Sunday • August 17, 2014
There is nothing better than spending quality time with the family away from the everyday. It’s even better when it’s done amoungst the tower peaks of the Rocky Mountains, in a charming mountain community that has a passion for living life to the fullest.
It starts with an immersion into the tranquility of an inspiring mountain. That’s Part 1. Local hospitality and the community’s vibe and soul will then ease you into the Fernie groove. That’s Part 2.
Settled and ready for adventure the options in Fernie are plentiful. If your goal is to have a family vacation that will inspire, engage, create wonderful memories, bring oneself out of their shell, generate continual smiles and laughter, then end with a stronger family bond and unit, this is the place to be. That’s Part 3.
There is no argument that outdoor family activities help bond parents with their kids.
Bring the Fun and Adventure back into FAmily
Fernie offers many opportunities for families to experience the awe and thrill of a mountain environment together.
Exciting & Sporty Activities
Soft Adventure Activities
Looking for great family activities with little kids?
Bonding boys – Making the catch on the fly. Shhh: quality time is the guarantee not just fish
Whether the boys have ever fished or not spending time on the river with one of Fernie’s expert fly fishing guides is perfect opportunity for quality Dad & Son time (not to mention Dad & Daughter or Mom too!).
The combination of being on a pristine mountain river for the day feeling the peace and beauty of the valley while working the rod in a thrilling battle of man vs fish is ideal quality time. Fernie’s Elk River is renowned for it pure strain cutthroat trout and monster bull trout, but it still a enough of a secret and effectively managed that it’s not crowded with fisher folk.
One of the best family activities around whether you’re new at the sport or seasoned veterans. As the Fernie saying goes “a family that skis together stays together.” Fernie Alpine Resort is one of Canada’s largest ski resort destinations offering the most snow, the most runs and the most vertical in the Canadian Rockies!
If you haven’t tried it yet it is one of those ‘must do’ adventures and a great option for families that ski. If you can ski or snowboard at an intermediate level you can do this! Many say they love catskiing over heli-skiing due primiarily to the social engagement, the price tag and the number of runs. It’s one thing to be skiing pristine powder with the ones you care most about, but the stories and experiences of the last run you excitedly converse about as you take a cat ride up with yoru guides to the next run is pure quality time.
Fernie offers two professional catski operations, the high-end multi-day all-inclusive Island Lake Catskiing and the more laidback Fernie Wilderness Catskiing Adventures offering full-day and multi-day excursions. Both have been operating in Fernie for over 25 years.
If your family’s primary winter activity is snowmobiling, Fernie features a wealth of trails and sledding areas for both family oriented riding on groomed trails to high alpine adventures. Sleds can be rented in town or bring your own. If you’re new to the sport or new to sledding in the mountains book an orientation or sled learning tour with Weir Boondocking Backcountry Snowmobile Clinics.
Fernie features four unique Nordic Skiing areas with over 40km of trails and growing. Another great activity the family can do together. Trails are available at the Fernie Golf Club, Fernie Alpine Resort, Island Lake Lodge and the newly developed Elk Valley Nordic Centre.
Where there are summer trails there are snowshoe trails in winter. Fernie extensive trail system, primarily used for hiking and biking in summer are ideal trails for snowshoeing in the winter. Another great activity for families to explore the snowy forests and mountains in and around Fernie. Over 100km of trails are available including trails and guided nature tours on showshoe with either Wild Nature Tours or Fernie Alpine Resort.
Mom & Daughter Mountain Wellness Getaway – any time of year
What girl doesn’t love to be pampered? Fernie is the ultimate combination of purity, rejunvenation, positive energy, relaxation and reconnecting with oneself and loved ones.
Spa 901 offers the full city spa experience within a Rocky Mountain environment
A luxury wilderness retreat only 10km from town. Island Lake Lodge is a tranquil mountain getaway four lodges situated in its own private lush mountain valley with towering peaks. Gourmet dining, simple yet elegant lodging, full spa services, guided and self-guided walking tours and hiking.
Community Trails & Parks
Enjoy a morning or evening stroll along the Elk River. Feel the peaceful vibe and breath the fresh mountain air as the sounds of the river and views of the Rockies inspire and engage your soul.
Experience local passion and wellness as you explore Historic Downtown Fernie. Unique shops, cafes, restaurant and pubs line the 3+ blocks of turn-of-the-century brick buildings.