It's time for another edition of MEET A LOCAL: the reoccurring Q&A where a Kimberlite stops by the blog to say "hello" and drop off a few tips for spending your time wisely in this lovely neck of the woods.

This time around ELLA HARRIS (the big cheese at the amazing Creme Cheese Shop) metaphorically pops over to the blog to introduce herself and leave behind a bunch of great tips for Kimberley living and/or visiting.


WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO?

I'm a born and raised prairie girl who thankfully found her home in the mountains. A mother, wife, basktetball-er, and cheese lover.

WHY KIMBERLEY?

Thanks to good fortune, about 8 years ago I met Joel Unger (a Kimberley-ite) in Saskatoon , and quickly decided to move to Kimberley. I fell in love with the town and the Kootenays, and couldn't dream of leaving after our relationship eventually fizzled out. I discovered how much I didn't love flat land, but instead craved hiking up mountains! I also feel like I thrived in this beautiful small town, among its amazing and friendly residents. I soon found my new love and future husband Matt Harris. We now have a growing family and business!

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

If you're into hiking (and weather permitting), hike Teepee Mountain. It's my favourite hike so far. Drive up St. Mary's and check out the lake, and don't forget to fill up your water bottle with fresh spring water along the way. Check out one of the water falls or hot springs around the area.

I’M HUNGRY… WHERE SHOULD I GO TO FIX THIS REOCCURRING PROBLEM

Well it might be tacky to suggest my own business, but Creme Cheese Shop has killer paninis and cheese! Haha there are just so many great food joints in this town. Of course the Bauernhaus and Pedal & Tap are so good, but one place that is outstanding (and some may have sadly ignored because it was formerly a vegetarian restaurant) is the Heartbeet Bistro. Seriously some of the best cuisine ever. Make sure to try their creme brulee.

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

Well I already mentioned it, but I love hiking around the Kootenays. The list of beautiful and challenging hikes is endless. I am a huge fan of biking the Rails to Trails path. I can't count the amount of times I have gone to Cranbrook and back, and the trail still hasn't gotten old. I'm also a beach and sun lover, so I really enjoy going to Wasa Beach with the family.

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

I would recommend to newcomers to join local sport groups, if they want to meet people. I love our Slopitch Beer League and have such great memories from it. But my favourite group is the dozen or so ballers who get together to play basketball on Tuesdays at McKim School. Ask around. There are so many groups like this that get together on a regular basis: volleyball, ultimate frisbee, soccer . . .

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.

Put down your devices and enjoy the wonderful company and natural environment surrounding you. We really do live in the most beautiful and interesting place.


Alright, that's it for another MEET A LOCAL. Before you head off to some other corner of the internet, make sure to like Creme Cheese on Facebook / follow on Instagram… and add 'get a panini and kombucha from Creme' to the top of your 'Things To Do Whilst Strolling Around The Platzl' list.

And, hopefully, I'll have another one of these Meet A Local Q&A's up in the not too distant future (so if you live around Highway 95a and would be interested in doing one, CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO).