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

Food and Beer Pairing Guide

Born and brewed in the mountains, Fernie Brewing Co. is a go-to accompaniment to delicious food and a dash of adventure. Luckily, with a wide variety of beers to choose from and a vast array of Fernie adventures, there are no shortage of options.

Posted by Abi Moore on Jun 01, 2023 in Outdoors

Staying Cool in the South Country

My partner is from Ontario and often talks about cottage country. I get it – it’s absolutely beautiful. I spent a week on a tiny island within the Thousand Islands and while I enjoyed it, I found after day two I was in need of space, silence and movement (it must be the mountain girl in me). Fortunately, not far from Fernie we have our own cottage country that offers the best of both worlds - the South Country! 

Posted by Krista Turcasso on May 25, 2023 in Outdoors

Grassfire Contained Near Jaffray

A grassfire along Jaffray Baynes Lake Road prompted a full response from the South Country Fire Departments this evening.

Posted by admin on May 15, 2023 in Outdoors

Launch of PacificSport Centre for the Columbia Basin

The PacificSport Columbia Basin Board and viaSport BC are pleased to announce the launch of a new PacificSport Centre in the Columbia Basin, with the support of the British Columbia Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. PacificSport Columbia Basin joins the Regional Sport Alliance, which is a collective of provincial-sport delivery organizations passionate about enriching lives and energizing communities through sport and activity.  

Posted by admin on Apr 17, 2023 in Outdoors

Expert Team Leaps Into Action to Protect Endangered Leopard Frogs

You can hear them well over a kilometre in the distance, their baritone horns serenading the wetlands. The croak of the populated male American bullfrog signals the alarming density of frogs migrating to the Yaqan Nuʔkiy (Lower Kootenay Band) lands and along the Lower Kootenay River, south of Creston.

Posted by admin on Apr 06, 2023 in Outdoors

Ecosystem Projects Create Meaningful Impact

Groups around the Columbia Basin are undertaking major projects to enhance biodiversity and ecosystems in the region with support from Columbia Basin Trust. In the most recent intake of its Ecosystem Enhancement Program, the Trust is supporting four new large-scale and six smaller-scale ecosystem projects.

Posted by admin on Mar 15, 2023 in Outdoors

Bucks, Tracks & Collaboration for Local Winter Trail Grooming

There are three new pieces of grooming equipment plowing around Fernie’s non-motorized trails this winter thanks to a federal grant secured by Tourism Fernie.

Posted by admin on Mar 08, 2023 in Outdoors