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It was minus 23C in Fernie this morning. That’s not a pleasant temperature for anyone, and that includes the locals. In spite of temperatures which are a definite shock to our systems, we’re both very pleased with our decision to make Fernie our new home. And I say that even though we’ve only been here a week.

To anyone who ever asked, we always said that if we were to move back to Canada, it would be to British Columbia. As much as we love the ocean, the mountains seem to call to us. The outdoors has long been our passion and Fernie is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise! Skiing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing… it’s all here. In addition to that, the town is as pretty as a postcard with majestic mountains jutting up all sides of it. It’s just as beautiful as I remember it from previous visits.

Our family that we’re staying with are kindred souls too. They embrace the outdoor opportunities that abound here. Rebecca has been out cross-country skiing with her sister twice already and running once. We also took our bikes out for a ride where local fat bikers had groomed curvy single-track trails through the forest. Although we haven’t yet had the opportunity to take advantage of it, Fernie Alpine Resort with its famous ski runs lies just minutes from where we are presently living. And that’s just the winter activities! As difficult as it may be to believe today, we have been promised that summer does actually occur here and that there is an equal number of fun outdoor activities taking place here then too. As we’ve only ever been in Fernie during the winter months, I look forward to seeing just how true that is.

Rebecca’s sister Deb breaking new trail after a fresh snowfall.

On the career change front, Rebecca and I spent the entire day today knocking on doors, handing out resumes, and submitting online applications. That, and ogling the sexy new bikes in all the outdoor shops here. Although this is a relatively small town, we remain positive that some outstanding employment opportunities will present themselves. After all, who wouldn’t want us working in their business?  🙂