Outdoors

The January Streak

#FernieStreak / Fer•nie•Streak / verb

Nordic Ski, Bike, Run or Hike, outside, for a minimum of 30 minutes, every day, for the entire month of January. Clothes optional, but highly recommended.

Posted by Abi Moore on Jan 01, 2019 in Outdoors

For the Love of Fernie

For nearly seven years and 92 issues (this marks, officially, number 92) Jesse has pushed herself to hike mountains, climb rocks, and camp solo in the pouring rain. 

Posted by Jesse Bell on Dec 10, 2018 in Outdoors

Fernie Golf Course Nordic Loop

December is a great time of year for a family adventure in the outdoors. A fantastic activity for everyone in the family is Nordic skiing. Whether you have skate or classic skis, a great place for all levels is the Fernie Golf Course. With little change in elevation, it gives everyone a chance to find his or her ski legs.

Posted by Julie Kelly on Dec 03, 2018 in Outdoors

Spots at FAR For the Best Day Ever

It’s 7am on another powder day. Time to check the snow report while sipping your morning coffee and planning the day ahead. The staff at FAR help with favourite stashes and runs from each of the five bowls to keep you smiling all day long.

Posted by Jeni Pearson - ... on Nov 19, 2018 in Outdoors

The Evolution of Fat Biking

The Fernie Fat biking community has taken off with new trails, new riders and yes, newer technology which for some bikers means a new fat bike.

Posted by Troy Nixon on Nov 18, 2018 in Outdoors

Cross-Country Skiing

Fernie offers some of the finest cross-country skiing in all of the Kootenays. The Fernie Nordic Society offers nordic skier only trails at the Fernie Golf and Country Club in town and at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre near Mount Fernie Provincial Park. There is also Nordic skiing to be found on Island Lake Road from the lower parking lot, in the Montane area of Fernie, and up at Fernie Alpine Resort. So to help you make the most of it, we’ve put together a few of our favourite loops for you to enjoy!

Posted by Madeleine Bragg on Nov 16, 2018 in Outdoors

Top Ten Family Winter Fun

If you’re visiting Fernie with your family, you will be happily surprised to find the number of amenities available here for the younger cohort (and also those young at heart). As the number of families continues to grow, so does the programming, facilities and events geared to this market. Here are our top ten for you to explore this winter!

Posted by Krista Turcasso on Nov 15, 2018 in Outdoors

A Day in the Life of a Cat Skier

he Lizard Range’s wild and rugged peaks seem to have a knack for capturing moist weather patterns holding them hostage while snow falls hard and heavy for days. This makes Fernie the ideal winter playground for countless outdoor pursuits. 

Posted by Mike Wilson on Nov 15, 2018 in Outdoors

Braaapcountry - Snowmobiling This Winter

A shake of the snow globe and braapcountry enthusiasts find ourselves on the heels of another legendary winter in the Elk Valley. Emerging as one of BC’s best snowmobile destinations, Fernie serves up out-the-door, easy access to a delicious buffet of terrain suitable for a variety of powder palates. 

Posted by Nicole Matei on Nov 14, 2018 in Outdoors

Snow Shoe Routes to Explore this Winter

Sometimes, when the snow flies covering the Valley in a blanket of white, fluffy powder, instead of heading to the hill with the masses, a solo walk meandering in the trees is just what you need. Here are three of my three favourite places to “get lost” in winter.

Posted by Krista Turcasso on Nov 12, 2018 in Outdoors

Hiking Swine Flu

November, it’s the time of season to remain calm before the storm. A great trail late Fall that typically drains well is Swine Flu. 

Posted by Julie Kelly on Nov 09, 2018 in Outdoors

St. Margaret’s Cemetery

A cemetery is the surest place to find peace. St. Margaret's Cemetery in Fernie is one such cemetery. Old stones mix with old trees, standing quietly together just above town, touched only by the passing breeze.
 

Posted by Jesse Bell on Nov 09, 2018 in Outdoors

Choose Today’s Special

Distance: Approx. 12km
Time: Approx. 2 – 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Black

Posted by Julie Kelly on Oct 12, 2018 in Outdoors

Not Quite Alone and the Crowsnest Wind

Sometimes all Jesse wants is to hike alone. Alone enough to feel the thud of her boots against the earth. To have your face tickled by the breeze as it blows between yellowing larch needles. 

Posted by Jesse Bell on Oct 02, 2018 in Outdoors

Acrophobia

“I’m afraid of heights!” Mel hears this panicked exclamation escape the lips of the majority of beginner climbers. This natural fear of heights is instrumental in making sure that we live to see another day. There are ways to reconcile the self-preserving fear of heights and go on to enjoy the vertical challenges of rock climbing.

Posted by Mel Makepeace on Sep 08, 2018 in Outdoors