There is nothing quite as soothing as sunshine, fresh mountain air and endless trails to walk, run, hike or bike on. How about a float down the river fly fishing, canoeing or kayaking….then head to the links for a round of golf. Whatever it is you want to do, Fernie has it all!
Thanks to a group of passionate, experienced volunteers in the Fernie community, there are a plethora of very well maintained biking trails of all different levels found throughout the entire valley. If you need rentals, repairs or feel the urge to buy some new gear, head to downtown Fernie and check out our local shops where prices are competitive and the friendly, experienced staff can advise you on your best buy and quite possibly they will let you in on the location of the “trail of the day”! For more information on trail openings, closures, wildlife sightings, etc go to Fernie Mountain Bike Club and if you think your skills need a tune up, check out Fernie Bike Guides
Fernie is a hiker’s haven…..so many trails to choose from that sometimes the summer just doesn’t seem long enough. With such a diverse selection you can do a 1 hour round trip through our ancient cedars or a full day 8 hour hike through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world! Both Island Lake Lodge and Fernie Alpine Resort offer beautiful hikes as well so be sure to check them out.
We have a fishing paradise here in Fernie and men, women and children come from all over the world to test our waters. Fish stories are exchanged daily over mugs of steaming lattés and cappuccinos….about the one that got away…it was how big?? The Elk River is a classic free stone river and boasts native westslope cutthroat and monster bull trout for some premier dry fly fishing. Check out these shops to find the perfect guide and all the gear: Fernie Wilderness Adventures, Kootenay Fly Shop & Guiding Co., Fernie Fly Fishing, Elk River Guiding Company Ltd.
Make sure to bring your clubs when you come to Fernie because we have an 18 hole championship golf course that prides itself with some of the most stunning scenery you’ll find on any golf course in the world! Surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains, the course is playable for the low handicap player as well as the beginner. The Fernie Golf and Country Club is a must…their Clubhouse has one of the best sundecks in Fernie!
If swinging a club isn’t quite your thing, how about checking out the family friendly Lizard Range Disc Golf Course. Located in James White Park this par 54, 18 basket course can entertain all ages and abilities. Need a disc? Head to Give ‘Er Shirt Works and purchase your very own colourful supply of discs.
Enjoy the scenery and give your legs a rest…let someone else do all the work! From hour-long to multi-day trips, meandering along the river, riding through lush green fields or cresting mountain tops…there really is nothing like riding your noble steed to places unknown! Bull River Adventures has knowledgeable, experienced guides to ensure your safety and experience of a lifetime.
Fernie has one lake within the town called Maiden Lake and is a popular little place to swim, go for a walk, bike or even bird watch. With a sandy beach at one end, families gather in the hot summer sun and build sand castles or sit on the pier and catch minnows. Other lakes within a 30 to 40 minute drive include Surveyor’s, Koocanusa, Tie and Silver Springs.
The best adrenalin rush and the latest rage, this exhilarating activity will have you wanting more! Whether you traverse the ropes course 60 feet off the ground or rip down the zip line at the speed of sound, you will want to come back again and again! Click here for pricing and hours.
Featuring 6 lanes, this 25 metre competition pool is complete with a one metre diving board and a Tarzan swing. You will also be treated to a 15 metre leisure pool ranging from 0 to 1 metre in depth with spray fountains. A soothing 25 person hot tub kept at a balmy 104 degrees will treat you to a view of the magnificent Lizard Range and Fernie Alpine Resort. There is also a 15 person steam room and saving the best to last when it comes to family fun, there is a 150 foot waterslide with its own run off lane. But wait…that’s not all! This summer the brand new Outdoor Water Spray Park will be opening!
This is an excellent spot for the skateboarder or BMXer in your family. The outdoor park features several bowls and streetscapes including a tight snake run with 2 bowls (The Death Skillet and The Wok), 6ft half pipe, 8ft quarter pipe with banks, tight and mellow banks, funboxes, volcano, rails and the park has lights! It is one of the best locations in Fernie for keeping the kids entertained! It is located adjacent to the Dirt Jump Park and the Aquatic Centre.
Come and explore and experience bike riding skills in a managed, progressive, and safe environment before going to the trails. Bike parks are a great place for youth to ride, offering a place to jump, attempt ladder bridges and grow their riding abilities, hopefully almost as fast as their learning curves. Skills parks also offer a non-threatening, comfortable learning environment for anyone that may be intimidated by going to ‘the local spot’.