Welcome to the first MEET A LOCAL that isn't a Q&A with myself.

This time around it's Aric Keane, local photographer and fly fishing enthusiast (and also one half of our original Airbnb hosts back when we first came to check out Kimberley as a potential future home) that is stopping by the blog to let us all know a bit more about himself and the town he's from.

But before you scroll any further, go follow Hellroaring Images on Instagram and give 'em a like on the Facebook. Done that? Ok, scroll on…


WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO?

My name is Aric Keane, I have been a Kimberley-ite for most of my life. I was born at the Kimberley Hospital way back in 1986. I know “way back” seems a bit out of context, but since the Kimberley Hospital is no longer a hospital, I see it as fitting.

I spent all of my childhood growing and learning in this little nook of the East Kootenay’s. Instructed by the current and retired teacher’s of School District No.6 on school days. To the surrounding mountains of the Purcell and Rocky Mountain Ranges during the weekends and summers.

As a youngster I was always involved with the community via sports. At a young age I played hockey and soccer. Spent many countless hours on what was once known as the ‘North Star Ski Hill’. During the summer months I was often found in one of the two outdoor pools training as a competitive swimmer. At the age of 16 I started to coach the Kimberley Seahorse Swim Team.

After Graduating from Selkirk Secondary School in 2004, I continued my education in Cranbrook at the College of the Rockies. In 2008, my wife and I started a new journey bouncing around from Saskatoon to Abbotsford to Edmonton and eventually 6 years later we found the North Star Mountain calling our names to move back home.

Like many Kimberley-ite’s, I love the Kootenay lifestyle. Now as a local photographer and owner of Hellroaring Images, I am able to work outside doing what I love to do in a place I love to be (on Highway 95a).

WHY KIMBERLEY?

Kimberley became home again, after moving away for post secondary education, for the simple purpose of lifestyle. Kimberley is very unique. I love fishing, hiking, camping, snowboarding and most anything outdoors in the mountains. Living in an area that is so rich in any outdoor activity with many others who love the same activities makes making friends fun and easy.

IF SOMEONE IS ONLY IN TOWN FOR A FEW DAYS, WHAT WOULD BE ON YOUR LIST OF MUST-DO'S ?

Summer

  • Take a walk through Kimberley’s Nature Park. Kimberley is home to Canada’s largest municipal parks. A massive trail network weaves through our diverse eco system covering 800 hectares of land.
  • Marysville Falls is a short two minute walk along a board walk following Mark Creek. Located at the west end of Marysville.
  • Swim in Kimberley’s newly constructed Mark Creek flume. Located just off down town (just downstream of BJ’s Breakfast restaurant).
  • Like to golf? Kimberley has three remarkable courses within town limits and many more through the East Kootenay Valley.

Winter

  • Kimberley Alpine Resort is a great location for those wanting to learn to ski/snowboard and also offers some more difficult runs for those looking for a challenge.
  • Spirit Rock Climbing Wall is a family friendly climbing centre. A great place to get out of the cold and have some fun.

A RECOMMENDATION FOR BREAKFAST?

BJ’s Breakfast, Bootleg Golf Course, Bean Tree Cafe.

AND FOR LUNCH?

Creme Cheese Shop, Burrito Grill, Bean Tree Cafe.

WHAT ABOUT SUPPER?

Heartbeat Bistro, The Olde Baurenhaus, Pedal and Tap, Kinbari Sushi.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY AND YOUR TOP PLACE AROUND HERE FOR DOING IT?

My favourite activity is fly fishing. It is an activity my father taught me as a child. I
actually have wrote an article on my life and fly fishing. It is featured in the Go Kimberley Magazine 2016 summer edition. I spend most of my time on St. Mary’s River because of its close proximity to town.

FINALLY… PLEASE SHARE ONE LAST KIMBERLEY TIP / RECOMMENDATION / THOUGHT / WHATEVER THAT YOU DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO GET IN DURING THE PREVIOUS QUESTIONS.

For those interested in touring, living, or just visiting the area I would suggest learning a little about wildlife and animal behaviour. As Kimberley is a mountain town it is not uncommon to see a wide variety of wildlife through out the town. Deer, moose, elk, bear (both black and grizzly), cougars, coyotes, wolves, skunks and so many more. Both the predator and prey act very differently in different situations. Education is the best way to help protect these animals from becoming habituated and thus having to be destroyed. Also, it keeps humans safe too.

OK, ACTUAL FINALLY… PLEASE GIVE ONE COMPLETELY UNAIDED RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD START DOING / USING / WATCHING / LISTENING / EATING / THINKING / QUITTING / READING / ETC-ING TO MAKE THEIR LIVES A LITTLE BIT BETTER AND/OR BEARABLE.

Get outside!!! This doesn't mean you have to go climb mountains and sheer cliffs. Just a little time in a park close to home.


Alright. There you have it. The first MEET A LOCAL with an actual local! The plan is to do one of these at least once a week, so get in touch if you're a local and would like to do a future one.