Kootenay Local Secrets by Laura

Kootenay Local Secrets by Laura

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Meet Laura Grant. Laura has lived in the Kootenays on and off for most of a decade now, originally coming from Ontario. Her gig has been to spend the summers on Rap Attack fighting fires and the winters in Nelson. Recently, she came to realize that this schedule didn’t allow for enough time in the Kootenays, or to develop a community. She is now based out of Nelson full-time which gives her great joy, more time to explore more and hone in some alpine skills. Check out more of her adventures on her Instagram feed!

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

To be honest, I love my little apartment just outside of Nelson, as it gives me full access to all of the fun. Using this as a home base I can be up riding, bike or board, almost instantly or out hiking in some serious ranges in a few short hours. It is having opportunity so close at hand that makes it hard not to enjoy every minute of the day. My second answer would probably be.. in a tent.

Overlooking the town of Nelson. 

Who is your favourite outdoor companion?

Mer Bear … haha, Meredith Vezina is hilarious to hang out with. She is a chick that is full of adventure, strength and determination.  We have a blast hiking with our two dogs and so many of our friends. Rain or shine or hopefully snow, you know that something awesome is going to happen with this human.

Two of her more furry companions. 

What is an experience that you would suggest to a new visitor to the Kootenays?

Hiking up Whitewater the few weeks before opening day. This is a Kootenay tradition and it is always surprising who you may find yourself shredding with. It is also a great way to get your WW stoke on for the much anticipated season.

Whitewater Ski Resort.

Describe your perfect day in the Kootenays?

I would like to start this day with a strong Prince of Darkness grind and a fresh egg. From there I may pack up some gear (I love staging for an outing), grab my camera, load up the truck and load up the dogs. The drive would introduce some new tunes and picturesque views before shifting into 4x4. At this point the day would be getting exciting. I would hope to then go sweat for a bit either due to some well earned cardio or because I was trying to send it down something and terrifying myself a bit. The day would end in a tent on a lake perhaps, with a glass of wine.

Starting out your morning the right way ^

What’s your favourite Kootenay season and why?

Summer in the Kootenays. The Winter can WOW me and I always miss it when the snow melts but I’m a summer baby and I love to be on the water. The Kootenays are a land of lakes and rivers and they exist at so many different elevations, and are always unique.  I love the waterfalls and the beaches, exploring the backroads and the river systems. And the craft beer tastes so good on a hot summer day.

Kokanee Glacier.


All responses and images by Laura Grant.

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