Living and working in a small town is more than just repeatedly running into your friends at the local grocery store.
It’s a lifestyle.
Here in Golden, B.C., it's a lifestyle many people choose. People relocate to Golden for a vast number of reasons, and of course, locals love it here, so they don't leave. But as tourism grows and continues to be a main industry in this town, people also do it for another reason: to blend work with play.
Whether its kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, running or any of the other vast activities that this area offers, the opportunities to be a little kid in this giant playground are endless. Aside from the obvious physical appeal of the scene here, so many people decide to stay after one season here - even if they didn't think they would.
Since this is true for many of our staff, we have asked our crew what they love about living in a small town, and why they decided to make this their home.
Some of the best reasons small town living is so appealing is because it is so vastly different from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
“I like living in a small town for the simplicity,” says our guide Darren.
“So much time is wasted sitting in traffic in the city where as in Golden, if you have to do a longer drive you're at least surrounded by spectacular scenery.”
Well… the scenery is DEFINITELY a plus.
Plus, he adds, it's so easy to get around and he enjoy seeing familiar faces wherever he goes.
Our most seasoned raft guide has been in the industry since she was a little girl. Her parents owned Glacier Raft Company from 1990 to 2007, giving her tons of experience in both rafting, as well as small town living.
Her favourite thing about living here?
“Everything is close together so there's very little time wasted commuting to do fun stuff,” she explains. “We can be on the water or skiing 15 min after leaving the house!”
That might explain why she decided to raise a family here too.
Never a Dull Moment
Although Golden may be a but of a rarity in the amount of activities it offers, living in this small town means you usually can find someone to join you. Or, if you set out on your own chances are you'll bump into a familiar face.
“I once ran into a woman on a trail who was wearing a top I had just dropped off at a thrift store the day before,” says Laura Kluz.
“It brightened my day to have this conversation with her,” she explains. “And this moment reminded me of how intertwined we all really are here.”
Although it can get a bit annoying spending countless minutes making small talk in the supermarket, it is wonderful at times to run into people who you rarely get to see.
“What I enjoy about living in a small town is that sometimes it takes me a few hours to go grocery shopping,” says river manager Mike Reeder.
“Not because of how far away the store is, or how long I have to wait in line, but because I run into about 10 people I know on the way. Because Golden is so small I end up running into friends pretty much any time I leave the house.”
He adds that it is this sense of community that is one of the best parts about living in a small town.
Living in a small town does have its downs too. After all, it is a three-hour drive to get to the airport, or to pick up products that are only available in a big city. The perks far outweigh the downsides, though, which is why we all love this town so much.
Live an adventure!
Cheers, from the Glacier crew.