GORDON SHERIDAN | MEET A LOCAL

POSTMARK: DECEMBER 2018

Gordon Sheridan—the new manager & creative director of The Wild Horse Theatre at Fort Steele Heritage Town—metaphorically stops by the blog to say "hello" and leave behind some tips for getting the most out of a life lived (or a visit visited) around Highway 95 eh.

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WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO?

Originally I am from Hamilton, Ontario, a city of about 700,000 people. My wife and I decided to move to Cranbrook after visiting twice, as she has family here. Her brother owns Just Liquid Sports on the strip and her sister works for the Cranbrook Airport. Fortunately we were both able to find gainful employment. My wife works at The College of the Rockies and I found a job as the Education Coordinator at Fort Steele. Since then I have gotten a promotion and am now Manager and Creative Director of The Wild Horse Theatre. Prior to this I was a high school Media and English teacher and Creative Writing college instructor.

WHY LIVE AROUND HIGHWAY 95 EH?

My wife and I decided to move here because, after two shorts stays, we fell in love with the Kootenays and all of the wonderful people and activities available. However, if I am being absolutely honest, we moved here so our son would have a different lifestyle than the ones we grew up with. We wanted a more relaxed way of life than the cliche Ontario rat race for him. He will grow up to be a different person living here. A more healthy and active person.

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

Fort Steele obviously. LOL. But seriously, Fort Steele offers, especially during the summer, an amazing experience for anyone interested in the time period and history enthusiasts in general.

I would also have to say that the water activities in the area are a highlight. Kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, fishing are all easily accessible and with a multitude of lakes to choose from. I would be absolutely remiss if I didn't mention the hiking opportunities—if you are here and you didn't climb a mountain, were you ever even here?

Finally I would have to say that visiting The Platzl in Kimberley is an absolute must, with its artistic shops and fine restaurants.

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

Some of my favourite places in Cranbrook to eat are The Heidout and The Cottage, both offering homemade meals with fresh local ingredients. In Kimberley I would recommend Our Place for a great breakfast experience, Pedal and Tap for dinner and the Burrito Grill if you are looking for good ethnic food.

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

My favourite activity is, hands down, kayaking. It's so peaceful to be able to paddle out to the middle of a lake. The second part of that question is a little harder to answer. There are hundreds of lakes in any given direction. Some of my favourites are Jimsmith, Premier, Green Bay and Lazy Lake.

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

Check out the growing Arts and Culture scene in Cranbrook... Key City Theatre, The Studio and Stage Door, live music in the park and lots more.

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.

In a shameless act of self promotion I have to say please come check out the Wild Horse Theatre. It's open all year round now and has big plans for 2019... concerts, film festivals, live theatre! This summer, the plan is to have two shows daily--a vaudeville show in the morning and a burlesque show in the afternoon.

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ALRIGHT, THAT'S ALL THE Q'S AND A'S FOR THIS Q&A. Before you head off to some other corner of the internet, make sure to follow The Wild Horse Theatre on The Facebook, or better yet, plan a trip out to Fort Steele and pop in to check it out in person (and if you’re a fan of Harry Potter, you’ll want to make note of the upcoming JK Rowling Film Festival! ).

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