Can you believe this weather? Of course you can! It’s Fernie, after all! Where else do an azure sky, a golden sun, majestic Rocky Mountains and a mighty river come together and showcase a beautiful little town? Nowhere! That’s why I live here! I cannot wipe the smile from my face and you will be hard pressed to find a frownie Fernieite! We are all just generally happy with a penchant for the great outdoors and all it has to offer! In the past 2 weeks, I have hiked Fairy Creek Falls and Polar Peak, I have biked numerous trails (my claim to fame definitely Swine Flu) and I have golfed weekly with the ladies…oh, did I mention I work full time? I was at the finish line of the Trans Rockies Wild Mountain Fernie Ultra & Enduro cheering on the athletes as they crossed the finish line after a grueling 80km trail running course, I attended the July 1st festivities and I played with the thought of entering a team into the recent Mudd, Sweat and Tears 5k & 10k obstacle course mud run events of extreme proportion at Fernie Alpine Resort….but felt it was perhaps better as a spectator sport….for this year anyways! Oh and tonight? Yup….busy again…throughout the summer you will find me attending the Wednesday Night Concert & Market Social downtown Fernie outside the Arts Station! Live music, mountain market and refreshment garden!
This weekend we have the Lost Boys Lungbuster Hill Climb (yes, a spectator again), the Sunday Downtown Summer Social and Mountain Market at Rotary Park and endless trails to explore either running, hiking or biking. Have you checked out the Lizard Range Disc Golf Course? Frisbee Golf is fun for everyone and conveniently located in James White Park. It’s a par 54, 18 basket course that can entertain all ages and abilities. Want to cool down? Check out the new Outdoor Water Spray Park at the Fernie Aquatic Centre! 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.
Tired yet? I bet you are! Now’s the time to head back to your suite at the base of the resort….nestled amongst King Firs and Blue Spruces! Take a swim in the pool, soak in your private hot tub and enjoy the last few rays of sunshine. The peace and tranquility of staying in one of our properties will likely be the most therapeutic thing you’ve done for yourself in a long time….well, you could book an appointment in our Spa for a Facial, Hot Stone Massage or a Harmony Package just to put the icing on the cake!
Now as much fun as I have been having of late, we at Fernie Lodging Company have kept those affected by the recent flood both in Southern Alberta and right here in the Elk Valley in our thoughts and hearts. If you need to getaway from it all, call us… Bike & Stay Packages, Summer Getaways and King Fir Spa Specials abound - there is also a savings if you book via our website.
Love Fernie in the Summer!
Photo: View of Fernie from high atop Polar Peak
Photo Credit: Heather Boyd