What makes our region unlike any other? Well, a lot of things. We are excited to share with you a series of documentary short films that profile Our Place, the communities, the people and their passions that shape this remarkable destination.
~ Please refer to our Responsible Travel page, and tread lightly and respectfully as you journey around our region. And remember, when visiting, we operate on Kootenay Time, so chill, relax and enjoy. ~
For the final episode in the Our Place series, we rest on the shutter finger of Kootenay born and bred photojournalist Louis Bockner. Through his lens, the story of the region comes to life, capturing our people, their passions and our place.
"Home is Outside" For the eleventh film in the Our Place series, we take flight to the high alpine and adventure-filled-life of the Noblet's - a Kootenay family that is miles away from ordinary.
"Storytelling with Colour" In our tenth film in the Our Place series, we embark on a creative encounter with artist Damian John and his quest to create a kinder, more beautiful world inspired by his Indigenous influences.
"Rooted In Culture" For the ninth installation in the Our Place series we get center stage with Sean Rodman of nationally renowned electro-folk duo Moontricks to discover the inspiration creativity that arises between musicians, the audience and the natural world.
"Flying High" For the eighth video in the Our Place series, we go to the places that rivers run through and find Dana Harrison, third generation fly fisherman, photographer and editor of @flyfusionmag.
Brian "Boomer" Cross
"In The Moment" In our seventh video of the Our Place series, we make the trek way, way up to Mount Carlyle Lodge and meet the prospector, guide and all-around mountain man Brian Cross aka ‘Boomer’ and explore the unconventional life he’s created at 7200' above sea level in the Selkirk Mountains.
"Elemental" The Lewis family's handcrafted brooms have made their way into Hollywood movies, Harry Potter book launches and numerous TV appearances, inviting all who come in contact with them to indulge in the beauty and functionality of simplicity.
"A Rare Bird" a fourteen-year-old birder, wildlife photographer and outdoor enthusiast. From ice fishing in North Kootenay Lake to overnight camping trips throughout the region, Gaelen and his birds are a freeze frame of life growing up in Our Place.
"Creative Backbone" invites you into the woods and across the lake with Korina Langevin, owner and artist at Red Light Ramen and Backbone Botanicals. Connect to the landscape, food, art and community, and delve into the flavours of Our Place through Korina's laidback, exotic curiosity: how can creativity affect change?
"Synergy" explores the unyielding power of the mountains through the ski goggles of John "Buff" Buffery. Strengthened by a committed yoga practice and fueled by a love of the natural world, Buff invites you to hop in the helicopter and soak up the breathtaking moments that make Our Place, his place.
"Pure, Simple & Real" is filled with artisans for every palate. New York Times Bestselling Author Shelley Adams believes the best things in life, great good and unique places, are meant to be shared. Settle into your kitchen as we take you through the flavour filled journey of Our Place with Shelley and Whitewater Cooks.
“Back On Track” features local lover of the region, skier, tram operator extraordinaire, hiker and more, Charlie Bunce. Sit back and relax as we share Our Place with you!
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