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Life at the Lake

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By James Rose

Canal Flats/ Lifestyle Living

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solid foundation is critical for a new house. The same can be said in community planning. When Canal Flats’ mill closed in 2015, the opportunity to establish a new foundation for the village’s future opened — an opportunity seized wholeheartedly. “Canal Flats’ new vision is to be an affordable, family-friendly village, building a new future in housing innovation, quality of place enhancements, tourism expansion, a new village centre, and employment expansion,” says Canal Flats economic development officer Chris Fields, speaking to how the village is striking a balance between taking a fresh direction and staying true to its East Kootenay roots, all while encouraging better quality of life. Official Community Plans are as important to communities as constitutions are to countries. Canal Flats is developing a new Official Community Plan that charts new waters in terms of both housing and employment. For housing this means, as Mr. Fields puts it, “build(ing) a vibrant, family-friendly community of full-time residents by building housing that is unique and creative,” and for employment it means enabling expanded activity on the Columbia Lake Technology Center lands. “At 100 acres at its core with up to 1,000 acres of total potential development, this (the Technology Center) is the largest industrial and mixeduse land repository in the Columbia Valley and the East Kootenay,” outlines Mr. Fields. “It features significant competitive advantages for enterprises, including flexible types of land uses from pop-up pads to work-live to industrial parcels, a lot of power availability, ample water supply,

low municipal-related business costs, and an incredible backcountry lifestyle opportunity.” And what backcountry lifestyle opportunities those are, with the village perched on the south edge of Columbia Lake (an oasis of calm compared with the summer bustle of motorboats on its northern neighbour, Lake Windermere) and surrounded by mountains to the east and west. Hiking, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, climbing, skiing – you name it, it’s just out your backdoor in Canal Flats. Combine all this with a new smaller lot size zoning meant to encourage affordable housing, new tax incentives on Grainger Road to promote downtown revitalization, and creative plans to beautify the village and its entrance, and it’s hard not to feel the foundations being laid in Canal Flats today portend a bright future indeed.

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Photos by Marlene Chabot Historical photos courtesy of Bob and Barb Shaunessy

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At home in a slice of history

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nce upon a time, in an era now long past, politicians in patrician offices in Victoria and Ottawa put out a proverbial call for “men to match (the) mountains.” They wanted people to pioneer Canada’s then-still wild corners, places such as the Columbia Valley. In the early 20th century, United States Navy Captain MacCarthy somehow heard that call and headed northwest across the border. There’s little but speculation as to why, specifically, he zeroed in on the valley. Perhaps a member of the prominent Astor clan from New York tipped him off, after some of their number settled on a farm near Fort Steele? Whatever the reason he came, once here Captain MacCarthy, an avid outdoorsman, bagged peaks with Conrad Kain and bought a ranch on the Toby Benches that he dubbed Karmax 1. A decade later, he sought something a bit roomier, and bought the 640-acre Ellenvale Ranch on the west side of Lake Windermere, rechristening it the Karmax 2 — or K2 — Ranch. Ellenvale had been in operation for more than two decades when MacCarthy acquired it in 1921, but he immediately set about adding to it, putting in irrigation systems, creating an eponymous manmade lake, and building the large barn and the log cabin now known as Dorothy’s Cookhouse. For the cabin he chose larch logs sturdy enough to stand proudly to this day. Men to match mountains; buildings to match mountains.

Bob and Barb Shaunessy bought K2 Ranch in 2003. Bob, a petroleum engineer, had just sold his oil company the previous year. He and his wife were looking for new endeavours to investigate with their two young sons, Matt and Adam. The ranching life seemed a good choice, and besides, it paired nicely with their winemaking venture. The Shaunessys started Tinhorn Creek Vineyards near Oliver in 1992, at a time when B.C. had all of 16 vinyards. Today 300 plus vinyards dot the province, the Shaunessys have sold Tinhorn, and are now fully retired, leaving them as much time as they want to indulge their passion for K2 Ranch. And the couple has poured much into the property. On the immediate to-do list after the purchase was restoring and renovating the developed parts of the ranch, and the old K2 ranch lodge (Dorothy’s Cookhouse) was one of the first to receive treatment. Despite healthy bones, the 800 square foot (75 square metre) building needed a bit of spiffing up. The Shaunessys removed an addition from a previous owner, and added a section to the lodge’s kitchen, but aside from that tried to hew as closely as possible to the home’s original structure. Before replacing and sealing the new roof, decades worth of bat ‘evidence’ was trucked away. To pay homage to the former furry flying residents, the inside bathroom of the restored cookhouse has a light fixture shaped in the likeness of a bat. The new roof is galvanized metal, a bit of a departure (owing to the special place the cabin holds in the family’s hearts) from the bright red hue on the roofs of other retouched K2 buildings. “It’s kind of like my signature (a red roof) that a building on this ranch has been restored by us,” Bob says, sitting in the cookhouse kitchen. A veritable wall of vertical

