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Fall in the Kootz

Fall in the Kootz

FALL 2018 PHOTO DIARYNo pumpkin spice lattes were harmed in the creation of this blog post. Fall is definitely our favourite season. When the leaves start to change and the snow starts drifting down the mountain peaks, it’s absolute eye candy. We spent Thanksgiving on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake with our family and a nice stretch of glorious weather. Crisp, misty mornings and clear, sunny skies in the afternoon - the perfect autumn vibes. Hiking and beach-combing were on our radar as well as campfires and cocktails. We’re pretty predictable at this point, aren’t we? We also thoroughly enjoyed our Mom’s...

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The Yurt Life: Radius Retreat

The Yurt Life: Radius Retreat

Hello Kootz Family and hello Autumn! After an extra smoky summer and frightening wildfire season, we are not complaining about the crisp, fall weather. If you follow us on socials, you'll have seen that half of team Kootz (Leah + husband) spent a fantastic fall weekend in Radium, staying at the Radius Retreat. It was the perfect way to welcome the seasonal change and spend some time in the outdoors exploring the Columbia Valley.  Radius Retreat offers walk-in/hike-in yurt rentals on a back country mountainside with 1,000 acres of explorable wilderness. Off the beaten track, but within reach of town amenities, it's...

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Customizable Banana Bites

Customizable Banana Bites

We're in the thick of Summer which means we're always on-the-go. Hiking, camping, and frequent trips to the water park on sunny days. We're always trying to find the best energy bar but can often only find ones with certain ingredients in one and not the other that we want. So, why not make your own!? We've got a great recipe for quick and convenient Banana Bite snacks that are totally customizable. Have fun with interchanging ingredients to suit you (and your kids') taste profiles.    Our recipe contains 2 main ingredients, bananas and oats. The rest is entirely up to you! You can...

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The #RuralEV Revolution

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The #RuralEV Revolution

Are you familiar with Accelerate Kootenays? Let us fill you in! Accelerate Kootenays is Canada's first community-driven, collaborative strategy to build a clean transportation network. It is a 2-year, $1.5 million initiative of the Regional Districts of East Kootenay, Central Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary with support from Columbia Basin Trust, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Province of BC, Teck, FortisBC, and BC Hydro. (Source: AccelerateKootenays.ca) Aside from helping our environment to reduce vehicle emissions, how else can we benefit from electric vehicle transportation? A few additional benefits would be enhancing Kootenay tourism with charging stations located near high traffic and community hot spots, adding a new option of reliable travel throughout...

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A Boo-tiful Visit with a Big-Ass Bear

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A Boo-tiful Visit with a Big-Ass Bear

If you follow us on social media you'll have seen that half of team Kootz (Leah) spent the Canada Day long weekend in Golden, BC. If you're not familiar with Boo, he's a Grizzly bear that lives halfway up Kicking Horse Mountain. Our trip to Golden was a family event. With 2 energetic toddlers in tow, you can imagine that the excitement level to see a huge bear up close was pretty high. And Boo, he did not disappoint. Smarter than the average bear? Quite possibly Yogi, quite possibly! We headed up the resort hill on Canada Day morning. The clouds were...

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