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.
Surveyors Lake located in Kikomun Creek Provincial Park offers family friendly sandy beaches and warm water.
Lake Koocanusa is a large reservoir crossing the Canadian/US border in British Columbia and Montana formed by the damming of the Kootenay River by the Libby Dam in 1975. Lake Koocanusa is perfect for boating, and natural beaches and camping spots abound.
Tie Lake and Rosen Lake are just a few minutes drive from Jaffray, BC and often warm up much faster than nearby Lake Koocanusa, so offer a great early summer swimming and picnicing option.
For the thrillseeker in the family, try cliffjumping or just soaking up some rays in the afternoon sun that warms the rocks around Silver Springs Canyon. A natural spring fed lake, the clear blue-green waters are refreshing and can be accessed via a short 5-10 minute walk up a dirt path. To get to Silver Springs head for the small township of Elko, BC (just 20 minutes South West of Fernie on the Hwy 3). Turn off the Hwy and drive through Elko crossing the bridge at the bottom of the Canyon over the Elk River. A dirt road winds around for approx 10 km and you will take the second right onto another dirt road. From here, depending on your vehicle, many park and walk up the hill to the start of the trail. Signs aren't prevalant, so its best to ask a local if you haven't been before.