The Free Press is happy to welcome new reporter and outdoor enthusiast

The Free Press welcomes new reporter

The Free Press welcomes Bryn Catton as their new reporter. Contact him by email at


My name is Bryn Catton, I know, it looks like a misspelt version of the name Bryan, but it is Welsh for “hill”.  While I’m unsure why my parents called me a hill, I do have an obsession with mountains and while long walks on the beach are neat and all, I’d prefer to be riding my bikes, skis or snowboards. For the first time in my life I finally have the opportunity to chase the weather west and live in the mountains.

I have just moved to Fernie from Ontario.  I grew up in a small town that’s cattle outnumber the human population two to one.  While I grew up in a blue-collar farming community, I have just graduated from University of Toronto and Sheridan College.

In university I took Professional Writing with a focus on print and online text.  My second major was Communication, Culture, and Information Technology, the courses centered on how we use technology and communications to interact with each other and our surrounding environments.  At Sheridan College I studied multimedia design with a focus on content creation and editing.

I’m excited to bring my writing and content generation skills to The Free Press where I can combine my education and passions while contributing to a great community, team and paper.

I have been an avid cyclist that has been in and out of racing for 11 years, I have been skiing and snowboarding for 13 years and playing hockey and other organized sports since I was four. Fernie and the surrounding area has a remarkable outdoor backdrop and active community.

I find every trip to British Columbia makes it harder and harder to travel back to Ontario.  The landscape is what has brought me here, and the community is what will make me stay.

I hope to meet the local people that make this area awesome; and in time, hopefully, become one myself.


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