What makes Fernie special to you?
I wake up in the morning and look out of the window. It doesn’t matter if it’s a warm blue summer day, dumping snow, or torrential downpour – I’m grateful for where I am. Having the mountains at my doorstep is like living in a playground, and I want to make the most of every opportunity to get out there.
The bulk of the people in this town are very like-minded. It’s hard not to meet people out on the trails, or at the bar with the same passion for being outdoors. You’re pretty much guaranteed to find somebody to share an adventure with here.
For such a small town, I’m still shocked to still find something new about this place. It may be somewhere I’ve not been, something I’ve not seen, or something I’ve not experienced. I’ve been here three years, but yet it still holds secrets from me – secrets I’m dying to discover.
What makes you proud to be living in Canada?
At present, I can’t claim, nor pretend to be Canadian (That’s an on-going goal and another story). I left the UK three years ago to go travelling, but yet I find myself constantly drawn back here. This country is stunning, diverse, and absolutely huge geographically and socially. Canadians have a lot to be proud about when calling this place home.
What is your Fernie story?
I came here with my girlfriend in 2014 for the usual superficial reasons that a ski-bum would come to a town like this; mountains, powder, snowboarding. It was never our intention to stay for more than a winter. Yet, a single ski season here persuaded us to stay to experience a summer, and stay again to work the following winter.
We left Fernie for a short time to continue travelling but vowed to return here for long term plans.
There must be something pretty remarkable about a place for it to develop from vacation destination to aspirations of permanent residency.