Mount Fernie Provincial Park is a beautiful forested area just outside of Fernie with camping, trails for walking, hiking and mountain biking and Lizard Creek.
Mt Fernie Provincial Park is now open to reservations for 2-months in advance of arrival date, on a rolling window. Reservations will be available for stays between June 1 - September 30, 2022. Some sites are first-come first-served. Outside of this reservable date range all sites are first come first served.
2022 Update: BC Parks launched a new reservation service on March 21, 2022 for the 2022 camping season. For further information, and details on when visitors can start to book, bcparks.ca/reserve. At this time, while a select few parks remain closed due to ongoing health and safety concerns of local communities, BC Parks will otherwise be returning to standard operations for the 2022 season. Should any travel restrictions or Provincial Health Officer (PHO) guidelines change in the future, BC Parks will provide additional guidance of any changing policies at that time.
Mt Fernie Provincial Park is a popular recreation and camping/RV destination just outside of Fernie. The 259-hectare park protects the sensitive flora and fauna in the park and the banks of Lizard Creek.
There are multiple access points throughout the Park and to trails adjacent to the Park that connect with Mount Fernie, Island Lake Lodge and Fernie Alpine Resort for both hiking and mountain biking from late April to late October and is great for winter walks and snowshoeing between November and early April. As these trails are shared multi-use trails please remember to keep your head up and be mindful of your surroundings.
Hiking & Snowshoeing
Popular trail names to hike from Mt. Fernie Provincial Park include Sherwoody Forest, Gorby, Happy Gilmar, Old Goat, Stove, Dem Bones and more. View the Fernie Trail Maps section for more details.
Mountain Biking & Fat Biking
There's a whole wealth of trails spanning outwards from the Mount Fernie Provincial Park. The climb to Island Lake Lodge followed by the fast and flowy downhill descent on Lazy Lizard is always hugely popular with families. Verboten and S-Bomb is a great choice for more technical riders looking to get their hearts pumping.
Lizard Creek is one of the many small tributaries feeding into the Elk River. The narrows channels and small pools create fantastic walk and wade fly fishing options for beginners and young anglers.
There's always something fun and exciting happening in Fernie all year round, whether it is a sports event, mountain bike race, live music, a fair or an arts exhibition. Check out our Fernie Events Calendar for an up-to-date list of events.
Situated in the southern portion of the Kootenay Range, this 259-hectare park is shadowed by the 2,133m high Mount Fernie and protects the drainage area of Lizard Creek. Lizard Creek flows through the park before forming a beautiful waterfall and emptying into the Elk River. Black bear, deer, and elk are commonly seen in these parts, please be wildsafe in the woods.
Surrounding forests consist of western larch, Douglas fir, black cottonwood, trembling aspen, western red cedar and spruce, including some areas of old growth. Plantlife includes a variety of lichens, mosses, ferns and wildflowers. Abundant wildlife, diverse vegetation and waterfalls highlight this park just west of Fernie. Proximity to City of Fernie which offers such amenities as golf facilities, restaurants and art galleries.
This area is also popular for mountain biking and hiking. With a vast network of trails there is a great opportunity for visitors to explore the park. Keep in mind that these trails are shared multi-use trails so remember to keep your head up and be mindful of your surroundings. There is also opportunity for fishing in the nearby Elk River. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.