. . . but I knew it the minute I came here. Like the first time I came down here, I knew this was where I was going to live and this was where I was going to stay. There was never a question about it. And over the years the Co-op’s moved in formation all kinds of ways. So there’s been people in and out, and couples come together and come apart, and this and that, and it never occurred to me, ever, to leave. My daughter in Calgary sometimes asks me, actually more than sometimes, “What happens when you get old and you can’t do it all up there? Then what? We’re going to worry about you!” And still the thought of leaving just isn’t there.
So, maybe it’s the confluence of the three valleys that meet here, there’s a river running through it. It’s a fresh place in the sense that there’s always air movement – it’s never stagnant. Water was key – I didn’t want to be anywhere there wasn’t a water source, so that’s a really big one. It’s dynamic – we’re 60 km, 60 miles from the coast, so we get a lot of coastal weather. It comes up our side, the inside of Grey Ridge up the Wheaton, so our weather is very different from the other side of the mountains. It’s quite a different zone for weather, and I built a masonry stove in ’93 and had to check out earthquake zones, and Grey Ridge is the dividing point between a zone 5 and zone 6. So it’s where two tectonic plates meet, so this is very much the coastal mountains, the start of it, and the other side of the mountains is not. So there’s something about that too, that is just, I find just so intriguing. ~ Read the full interview: Shiela Alexandrovich