On the latest edition of MEET A LOCAL

Chris Ford—a Naturopathic Doctor at Roots to Health—metaphorically stops by the blog to introduce himself and leave behind a bunch of great tips for getting the most out of a life lived (or a visit visited) around highway 95 eh.


WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO?

My name is Chris Ford and I am a Naturopathic Doctor at Roots to Health Naturopathic Clinic. I have a family practice with a special interest in Integrative Cancer Care, Chronic Pain Management and digestive concerns. 

WHY LIVE AROUND HIGHWAY 95 EH??

Why not? It has everything you could ever want or need. 5 years ago we traveled around the Kootenays and Okanagan in search of the perfect place to settle down and as soon as we drove into Kimberley we knew it was the right spot for us. Easy access to hiking/biking trails, ski hill and everyone in town was so friendly. Also, the cuckoo clock is awesome.

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

Depends on the season of course, but the ski hill and Nordic centre are essentials in the winter. Biking/hiking in the Nature Park and Lois Creek are great for the summer. Also in summer St. Mary’s lake or HaHa lake are good places to check out.

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

Kimberley is lucky in that it has so many great restaurants to choose from so it really depends on what you are in the mood for. A couple of our favourites if you have time to sit and eat are the Heartbeet Bistro or the Baurenhaus for the feast. For quicker meals and/or a drink I would have to say the Pedal and Tap, The Shed or Stonefire. For lunch it is hard to beat the Tandoori Hut lunch special (Thali) or a panini from Crème Cheese Shop.

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

I moved out to BC from Ontario for the skiing, but have definitely switched over to more mountain biking. I really enjoy taking the dog out to either the Nature Park (Eimer’s, Duckpond, Edge and Thunder Turkey) or up to the Nordic Centre to do a Magic Line Loop.

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

For a small town there is so much to do and a lot going on from nearby music festivals to slo-pitch to biking in the summer and drop in basketball and skiing in the winter. Centre 64 and the Green Door also have lots of concerts and other events happening all the time to check out.

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.

Try not to take yourself and life too seriously. 

I would also recommend doing a 10 Day Vipassana Silent Meditation Retreat.


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