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Outdoor experiences of a fun, friendly and wild nature!

Discover the natural beauty, serenity, and stories of the southern Canadian Rockies. Join local naturalists on a guided experience to explore a unique and diverse ecosystem. Our guides possess vast local knowledge and experience guiding all ages and ability levels bringing you the opportunity to watch, listen and learn about the special flora, fauna, landscape and heritage of the area. Join us for bird watching, wildflower wonders, guided hiking, wildlife viewing, or a winter snowshoe safari. 

Wild Nature Tours is a non-profit venture, all proceeds will support local conservation projects.

2017 SUMMER PROGRAMS

Choose from an event below, or contact us about other hikes and tours.

WEDNESDAY EVENING WALK & WORKSHOP SERIES:

For all Wednesday sessions, bookings are essential. BOOK ONLINE or Register by calling 250-423-3322 or email elkvalley@wildsight.ca.

May 31: Birding for beginners and beyond

  • Learn techniques for birdwatching and become a part of this fast growing recreational activity. Led by Lee-Anne Walker. Time: 6-9pm
    Price: $20 for Wildsight members/$30 for non-members - includes membership

June 21: Ancient Ammonite Hike 

  • Led by naturalist Lee-Anne Walker this is your chance to discover the ancient geological history of the Elk Valley and visit one of the best-preserved ammonite fossils.    
    Time: 6-9pm
    Price: $20 for Wildsight members/$30 for non-members - includes membership

July 19: Wild about Flowers

  • Identifying wildflowers is about seeing patterns. Learn flower families and their common characteristics from naturalist Lee-Anne Walker.    
    Time: 6-9pm
    Price: $20 for Wildsight members/$30 for non-members - includes membership

August 9: Forage in the Forest 

  • Take a hike in the park with Lee-Anne Walker and use your senses to forage in the forest for food, medicinal plants, and inspiration for technology.    
    Time: 6-9pm
    Price: $20 for Wildsight members/$30 for non-members - includes membership

September 13: Fungus among us

  • Discover forest fungus and learn which ones are tasty, which ones are deadly, and which ones are essential to forest health.     Time: 5:30-8pm
    Price: $20 for Wildsight members/$30 for non-members - includes membership

October 4: Wildcrafting

  • For centuries people have crafted useful objects from nature. Discover what you can make from items in your backyard. Get creative with Wild Nature Tours, a Wildsight Elk Valley venture.  
    Time: 5:30-8pm
    Price: $20 for Wildsight members/$30 for non-members - includes membership
     

 

GUIDED HIKING:

**Tours are available as soon as the trails are snow-free.  This will vary by trail, please call or email for information.

Mount Fernie Provincial Park Loop (3 hours)

  • Enjoy a mellow hike through the provincial park at the base of Mount Fernie. Learn about forest ecology and human uses of plants from a knowledgeable guide in a mature Interior Cedar Hemlock forest.

Start time: on request
Difficulty: easy
Price:$50 pp
Meeting location: after you have reserved meet at the Wildsight office, 891 2nd Ave - Own transportation required to access the trailhead or arrange shared transportation in advance

The Castle Summit (3 hours)

  • This classic Fernie hike focuses on a sense of place. See the Elk Valley from a completely different perspective atop this often sunny peak. Guests will learn about various mountain and valley features as well as how they were formed.

Start time:  on request
Difficulty: moderate
Price: $50 pp
Min. # of guests: 4 - Less than 4 guests? Call and join the waitlist
Meeting location:
after you have reserved meet at the Wildsight office, 891 2nd Ave - Own transportation required to access the trailhead or arrange shared transportation in advance

Ammonite Hike (3 hours)

  • Explore Fernie’s ancient history on your hike to the *secret* ammonite fossil. One of the largest ammonite fossils ever discovered! Learn about the local geology and examine many other fossil samples from throughout the Elk Valley.

