There is a very hard to miss vibe here that not only are cool things happening, but even more cool things are on the horizon. It's probably a combination of the great people and businesses already in place, combined with the endless stream of good outdoor living and fresh mountain air, that seems destined to only draw more of those same people and businesses to town. Or at least that is my theory and the reason my girlfriend & I decided to move to Kimberley this summer.
95EH.CA (yes, you guessed right, it's a play on the Highway 95a that you need to exit onto in order to visit Kimberley) aims to test the above theory out by getting to know & then shining a little internet spotlight on all of those people / places / things that earned this chunk of Canada the appropriate 'a good place to be' hashtag.
One of the many things I love about Kimberley is the brilliant billboard that folks see on Highway 95 —the one with no 'a', eh— which I like to think perfectly catches the hearts and eyes of a certain kind of person. And it's these kind of people that I'm hoping to highlight: the ones that grew up here and had no reason to ever move away, the ones that went out looking for the right spot to call home and stopped looking once they arrived, and the ones who just couldn't help coming back.
This site is going to be a work in progress (especially at the start), but one feature I plan on doing on a consistent basis will be a little Q&A thing called MEET A LOCAL. I'm hoping to (eventually) do one of these Q&A's every week, so if you're a local and would like to beat me to the punch and ask me to do one before I ask you… CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO. I've also started doing something similar with local shops (appropriately titled: MEET A LOCAL BUSINESS Q&A… CLICK HERE if you run a local shop and would like to participate) + a lot of other blogging ideas. So, stay tuned I guess?
For many years I've been doing a lot of "thinking about doing outdoors stuff". Fishing. Mountain biking. Hiking. Skiing. Etcetera-ing. You name just one of the endless activities available in Kimberley and I promise that I've thought about actually doing that activity. I'm hoping that moving to this part of the country will be the catalyst to go from thinking to doing. I mean, why move out to a beautiful mountain town if you're not going to partake in beautiful mountain stuff?
As this site progresses, expect info and features on any and everything wonderful that lies just outside the door (assuming your door opens out onto Kimberley). I've got a personal 'THINGS TO DO / CHECK OUT' list for living here (got any 'must do' suggestions? send them my way) and I'm planning on crossing those things off, one blog post at a time. And probably posting some random things and thoughts as well.
As I mentioned earlier, this site is an ongoing work in progress (“aren't though we all?” - inner Yoda). While I work on getting my mountain living skills above their current 'amateur can't grow a beard' levels, I figured I would bring over to 95EH what I've previously been working on: an obsession with music and making mix tapes (which I've been doing with the music blog HI54LOFI). So I have set up a new internet radio station that plays ace tunes 24/7 called 'Mountain Town Radio'.
So whenever you're in the mood for tuning into an always changing rotation of solid tuneage, make sure to pop over to 95EH's MOUNTAIN TOWN RADIO (where you will also find a bunch of mix tapes & playlists to press play on).
And finally, if you'd like to get involved or collaborate or ask a question or need help with your website / online world / graphic design stuff (I built this site and this site and this one too) or just want to grab a coffee / beer or whatever… feel free to get in touch.