Outdoors

Forests, wetlands and riparian areas are among the habitats that will benefit from several projects that are focusing on ensuring healthy, diverse and functioning ecosystems in the Columbia Basin.

“The Trust heard from people living in the Basin that ecosystem enhancement is important to maintain and improve native biodiversity in the wide variety of ecosystems that make up the region,” said Johnny Strilaeff, President and Chief Executive Officer, Columbia Basin Trust. “The efforts seen in these projects reflect those values as they involve hands-on work at a large scale, across entire landscapes, to create lasting effects.”

Life in the Basin is ingrained with nature, whether this involves camping, kayaking or simply waking to the sounds of birdsong. It’s no wonder that Basin youth are inspired to protect their local landscapes by getting involved with climate action.

The City of Fernie is welcoming $102,525 in Provincial grant funding to support wildfire-risk-reduction initiatives in our community.

Fernie is one of 13 local governments in the Southeast Fire Centre receiving funding this year through the FireSmart Community Funding and Supports category of the Community Resiliency Investment program.

The funds awarded to the City will be used to assist with education, development considerations, interagency co-operation, emergency planning, cross-training, and FireSmart activities in residential areas.

The Federal and Provincial Governments have confirmed the City has been successful in securing $1,282,572 in funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, Rural and Northern Infrastructure stream. 

After nearly two years without competition, Fernie Freestyle Club athletes haven’t skipped a beat, with 20 athletes attending the BC Freestyle Provincial Competition this past week, January 14-16th 2022, at Panorama Mountain Resort, landing 17 podium finishes.

Often times with multi-day challenges, you start off strong and can get side-tracked or lose motivation along the way. Here are some tips from the #FernieStreak team to keep you motivated, engaged and having fun! Remember to share with your fellow streakers by using the hashtag, and most importantly this is a fun, community event to raise funds for an important local cause, Twin Meadows Animal Rescue Society, and to get people outside! Enjoy, and thank you for participating.   

In the last year, community groups across the Basin undertook 25 new projects that rehabilitate, enhance or develop recreational trails.

Fernie Alpine Resort is happy to announce that they will be opening for Winter 2021/22 at 9am this Saturday, December 11, 2021. The weather forecast is very promising, with significant accumulations possible throughout the weekend.

The trails managed by the Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA) are multi-use, year-round. This time of year, you may see hikers, bikers, runners and snowshoers using the trail network. Every user is out there likely for the same reason, to get some fresh air, exercise and enjoy the views. Keep that in mind when you are out on the trails, and be kind and respectful to all trail users. 

Fear. It is a bit of a weird one. It comes along and sneaks up and hits you when you really don’t want it to. Fear is our neurological response to certain environmental or thought-provoking exposures that wants to pump us with adrenalin to ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ a given situation. What if, instead, we do not put ourselves into that situation in the first place?