hiking

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Time: 
10:30 - 1:30pm

Back by popular demand! Fernie Alpine Resort is adding one more specialty hike on Fossils & Geology to their summer hiking program!

A 380 million year old history lesson: Fossils & Geology

Why are the rocks in the Lizard range upside down? And how does Polar Peak tell the story of a mass extinction event 360 million years ago? Find out the answers to these questions and more as we traverse ancient sea beds, uncovering the remnants of the sea creatures that lived in ancient times. 

Mountains surround us. We live, work, and play amongst them. Where you have a bunched up rug, you have a mountain. And where you have Prairies and the Canadian Shield, you have hardwood floors.

Event Date: 
Repeats every week every Sunday and every Tuesday and every Saturday until Tue Aug 29 2017.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Time: 
5:00pm - 7:30pm

Join Fernie Alpine Resort naturalist guides for an interpretive 1-hour walk followed by a delicious meal at Cirque Restaurant. Every week during July & August. 

Tuesdays: Forage & Feast
A peaceful foraging walk in the forest where you will harvest your ingredients for the Cirque Kitchen team to turn into a fantastic meal to enjoy after your hike!
5-7:30pm
Cost is $32

The Spineback Trail is one of the signature hikes at Island Lake Lodge.

Event Date: 
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Time: 
11:00am - 2:00pm

The secret history of trees: Forestry

Uncover the story behind the burnt out stumps that dot much of the mountain and how they’re part of a curse from Fernie’s past. Explore the mystical, 800 year old Old Growth Grove and discover how it gives away the secret of Fernie’s incredible amounts of powder snow in winter. Fernie Alpine Resort's specialty hikes are fully guided by their experienced, professional staff. Hikes are moderate difficulty, and are 3 hours in length.

Lift ticket or season pass is required as all specialty hikes are lift accessed.

There is an otherworldly place just outside of Fernie. In this place, water carves its way out of the earth, and over geologic timespans, creates a massive hole in the side of a mountain. At this interface, darkness intermingles with light effortlessly to create an entirely separate ecosystem from the surroundings.

Fernie is world renowned for its easy access to the great outdoors. One only has to stand anywhere in town to look towards the mountains and imagine a variety of outdoorsy pursuits.

The hiking program at Fernie Alpine Resort is becoming more and more popular these days, with the recent addition of Nature Bob’s Interpretive Centre, guided nature hikes, and specialty hikes (focusing on fossils, wildflowers, or trees).

There are so many reasons to hike; the warm summer wind against sun-kissed skin, the aches and pains after miles of woods-walking, the bottle of red wine with girlfriends at sunset.

photo by Nick Nault

With so much to choose from in and around Fernie, we thought it might help to narrow it down to a few personal favourites!

Hiking
Mount Fernie – Town
Difficulty Level - Blue
Elevation – 7,251 feet
Average Time – 3 hrs +