The Montane area is just minutes from Historic Downtown Fernie offering a range of beautiful trails for a variety of uses.
The Montane Trails have picturesque mountain views and a combination of gentle, open, low-lying trails suitable for beginners, and more challenging forested trails for advanced trail enthusiasts. Several trails lead from the area to the Castle Mountain Trail System, offering a challenging yet rewarding day-hike for snow-shoers on well-marked trails.
The area can be accessed from Coal Creek Road, a few hundred metres down the road is a small bridge to the right that goes over Coal Creek, park before the bridge and start on the trails that begin on the other side of the bridge - Coal Creek Trailhead.
Make sure to stop by the Old Barn near the Coal Creek Trailhead and visit the miniature ponies housed there. The ponies are used for therapy programs with children.
The 'green' trails at the Montane are designated for Cross Country/Nordic skiing only. These trails start with a short, gentle section close to the trailhead at the bridge off Coal Creek Road, leading into more challenging forested terrain. There is approximately 10km of groomed trails, with a warming hut at the far end of the trail system, approx 4km from the trailhead.
Blue & Purple trails at Montane are designated 'multi-use' and welcome all non-motorised winter recreational uses. Many of these trails criss-cross the nordic-only trails, please keep to the designated multi-use trails to keep the Nordic trails in good condition for skiing. Trails in the valley bottom are gentler, rising to more challenging terrain. Several trails connect to the Castle Moutain trail system which is well marked and offers spectacular views of the valley. Trails become steeper towards the top of the mountain and are suitable for snowshoeing only.
Please be respectful of all other trail users and keep your dog under control or on-leash at all times. Dog waste bins are stocked with disposable bags so you can clean up after your dog.
The Montane Trail System & Warming Hut are managed by the Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club.