Non Stop Summer
When I moved to Fernie a little over ten years ago, summer wasn’t really a feature. Many visitor-oriented businesses closed down in April and didn’t reopen until December; locals took off to the lake or tropical beaches further afield. Trail signage was minimal, I don’t remember anywhere you could buy a hand-scooped ice cream. Now summer is Fernie’s fastest growing season for visitors and with that comes a vibrancy to equal any month in winter. With a new splash park at the Aquatic Centre, great new trail features in every direction and outdoor patios popping up all over Main Street, it’s clear Fernie now wants to stay home for summer and expects to be entertained! While there’re several longer events in July to enjoy (including the TR3 July 27 –29) and weekends will be packed with great nightlife and outdoor fun, there’re a multitude of daily activities and events to enjoy - weekdays offer some of the best weekly options.
Monday. Make the start of the week your new favourite day and take your special someone to one of the most romantic spots in Fernie. Mondays are date night at Island Lake Lodge. A special couple’s dinner includes everything you need for a beautiful night out for just $75. Reservations recommended - islandlakecatskiing.com/summer/dining. If you are dateless in July, grab your racquet and try the Tennis Social at James White Park from 6-9pm and maybe you’ll have someone to take to Island Lake Lodge by August! tennisfernie.com
Tuesday. A firm fixture on the weekly mountain bike calendar, 2Knee Tuesdays are THE place to be. Minimal fuss, maximum fun. Each week features a different race starting from the trailhead at 7pm. Cross Country, Downhill & Enduro races on some of Fernie’s favourite trails including Hyperventilation, Red Sonya, Dem Bones and Verboten. Check out the full schedule at bikefernie.ca
Wednesday. Humpday is now Yeahday! The weekly Wednesday Outdoor Concert and Market Series has grown over the past two years and 2013 is already promising to be the best year yet. Beverage gardens in front of the stage at the Arts Station, great live music from bands including Brian Rosen and the What Nows, the Slocan Ramblers, Fishtank Ensemble, John Reischmann and the Jaybirds, kids activities to keep the little ones entertained, market stalls to peruse and food vendors to enjoy. Facebook.com/summersocials
Thursday. Wind up for the weekend - Thursdays bring the race series at Fernie Alpine Resort. Not for the faint of heart, these races are a great way to get going for the weekend and offer exciting routes and adrenalin-pumping action starting at 7pm every Thursday evening. Skifernie.com/summer/things-to-do.
As if all this wasn’t enough, there’re a whole bunch of annual one-day events happening throughout July. Head to Prentice Park (Fernie Secondary School) on Monday 1 for the Annual Canada Day Celebrations from noon until dark and enjoy everything you need for a great day out: birthday cake, kids activities, mountain market, food trucks, beverage gardens, live music and fireworks! Tourismfernie.com/events.
Race enthusiasts will be put to the test at Fernie Alpine Resort this July in two events that are sure to be as much fun for spectators as they are for participants. The Mudd Sweat and Tears Obstacle Race is brand new to Fernie and will take runners through the muddiest, messiest course complete with custom obstacles on Saturday 6. 10km and 5km routes available. The Lost Boys Lungbuster Hill Climb on Saturday 13 will offer a foot race and bike race option. This aptly-named race takes runners from the resort base area to Lost Boys Café, climbing a heart-stopping 2100’ vertical in just under 7km. skifernie/com/summer.
Young rookie tennis fans should head to James White Park on Friday 5 for a fun tournament to encourage new players. 10am – 3pm, Tennisfernie.com. The Wam Bam Dirt Jump Jam is another not-to be missed event. Hundreds of spectators will show up to watch the best flips, jumps, tricks and spins at the Dirt Jump Park behind the Aquatic Centre on Saturday 20- don’t forget your camera! bikefernie.ca Golf fans can get their game on at the two-person alternate shot tournament on Friday 26. golffernie.com.
And that ice cream I mentioned at the start? Visit Happy Cow Ice Cream and Desserts on Hwy #3 or Beanpod Chocolate or Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory on 2nd Ave and find your favourite flavour. Yes, ice cream is an event too!