Alpine City garners high tourist praise; as submitted to TRNews
I could do without the referances to past-lives of dogs, otherwise, I found this tourist letter a sweet little synopsis of my li'l town & why we're here... I think:
Rossland is this marvelously quaint and modern town 10 miles beyond Trail. Proud merchants catering to savvy tourists have developed their little inland mountain community. Walking the few blocks of town streets, I’d feel at moments I was looking at New England shops, in a suburb of Whistler, while at once back in the gold rush era of the 19th century. It is a unique and cultured community with its own Light Opera Company.
I learned as well that the teacher of the local high school dance troupe is formerly of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
That night at the Firehall Restaurant and Cabaret, indeed a red brick, towered firehall with a well-used fire pole, the smoothest jazz saxophone along with stand up bass, soft drums and a very hip singer/lead guitarist played one great set after another, between sets, a hilarious and attractive burlesque dancer re-enacted brief camp routines reminiscent of the Gold Rush era.
Rossland today, is the extreme skiing capital, site of the pond hockey championships and a destination for all those who love to back-country mountain bike. The people on the streets, in the gift shops and sports wear stores, all seemed to radiate health and vitality.
I was delighted by the cosy bookstore and espresso bar whose stock may not be large, but whose selection and diversity is superb...
I was invited to Rossland for an exquisite evening meal at an extraordinary wood-stove heated home surrounded by appealing spiritual art. Even the dog seemed a happy reincarnated soul. The gathering of cosmopolitan international professors had humorous tales of their various jaunts but all had been captivated by the outdoor adventure of the Kootenay living and stayed to raise their charming university-aged children. My gracious hosts, glowing with health and good humour looked hardly old enough to be the parents of lawyers and epidemiologists. And yet they seemed representative of this community: refined, energetic, world traveled, ecologically conscious and personally compassionate.
I was reminded of the demographic trend that suggested given the advances in communication technology that cities with their onerous traffic, lack of parking, urban crime and street-filled crack-addicted pan-handlers were quickly becoming second choice to those who wanted to raise their families safely and now could do so with all the advances of modernity and insights of post-modernity.
Rossland was certainly such a place.
— William Hay