Pillowy soft, waist deep powder is the big draw to this mountain town for skiers, riders, sled-heads and all winter sport enthusiasts. In the summer, Fernie turns up the fun with mountain biking, music and art festivals and a relaxed mountain vibe.
Challenge your skills while trying to paddle upstream or do as the locals do and just float your way from Hosmer downstream to Fernie Alpine Resort. Looking for something more adventurous? Local operators can provide you with a guided day of kayaking, from mild trips to wild. Kayaks or canoes can be hired in town so pack you bag and get here.
Enjoy the seclusion and scenic beauty that ice fishing in Fernie has to offer, while guides prepare a site for yourself and your group and help ensure you are equipped with all the appropriate gear. With Fernie Wilderness Adventures, your Fernie ice fishing tour guides, you can access lakes by four wheel drive or snowmobiles to fish for cutthroat, eastern brook or rainbow trout. The guides chop hols while you sip on a hot beverage and enjoy the views. Full days trips are available and include a lunchtime cookout.
Fernie Alpine Resort
Deep in the snow, high up on the Powder Highway, lies Fernie Alpine Resort. With 37 feet of perfect powder, stunning scenery, 5 huge alpine bowls and endless downhill thigh burning runs. Don’t miss an opportunity to fall in love with Fernie, start in the large Learning Area at the base of the mountain serviced by its own t-bar lift, once comfortable you have a huge resort full of secret powder pockets and hidden mountain spots to keep you occupied throughout your skiing/riding career! Find out why Fernie has been named as a Top 25 Ski Town in the World, Best Winter Trip and Coolest Town in North America in recent years.
The Elk River and its tributaries, a freestone river system above the town of Elko, is pristine territory for Westslop Cutthroat Trout and other native fish species. While the catch is important, there is no doubt that the beautiful mountain scenery adds to the angler's experience. Guiding services are available with three companies in the Fernie area, each offering expertise, equipment and intimate knowledge of the local rivers.
Snowshoeing in Fernie allows you to experience the snowy mountain bike trails in wintertime. Strap on your shoes and head up to Island Lake Loge for a beautiful walk around the lake. Book a tour or try some discovery of your own up Coal Creek Road. Why not pack a picnic and enjoy the serenity and amazing views of Fernie Alpine Resort, Mt Fernie and Mt Hosmer. Remember to always let someone know where you are going and take a map and compass.
Swimming & Beaches
There are a variety of area swimming holes the locals and regular visitors recreate at. Choose from five lakes in the area ranging from small lakes with sandy beaches like Surveyor's, 30 minutes south of Fernie, or the larger Koocanusa Lake popular for swimming and watersports.
Zipline & Aerial Park
Don't miss the best in summer adventure - the Rippin' Ziplines and Aerial Playground at Fernie Alpine Resort! This is the latest rage in summer fun - an exhilarating undertaking that gets you to take a leap of faith and traverse through the rope course challenge 60 feet off the ground, guaranteed to keep the adrenaline pumping!
Whether an avid enthusiast or a first timer check out the snowmobile tours and rental and service companies in Fernie. With vast terrain to explore from family friendly groomed trails to expert backcountry the Fernie area has it all. The perfect place to start is Coal Creek Staging Area. Rent sleds for a group and have a day exploring the mountains that surround Fernie. Guided Tours can be booked for as little as 2 hours to a full day. If you are heading out on your own, please familiarize yourself with the local regulations and avalanche conditions.
Mountain biking in Fernie is a favourite pastime for locals - you might hear some say that they actually love the biking more than the powder, if you can believe that! With an extensive and ever growing number of trails in the local area you will no doubt find your perfect trail in Fernie. Ride right from town or head to Fernie Alpine Resort's Lift Access Bike Park.
Fernie boasts an 18-hole golf course in one of the most spectacular settings in the Canadian Rockies. Rated as one of the top 25 of BC courses, this golf course is very playable for the beginner or average golfer but also offers great challenges for the better player.
Massage and Spa
Where there are those that love the outdoors, there are those that love spas. Fernie has five spa locations to choose from. In town B2 Body Beauty or Spa 901 offer a full list of services. On the mountain, Lizard Creek Lodge is the spot for apres ski relaxation.
Seen from the Valley, the Lizard Range rises to a series of spiky peaks. Beyond the ridge, the elevation keeps rising to the playground of two of Fernie's snowcat operators. The magnificent peaks of the Lizard Range in the BC Rocky Mountains tower over 7,000 acres of privately owned bowls, valleys & gladed meadows, perfect for skiing/boarding. The deep, dry powder of this area has become legendary. Choose from Island Lake Cat Skiing or Fernie Wilderness Adventures for outstanding cat ski excursions.
With access to two great rivers, Fernie has white water rafting to please every taste. Whether you are looking for a mild ride or a fun white water experience on the Bull or Elk River, rafting in Fernie will definitely float your boat! Excursions are available through Mountain High River Adventures and Canyon Raft Company. Canoeing and kayaking the area's three main rivers is a great option as well.
Pools & Waterslides
Fernie Aquatic Centre, located in town, features a six lane competition pool with diving board. For a little fun, they also offer waterslides, tarzan swing, family pool with spray fountains as well as a hot tub and steam room.
Fernie boasts both an indoor and outdoor skating rink each winter season as well as many frozen ponds. Looking for a night out with the kids? Rent some skates and off you go! Enjoy hot chocolate and beautiful mountain views as you carve figure eights or little pick up game of hockey. Choose from the maintained surface outside the Fernie Aquatic Centre, Maiden Lake or the Annex Park Pond. Double check with the locals on outdoor ice conditions or call the City at 250-423-2254.
Hikes & Walks
Surrounded by the Canadian Rockies, Fernie has an abundance of hikes and walks for you to enjoy. Close to town, the Ancient Cottonwood INterpretive Trail and the Rail Trail are popular for easy walking. For more of an outing, we suggest hiking Castle Mountain or Mount Proctor/Fair Creek.
Fernie offers kilometres of Nordic ski trails to explore, from beginner circuits to the more advanced. A number of trails are set around Fernie including those at Fernie Alpine Resort. Or take in the trails in town, along the beautiful Elk River and at the Fernie Golf & Country Club where you can enjoy amazing views of the surrounding mountains.
We do more than hand you the keys!
- we send you a local area guide with your reservation so you can start planning
- we book your tee times at one of twelve area golf courses that we partner with
- we make restaurant recommendations and book your reservation
- we order your ski lift tickets for Panorama Mountain Village
- we book activities for you and your group such as fishing and ice-fishing, snowmobile tours, ATV tours, white water rafting, bike rentals, boat and SUP rentals
- we are glad to share our recommendations for area activities, local events, favourite shops and spas