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16 Insane (But True) Things About Mountain Living

Sometimes when I talk about my day to day life with friends and family back home, I get the feeling that they don't quite get it. The daily struggles, and perks, of living in the Mountains. Maybe not all mountain living is like Lake Louise living, but I can assume every mountain town/village has similar nuances. So I compiled a list of 16 Insane (But True) Things About Mountain Living.



  • You will see bears. You will fear for your life. You will want to run, and you can't. 
  • It snows at least once a month. Even in August. (Especially in August.)
  • You voluntarily work weekends to avoid the super crowded streets, attractions, and tourists.
  • You go to "Church". At midnight. At a bar. (It's not really Church, in case you couldn't guess.)
  • You will let your friends buy you a Shaft at the bar. You will drink it, even though they refuse to tell you what's in it. You'll like it, a lot. And order a second.
  • The Emergency Helicopter will fly by and you'll think "Well, someone died on their hike today."
  • God forbid, you will grow accustomed to not eating fast food. Because there is no fast food. Only overpriced burgers and sweet potato fries... 
  • Sweat pants are acceptable at the bar. (Why would we ever leave the mountains after knowing this?)
  • The fact that it's 4 degrees Celsius on a mid-August morning will not surprise you. 
  • Driving to the nearest town to get groceries is a "Day Trip". You invite all your friends, take lots of selfies, and create a Snapchat story for it. (Most likely stopping for Timmies or McDonalds while you're there, because HELLO.)
  • When winter comes (in September, eyeroll) your walk to work turns into a scene from Narnia. 
  • You will learn how to swear in multiple languages. TABARNAK!
  • The morning after the bar, you'll have six more friends on Facebook you can't remember meeting. 
  • Half of your things are at other people's houses 99% of the time. Clothes, dishes, in some peoples cases (PAIGE), even your phone. 
  • You will have hungover group chats that consist entirely of gifs. 
  • You will have the time of your life.
While our lives aren't exactly normal, they are great. Just watch out for Bear Poop ;)




Kenzie OUT!

*Special thanks to my LLI Britches for helping me out <3

6 comments

  1. 2000-2002. You forgot giving your direct supervisor the finger in the morning as the pass by you hitchhiking up the hill to work at Ski Louise

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    1. Haha that's too funny! And I can totally see it happening :P

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  2. forgot...we always carry winter survival gear & food in our cars all year round..

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    1. It's just common sense in the mountains, right? Silly ontarians think it's overkill, what do they know!

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  3. I would love to live on a mountain, at least for a while, Kenzie! How long would you suggest living there?

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