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windows surrounds the new addition on all sides, bathing the kitchen and dining table in natural light and giving visitors sitting inside the illusion of being outdoors (see the magazine’s front cover). The new kitchen and dining room meld seamlessly to the original larch log structure. There’s a huge stone fireplace. Taxidermy hangs on the walls alongside a photo of Mt. Kain. The leather furniture looks as rustic as it does comfortable and, looking around, it’s hard not to start humming Whiskey River Don’t Run Dry. Old carpeting was removed from the fir floorboards, a few lights added, and the horsehair-mud-cement concoction sealing the logs removed and replaced. Parts of some logs needed replacing, on account of rot, but all new wood used in the cookhouse’s restoration was sourced from the ranch, which the Shaunessys have grown to 12,000 total acres across 13 separate parcels. Outside, giant old fir trees are spaced on the well-kept lawn that includes a pool and tennis courts. Boarded pack horses graze, and birds chirp in the spring breeze. In the background the water of Lake Windermere ripples beneath the rugged Rocky Mountains. Columbia Valley Homes and Lifestyles • Vol 9: 2019


Photos by Marlene Chabot

Featured home:

Rustic meets modern meets country charm

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arl and Pat Conway found contemplative country refuge on the Toby Benches more than a decade ago, when they built their south-facing house on 16 acres there. The beautiful home is a wonderful testament to the unique design possibilities that come from mixing country, modern, and rustic aesthetics. No surprise really — the Conways clearly know a thing or two about design, having run Invermere’s Interior World (the popular home decor and furnishing store that was nestled in Frater Landing for roughly two decades) and before that, Thredz clothing store on main street. The longtime valley couple (they first moved to Indian Beach, on the east side of Lake Windermere in the late 1980s) have developed an appreciation for style and art endemic to the Columbia Valley, and this quality jumps out immediately to anybody walking through the front door of their 3,200 square foot (300 square metre) home. An Alex Fong oil on canvas first greets visitors, followed just a glance later by an Angela Morgan figurative. The interior is accented throughout with distressed barn wood. The repurposed fir came from an ancient, tumbledown New Brunswick barn, disassembled and shipped west by rail, finding

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new life in the doors and beams of the Conway abode. It’s just one element of a home designed to pay homage to the past, the present, and the land it rests on. The house is comprised of two ‘pods’ or sections, connected by a stone-clad hallway. From the hallway, a sliding barn door opens to the east pod, revealing a vaulted-ceiling great room that functions as a kitchen, living room, and dining room. The long granite-topped island in the kitchen is poised perfectly to entertain guests sitting at the parallel dining table. Or the adjacent living room. Or both. The Conways have a large family, and when the grandkids are around, the sliding barn doors between the pods and the hallway can be closed to create separate zones of exploding youthful energy, and calm and quiet. The floors are a rich larch-fir composite. Vertical windows splay across the house’s south side, framing breathtaking views of the Columbia Valley. Separate from the house, a beautifully restored little cabin offers quaint-yet-rugged overnight accommodation for guests. The west pod holds the home’s four bedrooms and an upstairs study, where Pat and Karl keep their stargazing telescope, and their extensive collection of reading material, and where Karl retreats to catch up on the Business News Network’s latest stock market and interest rate reports. The two-pod layout gives the couple plenty of space to be together, but also apart. When Columbia Valley Homes visits the Conways midway through April, the lawn is snow-free, in contrast to the Rocky Mountains behind still blanketed in white. The outside courtyard patio that Pat loves is already beginning to come to life. Adirondack chairs sit strewn for sunning. “I can follow the sun on this deck all day, since it wraps around to the east side as well as the west,” says Pat. “Over there I drink my coffee where morning light hits first. And then I read my mysteries in the sun on this side of the deck in the afternoon.” The couple officially retired in 2013, although they keep busy

as the owners of the Frater Landing development, and with various volunteer activities, such as Friends of the Invermere pg Public Library. With a location like they have, can you re9 ally blame them for wanting to slow down at least a little bit? Lake Lillian, just a two-minute drive from their home, will soon be warm enough for paddling and swimming. In the meantime, skiers are still sliding down the slopes at Panorama Mountain Resort, a 20 minute drive away. And the convenience of the groceries, shopping and dining of Invermere is not much more than 5 minutes drive afield. “We feel a world apart from any community, but in reality, we are a short drive from fourseason recreation and Invermere’s amenities,” says Pat. All that, with plenty of space to move, to think and to relax.

