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  • Lift access hiking at Fernie Alpine Resort in the summer

Join an experienced, professional guide on a great summer hike exploring a variety of spectacular alpine trails, meadows & summits around Fernie Alpine Resort.

View local wildlife, ancient fossils, and native fauna. Choose from our signature Guided Interpretive Hikes, or customize your own personal guided hike. 

Signature Guided Hikes for Summer 2017

July 2nd: A 380-million-year-old History Tour: Fossils & Geology
July 16th: More Than Just a Pretty Face: Mountain Wildflowers
July 30th: Creatures of the Forest: Birds & Wildlife
August 13th: All-natural Foodie Tour: Berries & Other Useful Plants
August 27th: Secret History of Trees: Forestry

Time:  11am – 2pm

Cost, including scenic chairlift ride: 

Adults (18+): $49.95 
Senior (65+)/Youth (13-17): $41.95
Child (6-12): $24.95
Family (2 adults + 3 youth/kids): $115.95

*Reservations Required. Book by phone or by email or in person at the FAR Adventure Centres: at Lizard Creek Lodge at Fernie Alpine Resort, or at Fernie RV Resort in town. Hike-only rates (no lift ticket included) also available).

All hikes are moderate in difficulty taking approximately the hours in length, and are guided by experienced, professional staff. We recommend taking the following gear:

  • Daypack
  • Lunch/snacks/water
  • Sunglasses & Sunscreen
  • Camera & Binoculars
  • Additional clothing layers to allow for changes in temperature/conditions (waterproofs, sweater, hat)
  • Sturdy, comfortable footwear  

Daily from Nature Bob's Interpretive Centre at the top of the Elk Chair:

Bob Livsey (Nature Bob) is a certified naturalist interpreter with a background in forestry. He has been leading hikes in the Fernie area for multiple years and prior to that was employed as an interpreter at a very large wetland in central Ontario. Bob will help you discover some secrets of the natural world while exploring the rugged terrain around Fernie Alpine Resort.

Join him for a Complimentary Interpretive walk (with the purchase of a lift ticket) - offered daily at 2pm from the Interpretive Centre.

Weekly Scheduled Hikes:

Forage & Feast, Tuesday 5-7:30pm: $32 

Join our naturalist for a peaceful 1-hour foraging walk in the forest, where you will harvest your dinner ingredients. The Chef at Cirque will then incorporate your harvest into a creative dinner for you to feast on.

Kids Nature Hike & BBQ Pool Party, Saturday 5-7:30pm: $28

Especially for kids! A fun 1-hour guided nature hike followed by an outdoor pool party and BBQ dinner at Lizard Creek Lodge.

Birding & Breakfast, Sunday 8-10am: $24

Join Nature Bob for an informative birding session. Continental breakfast at Cirque Restaurant is included.

Custom Hikes:

Lost Boys Pass Tour

Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Half day
Description: During the tour you will pass alpine meadows with a variety of alpine wildflowers, lichens & signs of wildlife that live at this elevation. You will also see a number of rocky outcrops where the exposed limestone contains fossils of sea creatures that lived here over 200 million years ago.

Old Growth Cedar Tour

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Half day
Other details: Hike must be pre-booked. 2 person minimum.
Description: This tour traverses the mountain to end up in an Old Growth Forest of Western Red Cedar. The terrain is all relatively downhill terrain and will pass some spectacular views.

Griz Face Tour

Difficulty: Moderate - uneven & rugged terrain
Duration: Full day
Other details: Hike must be pre-booked. 2 person minimum.
Description: This hike is an ascent of Lizard Bowl. The spectacular vistas of the Elk Valley will be unobscured and the opportunities to view wildlife will increase as you get higher. On the trip you will pass two or three areas where the alpine wildflowers are numerous and the scree slopes will provide abundant habitat for seldom seen Pika’s, and Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels. The fossils are everywhere in the limestone as this was at one time ancient shallow seabeds. The view from the top of Facelift will fill you with a sense of the magnitude of the mountains. Bring food/snacks, water, camera and wear sturdy footwear.

Polar Peak Tour

Difficulty: Difficult. Rocky terrain with significant elevation changes. Some scrambling is necessary.
Duration: Full Day (5-6 hours)
Other details: Hike must be pre-booked. 2 person minimum.
Description: The destination is Polar Peak at an elevation of 7010 feet. The Trailhead will be accessed via a scenic ride on the Timber Express Chairlift. The view is spectacular as you traverse Elephant Head and on the return trip, you will have the option of descending on the Timber Chair or hiking down. Bring lunch, water, and camera, and wear sturdy footwear.

Available by reservation:

Half day hikes in Town

  • Fairy Creek Falls (Easy) or The Ancient Ammonite (Moderate with steep/challenging sections)
  • 2hr Birdwatching Town Tour (Easy)

Full day hikes in Town

2017 Summer Operations:

Opening Day: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Last Day of Full Summer Operations: Sunday, September 3, 2017

September BONUS WEEKENDS:  Timber Chair will be open on Sept 9/10 & Sept 16/17

PRE/POST Season Operations: June 1-23 & September 4-30; Aerial Park, guided hiking, & XC guided biking available for groups.

Fernie Alpine Resort is an all-mountain active playground. Check out Summer & Winter activities, attractions, services and events to keep you and your family happy for days!

  • Contact Information
  • 250-423-4655
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  • www.skifernie.com/summer
  • 5339 Ski Hill Road, Fernie, BC V0B 1M6
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