Getting it Done for You
Fernie’s trails are for sharing. People of all ages, backgrounds and modes of self-propelled activity enjoy Fernie’s trails at any given time, for exercise, adventure, and to be out in nature. Enhancing our collective well being, the trails are spokes of life that radiate from the heart of our community.
It’s rewarding to encounter like minded folk out on the trails, and feel the connection that comes through a shared experience. A common appreciation for the value of our surroundings connects us regardless of how we may differ from one another. Encounters may vary from quiet greetings with smiles exchanged, to hoots and hollers and breathless tales of animal sightings and personal triumphs. These encounters remind us we are not alone out on the trails, that we share this privilege with many users, and that how we conduct ourselves determines the quality of not only our own experience, but also that of others. It’s important as a trail user to focus on immediate surroundings as the natural environment is full of unforeseen details. Whether we are keeping our senses peeled for possible wildlife encounters, other trail users, changes in the weather, or just the general track on which we tread, we all are responsible to ensure that encounters with others are safe and enjoyable , and everyone is safe, and comfortable. These group dynamics are what make us as humans, vital in spirit, compassionate, and ultimate survivors.
Trails are shared by landowners whose property the trails cross, and have signed agreements with the FTA to permit certain trail uses. It is critical that all trail users respect landowners conditions, so public access can continue. For example, the new Montane trail, which is being constructed from the Coal Creek Barn to the southern Fernie municipal boundary, is made possible by just such an agreement and a private-public trail construction partnership. This trail is intended to be non-motorized multi-use to support winter snowshoeing, snow biking, nordic skiing in winter, and hiking and mountain biking in summer. This access privilege has a share-the-trail condition caveat.
Although most users are aware of, and respect these necessary rules, and practice good trail use etiquette, there are bound to be those who do not. Violations are frowned upon as there is much at stake. Our trails exist only because of years of hard work by dedicated, passionate volunteers including more recent work done by the Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA) on behalf of user groups to ensure public access through the signing of agreements with landowners. Through positive communication, and a collective sharing of knowledge, patience and encouragement, Fernie’s inclusive trail culture will continue to evolve and many great experiences will continue to be shared out on the trails.
“Love where you live, and want others to love it too.”
Trail of the Month – The Montane Trail Network
Distance – 8km Loop or 4km Loop
Difficulty – Moderate
Throughout the winter months, the Fernie Trails Alliance has partnered with the Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club and Parastone Developments to groom ten kilometres of the Montane Trail and Road Network weekly.
To access, park at the Coal Creek Barn just off of Coal Creek Road. Once you cross the bridge, take a left to access the groomed trails. It is recommended to travel the loop counter clockwise, so when you reach a fork turn right. For the outer, 8km loop stay right. Eventually the trail will turn the opposite direction and you will be travelling back towards Coal Creek Road. For the shorter loop, take a left at the second fork you reach.
These trails are open to multiple users, including snowbikers, snowshoers, Nordic skiers and dog walkers. Snowshoers, snowbikers and walkers are asked to stay on the outside of the trail to help maintain the integrity of the Nordic grooming. Dog owners, please clean up after your dogs.