This town loop is a 15km connection of easy trails that go around and within the City of Fernie. You'll see mountain views, follow sections of the Elk River, and explore the fringes of Fernie's huge multi-use trail network.
Fernie Winter Trail Map - Nordic Skiing, Snowshoeing, Fatbiking and Nature Walks
During the summer months, these trails are popular with hikers, bikers, and joggers. It can be just as busy during the winter season with snowshoers, fat bikers, and cross-country ski enthusiasts enjoying snowy mountain views. Dogs on-leash are welcome to use the trail, and a section of the route can be detoured through Fernie's off-leash parks. The City of Fernie Leisure & Recreation Department and the Fernie Trails Alliance manage sections of these trails.
This town trail is a 15km lap around the City of Fernie travelling on a mixture of singletrack biking trails, gravel pathways, and paved surfaces. There's no specific starting place, but we've listed a few recommended spots on the map below which vehicular access.
Note: The trail crosses over an active railway line at the north-east corner of the Fernie Golf Club towards the Coal Discovery Trail (see map below). There are no barricades and caution is advised when crossing over.
Expect to take about 3-4hours to walk the whole loops on foot, and approximately 1hr on a bike (that's excluding time stopped for taking a few photos along the way, cooling your feet off in the Elk River, drink and snacks break in Downtown Fernie). If you're looking for a shorter outing, these are some recommended sections you could do instead:
Maiden Lake to Dogwood Park | 6km Return
This is a very scenic section of Fernie's Recreation Town trail which has been incorporated in the Great Trail (aka. Trans Canada Trail). If follows the Elk River as it curves through town. You'll catch a great view of the peak surrounding the City of Fernie from Maiden Lake, including Mount Fernie, the Three Sisters, Mount Proctor, and Mount Hosmer. The Fernie Alpine Resort is clearly visible from Dogwood Park, a popular swimming hole for locals to cool off on the hotter summer days.
This stroller-friendly gravel trail is flat with little elevation change. Vehicle parking at both Dogwood Park or Maiden Lake. The Bridge Bistro is at the midway point and is a great place to check-in for drinks or lunch.
Dogwood Park to James White Park | 4km Return
Continuing on from Dogwood Park, you'll cross Coal Creek and rejoin a trail heading towards James White Park. The park trails passes through the Lizard Range Disc Golf course and follows the Elk River shoreline.
James White Park also has free tennis, softball, horseshoe game, as well as disc golf facilities on-site.
There are many great walking trails and parks in and around Fernie. Check out the related documents for a PDF map of the local walking trails and related links for more information on local parks.