Start time: 6pm, June 21, or on request
Difficulty: moderate
Price: $50
Meeting location: after you have reserved meet at Wildsight office, 891 2nd Ave - Own transportation required to access the trailhead or arrange shared transportation in advance

Flathead Weekend Overnight Adventure (2 days)

  • Explore the pristine Flathead Valley and discover the importance of connectivity corridors in wilderness areas. Get a taste of true Rocky Mountain wilderness deep in the backcountry. Spend the night camping at Sage Creek Rec Site. Guided by a local member of Wildsight’s Flathead WILD team. You MUST bring your own food, gear, camping equipment and transportation.

Tour available: Tours available upon request
Difficulty: Variable depending on needs
Price: $150 pp Snacks included. Bring own lunch
Min. # of guests: 6 - Less than 6 guests? Call and join the waitlist
Meeting location: after you have reserved meet at Wildsight office, 891 2nd Ave - Own transportation required to access the trailhead or arrange shared transportation in advance

 

KEEPING FOOD REAL GARDENING PROGRAM

April 8: Dig into Gardening - DIG101

  • Want to grow food? This 3-hour workshop for beginners is a great place to start. Learn about soil and seed basics, starting seeds indoors, preparing a garden site, selecting crops and co-existing with wildlife. 
    Time: 10am-1pm
    Location: College of the Rockies Fernie Campus, 342 3rd Avenue
    Price: $19
    Register ONLINE

April 29: Jumpstart your Garden

  • DIG101 or some gardening experience recommended, but all welcome. A hands-on opportunity to build upon your gardening knowledge, this workship will demonstrate organic-inspired techniques for soil preperation, garden planning, and more at a small-scale, commercial permaculture-inspired farm - Spruce Spring Stream Farms. 
    Time: 10am-4pm
    Location: Meet at College of the Rockies Fernie Campus, 342 3rd Avenue
    Price: $49
    Register ONLINE

July 15: Maximise Yeilds, Optimize Efforts

 

  • The best strategies, tips and techniques to help you get the most out of your garden while optimizing your time and efforts in cold-climate, short-season conditions. Learn about season extension techniques, cut-and-come-again crops, variety selection, succession planting, harvesting, efficient watering, and easier weeding. Experience the strategies commercial, permaculture-inspired farmers use  at a small-scale, commercial permaculture-inspired farm - Spruce Spring Stream Farms. 
    Time: 10am-4pm
    Location: Meet at College of the Rockies Fernie Campus, 342 3rd Avenue
    Price: $49
    Register at College of the Rockies: Phone 250-423-4691 Toll-free 1-866-423-4691 or email fernie@cotr.bc.ca 

August 19: Saving your own seeds

 

  • In this 3-hour workshop at the Community EcoGarden, you will learn how to select, harvest, and store seeds from locally grown plants, and why it is beneficial to do so. Participate in collecting, cleaning, and packaging seeds and have all your seed saving questions answered. 
    Time: 10am-4pm
    Location: At the Community EcoGarden, 1390 6th Ave, behind the Fernie RCMP
    Price: $19
    Register at College of the Rockies: Phone 250-423-4691 Toll-free 1-866-423-4691 or email fernie@cotr.bc.ca

September 30: Making Good Compost: Methods and Uses

 

  • Dial in your compost making skills at this hands-on workshop taking place at COTR and the Community EcoGarden. The ultimate soil-builder, good compost not only provides nutrients and organic matter, but also a healthy community of soil-microbiology to help your plants thrive. Learn to source appropriate materials, mix them at the proper proportions, and monitor the pile as it matures into black gold. This workshop is part classroom theory, and part hands-on at the EcoGarden. 
    Time: 10am-3pm
    Location: At the Community EcoGarden, 1390 6th Ave, behind the Fernie RCMP
    Price: $39
    Register at College of the Rockies: Phone 250-423-4691 Toll-free 1-866-423-4691 or email fernie@cotr.bc.ca

 

KIDS PROGRAMS

July 10-14: EcoGarden Eco Camp

  • Kids + Dirt = FUN! Get ready for an action-packed, outdoor, fun-filled program that weaves together days filled with science experiments, big art, games, garden snacks and much more. Let your kiddos explore the garden in this fun-filled week spent outdoors at the Community EcoGarden and nearby Prentice Park. Maximum dirt included!
    Times: 9am-4pm daily
    Ages: 5-10
    Times: 9am-4pm daily
    Ages: 5-10
    Cost: $250, sliding scale available
    Register online or call 250-423-3322 or email elkvalley@wildsight.ca.

