Chances are, if you've chosen to visit Fernie then you already know about the wealth of year round outdoor recreational activities you can pursue in our Rocky Mountain Community. Here is a list of everything that could keep you busy while you're here and all of these activities are just outside your door at Tightlines Lodge. (All links will open in new windows.)
Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
Winter is the most popular time for a Fernie vacation and the best in BC ski vacations happen here. People come from all over the world to experience a true BC ski resort with over 29 feet of legendary Kootenay powder annually. What are you waiting for? Click here to visit Fernie Alpine Resort online to find out more about downhill skiing and snowboarding opportunities.
Cross Country Skiing
The Fernie Nordic Society is a non-profit society that officially came into existence July 2006. Through the monumental efforts of many volunteers, there are now more than 20 kms of pristine groomed Nordic track in one of the world's most spectacular venues. The primary goal of the Fernie Nordic Society is to provide low cost winter fitness activity to its membership through high quality groomed trails and programming. For more information and trail maps visit their website.
Whether an avid enthusiast or a first timer check out the snowmobile tours and hire companies in Fernie. Hire sleds for a group and have a day exploring the mountains that surround Fernie or go looking for that perfect place to have a picnic lunch. Tours can be booked for as little as 2 hours to a full day. Play safe and check avalanche conditions before heading out! Visit Tourism Fernie's snowmobiling page for more info on booking a tour.
Have you always wanted to take a ride on a dog sled or dreamed of that romantic dog sled ride amongst snowy mountains? How about driving a sled yourself? Fernie can offer you that dream! Packages are available for a romantic trip and range from one hour to a full day of touring with you in charge of your own sled! Check out Fernie Dog Sledding's website for more info.
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The famous Elk River in Fernie is situated in the East Kootenays of the Canadian Rockies and this is where Kootenay Fly Shop & Guiding was established in 1995 to offer anglers a full service fly-fishing shop and British Columbia Guide Service for some of the best fly-fishing waters in North America. Experience fishing of a lifetime where the last strong remaining populations of Wild West Slope Cutthroat Trout in North America can be found in our rivers. Pursue Cutthroat Trout on the dry as well as fishing for huge Bull Trout on the Elk River. For more info or to book your tour, please ask your hosts and/or visit Kootenay Fly Shop and Guiding Company's website.
The Fernie Golf & Country Club offers an 18 hole championship course that is very playable for the beginner or average golfer but also offers great challenges for the better player. Water is in play on all but three holes and the greens are very challenging and will test your putting skills. We offer Cart and Club rentals, Driving range, Practice green, a fully stocked Pro Shop and full service Restaurant to meet everyone’s golfing needs. Tournament and group bookings are very welcome.
Mountain biking in Fernie is a favourite pastime for locals - you might hear some say that they actually love the biking more than the powder, if you can believe that! With expert singletrack to cruisey beginner runs and community trails, come and see for yourself why people love Fernie for the biking. Look for trail maps around town and stop in to one of our local shops for the latest in bikes, biking gear and advice.
If you're interested in renting a kayak to explore Fernie and the Elk Valley and South Country's rivers and lakes, be sure to check in with your hosts/the staff at Kootenay Fly Shop for the options we have available.
White Water Rafting
With access to two great rivers, Fernie has white water rafting to please every taste. Whether you are looking for a mild ride or a fun white water experience on the Bull or Elk River, rafting in Fernie will definitely float your boat!
Of huge value to the community are the parks, green spaces and trails in and around town helping Fernie residents and visitors alike, remain connected with the surrounding natural environment. Fernie's trail network offers kilometres of enjoyment and the surrounding mountains have trails for all ages and abilities to enjoy.
For an outdoor game of singles or doubles, head to one of Fernie's tennis courts. Play in town at James White Park or at Fernie Alpine Resort.
Experience Fernie's East Kootenay wilderness at its best! Enjoy everything from hour-long to multi-day trips, riding through spectacular terrain, pristine streams, and peaceful fields while learning about the wildlife and natural environment in the Canadian Rockies. Click here for more info on tour options.
Wildlife Viewing Tours
Fernie and the Elk Valley is well known for its abundance of wildlife. Expect to see elk, deer, moose, rocky mountain big horn sheep, mountain goats and bald eagles. During the spring to fall season you may have the chance to see black bears and grizzly bears. The Elk and Flathead Valleys have the highest concentration of inland grizzly bears in North America. For more information on tour options, visit Tourism Fernie's website.
Anytime of Year:
Dining & Nightlife
Fernie's dining experience ranges from the normal to the eclectic with an added dose of international spice. Enjoy a BC burger with grilled salmon and fixings on a homemade bun. Savour sushi and sashimi after a day of fishing on the Elk or snowboarding Fernie's famous powder. From fresh curry and tapas to wood-fired pizza and the finest bagels, Fernie holds a special table for you in its many restaurants, pubs and bars, both on-mountain and in town. Click here to view the most recent issue of Fernie's Dining Guide, an online collection of printable, zoomable menus for many of our restaurants.
Fernie offers a unique and local shopping experience for residents and visitors alike! Find locally hand-crafted items for special gifts, all the latest in fashion trends and if you are looking for all your biking, hiking or skiing and snowboarding gear, find it all in Fernie. With competitive prices, high-end brands and expert advice from highly trained and experienced retailers, there is no need to shop in big box stores before coming to Fernie.
In operation since the fall of 1997, the Fernie Aquatic Centre has proven itself to be a hit with residents and visitors alike. Featuring a 6 lane - 25 metre sized competition pool complete with a one metre diving board and tarzan swing. A 15 metre leisure pool ranging from 0 depth to 1 metre with spray fountains. A 25 person hot tub kept at a balmy 104 degrees along with the most amazing view available from any hot tub. There is also a 15 person steam room. And lastly a 150 foot waterslide with its own run off lane. Find the Fernie Aquatic Centre at 250 Pine Avenue.
Located on Fernie’s historic downtown main street, the Vogue shows first-run movies, usually at 7 and 9 pm nightly (check listings for more information), and now features $5 matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm. The theatre regularly hosts film festivals, special screenings and the monthly Indie Films Fernie. We try hard to maintain affordable pricing so that families and community members have an option for a reasonably priced night out. Ask our staff about the family rate.
"Fernie's Evolution Health and Fitness is the gym for people who love to play outdoors! We in Fernie spend our winters skiing, boarding, snowshoeing and sledding... and our summers hiking, biking, climbing and golfing. And we come to Evolution to ensure a balanced lifetime of playing longer and stronger!"
Take time for you and treat yourself to a spa or massage. After a workout on the slopes, what better way to fully relax and soothe tired muscles than with a specialized massage from one of Fernie's many massage therapists either on the ski hill or in town. Fancy a pedicure, facial or manicure? Treat yourself, you deserve it! Visit Tourism Fernie's page dedicated to Fernie's spa options here.