Places to Visit: Fernie BC

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Fernie BC

Located in a valley hugged by the peaks of the southern British Columbia Rocky Mountains, Fernie has its roots in the coal mining industry. Today, the area is renowned for pristine wilderness, swish resorts and bountiful activities.

Fernie boasts a pristine environment that draws outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world.

Such is its reputation that Fernie draws skiers and boarders in want of some of the most lustrous powder snow in North America. There's also fantastic fun to be had with heli-skiing.

Summertime heralds a different array of activities. For mountain bikers and hikers, in particular, Fernie is a dream come true. The weather tends towards one sunny day after the next, meaning loads of outdoor adventure. If nothing else, soak in the unspoiled terrain under limitless blue skies.

Golfers, hikers and rafters also enjoy the area and friendly smiles from locals.

Deep in the Elk Valley, amongst thick forests and craggy banks are pristine waters rich with wild trout and even the West Slope Cutthroat. Guides with years of knowledge select the most scenic and seldom fished waters in the area.

Tours range from day to multi-day and may be customized to meet individual requirements.

Lodgings include Bed and Breakfasts; condominiums and houses; hotels and motels; and, camping grounds.

Indoor Activities After a day outdoors step inside and enjoy some of Fernie's finest facilities.

The Aquatic Center offers a large pool, diving board, children's pool, a slide, 20 person hot tub, and a steam room!

Ice Skating
If you've not yet had enough of the cold visit the Fernie Memorial Arena. Enjoy a family skate or catch the excitement of a Fernie Ghostriders Junior 'A' hockey game.

Indoor Skatepark The Edge of the World skatepark is a fun place to visit. Besides the obvious enjoyment of skating, there is a Mexican diner, internet café and related services.

Fernie's Peaks
Fernie Mountain (7086 ft, 2160 m) towers over the city on the North East.

Hosmer Mountain ( 8221 ft, 2505 m) is prominent on the Fernie landscape. Visible from everywhere in town, the face of Mount Hosmer is well known for the shadow of the 'Ghostrider' that can be seen in the evening during the summer season.

Polar Peak (7000 ft, 2134 m) is located at Fernie Alpine Resort. Hikers often enjoy the reward of these fabulous views from the top of the resort.

Three Sisters (9146 ft, 2788 m) dominates the Fernie landscape. The highest mountain surrounding Fernie, it is often featured in local photography.

Driving times to Fernie from:
Cranbrook - 1 hours
Calgary - 3 hours
Kalispell, MT - 2 hours
Spokane, WA - 4.5 hours
Vancouver - 12 hours