As the 1915 classic song goes:
Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
And drive, drive, drive…..to Fernie BC!!
Well, I may have changed the words a tad and George Henry Powell likely wouldn’t be impressed, but you get the idea! I can’t tell you the number of people I chat with that have never been to Fernie before, in fact they don’t even have a clue where Fernie is! I find it remarkable and although part of me wants to keep our little piece of heaven a secret, it is also a treat to share it with others and see their eyes light up and their faces broaden into unending smiles when they experience Fernie for the first time.
You could never ever get bored coming to Fernie; in fact there are so many events and activities taking place in Fernie I don’t think even I can fit them all in…but I will try and I hope you do too! Float the mighty Elk River either on your own perched atop your own flotation device (never use the ‘ Lowrider’ as per my blog post Aug 23, 2012) or book an exhilarating rafting trip with either Canyon Raft Company or Mountain High Adventures. Not enough of an adrenalin rush for you? Then head to Fernie Alpine Resort and hit the Rippin’ Zipline or the Aerial Adventure Park which is where I am headed this weekend! Challenge yourself on their lift accessed downhill trails ranging in difficulty from green to black…there’s even a few double black diamond trails sporting names such as Kodiak Karnage and Aggravated Assault! Aha! Now I’ve got your attention! So let’s talk fish! That’s right….how ‘bout reeling in one of our monster bull trout…you know, the one that many say, “You shoulda seen the one that got away!”…but you won’t have to say that! You’ll have netted Fishzilla!
Hiking in our magnificent mountains is always a highlight whether you venture out on your own or head to Island Lake Lodge for a guided hike up Spineback or Tamarack. Mountain biking the single track trail system throughout the valley can be family fun or daredevil challenging! The friendly and knowledgeable staff at all the local bike shops can easily give you suggestions on which trail to head to depending on your ability…you could even book a guided tour with Fernie Bike Guides. Stop into The Guide’s Hut and have a chat with Mark, Beth and their team….they’ll help make your mountain bike dreams come true!
Don’t forget to bring your golf clubs…the course at Fernie Golf and Country Club is in stellar shape and so much fun to play! Then head to the Clubhouse and sit in the sunshine on the best patio in town for some delicious food and icy cold beverages.
What am I up to this weekend you ask? Well, as a birthday present to my daughter from Calgary whom when she isn’t in class at the U of C she’s working full time, I gave her a ‘Mother/Daughter Day in Fernie BC’ gift certificate. Here’s the agenda for Sunday:
Breakfast – Blue Toque Diner
Aerial Park Adventure and Rippin’ Zip Line
Lunch on the patio at Kelsey’s Bar & Grill
Massages at King Fir Spa
Dinner at The Livery
Après Dinner Shenanigans at The Brick House
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So…..Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
And drive, drive drive……
Photo: Fernie Golf & Country Club looking towards Mt Hosmer
Photo Credit: Heather Boyd