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Family Summer Time In Fernie

Tuesday • May 10, 2016

Summer in Fernie offers a wide range of options when it comes to family orientated recreation and activities.

The best part about this is that many are free or inexpensive, making it easy to get the family out and enjoy what Fernie has to offer.

When outdoor family fun is the interest for the day there are a wide range of free or inexpensive options:

  • James White Park sits right on the picturesque Elk River and is home to the Lizard Range Frisbee Golf course which is free for public use. Just grab some discs from The Gearhub on the way through town and throw away! The park also offers free tennis courts to use, a ball diamond, picnic area and access to the river.
  • Easy, signed family nature and hiking trails can be found within the Community Trail System along the Elk River, Mount Fernie Provincial Park, Fairy Creek Falls and the ancient Cottonwoods Trail just out of town. The best trails for chariots and strollers are the Community Trails.
  • Splash Park is perfect for that water-time fun. Or hang out at Maiden Lake located adjacent to the Fernie Golf Course to play on the little beach, watch minnows swim around the dock, cool off in the water or walk the easy trails.
  • Annex Park is home to the duck pond, a place all kids love to go and a great spot to run around or play the age old game of throwing rocks in the river.
  • Dirt Jump Park, Pump Track & Bike Skills Park - located adjacent to the Aquatic Centre this is a great spot for the kids to play around with their bikes, though it's great for big kids and adults too! The Skateboard Park is also close by.
  • Little Kids Mini Aerial Playground at Fernie Alpine Resort - open late June to early September this little playground is free and open to kids under 10, while the big kids and adults can book sessions on the big Aerial Playground.
  • In summer Fernie Alpine Resort also offers scenic chairlift rides, kids camps and guiding hikes.
  • Mountain Market on Sundays in July & August is another great place to go and is set up at Rotary Park, one of the best parks and playgrounds in town.

There a several excellent playgrounds spread out around town to keep your little ones happy, from Rotary Park, the school playground at Prentice Park and Max Turyk Community Centre playground!

Something you need to put on the to-do list is a picturesque hike at Island Lake Lodge combined with lunch on the deck. The Lodge and amenities are open for summer from mid-June to early October. You don't have to stay overnight at the Lodge to enjoy the hiking, dining or spa. There are numerous hiking options at Island Lake, starting with easy strolls around the lake, guided hiking or full day trips. Spending time at Island Lake isn’t complete without lunch or post hike refreshments on their deck that overlooks the spectacular Lizard Range and surrounding Rocky Mountain valley. 

Historic Downtown Fernie is the hub of town with great dining and summer patios, unique shops and attractions. In the height of summer enjoy Wednesday Evening Outdoor Concerts at Station Square, or many of our summer events and festivals. When you in need of some indoor time check out the latest movies at the Voque Theatre, head to the Beanpod where chocolate and gelato are made from scratch, burn off that energy at the Fernie Aquatic Centre or head to the Fernie Heritage Library.

Being an old mining town, Fernie has a lot of engaging history and heritage buildings are very much part of our downtown core. For example, the current site of the Fernie Heritage Library, which offers great family programs, was built in 1907. Just around the corner sits the Fernie City Hall built in 1905 and the Fernie Court House, which looks like a beautiful castle, built in 1909. If you are wondering where to start, the Fernie Museum is a great port of call. Located in the heart of downtown the old heritage building has been restored, providing great interpretative displays and historical information. 

You will not be lost for things to do on a family trip to Fernie. Add all the other amazing things to do and guided tours available such as river floats, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, climbing, hiking, golfing, cultural experiences, going to the movies and more! Add the small town atmosphere, friendly locals and great family options for dining out, you've got your new recipe for a BC family vacation!

Start planning your trip to Fernie by checking out all the places to stay including great camping, and don't forget to see the latest Fernie hotel and lodging deals!



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