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5-day Itinerary - Spring Awakening in Fernie BC

Take your time exploring the diverse activities and attractions that Fernie has to offer.

Day 1 - Welcome to Fernie

Check in to your hotel and then head out to Historic Downtown Fernie for the afternoon. 

2nd Avenue is the heart of our little mountain town and it’s lined with century old buildings, an array of boutique shops, galleries, and cafes.  Locally owned restaurants with friendly atmosphere offer a wide range of North American and world cuisines to choose from. Explore Fernie's diverse dining scene.

Downtown Fernie is lined with boutique shops, restaurants and cafes

Day 2 - Take a Hike

Whether you’re an early bird or like to sleep in, we recommend starting your day with locally roasted coffee from The Rooftop Coffee Roasters and freshly baked pastry from Freshies Café to fuel your adventures.

Rooftop Coffee Roasters Tasting Room

Download the Trailforks App or pick up a copy of Fernie Trail Map in one of the outdoor shops around town and head out for a nice low-valley hike. Montane trails and Castle Rock are usually the first hikes to clear in early spring and offer stunning views of the valley and the Rocky Mountains.

Castle Rock Viewpoint

Head back to town to sample some of Fernie-made specialties: delicious cocktails with locally distilled spirits at Fernie Distillers, local brews at Fernie Brewing Company, invigorating kombucha by Fernie Alpine Springs.

Fernie Brewing Company & Tasting Room

Day 3 - White Water Rafting

Set out for a day on the river with experienced and friendly guides. White water rafting season starts in late May and offers the ultimate adrenalin experience, taking you through stunning canyons with beautiful views on the surrounding mountains and a chance for spotting wildlife. Lunch is included in the trip!

Rafting the canyon

Spend the afternoon relaxing and people watching from one of the patios around town or book a relaxing treatment at one of Fernie’s day spas.

Relax and enjoy some well deserved me time

Day 4 - A 2-wheel Adventure

Rent a mountain bike or a fat bike from one of the local shops if you don’t have your own and hit the trails either on your own or with an experienced local guide. Looking to level up your riding skills? Book a private lesson with Ridetheory or Mystic Mountain Adventures. Check in with locals about current trail conditions, be respectful, keep your dogs on leash and make lots of noise. Carrying a bear spray while exploring Fernie trails is always a good idea.

Spring biking in Montane

Spend the afternoon strolling and immersing yourself in Fernie’s Culture. Choose one or both self-guided tours – The Heritage Walk or the Art Walk and connect with the local community of talented artists and artisans.

Not sure if you want to head out for dinner? Many of Fernie’s restaurants offer delivery or take-out. Or build your own charcuterie board with gourmet cheese and other delicacies from Le Grand Fromage. Le Bon Pain Bakery is where you want to get your baguettes or bread from, made with organic flour and lots of love.

Miner's Walk Sculpture

Day 5 - Play a round of Disc Golf

Have you ever tried disc (frisbee) golf? It is played much like traditional golf. Spend a couple of hours at the James White Park where the 18 basket course is located. We guarantee you will have fun. Read more about the disc golf course here.

Disc Golf Course in James White Park in Fernie

Rainy Day Tips

Spring weather can have a mind of its own. Make the most of your stay with these indoor activities:

- Climbing wall at the College of the Rockies

- Blockbuster movie at the Vogue Theatre

- Swimming pool and hot tub at Fernie Aquatic Centre

- Fernie Museum and Fernie Library

Climbing wall at the College of the Rockies

Enjoy your stay in Fernie and don't forget to share your adventures with us on social media using #ferniestoke