Four seasons, no limits

Dramatic Rocky Mountain vistas form the backdrop of an inviting, eclectic town packed with historic charm and memorable activities. The only town completely encircled by the Canadian Rockies, scenic Fernie promises an invigorating and idyllic family vacation packed with local arts, fascinating culture and four seasons of world-class outdoor adventures.

Synonymous with legendary powder, Fernie is a unique winter playground in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

The terrain in this hidden corner of British Columbia offers endless opportunities for winter fun – everything from the highest, most powder-blessed downhill skiing in Canada and groomed snowmobile trails to magical cross-country skiing and legendary cat skiing.

With an average annual snowfall of over thirty feet, Fernie Alpine Resort is perfect for snow sports enthusiasts of all levels. From groomed family-friendly terrain to extensive steep and deep powder, there’s something for everyone with the central village making a nice meeting point for all. Nordic skiing, snowshoe, snowmobile and nature tours, evening kids programs, plaza festivals and other snow-related events are also on offer, Fernie is the perfect place to embrace winter in the great outdoors.

In the spring, when snow melts from the Elk Valley in the Kootenay Rockies, a whole new world of vacation possibilities opens up, including hiking, river rafting, mountain biking and world-class fly-fishing. Although there is only one golf course in Fernie proper, a short drive over to Cranbrook and Kimberley opens additional golfing possibilities for an afternoon on the links.

Fernie is also one of the few remaining places where legendary skiing meets down-to-earth, warm and inviting mountain culture with a classic ski-town vibe. Fernie has seen a revival in the historic downtown and now visitors can walk around town with the help of a self-directed walking tour, and learn more about the architecture of Trinity Church, City Hall and the striking Fernie Courthouse. Many of the older buildings are being restored and finding new glory as restaurants, shops and galleries.

A passion for mountain biking runs deep in Fernie. Once the snow has melted at Fernie Alpine Resort an extensive network of trails surfaces for some thrilling single-track riding and some more leisurely, less adrenaline-rousing routes too. Lower down in the valley a network of trails winds along the river and through local forests, proving ample riding opportunity for little ones and those out for a casual ride.

Festivals are also a big part of Fernie’s appeal. In February, the Fernie Mountain Film Festival showcases movies about mountains, waterways, culture and the environment. August brings the final stage of the epic TransRockies Challenge and the Full Throttle Mountain Bike Festival, while in September A Taste of Fernie culinary festival serves up delicious local cuisine.