Well, one Bucket List item less…I finally hiked Mountain Lakes Trail (Heiko’s Trail)! Yup….sure did! What an amazing experience! They say pictures say a thousand words but honestly no picture can paint that scenery. It took us 8 hours, with a couple of stops for snacks and lunch, but all in all…a great workout! We didn’t have any bear encounters (whew) but did see a few mountain goats, some picas, a deer and a Clark’s Nutcracker soared above us as we gobbled down our lunch. With not a cloud in the sky, the seven of us, including my sister Sue whom we’ve nicknamed Miss Adventure (and that is another story for another time!), trekked our way to our destination - the Bear Lodge deck at Island Lake where we were treated to probably one of the most refreshing, coldest beers ever served! What a fantastic way to end a stellar day spent with good friends and family. Just as an aside, I would call Island Lake to ensure they’re open to the public the day you’re hiking as they are host to weddings throughout the summer, mainly on Saturdays, and it would be a shame for you not to experience that great deck at the Bear Lodge!
So…what’s on your Bucket List? Floating the Elk River? White water rafting? Mountain biking Project 9 or Swine Flu? Hiking the Three Sisters? Zip lining? Skiing double black diamond runs? (had to throw winter in there) Oh….the possibilities are endless! This is such a diverse and grand playground we have here that I’m not sure if there are enough years for me to fulfill my list.
Then of course there are all the events coming up, especially this weekend. The 2012 Highline 100 is on Saturday August 11th. It’s a fun bicycle ride, not a race, where you have your choice of doing either 100 miles (160km) or 100km road ride. The reason for this ride is to carefully grow it into a meaningful fund raiser for the Elk Valley Hospital Foundation and the Fernie Alpine Ski Team. The Wapiti Music Festival kicks off Friday August 10th and continues on Saturday August 11th. The focus is fresh Canadian Indie music, full of energy and fun for all ages. Sunday August 12th is BibBity BobBity Boo – Fernie’s Children’s Festival at Rotary Park. This is serious fun and you won’t want to miss this! Check out our Events Calendar for more excitement later in the month. Come visit Fernie for the whole weekend! Call us and mention any of the above events and get 10% off a 2 night stay or 15% off a 3 night stay. We also have long stay special on all our accommodations including our lodges, condos, log cabins and resort homes so pick up the phone and talk to one of our reservation specialists (that includes me) and find out more information!!
Whether your Bucket List is an adrenalin activity, an event or a romantic getaway with that someone special, Fernie BC is the best place in the world to start!
Fernie – the place where dreams come true!