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Celebrating BC Trails Day

Like many that have been unable to travel during the pandemic, we found a new appreciation of what lies right outside our door.

Ascending the iconic Three Sisters in summer

Here in Fernie, we're blessed to have the Rocky Mountains, lakes, forests and waterways all within touching distance of our front doors. All we have to do is put on our hiking boots, or jump on our bikes, and hit the trails.

Biking on Montane's 'Carpal Tunnel'.

We take pride in our outdoor trail network. We love sharing it with our locals and visitors from all over the world just as much as we like to explore them ourselves.  Did you know? Trail groups are working on a new version of the Fernie Trail Map for summer!

We also acknowledge that trails do not appear by magic, but rather through the cooperation of many groups and organisations from volunteer trail builders and fixer-uppers to all the various landowners such as Parastone/Montane, the City, Island Lake Lodge, Canwel and Fernie Alpine Resort, then add the local businesses and the many passionate trail groups like the Fernie Trails Alliance, Fernie Mountain Biking Club, Fernie Nordic Society, and Stag Leap Running Co.

Grooming crew ensure the trails are prestine for winter nordic skiers

Collaborating year-round, each is a cog in a machine built to improve our trails and get locals and visitors out exploring.

Celebrating BC Trail Day

June 5th marks BC Trails Day, a day dedicated to celebrating and caring for BC’s trail system, educating about responsible recreation and helping more British Columbians enjoy trails and the great outdoors. When you're out and about be sure to be safe, take care of the environment you're in - Leave No Trace and respect land owners and other trail users.

Views of the Lizard Range are never too far away

This BC Trails Day will see Fernie welcome a new addition to its trail network with the official opening of 'Carpal Tunnel', in the Montane trail area. The first trail constructed by the newly established Coal Creek Heritage Society (CCHS) and its volunteer trail crew, with materials and equipment donated by the landowner of Montane, Parastone Developments.

All Fernie trails are listed on the TrailForks app

Find the new Carpal Tunnel biking trail as well all Fernie trails listed on TrailForks. There are hundreds of trails available for your next biking, hiking, nordic skiing, fatbiking, and snowshoeing adventure.

Spring melt flow at Fairy Creek Falls

Recent trail work by the Fernie Trails Alliance includes rerouting the beginning of Fairy Creek Falls Trail.  The trailhead continues to be based from the Fernie Visitor Centre but then follows Fairy Creek the whole way up to the falls.

Contra & Trail Dogs is part of Fernie's flow trail system in Ridgemont

Fernie's flow trail, CONTRA, has also gotten lots of love! Newly extended with fresh machine-built berms and tabletops extends the flow and excitement into the new 'Trail Dogs' section.

Show your support for BC Trails Day

You can show your support for BC Trails Day by: 

  • Getting out on your local trails whether on your own, with your household, or your fur-friend.
  • Take a small trash bag and some gloves with you and pick up any trash you may see on the trail. Keeping trails clean helps make trails safe for other users and local wildlife.
  • Joining a local trail group, or buying a trail pass. Funds help them to keep maintaining and improving the surrounding trails all year-round.

If you're our exploring Fernie's trails this BC Trails Day, we'd love to see your adventure. Tag your trail adventure with #FernieStoke

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