Our Community Trails
The trail user community in Fernie is leaving tracks in the dirt around every corner. The Fernie Trails Alliance has become the guiding force in creating amazing recreational opportunities for trail enthusiasts. With a bumper sticker stating “Powering Fernie’s Trails,” there is an expected obligation to gear up, get out there, and make it happen. A daunting task, and somewhat intimidating mandate, here are some of the proposed projects for 2016.
The Elk Valley TransCanada Trail Project in partnership with the District of Elkford, District of Sparwood, and the Fernie Trails Alliance, has received funding from the RDEK/CBT Community Directed Fund and the TransCanada Trail Association. A Project Manager has been hired, and construction tenders are being fulfilled by competent trail construction contractors. The 145 km. trail from Elko to Elkford is soon becoming a proud reality, and will become a community legacy for the Elk Valley.
The Fairy Creek Pedestrian Bridge Project will begin construction this spring, and provide a safe corridor to connect the City of Fernie trails with the Brickers area, Dicken Road Community, and Tourist Info Centre. The 22 m clearspan covered bridge will be a showcase fixture that every person in Fernie can utilize to connect with friends on the other side.
Trail repair work will begin as soon as the snow recedes, on The Kush, Little Chain Ring, and Three Kings area, where the land owner has recently completed logging activities.
The completion of the Stupid Trail, connecting Lactic Ridge with the Project 9 area will add a challenging traverse option on upper flanks of Fernie Mountain.
The Southern Comfort - Montane area connector will be constructed to get the kids off of Cokato Road and back to town on a cruisey trail through the shady forest of Montane.
The Coal Creek Heritage Trail will get a haircut this year, to control the ever invasive shrubbery that grows so well in the luxurious Fernie rainforest. In the under growth’s effort to repel any explorer, we must be persistent with our continued brushing control. Get out your Fernie Mountain Bike Club limited release brush saws, and be diligent folks.
The ever popular Lazy Lizard Trail is proposed to be extended to connect to Mount Fernie Provincial Park, so trail users of all ages can enjoy an non Island Lake Road access to the Lodge. Plans to have this trail constructed adjacent to the Cedars neighbourhood along Mount Fernie Park Road connecting to Highway #3 is also in the works.
Plans to create some single track connections in the Elk Valley Nordic Centre area from Ben Emmitt to the Boom Multi Use Trail, will allow the dog owner community to move through the Galloway lands from the Campsite to the Ski Hill Community.
None of these trail improvement projects would be possible without the countless hours of volunteer work put in by the Fernie Trails Alliance and its member organizations. Our work is supported through many generous donations and grants from community members, visitors and other service clubs. We sincerely thank you all for your continued support
All of the items listed above are subject to revision as the Fernie Trails Alliance’s manpower and budgets permit.