About Us

About Us

Welcome to Best Boots On, your central location for purchase and reviews on footwear, hiking necessities, hiking safety tips, and how to choose the right hiking location.


After living and working in the lower mainland of British Columbia for fifteen years, where I played a lot of golf in my spare time and not so much hiking because of the proximity of such things, I decided to move back to the North Okanagan.

Moving back had it’s challenges financially, so golfing became a sometimes thing, but hiking definitely became an all the time thing. Mostly because staying healthy and active is very important to me, and there is an abundance of hiking trails less than an hour away.

Whether it’s the salmon trail in my neighborhood, or trekking the alpine trails of the Purcell Mountains, all day or 20 minutes, being prepared was always something I took into consideration. Along with being healthy and active, safety is something that I hold in high regard.

As an avid hiker I have grown to adopt the boy scout motto, “always be prepared”, it’s worked for most everyday life scenarios, including work environments, driving, and traveling.



When it comes to hiking being unprepared can definitely be inconvenient or dangerous. Giving people the right tools and resources to mitigate those problems is what I can do.

Too often major problems can be avoided, and one of the first things out of our mouths when it happens is “if only”. If only I had warm clothes, if only I had checked the weather, or, if only I had better boots. It’s often simple things that prevent major issues.



At Best Boots On our goal is to provide informed information on some of the most important things to consider when you want to venture outside. Things like, what to wear, what to take with you, where to go, and even what to do in specific situations. Providing yourself with knowledge is important, and coming here to get it will make you more comfortable and safer.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

So put your best boots on and find your path!

James Arsenault

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4 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Hi James, Well I must first mention that your cover picture speaks a thousand words, what with the lake and trees. My kind of place, I would hike up there and cast a fly to a passing trout.
    a very nice website, easy to navigate, well presented, captivating your audience.
    Great advice on the necessities for a hiking trip, also very good advice on the safety and health benefits.
    Lastly the “if only”, A very strong affirmation and so true. Better well prepared, than sorry.

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