Please let us know a little bit about who you are and where you came from?
Jim, father of two, husband of one. Originally from Aotearoa (NZ), came to BC and got a job guiding rafts on the Nahatlatch River (Fraser Canyon) in the late nineties. I had a great time and met a lot of great people. Came back for a year in 2002 and then got trapped by my now wife.
How did you hear about Squamish?
Was living in Whistler and then rolled downhill to here when we wanted to buy a house. We didn’t want to leave the Sea to Sky lifestyle and the Squamish community made a lot more sense.
When did you move here?
What are some of the best & or biggest changes you have experienced in that time?
The addition of cafes, restaurants, breweries, stores, companies and of course all the great people that make up our small town vibe in a recreational mecca.
What is your favorite activity to do in Squamish?
Seriously that’s hard because there are loads? I guess, in winter I like to ski tour early in the morning and catch the dawn in the mountains and then get some turns in the pow. My son is now coming with be on these dawn patrols. Summer I love the bike trails and the hikes, lakes and of course playing in the waters of Howe Sound.
Tell me about what you do for work?
I work at VentureWeb, a digital agency proudly based in Squamish since 2006. Our mission is to work with the world’s best adventure brands, experiences and destinations to engage and inspire their communities.
We are a small team but we punch above our weight. Our work runs the full gamut of digital: from designing and building new websites, to planning and executing digital marketing campaigns, developing content, and business strategy.
Our clients are nearly exclusively in the adventure and tourism industry. They include local and international brands such as Santa Cruz Bicycles, Genuine Guide Gear, Sea to Sky Gondola, Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, Juliana and Cervelo Cycles.
How do you manage to balance your hard work while still enjoying the outdoor lifestyle in Squamish?
Go hard on the weekends, hit it hard early or after work.
What is your ideal Squamish day?
A full day exploring outside with the kids, followed by a campfire & dinner…
What is your vision for the future of outdoor recreation in Squamish?
User pays parking = more money for trails and infrastructure. More beer!