddle and lakeside fire.  Can't really beat that.

Mountain biking in the larch-filled Kimberley Nature Park.

When you head out on a Kootenay adventure, what items are a “must take” with you?

A few must take items on any Kootenay adventure would be a fishing rod, binoculars and some extra food just in case you get caught up in something really great.  You never really know where you are going to end up some days and most times they involve lakes or rivers so that fishing rod could come in handy.  The binos are for confirming whether or not that big brown thing in the distance is actually a grizzly bear or just a pile of dirt.

The transitioning of seasons.

If you could choose one place in the Kootenays that makes you the happiest, where would it be?

My happiest place in the Kootenays is in the alpine.  Every year I look forward to getting up high in the mountains and on to those alpine ridges and meadows.  I once had a job as a native plant seed collector so I really enjoy walking the alpine meadows and wandering through the Wildflowers.  In early fall the Alpine Larch put on a new show of alpine beauty.  The alpine is without a doubt my Kootenay happy place!

More mountain biking, because can you really have too much of it?

How did you learn about where to go and what to see in the Kootenays?

There were many different ways I learned about where to go and what to do in the Koots.  Hiking books are always a great start to get you into some new areas.  When I lived in Fernie, I used the backroads map book a lot.  It was a great guide to the back country and to explore your way into different lakes and camp spots all around the area.  Of course, just living here and talking to different people who have been exploring always helps too.  Nobody will ever really tell you their most favorite secret spot and I think that's great.  You need to keep those perfect treasured spots to yourself, but they do slip up once in a while and reveal something awesome.  These days social media has been a good source for nice places to visit and keeping you posted on all the great events going on in the Kootenays.

Kimberley larch trees showing off with a super moon.

All responses and images by David Couse.

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