Come One, Come All
The Fernie Trails Alliance represents trail users with a wide variety of interests, needs, and skill sets. We hear many comments about how we should direct our efforts to enhance this diverse group’s experiences, such as “we need more beginner trails” (Lazy Lizard and Montane), “we need more technical features” (Dopamine, and Brads Gay Trail), “we need more areas to build our biking skills” (Aquatic Centre Skills Development Park), “we need safe commuter routes” (Fairy Creek Pedestrian Bridge), “we need more hiking trails”
(Fairy Creek/ Mt. Proctor enhancement). We listen, and respond!
Come one come all, Step right up, Come this way, Join the extravaganza, Let the Show Begin.
The upcoming 3rd Annual Roll and Sole Trail Fest is the Fernie Trails Alliance’s way of getting all of these trail users together in a fun, social event for everyone to either participate, or spectate in some discipline that appeals to them. And ultimately, it helps to make them smile while they are exposed to the diverse group of individuals that use our trails, the expansive network of trails we have on offer, and the numerous activities that take place on these trails.
The weekend festival takes place in Downtown Fernie on Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3. The ever popular guided group hike and bike rides will kick-off each day’s events. Groups assemble at Station Square, where the hikers will be taken by bus to one of the trailheads, and the bikers will head out onto the trails that suit their ability. The intent of the guided tours is to get people out onto trails they are maybe unfamiliar with, and to provide a group environment that provides a safe, social atmosphere to recreate on Fernie’s diverse trail system. The guided tours are actually free, as volunteers come out to share some local knowledge and Fernie hospitality. The event fee is specifically collected to help pay for the group lunch.
The participants return Downtown for lunch under the big tent, catered by Yam- 2-Go and the Chopstick Truck.
As the FTA - Event Committee is tasked with delivering trail related, fun, and inspiring events, along comes the afternoon activities. The “Crazy Fun Events” are characterized by people doing the things that they could not even imagine doing, but give it a good attempt. Events are run by local businesses, who unselfishly take the time out of their busy weekend schedule to come out and share some fun.
Saturday, events include: Kid’s Obstacle Course Challenge, Straightline Drag Race (Log Pull), Guides Hut Bike Polo (get your team together early), and crowd favourite The Loaf Slow Riser Race.
On Sunday, events feature: Big Bang Hiker’s Obstacle Course, Ski Base Strider Race, Gear Hub Inverted Limbo, Giv’er Wheelie Contest, and the Grand Finale Bike Toss (can you say strained muscles?)
This year, to further support the interests of our growing membership base we have introduced a “Strider Race” for the little kids to show off their cool bikes, and pumping legs, on a dog trail skill course.
Also new this year is Stag Leap Running Co.’s event the King of the Castle trail run. First one to the top of Castle Mountain, no sweat along with the Trails in Motion Film Fest at the Arts Station, 6-8pm.
If this isn’t enough diversity to please any trail user, I guess we will just keep trying harder to get to the top.
The Fernie Trails Alliance is faced with many challenges in meeting the expectations of everyone, and the Roll and Sole Trail Fest is just the venue where the community can get together and celebrate our differences.