Quick Fun Fixes

August 06, 2017


Let's face it.  We live where everyone else vacations.  And unless you're driving down the Cranbrook strip on a hot Friday afternoon, this is something to celebrate!

Summer's almost over, but if you call the Kootenay's home, there's still lots of time to play.  Make the most of it by choosing from these after work options.  Squeeze the most out of summer without burning any precious leave!

1.  A Quick Swim

Norbury Lake, an emerald green beauty, is my kids favourite.  Launch yourself off the end of the dock into the deep water or practise your kayak or SUP skills in the calm water.  Motors aren't allowed so you don't have to worry about being swamped by anyone's wake!

Jim Smith Lake is closer, way warmer and more popular than Norbury, but not as scenic.

2. The Ridge on Hole Six

If you live at River's Crossing, chances are you wait until evening when Shadow Mountain is clear of golfers then enjoy a cool walk on the cart paths.  Leave the path behind on number six and walk to the ridge.  St. Eugene Resort, the St. Mary's River and the Steeples are stunning from this vantage.  If you're up for it, you can hike down the ridge to the St. Eugene pub for a beer!   (Tom and I usually get Grandpa Al or one of the neighbours to pick us up after).


3.  Kimberley Farmer's Market

Head to Kimberley for dinner and a bustling Farmer's Market.  The Platzl comes alive every Thursday in the summer!  Vendors display fresh local fruits, veggies, and artisanal creations and restaurant patios overflow.  If you can't get into The Shed or Pedal and Tap, try the roomier Stonefire Pizza for supper. Local shops stay open late to accommodate the crowds.  I'm a sucker for Talaria's unique footwear and Arrow and Axe with their cheeky t-shirts and standout berets.

4. Go Fishing

The St. Mary's River is my favourite.  It's a first class free stone trout river with plenty of great holes to discover.  You can sign up with a local fly fishing guide at St. Mary's Angler Shop or Kimberley Fly Fishing, or find a fly fishing friend to give you lessons.  My daughter's 13 yr-old best friend Meg is my coach.  She already ties her own flies!

Once you've figured out HOW to fish the options for where are endless!  No matter where you live in the Koots there's likely somewhere ten minutes from your place.

5. Golf 9 Holes

When summer days reach their apex you can squeeze in 18 holes after work no problem.  As fall draws closer and darkness arrives earlier why not head out for nine?  At Ladies Night at Shadow Mountain (Wednesday) the money holes are all set on the front nine.  It's only $45 for a round, dinner and a chance at prizes so you don't have to play 18 to get your money's worth.  Don't qualify to play with the Ladies?  Try a 'twilight' round instead.  St. Eugene, Wildstone and Cranbrook Golf Club offer their own specials.

6. Ride a Bike

Mountain bike, motor bike, race bike, dirt bike: If it has two wheels Cranbrook has a club for it.  Hit the Rails to Trails with a friend or contact the Wildhorse Cycling Club to learn about downhill, cross-country or road biking. 

If you're into motors the Kootenay Rockies ATV Club is for you.

7. Visit a Local Spa

You don't always need a special occasion to treat yourself right!  Cranbrook offers classy options for soothing massages, pedicures, facials etc.  If you're willing to travel further afield the options multiply.  Kootenay Rockies outlines a few of the more noteworthy options here.

Have fun out there!  What's your favourite quick fun fix?



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