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Featured home:

The small town advantage: Four generations under one elegant roof

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ristin and Tyler McCauley have an eye for the future. The design and build of their new pre-fab up/down Radium duplex home reflects that quality in spades. At 4,800 total square feet (445 square metres), the house was constructed with enough room for four generations and three dogs to live together comfortably, and it sits across the street not only from Radium’s park and playground but also from one of the hospitality businesses the McCauleys own and operate (Inn on Canyon). “The location emphasizes the benefits of living in a small town such as Radium. Property is more affordable and it’s entirely possible to be steps away from both the office and the park,” says Kristin. The bottom half of the house is a separate suite where Kristin’s mother and grandmother will live, while she, Tyler and

their two boys and three dogs take the main floor and upstairs. It’s a busy household (Tyler is also a Radium councillor) and as with any family on the go, the McCauleys are keen to save on cost and time when they can. This meant working with Prince George-based Winton Homes and local Glacier Mountain Homes to build their pre-fab home in a matter of just nine months. They moved in this spring. The spacious kitchen on the main floor is the first thing visitors see when entering the house, and its quartz countertops echo the home’s clean design. Pickled pine-coloured whitewash finish creates an ambience of energy. An abundance of window space offers cascading mountain views, and natural light pours in, encouraging organic sensibilities rare in urban environments such as those the McCauleys fled when they left the Edmonton area several years ago. The living room flows from the kitchen and leads right into the couple’s ‘command room’. Beautiful, yes, and also energy efficient. “We have enough solar capability to provide half or more of our power needs,” says Tyler. There’s also a heat pump upstairs and in-floor heating on the main floor. On the house’s expansive patio there is enough space for a grill and a smoker. It’s a cool spring day on my visit, but I can already smell the Texas-style brisket with perfectly rendered fat Tyler is known for. His boys are hoping he serves them at least a pound each, and his three dogs appear to share a similar sentiment.

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By James Rose

Featured home:

Family fun

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teph and Justin Brown both grew up with plenty of room to roam (Steph on a farm near Red Deer and Justin near London, Ontario), and space is something their boys Owen and Max will know too, with the family’s Juniper Heights home. Trees and grasslands — and hiking and biking trails — extend from the house in multiple directions, and Justin concedes he’s eager to get Owen, age 5, out on those paths this summer. During a spring visit by Columbia Valley Homes magazine, Owen and his brother Max, age 3, seemed amped on the idea too, ripping around the patio on toy bikes. The couple moved to the Columbia Valley several years ago, and it has become home. Justin is the director of golf at Greywolf, and Steph works for a consulting company. They bought first in Westside Park, but with a growing family, decided to look for something a bit larger. The Juniper Heights home’s past owners (Alicia and Ryan Shanks) hired local photographer Kimberley Rae and brought in a home stager to help create professional quality images showcasing their 2,800 square foot (260 square metre) family-friendly abode, and Steph and Justin couldn’t help

but notice how these photos highlighted the house’s many positive attributes. The Browns have, since moving in, been delighted with the mix of rural charm and close-to-town convenience to be had at Juniper Heights, which is roughly halfway between pg Radium Hot Springs and Invermere. The house sits on a slight hill, offering great views out the 11 southwest-facing great room. The great room’s modernized kitchen operates as ground zero for running a household with two rambunctious boys. “Our house is an open-concept bi-level,” says Steph. “The previous owners did a fantastic job putting in the work to renovate it.” Downstairs is Owen and Max territory — with bedrooms for each of the boys, a separate bathroom, and a games room. Outside there’s a swing set on the sizable front yard, and Justin builds furniture as a hobby, while listening to classical music in his woodworking shop. Steph hosts her friends for a cold one on the house’s eye-catching patio after shredding the mountain bike trails out back after work, and tomorrow night Justin and his pals will do the same.

