Lisa and I fell in love with Fernie so much that we were married on Mt. Fernie this summer.
Come and enjoy Fernie, a true playground of year-round adventure for everyone in the family. Enjoy day hiking in the mountains, soak in the hot pools at the end of day, relax with a massage at the luxurious King Fir Spa, or visit beautiful downtown Fernie for unique shopping, dining and nightlife set amidst old-time architecture with the B.C. Rockies close by on every side.
Indoor Climbing Wall
Located at College of the Rockies, 342 3rd Ave., Fernie,
Costs vary as to whether you bring your own equipment.
Aquatic Centre and Waterslide
Lap pool, hot tubs, steam room, waterslide, kiddies pool. Costs vary.
Evolution Health & Fitness
Fitness Club and Smoothie Bar that features strength- and weight-training, cardio equipment, group fitness classes, injury prevention, rehabilitation kinesiologist, tanning facility and child's day care. Drop-in fees.
Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce
Historic Fort Steele
This turn-of-the-century boomtown provides a glimpse into frontier life. Kids love the animals and old-fashioned candy shop, and adults will enjoy the exhibit buildings. Gold panning, steam engine. Only a one-hour drive or 16 kilometres (10 miles) northeast of Cranbrook on Hwy 93/95.
Canadian Museum of Rail Travel
The Canadian Museum of Rail Travel is dedicated to the collection, restoration, and conservation of several train sets from different eras. Take a tour. Turn right in Cranbrook on Hwy 3 next to the Prestige Inn. Call 250.489.3918
Casino of the Rockies
On the St. Mary River at the St. Eugene Mission Resort in Cranbrook, try your luck at slots, blackjack, roulette, and poker tables. Fully licensed restaurant and lounge. A 70-minute drive on Hwy 93/95 to Cranbrook, then 95A towards Kimberly; follow signs.
Call toll free: 1.877.417.2772
Campsite and marina boast beautiful sandy beaches, a boat launch and convenience store. Park open daily. Approx 30 minute drive west on Hwy 3; take Kikomun Creek turn off the highway at the signs.
Lussier Hot Springs
Hot springs flow out of the mountainside into a series of beautiful green pools at the edge of the icy Lussier River. Undeveloped and a real treat to visit. Park is always open and ranger makes regular patrols. A change room/toilet is located in the parking lot. No liquor, dogs or garbage are permitted at the springs, and bathers must wear bathing suites.
The Elk Valley is one of the richest coal depositories in the world. Learn about the geology, history, and operations of present-day mines through a guided tour.
Elkford mine tours
Call toll free 1.877.355.9453
Sparwood mine tours in July and August.
Interpretive centre in the Crowsnest Pass features the 1903 Frank Slide (rock avalanche), the CP Railway, early settlement, and early coal mining. Pathways around the center provides spectacular views of the Frank Slide damage and surrounding areas. Approx 90 min drive. Follow Hwy 3 east, the signage is clear from the Hwy.
Josephine Falls (Elkford)
Elkford, "The Wilderness Capital of BC".
View Josephine Falls cascading 25 meters down a steep canyon carved by the Fording River. Josephine Falls is the destination of Elkford's most popular trail, a moderate hike. Approx 45 min drive. From Sparwood, take Hwy 43 North to Elkford. At the 4-way stop turn right and drive the paved Greenhills Mine Road for 5.1 km until you see a Forest, Falls and Lakes trail---this is your trailhead.
Kootenay Trout Hatchery
Fish hatchery with aquariums, models and displays. Watch turtles, fish and water insects in the outdoor turtle pond, or relax on the beautifully groomed hatchery grounds. About 45 minutes or 32 kms southeast of Cranbrook on Hwy 3 and 6 kms north on the Wardner/Fort Steele Road.
Baker Street, Cranbrook's main street, has historical business and retail storefronts. The self-guided heritage walking tour is excellent.
Golf in Cranbrook
- Cranbrook Golf Club: 18 holes; 6575 yards
- St. Eugene Mission Resort: 18 holes; 7007 yards
- Mission Hills: 18 holes; par 3
- Shadow Mountain
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park is at the centre of one of the largest and most intact ecosystems in North America. Part of the International Peace Park joining Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, the park encompasses 1.4 million acres of wilderness and some of the west's most beautiful mountain scenery. About 2.5 hour drive on Hwy 93 east to Pincher Creek and south on Hwy 6 into the Park; follow the signs.
Visit Glacier National Park or call 406.888.7800.
This 2-lane highway splits the northern and southern halves of Glacier National Park and crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. Keep your eyes open for wildflowers and animals in their glacier habitat. Approx. 2 hour drive (52 miles) from St. Mary to Apgar. Road open from early June to mid-October.
Filled with galleries, gear shops and gift stores, country cafes mingle with gourmet restaurants. Summer has hiking trails and golf courses, and you can hit the slopes at Big Mountain in winter. Approx 2.5 hour drive: take Hwy 3 west to Elko, then left on Hwy 93 south to U.S. border; follow U.S. 93 south to Whitefish.
Whitefish Chamber of Commerce
Close to Glacier National Park, Kalispell is the largest city in the Flathead Valley. Lots of shopping and restaurants to choose from. Approx 3 hr drive. Take Hwy 3 west to Elko then turn left on Hwy 93 south to U.S. boarder. Follow US 93 south to Kalispell.