Backcountry Winter Safety

More and more people visiting Fernie during the winter are drawn to spending time in the amazing backcountry, whether on skis/snowboards, snowshoes or a snowmobile. The current global health challenge is likely to increase further the numbers of people looking for socially-distanced recreation in the wilderness.

Posted by Simon Piney on Nov 13, 2020 in Outdoors

Taking Time

This month I was lucky to interview local mama and registered nurse, Leilani Levesque. A woman who I look up to and who always comes to mind when I am striving to find balance as a mama in my own life. I first met Leilani on a home visit when we first had our son.

Posted by Yvonne Prest on Nov 10, 2020 in Outdoors

Local Wakesurfer Honoured with Prestigious Legend Award

For anyone on the competitive wakesurfing circuit, Caroline Villeneuve’s status as a pioneer and legend in the sport are well known, but it is now official as Villeneuve has been presented with the Competitive Wakesurfing Association’s most prestigious award, the Legend Award, for her contributions to the sport.

Posted by Loree Duczek on Oct 22, 2020 in Outdoors


October is here and I’m panicking to make my child a costume. Alright, alright, I mean panicking to find one to buy or bor-row. I often leave tasks like this to the last minute and end up being a witch or ghost, again. I want more for my son. Or do I?

Posted by Yvonne Prest on Oct 13, 2020 in Outdoors

Fall Trail Work

The Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA) has been working hard all season to keep the trails in tip-top shape. Here are some of the projects the crew will continue to work on this fall. 

Posted by Julie Kelly on Oct 08, 2020 in Outdoors

East Kootenay Wake Surfers Put in Strong Performance at Canadian Nationals

It was a stellar weekend for East Kootenay riders at the 2020 Wake Canada Wakesurf Nationals, presented by Yanmar Marine.

Posted by admin on Sep 27, 2020 in Outdoors

Rocks, Pinecones, Stumps!

If Einstein was right (and I think he often was) in stating that imagination is more valuable than knowledge, then schools that focus on creating space for imaginative play are exactly what we need. Enter: Forest School. Enter: Little Einsteins.

Posted by admin on Sep 19, 2020 in Outdoors

The Pig

It’s September, how did that happen? It’s also the last of the Donation Box Scavenger Hunt, with the most challenging location to date - Swine Flu! When this article was written, the Pig Donation Box was located lower down on this wonderful trail on Mount Proctor, but has recently been moved to the top of the trail, offering stunning views of the mountains and town of Fernie. 

Posted by Wes Shaw on Sep 18, 2020 in Outdoors

Trail Etiquette & The Lunch Loop

September’s Education Issue is a great time to review and bring awareness to trail etiquette. 

Posted by admin on Sep 11, 2020 in Outdoors

Two Become Three

2020 has brought us all a lot of unforeseen surprises, challenges, and difficulties. Yet for new parents Janice Doucette and Joey Kosolofski, their glass has always remained half full. Expecting your first child will do that to you.

Posted by Yvonne Prest on Aug 17, 2020 in Outdoors

The Lizard

If you’ve been following along since June, and finding all of the donation boxes for our summer Scavenger Hunt, you have reached two beautiful locations so far - The Fairy Creek Falls and the Cedar Forest off of Gorby Trail. 

Posted by Wes Shaw on Aug 14, 2020 in Outdoors

Hollow Tree

Summer at Fernie Alpine Resort is in full swing, with record summer passes purchased and many visitors and residents enjoying all that the lift-access offers including a variety of hikes and an extensive network of trails for all levels of riders and preferred styles of riding.

Posted by Karen Pepper on Aug 11, 2020 in Outdoors

Virtual Challenges

The Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA) has been working with its member clubs, event organizers and landowners to get some fun events going for the summer. Due to COVID-19 the events have gone virtual. But you don’t need to slap on a race plate to challenge yourself. Check out the great options.

Posted by Julie Kelly on Jul 30, 2020 in Outdoors

Trust and Focus

Yvonne had the privilege of catching up with local artist and member of Shred Kelly, Sage McBride, to see what she does to maintain a work, life and mamahood balance.

Posted by Yvonne Prest on Jul 16, 2020 in Outdoors

The Goat on Gorby Trail

Summer is officially here, the trails are clear of snow and more terrain and access to outdoor spaces is now available to us! This month, we challenge you to find the Goat donation bin located at the beginning of Old Goat, one of Fernie’s oldest and most cherished mountain bike trails. Find the box this July and remember to head to Edge of the World to get your sticker!

Posted by Wes Shaw on Jul 10, 2020 in Outdoors