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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-22-2021, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Given the choice of living in one of these towns, which one would you select and why? Alternatively, which one(s) would you avoid and why?

Fernie
Golden
Invermere
Kimberley
Nelson
Revelstoke
Rossland
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This question is difficult to answer without considering a lot of factors such as crime rate, affordability, types of amenities that are suitable to you, living to work there or retire, affordable and/or availability of accommodation. You can't go wrong with outdoor recreation. I've been through all these towns and lived in Fernie and Nelson in the past. What I didn't like about Nelson is that most of the houses are built on the mountainside therefore the roads are steep and it snows more compared to downtown. Parking is very limited downtown and it's all pay park.
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solo75 is right. In addition, personal situation comes into play & everyone is different. You need to tell us what is important to you. Living in smaller place has advantages specially now during pandemic, but you lose amenities, shopping etc bigger cities offer. In tourist towns things will be more expensive. Travel - if you have to fly somewhere, how close is nearest airport? Then lifestyle issues (skiing, etc). Is medical care important to you? (certain things will not be available in smaller towns). Then ...



Not to avoid giving concrete response, if I had to chose something from list above it would be Fernie or Revelstoke. Both have good outdoors which is important to me. Revelstoke is strategically placed fairly well for trips to say Okananagan, Coast or Rockies. Fernie is smaller but Calgary or Lethebridge are reasonably close
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This is the internet where you dont need much reason to give an opinion.

I would not want to be on the main highway (or at least what I call main) so that removes Golden, Revelstoke, Fernie. Which is too bad because the idea of being in Golden and its proximity to Banff is attractive.

I would not want to be in Nelson or Rossland. Nelson is quite nice and I like the lake but still its nothing special.

That leaves Kimberley and Invermere. They get short listed because of their proximity to the Rockies, the skiing, and the resort feel of the towns. Small enough that there is not much hustle and bustle. But big enough that you can get most things that you would want. Could even get a few acres just out of town and have a bit of a ranch. 1-2 hours to hot springs, golf, and skiing.

Difficult choice between the two. I have spent time in both. I really like Kimberley's look and had a really good summer there. But I give the nod to Invermere because its a bit closer to the Rockies and Hot Springs.

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I would not want to be on the main highway (or at least what I call main) so that removes Golden, Revelstoke, Fernie. Which is too bad because the idea of being in Golden and its proximity to Banff is attractive.
Actually I don't think Trans-Canada is much of a problem in Golden, as town is way off & you can't hear anything. Golden does get too hot in summer & considerably lacks amenities. But point is well taken because Canmore (in AB) has Trans-Canada right across middle of valley + very noisy CP Rail line & it is a problem.

Speaking of Hwy1 and Golden, heard the other day they plan 24 hr closure for 6-8 weeks this spring. It's because of works on that ~4km bottleneck west of town that is really narrow & even dangerous. So one will have to use alternate route via Radium & then Hwy93 to Castle Junction, which adds ~1hr
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Fernie for sure, or honestly maybe just Bowen Island.
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Actually I don't think Trans-Canada is much of a problem in Golden, as town is way off & you can't hear anything. Golden does get too hot in summer & considerably lacks amenities. But point is well taken because Canmore (in AB) has Trans-Canada right across middle of valley + very noisy CP Rail line & it is a problem.

Speaking of Hwy1 and Golden, heard the other day they plan 24 hr closure for 6-8 weeks this spring. It's because of works on that ~4km bottleneck west of town that is really narrow & even dangerous. So one will have to use alternate route via Radium & then Hwy93 to Castle Junction, which adds ~1hr
Ah yes, I have gotten off the highway in Golden and it is a surprisingly nice little town when you get a few blocks of the highway. So point taken.

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