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Secrets of the Wild with Ryan B.

Meet Ryan Bavin. Based in Invermere, Ryan has a passion for the outdoors, mountain photography and glass art. He is lucky enough to spend almost every day of the summer outdoors, and has no problem getting out in the cold either! His job as a backcountry guide allows him to take people from all over the world to explore the mountains he hold close. Check out his Instagram account to see more of his work!

We asked Ryan three questions, here are his responses:

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

That is a tough question as there are so many places! When I think about it though, I would have to say the Purcell Mountains. I realize this is pretty broad based, but I’ve been spending time in the Purcells since before I can remember, always with family and friends. Key spots would be; the Chalice/Septet Creek areas, Lake of the Hanging Glaciers, the Bugaboos and Silent Pass. 

Invermere & Ryan’s backyard!

Name your ‘Top 3 Things’ you love about the Kootenays. 

#1 – Close access to pristine Mountains and Lakes.

#2 – The culture, which is somewhat vague but definitely unique! It is made up of people who are committed to a lifestyle that is a bit closer to the land and their surroundings.

#3 – The seasons, which, just as you’re getting used to one, the next one is just around the corner to look forward to.

Stunning picnic spot on the Pedley Pass trail, near Invermere, BC

What’s your favourite Kootenay season and why?

I would have to say my favourite season is the one that it happens to be at the time. I think that having such diversity in our seasons gives us something to look forward to. The different seasons bring different people to the area looking for different types adventure, relaxation or wellness. I always feel fortunate to be home in the Kootenays, any time of year.


Quite the crew getting ready to drop in for some fresh powder lines!

Know Before You Go!

~ Take extra time to research and plan your trip in advance. Many of our tourism businesses and services have adopted new COVID-19 protocols and changes to their schedules or policies to ensure your safety. You’ll want to become familiar with them ahead of time.

~ If you normally travel with extended family or with several friends, consider travelling in a smaller group this summer. Travelling with fewer people makes it easier for you to practise physical distancing in public, and may have less of an impact on the destination.

~ Consider a slower travel pace this fall/winter to help curb the spread. 

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All responses and images by Ryan Bavin

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(Original story published in October 2018.)

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