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Best Free Things To Do In Fernie This Winter

As travellers we are always interested in knowing all there is to see and do at a destination. It’s even better when it’s free. Here are the best winter things to do in Fernie that don't cost a thing.

Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the snowy forests around Fernie. There are multiple locations including Fernie Alpine Resort, Island Lake Lodge, and the vast hiking and mountain bike trail network surrounding Fernie.

Explore Fernie’s galleries and working studios on a self-guided tour. Stroll through historic downtown Fernie past charming rose-gold and red brick architecture, enjoy spectacular views in every direction and take in some unique art installations. Meet the artists and discover the subjects and styles that inspire our artists and artisans.

Keep an eye out for hidden gems along the way like this one. 'Three Sisters' by Aidan Lindsay.

Hike Fairy Creek Falls. The easy singletrack trail to Fairy Creek Falls is very picturesque, easy to get to and ends at a waterfall.

Skate at the outdoor rink by Fernie Aquatics Centre. Calgary Flames Foundation donated an NHL-sized outdoor rink to Fernie that opened in Fernie December 21, 2017. The ice-surface is free for the public to use and is open daily, weather dependent, from daylight until 10pm.

Fernie Memorial Arena hosts free public skating in the fall and winter on Tuesdays and Thursdays (10:30am - 11:15am).

Take A Heritage Walking Tour of Historic Fernie. Three tragic disasters have nearly brought total destruction to Fernie since its founding over a hundred years ago. However, the persistence of its locals have always restored the town back to its glory. This tour visits 12 of Fernie’s iconic Historic Downtown (2nd Avenue) buildings and features a variety of architectural styles and photo opportunities.

Pop into Beanpod Artisan Chocolate in Historic Downtown Fernie and watch one of the few places in the world where chocolate is made directly from rare fine flavoured cacao beans. 

Get out and see more of the valley on cross country skis.

Enjoy amazing views of the surrounding mountains and snowy forests while exploring the diverse trails at Island Lake Lodge & Fernie Alpine Resort.