Outdoors

Elk Valley Community Invited to the ‘Knowing Water’ Symposium on April 3rd

Having clean water is essential to thriving communities, but what goes into understanding water? The Knowing Water Symposium on Wednesday, April 3rd will feature diverse subject matter experts who will present on the many aspects of knowing water. This symposium is free to register to, and invites all members of the community to come learn about Elk Valley water. 

Posted by admin on Mar 14, 2024 in Outdoors

Wycliffe Regional Park Open Year-Round

The Regional District of East Kootenay’s Wycliffe Regional Park is open to the public year-round. 

Posted by admin on Feb 13, 2024 in Outdoors

Nordic Loops for Everyone

Nordic skiing seems to grow exponentially with each year. Perhaps it's the growing Fernie Nordic Society, with nearly 1200 annual memberships and 1000 day use trail passes sold. Or it could be the numerous locations one can get out on Nordic skis.

Posted by Krista Turcasso on Jan 14, 2024 in Outdoors

Bike, Run or Snowshoe

When you live in a mountain town that can have winter-like weather from as early as October to as late as April (sometimes May!), not much stops people from going outside to participate in the sports they enjoy. 

Posted by Krista Turcasso on Jan 04, 2024 in Outdoors

6th Annual Elk Valley Streak

Start 2024 off on the right foot, tire, ski or snowshoe by joining the Elk Valley Streak! The goal is to get active outside for as many days in the month of January for a minimum of 30 minutes. Remember, while we all likely endeavour to participate all 31 days, life happens! If you miss a day or can only squeeze in 10 minutes, that’s okay. Get as many days in as works for you and be proud of your efforts.

Posted by admin on Jan 03, 2024 in Outdoors

Winter Trails for Everyone

As I write this article the first snow has hit our wonderful peaks around Fernie. I love winter and all that it brings to the Elk Valley, and with this snow it means winter trail grooming is just around the corner! 

Posted by Melanie Wigglesworth on Dec 01, 2023 in Outdoors

The South Rockies Field Team – A Local Connection to a National Organization

The South Rockies field team is one of Avalanche Canada’s six field teams. Our team of three avalanche professionals is passionate about empowering safe backcountry adventures and working together to collect critical information about the snowpack in the backcountry surrounding Crowsnest Pass, Elkford, Sparwood, Fernie, and Elko.

Posted by Lisa Larson on Nov 23, 2023 in Outdoors

Snow Hosts: A Day in the Life

Fernie Alpine Resort is a winter wonderland for ski and snowboard enthusiasts. With its abundant powder and incredible terrain, it's no wonder that thousands of visitors flock to this resort every season.

Posted by Emma Polit on Nov 02, 2023 in Outdoors

Elk Valley Residents Invited to Attend Annual Elk River Shoreline Clean-up on September 24th

This summer, locals and tourists basked in the refreshing waters of the Elk River watershed to avoid unusually dry and hot conditions. Unfortunately, where there are people, trash is soon to follow. The Elk River Alliance–a local environmental charity–is asking the Elk Valley community to come together and help ensure a clean river for generations to come.

Posted by admin on Sep 06, 2023 in Outdoors

Keeping it Cool in the August Heat

Well we’re in the mountains, we’re at 1,000m of elevation, and we’re surrounded by beautiful shady forest; but there’s no way around it….  August can get warm in Fernie, eh? Not Penticton-in-the-middle-of-an-Ironman. Not Marble Bar, Oz as you check into the Ironclad Hotel… but definitely warm enough to have some thoughts like these.

Posted by Duncan Maisels on Aug 17, 2023 in Outdoors

BC Wake Surf Provincial Championships Coming to Lake Koocanusa

The registration deadline is approaching for the 2023 BC Wake Surf Provincial Championships, which kick off Saturday morning at Lake Koocanusa.

Posted by admin on Aug 17, 2023 in Outdoors

East Kootenay Wakesurfer Named Wake Canada's Men's Wakesurfer of the Year

Congratulations to Canadian Elite Team rider Ryder Duczek @ryder.duczek, Wake Canada’s Men’s Wakesurfer Of The Year (2022)!

Posted by admin on Jun 29, 2023 in Outdoors

Annual Raft Race Makes a Splash

On June 21st, costumed competitors furiously paddled the Elk River in a fun and thrilling Raft Race. Canyon Raft has organised the annual event since 1997, and this year they saw the highest attendance, with 139 people split into 19 teams. The race is not only fun, but doubles as a charity fundraiser with entry fees going to the Elk River Alliance’s ‘Elk River Discovery Camp’, raising $2780 this year.

Posted by admin on Jun 27, 2023 in Outdoors

Ready. Set. Go.

While trail running is an increasingly popular year-round sport, there’s no doubt it comes into its own during the three non-wintry Canadian seasons. Give or take the odd snow flurry. Just like in many other areas of your life, while spring takes seemingly forever to roll around, before you know it, it’s fall. Cue drilling spikes into your sad looking, under-used trail shoes. Sound familiar? Well here’s a little lowdown of some of the local-ish to Fernie trail racing opportunities, to help get a few races on the calendar and set some much-needed goals…

Posted by Abi Moore on Jun 21, 2023 in Outdoors