Fly Fishing in Fernie by Wayne Osborne

The rivers opened on June 15 after being closed since April 1 to protect the spawning season for wild Westslope Cutthroat Trout, for which the Elk Valley is famous. July is the month that fly anglers from all over the globe start to descend on Fernie to enjoy a truly unique and incredible dry fly fishery. The rivers streams and lakes around Fernie provide fly fishing opportunities that are simply as good as it gets.

Posted by admin on Jun 28, 2010 in Outdoors

Getting Properly Set Up by Mel Dies, CPGA Head Professional FGCC


Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jun 28, 2010 in Outdoors

Nature Sites to See Before the Summer Dies

Summer is Fernie’s shortest season. With ‘Monsoon June’ over, locals have roughly eight to ten busy weekends to pack in nature’s summer highlights. Here are some must see features before the first flakes fall around the Elk Valley.


Posted by Lee-Anne Walker on Jun 28, 2010 in Outdoors

Racer's Corner - John Merritt

Flying down Oh Dear, just about to take a corner I hear Emily scream ahead of me and see something small and black at her feet. “Is it a bear cub?” I ask until I realize it’s a dog. Then I see a sweat ridden John Merritt running towards us asking between breaths which trail he’s on. My bike partner thought it was the strangest site, but to those of us that frequent trails in Fernie it’s a farily normal occurrence.

Posted by Fix on Jun 01, 2010 in Outdoors

Chipping, Save Shots around the Greens

by Scott Shouldice CPGA Professional FGCC

For golfers of all skill levels, one of the easiest ways to knock strokes off your score is to improve your chipping from around the greens. Chipping the ball close can help you save par and lower your scores.

When approaching a shot close to the green, the first thing you should do is decide what type of shot you are going to play. The three most common types of chip shots are the bump and run, pitch shot, and lob shot or flop shot.

Posted by admin on Jun 01, 2010 in Outdoors

Wild Beauty For a Lifetime

While walking in the woods the other day my attention was captured by a flash of purple. Closer investigation revealed a small, irregularly shaped flower with heart-shaped leaves growing from its base. Delicate black stripes drew my gaze to its centre. This early blue violet was heralding the arrival of spring.

Posted by Lee-Anne Walker on Jun 01, 2010 in Outdoors

Defining Community by Place, Plants, and People’s Passion

“What community are you from?” When asked this common question how do you answer? I typically say, “I was born in Saskatchewan, raised in Springbank, studied in Edmonton/Victoria, but since 1983 I have lived in the Elk Valley/Crowsnest Pass.”

Posted by Lee-Anne Walker on Apr 29, 2010 in Outdoors

Hot Doggin' Free Skiers

by Jenn Johnson and Keanna Webber

Posted by admin on Apr 01, 2010 in Outdoors

Spring Skiing

What do goggle-tans, mogul skis, and sun pits all have in common? Those are the tell tale signs that it is spring on the mountain. Although it’s T-shirt weather in town, there is still a lot of excellent skiing to be had in the mountains. Warm days and cool nights have created legendary spring skiing conditions!

Posted by Fernie Ski Patrol on Apr 01, 2010 in Outdoors

Green Play, Fun Conservation

Which is a greater threat to nature: chainsaws, bulldozers, motorized off road vehicles or the television/Internet? In my opinion, screens whether big or small are the greatest threat to nature, especially when pondering the fact that on average Canadians spend weekly 26.8 hours in front of the TV and 13.4 hours on the Internet (CRTC, 2007).

Posted by Lee-Anne Walker on Apr 01, 2010 in Outdoors

Fix's Top Ten Winter Fernieisms

Photo by Henry Georgi

Posted by Fix on Mar 16, 2010 in Outdoors

Keeping your Body Balanced

Most people harbour imbalances in their bodies from the activities they do in daily life without even realizing it.

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Feb 27, 2010 in Outdoors

Fernie Free Skiing

Fernie is just one of those special places, a place that is still waiting to live up to its full potential while fully enjoying the slow rise to stardom.

Posted by admin on Feb 27, 2010 in Outdoors