A short bike ride or drive from downtown brings you to the Montane Community Farm, located in the historic Montane Barn.
August 29, 2023 Update: New trail-head and access to the barn! See below
The public is welcome to walk around the historic barn, which was originally the home of the pit ponies that worked at the Coal Creek Mines. The Montane Barn hosts the Fernie Therapeutic Horse and Pony Club which is a volunteer run program striving to nurture the psychological and physical well-being through the relationship and love of horses. There are two chicken coops on site accommodating approximately 60 laying chickens. The eggs are sold to the residents in the Montane neighborhood with the proceeds going back into the farm. Presently, you the brood includes Golden Comets, Rockettes and Caramel Queens.
Most recently a ‘trip’ of mini–Myotonic Fainting goats have joined the farm and are enjoying their new winter shelter and fenced in paddock. Say hello to Shyla & Lolo (white does) and Zora and Batman (brown wethers).
How to access the Montane Barn:
The barn can be accessed from Montane Parkway. From downtown take 4th Street across the train tracks, then turn right on Pine Ave. Continue past the Fernie Aquatic Centre and the bridge across Coal Creek, then turn left onto Montane Parkway. The Montane Trailhead will be on your left with ample parking, trail information and a portable toilet. Please not this area is within private property with access granted by the Montane landowner, Parastone Developments.