We are Marc & Katie, thirty-somethings who live in Kamloops, B.C., Canada, having moved from Yokshire, England in September 2012. Along with Lilly, our English Springer Spaniel, we are now proud to call B.C, home.
We met in 2003 whilst walking our dogs. Since this, we have travelled extensively and ultimately shared a passion for the outdoors, adventure & new experiences. We always manage to drive one another on (and each other to despair!) and we had always shared a desire and a dream to put ourselves somewhere else….
I went Snowboarding to Banff, AB, Canada in 2004, Katie could not make that trip. The seed that had been planted by my Grandmas pictures when she visited her Canadian relatives back in the 80’s, then began to grow and our plans were laid out….In the meantime, we fished in Africa, snowboarded in Europe and fished/holidayed in Cuba.
We married in Cuba in 2008 and a chance meeting in a bar one night saw us arriving in Kamloops, B.C, for the very first time, in the spring of 2009. We returned to Canada in 2010 and spring 2012 and following a near 3 year application, in September 2012, we finally became Canadian Permanent Residents! We wholly believe that we live in the best area of the best province of the best country on the planet! Bold we know, but as our content on this site grows, I think you will see why we believe this!
We have truly world class fishing and mountain biking (amongst MANY other things); we have countless lakes, wilderness, animals and sheer beauty in any direction. Plus some great folk to share it with!
Outsyder; Living the life we love, loving the life we live……
I was born in South Africa to British parents who were working there at the time. I don’t remember it though, due to returning to Yorkshire, as an infant. From a very young age, I was nigh on impossible to keep inside! As a child I disappeared to woods, to the waterways or anywhere I could escape and have adventures at every opportunity, causing my parents (and sometimes the police!) much anguish. It’s fair to say that throughout my life, the outdoors is the only place that I have felt truly comfortable, where I escape; to seek sanctuary away from school, college, work, or anything else that seems to get in the way.
I have played at many things over the years from skateboarding to rock climbing & abseiling, surfing, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, snowboarding, hiking, camping, bushcraft amongst other things. Some of which I am still enjoying but my real loves are fishing & archery.
A carpenter by necessity, an outsyder by inclination!
This was easy for me, I am the fourth generation of angler in my family…… I have always loved it but I was encouraged! My Dad is still the most bonkers keen angler I have ever met. I have fished all over the world, not always successfully – thats why its called fishing and not catching! I have cast flies and poppers at Cuban Tarpon, chased big game on the West African Coast, Giant Pike in the Irish Lochs, done battle with Fraser River Sturgeon in B.C. I have also been just as happy drowning maggots under the 5 Rise locks in my hometown of Bingley and chasing Grayling in midwinter on the River Wharfe with my 5wt. Its been my life, given me some truly amazing experiences and ultimately influenced the biggest move of my life………more on that later………
I started like most UK archers, doing a beginners course at a local GNAS club and started shooting Olympic Recurve which, I began to get frustrated with and switched to compound which I did better than OK with as it happens! But I became frustrated with the whole scene and I found a NFAS field/3D archery club, Riggwelters in Otley, West Yorkshire. I fell in love with that side of the sport. Started shooting (compound) unlimited and dabbled barebow.
I was instated as field captain on the shoot and whatever happens in my archery career I will always be a Riggwelter and forever have the club and the wonderful folks I shot with there & met at NFAS opens, close to my heart.
My ego wanted a win with the Wheelie bow, I got it and then made a conscious decision to leave it alone as my love for the simplicity of the barebow had taken over and is showing no sings of waning 2 years of intensive shooting later…….I have even taken a couple of opens, which has been very satisfying!
I still own a (hunting) compound but it is traditional/instinctive shooting exclusively with modern longbows & recurves, that I do now.
As the son of a Gamekeeper, retired wildlife professional & deer stalker, whatdya expect?!
I seldom hunt these days but thanks to our new life in Canada that is about to change……..
I also keep my hand in with gundogs
Born in Bradford, England. Not as exciting as South Africa. My dad was a Policeman and my mum a part-time worker and mother. Together, they thought that my brother and I should try as many new things as possible. So I rode bikes and skateboards, walked our friends’ dogs, went ice skating, played and watched football (our hometown Bradford City), I was encouraged to try horse riding and dancing school, to name a couple of the things that I didn’t exactly take to! “Girly” pastimes just didn’t seem to be my thing! I remember mum trying to take me to a dancing class and my dad and brother getting out of the car to go watch football. Boy did I kick and scream to get out of that car to go with the lads to footy!
My mum and dad then bought a caravan which was static at Stamford Bridge, York. There, pretty much every weekend was spent wildlife watching, rescuing stranded ducklings, feeding our regular family of visiting geese and fishing, either from the bank, in the middle in waders or from our little boat!
As I got older, I loved our family holidays abroad to Florida. When I was old enough to go it alone, I travelled to the USA and worked in Pennsylvania on a kids summer camp. At the tender age of 20/21 in the year 2000, I was lucky enough to visit some great cities in The States, New York (including a visit to the top of the World Trade Centre), Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlantic City, then nipping over the border into Canada via Niagara Falls. Here, my fascination for Canada began. I’m not exactly sure why 😉
Upon my return from 4 months in the USA, my fascination for seeing new places and doing new things grew. I enjoyed visiting other countries, including Egypt, Sweden, Denmark, Spain and Italy. By this time, I had started working a full-time, grown-up job (a career in law enforcement which I later gave up to move to BC) but always dreamt of something more…
As an adult, my interests have always centred around travelling and the outdoors. Whether hiking up a mountain, biking some off road single track, camping, going fishing from the Kayak, shooting arrows in the field or simply walking my dogs, being an outsyder is my thing.
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