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Home is where the heart is:

By Dauna Ditson

Editor’s note: the annual Home is Where the Heart Is feature highlights how local people take their living spaces and, through decoration and style, make them uniquely theirs. Almost a year ago Columbia Valley Homes settled on Rolf Heer, the woodcarving wizard of Radium, and his iconic Home of a Thousand Faces as the obvious choice for this year’s edition of the feature. Then Rolf was diagnosed with cancer. Just a few months later his beloved all-wood home burned to the ground. Columbia Valley Homes is honoured to present this final glimpse of life inside the wizard’s lair, as seen by writer Dauna Ditson at what would turn out to be the final of the landmark house’s famous Halloween parties, three weeks before the blaze.

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nside a tall fence made of wooden faces, half a dozen fake Rolf Heers in pointy red hats, flowing robes and taped-on beards make it difficult to find the real Radium woodcarver in their midst. Over at the second bonfire at the back of the yard, flames cast shadows over the original Rolf’s face. He too is dressed like himself at his Halloween bash, cloaked as he is in his standard wizarding gear that compels up to 400 people to take his picture in a single day. The week before his party, Rolf announced that he was putting down his chainsaw after nearly 40 years carving his way into the hearts of the village’s residents and visitors. While he would love to continue running his iconic Home of a Thousand Faces, cancer is ravaging his body. “I had such a good life I can’t complain if I kick the bucket tomorrow,” he says, reclining next to the crackling wood stove that warms the showroom that doubles as his bedroom. As walls of wooden wizards gaze down on their maker, Rolf laughs that his creations sometimes fall off their hooks when he’s sleeping. “But that’s okay,” he says. “That’s part of the game.” When Rolf took over the old Alberta Motel he decided to insulate it like homes in his native Switzerland. “In the area where I’m from they have grass roofs,” he says. Rolf spread dirt on his roof, planted a vegetable garden and allowed his pet goats to roam over his domain. Two stories below, he points to the tree trunks that hold up the ceiling in his all-wood abode. “I put these logs in because I had to have a big support for the weight on the roof,” he says. They also hold up the essentials of his life: keys, a pot, a ladle, a staple gun, notes, robes and a lacy black thong. Unrelated to the underwear, he says: “A lot of people love me. I’m a funny guy. I’m like a comedian. I tell people good stories.” Indeed he does. If you call while he’s out, you’ll hear a recording about how he might be on the roof peeing to put out a chimney fire.

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At Ron Verboom’s final council meeting, the longtime Radium councillor shared a story of his own. He said the village was “dealing with a local colourful individual,” when he heard a “clang, clang, clang” as the individual in question walked into the council meeting with his goat. Rolf says he could write a whole book on his dealings with the village and with the Regional District of East Kootenay that regulated the community before it was incorporated. They wanted him to abide by their rules for his goats, parties, noise and “all kinds of stuff,” but Rolf often declined. “I didn’t back up from them,” he says. “I’m not backing up from anybody.” When part of his home burned down decades ago and he wanted to rebuild, he got so aggravated by the bureaucratic approval process that he decided not to follow it. He says he and his friends gathered behind his fence, drank a few too many beers and built a clandestine addition in a weekend.

“Everything is a little bit crooked, but who cares any way,” he says. Rolf has been in unimaginable pain since August but kept his doors open so he wouldn’t disappoint anybody, especially not the children who adore him like a favourite fairytale character brought to life. His showroom walls are lined with love from his youngest fans. Notes and drawings of the beloved wizard are covered with hearts, smiley faces, goats and exclamation marks. While scores of pages praise him for everything from his carvings to his silliness, two notes summarize the rest. One says “the pg important thing about you is that you are nice,” while the other 13 says “i Love You” in crayon. Young people like him so much “cause I’m a kid too,” he says. “If you treat people nice, they’ll treat you nice too.” And if they don’t, he recommends responding with absurdity, carving a chainsawed path of your own or bringing your livestock to council.

