The hiking and mountain biking trails network in Fernie make for exceptional snowshoeing routes in the winter. With so many trails to explore and so much to see along the way, you'll want to spend more time snowshoeing.
Fernie is a winter wonderland to discover, from riverside community trails with towering cottonwood trees to forested mountain trails with views of the valley and Rocky Mountains.
If you don’t have you own snowshoes you can rent a set from The Guides Hut, and Gearhub in the downtown area, or the rental shot at Fernie Alpine Resort. Don’t forget to pick up a hard copy of the Fernie Winter Trail Map. It contains routes for the whole trail network whether you're exploring by nordic skis, snowshoes, fatbike as well as other nature walks
Good footwear is important, we recommend waterproof boots with a thick sole. Pair it with some long thick socks to keep your feet warm throughout the day. If it has snowed recently you may want to consider gaitors to prevent snow from entering your boots from over the cuff.
Dress in layers. Start with a good synthetic or wool base layer. This will keep you warm whilst wicking moisture away from your body. You'll want to add a mid-layer like a fleece, to help keep in your body warmth. Finally, a windproof/waterproof outer shell jacket will keep you dry from the elements.
Other item we recommend taking include a hat or balaclava, scarf, and gloves with you to protect you from the cold or sun. Don't forget your sunscreen, and water.
The town multi-use trail spans over five mountain areas connecting onto trails at the stunning Island Lake Lodge and Fernie Alpine Resort. From short afternoon hikes to full day adventures, options are plentiful. Here are some of our favourite routes to help get you started. If you prefer to take a guided hike filled with informative facts and stories about flora and fauna in the area, Wild Nature Tours have regular excursions to the best trails.
Stroll out to Fairy Creek Falls
This waterfall at the base of Mount Proctor attracts plenty of hikers during the warmer months. It's even more stunning in the winter with soft marshmallow islands appearing to float over the creek. Find the trail head at the Visitor Information Centre north of town just off Highway 3.
Time: 1.5 to 2hrs
Walk amongst the Old Growth trees
The Lazy Lizard is a winding trail leading up to Island Lake Lodge. Along the way you’ll be passing Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, and Spruce trees as old as 800 years, with periodic breaks in the treeline to give you a stunning view across the Lizard Range.
The trailhead is 5km drive from town. You can reach it by leaving southwest out of town via Highway 3 before heading up Mt Fernie Park Road. You'll pass the Fernie Nordic Centre before reaching the parking area for Island Lake Lodge.
Look down on town from Mount Proctor
Swine Flu on Mount Proctor is high up on the list of local’s favourite mountain bike trails. In the winter, it’s perfect for a wander by snowshoe rewarded with a picturesque view of Fernie, Ridgemont, Castle Mountain, and the Lizard Range.
Just like the hike to Fairy Creek Falls, begin the hike from the Visitor Information Centre.
Warm up with lunch and a view
The Montane Trails are a new addition to the Fernie network. You will find stellar views across the Lizard Range and Fernie Alpine Resort at the warming up hut. Bring a packed lunch and warm up by the fire inside before continuing heading back.
If you’re looking to further your trip, you can head up Castle Mountain toward Castle Rocks. The trail begins by the Coal Creek Road Bridge.
Have fun and be safe out there!