July 18-19: Bug-o-logy

  • Grab your nets and join the bug hunt! Campers will chase bugs as they flutter by, examine bugs under the microscope, build a set of wings to wear, and explore the mysterious lives of insects that visit the EcoGarden. Just for little ones! 
    Times: 9:30-11:30am daily
    Ages: 4-6
    Cost: $25
    Register online or call 250-423-3322 or email elkvalley@wildsight.ca.

August 8-9: Garden Chefs

  • Plunge those little fingers in the soil and discover what lies beneath. Explore delicious veggies, berries, and herbs from the ground up. Campers will plant seeds, harvest produce, help care for the garden and prepare and taste delicous treats. Just for little ones! 
    Times: 9:30-11:30am daily
    Ages: 4-6
    Cost: $25
    Register online or call 250-423-3322 or email elkvalley@wildsight.ca.

 

WINTER PROGRAMS:

FAR Out Snowshoe Safari -2 hours

Discover the unique history of Fernie on a relaxing snowshoe through a beautiful forest with gorgeous views. Soft, quiet steps float through powder as you unravel the secrets and stories of wildlife in the snow at the Fernie Alpine Resort,

Inclusions: 2 hour heritage tour includes interpretive guided tour, snowshoes and poles hot drinks, home-baked snacks, local naturalist stories discovering winter wildlife

Availability: Available for booking anytime with a minimum of 1 day notice
Difficulty: Easy. Suitable for most ages and abilities

Price: $50pp / Family Rate $130, includes 2 adults and all immediate children aged 17 and under 

Min. # of guests: 2
Meeting location: Departs from Fernie Alpine Resort Guest Services.

 

MT Fernie Provincial Park Paradise Snowshoe Safari - 3 hours

Enjoy a gentle snowshoe hike through the provincial park at the base of Mount Fernie. Learn about forest ecology and human uses of plants from a knowledgeable guide in a mature Interior Cedar Hemlock forest.

Inclusions: 3 hour winter ecology tour includes interpretive guided tour, snowshoes and poles, hot drinks, home-baked snacks, local naturalist stories discovering winter wildlife

Availability: Available for booking anytime with a minimum of 1 day notice
Difficulty: Easy. Suitable for most ages and abilities

Price: $70pp / Family Rate $180, includes 2 adults and all immediate children aged 17 and under

Min. # of guests: 2
Meeting location: Wildsight office, 891 2nd Avenue, Fernie, BC

 

About the Wild Nature Tours Guides:

Lee-Anne Walker came as an interpretive naturalist for the summer in 1983 and never left.  Teaching natural history for the local college mountain adventure program, she has worked as an eco tour guide guiding hikes, snowshoe tours, canoe trips and step-on-bus tours.  Her enthusiasm and knowledge of Fernie's natural and human history will inspire a unique sense of place. 

Ryland Nelson works locally and internationally to protect the globally significant landscape of BC’s Southern Rockies. He can usually be found skiing, biking, or fishing in the mountains he is working to protect. Instrumental in the campaign to ban all mining and oil and gas in the Flathead River Valley, he is working towards the vision of completing the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and establishing the Southern Rockies Wildlife Management Area (WMA) along the spine of the Rockies to Banff. Keep track of the efforts to protect and connect the Flathead.

 

About Wildsight:

Wild Nature Tours is a program of the Elk Valley, Golden, and Invermere Branches of Wildsight. Wildsight works to protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable human communities in Canada's Southern Rocky Mountain eco-region.

Wild Nature Tours guests contribute to Wildsight, our local conservation group working locally to protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable communities.  In 2014, Wildsight got 5336 kids outside connecting to nature through education in the wild programs; operates the Fernie Ecogarden; books fruit harvest equipment keeping wildlife safe; sponsors the annual Earth Day festival and Think Tank Cinemas. Wildsight also works in furthering a north-south wildlife management area in the Flathead and Elk Valleys to ensure connectivity corridors for wide-ranging carnivores.

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