what to do
Leave the crowded malls to the cities - in Fernie you’ll find boutique shops lining historic downtown. Looking for great new equipment? There are several sporting goods shops, such as The Guides Hut, Straight Line Bicycle & Ski and Gearhub that cater to outdoor pursuits enthusiasts and offer ski, snowboard and bike rentals as well as servicing, parts, and sales, or visit Ghostrider Motorsports for all things fuel-powered.
Be sure to visit the unique gift shops, such as Polar Peak Books, Giv’er Shirt Works, Clawhammer Letterpress and Ghostrider Trading Company featuring a delightful array of items to take home to friends and family, to decorate your home or to keep your Fernie vacation memories alive for a lifetime.
Fernie also offers gourmet treats to go from Beanpod Chocolate, Le Grand Fromage, Loaf Bakery and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and make sure to stop by Fernie Brewing Company located on Hwy #3 or sample their award winning beers at pubs around town.
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Fernie is surrounded by numerous hiking trails, from easy walks to overnight epics. Whether you prefer a casual stroll in the valley or an uphill grind to one of the rugged peaks, Fernie offers hiking for everyone. With awe-inspiring views and the ever present chance of seeing wildlife, a camera truly is required equipment in Fernie.
Fernie Alpine Resort offers guided and self-guided hiking, coupled with the convenience of lift access to allow you to hike straight into Fernie’s magnificent alpine terrain. Be sure to take part in a Nature Bob interpretive hike!
Island Lake Lodge offers an extensive trail network, taking in everything from old growth cedar forest to sweeping alpine vistas. Interpretive guided hiking is available and can be tailored to suit you level of experience.
Wild Nature Tours offer professionally guided hiking and wildlife viewing tours to special places around Fernie.
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A true wilderness experience, rafting lends itself to incredible days of excitement, exceptional scenery, a riverside lunch and even cliff jumping on the Elk River for those more adventurous. Whether its high water in spring or a sun soaked trip in August, a day rafting with Canyon Raft or Mountain High River Adventures is a day well spent for friends and family.
Later in the Fernie summer, as the rivers warm up, try a new river experience. Test your white water skills with Mountain High River Adventures on a guided inflatable kayak trip on the Elk River – a blast for those who love a thrill.
Alternatively, take a gentler approach and enjoy the milder side of the Elk River. Come on a half-day of a guided scenic river float and leave all the padding to us, whilst you can relax, takin in the views, and spot for wildlife.
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FERNIE GOLF CLUB
With 360-degree views of Fernie’s surrounding mountains, the Fernie Golf Club 18-hole professional golf course is amongst the most spectacular in the Rockies. With its manicured greens and silica bunkers, the beginner golfer will find this course very playable. However, with lush rough and water in play on all but three holes, it’s not without its challenges for the more advanced golfer.
Cart and club rentals are available, as well as a driving range, putting green and fully serviced pro shop.And after 18 holes…The 19th isn’t to be missed! The newly renovated Cast Iron Grill and its wrap around deck offers some of the best scenery in town and is the ideal location for a well earned cold beer and a delicious meal after your round.
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Fernie is truly one of North America’s best fly fishing destinations. Enjoy easy access to a host of stunning mountain lakes, the clear freestone waters of the Elk River and its many tributaries.
The Elk River is home to one of the largest remaining populations of wild, pure-strain Westslope cutthroat trout, a species renowned for their willingness to rise to dry flies even in the most testing conditions. And for those fisher folk who are keen to test their biceps a little more, the Elk River and surrounding waters hold strong populations of monster Bull Trout.
Stop in at one of the local fly shops to hear a few ‘local’s secrets’ and inquire about guided trips. Expert guides are available throughout the season and they are a wealth of knowledge. Fishing new water can sometimes be challenging and a guide’s service is often the difference between a good day and a fantastic day. Float trips and Walk and Wade trips are available through the Elk River Guiding Company,and Fernie Wilderness Adventures, Fernie Fly Fishing and Kootenay Fly Shop and Guiding Company.
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DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
From sushi to curry, bison tenderloin to classic pub fare,hearty soups and salads to authentic Italian cuisine, there is a culinary flavour to suit every palette in Fernie. At Fernie Alpine Resort, in town or at the golf course, an eclectic and diverse range of dining options mix warm and welcoming small town charm with an international flair that is simply…irresistible. Take home a piece of Fernie’s cuisine, pick up the Island Lake Lodge Cookbook.
When the light in the sky dims, historic downtown Fernie glows with an evening ambiance that can only be found in a small mountain town. Pubs and bars bustle with locals and visitors alike, swapping stories over locally brewed ale. Kick back and listen to live music, punctuated only by the sounds of clinking glasses and hearty chuckles.
Try Japanese fare at Yamagoya Sushi or casual dining at Cast Iron Grill, The Bridge Bistro, The Brickhouse and The Pub Bar & Grill. Sample fine Italian-style pasta and more at Loaf Bakery or homemade smoothies, soups and salads at The Lunchbox. For refined yet relaxed dining try Max Restaurant or Cirque Restaurant at Lizard Creek Lodge. For casual coffees and snacks, Loaf Bakery, Le Grand Fromage, Big Bang Bagels and Beanpod Chocolate will all hit the mark.
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ARTS AND CULTURE
Fernie boasts a vibrant arts scene. Live shows and performances can be caught at The Arts Station year round, in addition to gallery showings of local artists. Check out the Fernie Arts Station for events and The Fernie Arts Co-Op for local works. The Fernie Museum will feature a new display installation in 2013 and is packed full of the history and legends of Fernie. Exhibitions are also on display in the upstairs gallery from time to time. The Fernie Heritage Library is a beautiful location with endless resources including computer/internet access and video rentals.
Culture and History come alive with antique processes in action in Historic Downtown Fernie at Clawhammer Press and Beanpod Chocolate. Take a walk into history at the Fernie Miner’s Walk or relax at one of the downtown socials held every Wednesday and Sunday in Summer.
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KAYAKING & CANOEING
With the Elk River passing through Fernie, what better way to spend a sunny afternoon than a paddle?
Challenge your skills in the whitewater or do as the locals do and just float your way from the North Bridge to the West Bridge. Looking for something more adventurous? Local operators can provide you with a guided day of kayaking, from mild trips to wild. Kayaks or canoes can be hired in town so pack you bag and get here. What are you waiting for? Sign up for a guided adventure or paddle the local rivers.
Spend the day surrounded by cottonwood trees and partake in one of Fernies’ popular recreational activities! The course is located in James White Park and is an 18 hole course with Mach 3 baskets on the front nine and Innova DISCatcher Pros on the back nine.
The course is located in a well manicured City park surrounded by cottonwoods with tight wooded fairways, with a length of 4,800 ft. Overall the course is not extremely long, but does require very accurate tee shots with 13 holes being under 300 ft, and the other 5 being between 300-400 ft.
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Outdoor trail-based running is fast growing in Fernie, thanks to the ever growing network of trails, races, resources and trail running groups. A lot of Fernie’s trails are multi-purpose, catering to a wide variety of activities from biking, hiking, to nordic skiing and fat biking in the winter.
Trails are accessible from right in the middle of town, and range from casual laps into the forests, to epic runs all the way high up into the alpine.
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