Outdoors

Kids have it made when it comes to summer in Fernie, both those living here or visiting. The options available are impressive and grow with each year – from tennis to disc golf, gymnastics to river exploration, drama to reading clubs… it can be almost overwhelming to decide! 

Since Heiko’s Trail official opening just over 20 years ago, volunteers and paid trail crews with the Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA) have been doing regular yearly maintenance and improvements with permissions from the Province of BC via Rec Sites and Trails BC. 

The East Kootenay FireSmart™ Program (EKFP) program will be hosting three events for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 4th

Members of the Jaffray and Elko Fire Departments responded to two spot fires early this afternoon. 

“Two spot fires were discovered next to Highway 3 just east of the Wardner Bridge over the  Kootenay River this afternoon,” says Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Ben Goertzen. “Upon suppression of the fires the scene was handed off to the BC  Wildfire Service for monitoring.” 

Spring is starting to bloom in full colours, and the Elk River Alliance is seeking volunteer help to aid in streambank restoration. Over the last month, volunteers collected over 2000 plant cuttings or “livestakes”, adding to the 600 stored from the previous fall. So far, over 1000 livestakes have already been planted, but more help is needed.

In the Columbia Basin, there's no denying the presence of exceptional campsites and recreational trail networks, which are among the best in the province, if not the entire country. But what's the secret behind their upkeep and management? It's not by chance. The recreation crews formed through a partnership between Columbia Basin Trust and Recreation Sites and Trails BC are one of several such entities making a difference in the region.

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. 

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

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.

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. 

Which makes it pretty clear why Fat Biking, Trail Running and Snowshoeing have become such popular winter activities in Fernie.