Bottom left photo by Ryan Watmough

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Lifestyles:

Illustration by Elizabeth Segstro

Memoirs of a secret cabin Editor’s note: The forests of the Columbia Valley and beyond are dotted, sparsely but surely, with secret cabins, built clandestinely on Crown land, without official permission. They exist as a mythical-yet-real part of the colourful Kootenay fabric. You catch tell of them in rumours and whispers, but to lay eyes on one is rare indeed. Being guided to a secret cabin’s exact location, by its makers or keepers, is to enter a covert entente of deep trust. For should the wrong ears hear, these cabins come down. The law is unequivocal: you can’t build on public land without a lease. But sometimes the law is barmy, vacuous, and, really, just needs to suck it. Kootenay-born-and-bred Columbia Valley Pioneer editor Lorene Keitch dishes on the high and low times of her own hushhush backwoods retreat:

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t felt miles away from civilization but was only a half an hour boat ride from the city. Nothing but the faint glow of lights from the Lower Mainland behind the rising hills of the Indian Arm indicated humanity’s teeming presence just over the horizon. It was called Salty Shack, and it was our slice of paradise. Well, not exactly ours. Friends of my grandparents had built the cabin, taking piece by piece up in their boat. The land was leased from the government and, for a nominal fee, they kept the rights to it. I don’t know for how long they had it, or even when it was built. All those who knew its story have long since passed. All I know is the family

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had stopped using it and let the lease lapse. My grandparents still had a key and that family’s blessing. A few times as a child, we piled into boats and puttered up the Arm to spend a day on the beach. We hardly went inside except to explore the nooks and crannies of the antiquated interior, then straight back out to the warm sunshine and salty air, PB&J sandwiches in hand. Fast-forward to my 20-something self. Newly married, we had moved from the East Kootenay to the coast and made fast friends with a couple who owned a boat. I mentioned the old shack to them one day and we decided to check it out. My grandmother, still alive and living nearby, told us we were welcome to use it and handed over the padlock key. It quickly became our favourite place in the world. It was truly a shack, creaky and riddled with holes and mice. We came in young, bold, ready to tackle the 50+-year-old neglected cabin on stilts hanging over the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It began with a day trip or two. But each time we left, we felt the pull to linger longer. There was more than one boat ride home that came after dragging our feet out the cabin’s door much too late, our meagre flashlights held out as pitiful headlamps to ward off the night on our slow troll back down the arm. We began to pack sleeping bags and pillows, cans and cans of Raid. We slept two and two in the one-room cabin, the nighttime hours punctuated by the snap of mousetraps. An ancient steamer trunk became the ideal bedding box, allowing us to keep neces-

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sary overnight items at Salty Shack. Yet every trip, the boat teemed with more treasures: chairs, dishes, extra tools, lumber, paint, a wood stove. We put stickdown tiles over the faded grey floors and hung up new curtains. We rigged up a water hose, winding its way up the mountain to a cold, clear creek far above the cedar-shingled cabin. At high tide, you could leap off the deck into the shock of cold blue water. We would feast on plates teeming with prawns, crab and rock cod caught metres from the porch. At night we would listen to the radio, play penny whistles, or games, or just talk and talk until our eyes grew heavy, the candlelit cabin a cozy embrace against the quiet wild outside. The cabin itself was tucked under the protective boughs of old-growth trees, their mossy trunks stretching to the forest canopy overhead, roots going deep into the moist, woody undergrowth. The ground smelled ancient, layers of life and death interspersed in spongy footpaths lined faint around the cabin. Two crosses showed where Rusty and Willoughby were laid to rest: we joked they were our ghostly guard dogs keeping spying eyes away from our secret cabin. Then one day, as easily as the cabin had come to us, it slipped from our grasp. It was a day much like others. We had probably chopped firewood, fixed leaky pipes – usual cabin puttering. Up the arm came an officer of the law who had spotted activity and informed us we were trespassing. I explained the keys, my grandparent’s friends, the mysterious lease that had lapsed. None of it mattered. We could spend the last of that day there, but that was it. We tried to pack another lifetime of memories into our very last day. As the sun set, we gathered what we could fit in the boat and said goodbye. I remember watching it get smaller and smaller as we left it behind, fading into the woods until it was only a spot in my mind’s eye. Eight years ago was the last I heard mention of it. Friends had taken their boat up the fjord. ‘It’s still there’, they tagged the photo on Facebook. I squint at the photo: cedar shingles lay as guard against the sun, but Salty Shack is de-

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fenceless without a keeper to ward off the onslaught of forest and ocean ravaging its frame. The mighty cedar that had been turned into shingles, floorboards, and deck, slowly devolves. The mossy roof blends with the Douglas firs drooping over the cabin’s peak. Nature is reclaiming what once was hers.

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2019 Columbia Valley Homes Magazine  

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2019 Columbia Valley Homes Magazine  

The Columbia Valley Pioneer's feature publication, Columbia Valley Homes and Lifestyles, 2019.