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20 Summer Activities in Fernie for 2020!

As travel restrictions start to ease Fernie is happy to welcome visitors back this summer. Check out these 20 great things to do in Fernie, BC this summer.  View information on current travel & COVID-19 updates to help in your trip planning and be sure to book your lodging now too! Remember to be safe and have fun!

1. Take a nature walk

Discover Mt Fernie Provincial Park, the Old Growth Forest by Island Lake Lodge, Ancient Cottonwoods just south of Fernie, or simply stroll the local trail along the Elk River.

2. Explore Historic Downtown

Visit Historic Downtown lined with century-old heritage buildings, flowered patios, shops, restaurants and cafes.

3. Mountain Bike Fernie's Legendary Trails

Ride Fernie’s extensive cross-country and downhill mountain bike trails. Visit local bike shops for all the details and to rent a bike! When in Fernie bike to the trailheads instead of driving as most trails are in town or close to town.

4. Visit Fairy Creek Falls

Enjoy the gentle hike to Fairy Creek Falls, great for all ages. Find the trailhead next to the Fernie Visitor Centre.

5. Enjoy the Thrill of Whitewater River Rafting

Explore the scenic Elk River Canyon on a guided white water rafting tour. For a calmer option book a half-day scenic river float. This summer our river rafting companies Canyon Raft and Mountain High have taken all the safety precautions with COVID-19 to ensure your experience is super fun and safe!

6. Golf Fernie Amongst the Rockies

Spend a morning, afternoon or evening at the scenic Fernie Golf Club. This 18-hole, par 70 championship course emphasizes playability and welcomes all new and expert golfers. Only have a short time window? Ask about their Short Course.

7. Cast a Line Fly Fishing for Trout

Set against the peaks of BC's Canadian Rockies, Fernie’s pristine waters, freestone rivers and clear lakes make it one of the most stunning and productive dry fly destinations in the world. Hire a local guide for the best experience

8. Rejuvenate at the spa, or take in a yoga or spin class

Fernie features a diversity of health and wellness options to choose from during your visit and include all measures to ensure you have a great and safe experience.

9. Wet Your Whistle at the Local Fernie Brewery, Distillers and Coffee Roasters

Sample local brews at Fernie Brewing Company, taste local spirits at Fernie Distillers and savor local roasted coffee at Rooftop Coffee Roasters Cafe

10. Stop by Beanpod

Visit one of the only spots in North America to make authentic chocolate from cocoa beans. Visit Beanpod for a taste of artisan chocolate or gelato and learn about the bean-to-bar process.

11. Spy on Local Birds

Learn about local birds as you self-explore local parks and trails, view the Birding & Wildlife Viewing brochure or pick up a copy at the Fernie Visitor Centre.

12. Hang Out at the Splash Park or Beach

Cool off at the Splash Park by the local Dirt Jump Park and Aquatic Centre or head to Surveyors Lake just 30 minutes from town.

13. Get a Bird's Eye View on a Scenic Chair Lift Ride

Head up to Fernie Alpine Resort for a scenic chairlift ride this summer for big valley views of the Rockies. Add a hike and lunch at the Resort to extend the day!

14. What S.U.P!? :-)

Learn how to paddle board or rent one from a local shop downtown. Both Canyon Raft and Mountain High offer SUP learning and tours or head out on your own.

15. Visit and Explore Island Lake Lodge

Tucked away in a spectacular wilderness setting yet only 10km from town. A visit to Fernie in summer shouldn't exclude a half or full day at Island Lake Lodge. Sightsee, hike, canoe the lake, dine and spa.  Hire a hiking guide for Heiko's that ends at the Lodge.

16. Walk & Explore Local Heritage & Art

Take a self-guided Heritage Walking Tour of the many historical buildings or view local works of art along Fernie’s Art Walk.

17. Play & Explore Local Parks, Sports & Recreation

Enjoy tennis, pickleball, or grab a friend for disc golf. Enjoy a long stroll by the river along the community dyke trail. Roll the pump track or hit the jumps at Dirt Jump Bike Park. Kids love the Rotary Park Playground or Annex Park Duck Pond.

18. Ride Fernie's Lift Access Bike Park

Get your adrenaline rush at Fernie Alpine Resort's lift access bike park. Need a more mellow option?  They have fun easy trails too! Or ask about their bike clinics.

19. Hike One of Fernie's Epic Alpine Trails

Hike the Rockies...Fernie Style. Iconic alpine trails such as Mount Fernie, Heiko's Trail, Mt Proctor and Three Sisters. Check out our top 10 hikes list including easier hikes.

20. Unwind at One of Fernie's Great Restaurants & Patios

End each fabulous day refueling on a local patio, Fernie has many options whether downtown, through town or on-mountain at Fernie Alpine Resort or Island Lake Lodge.

21. Visit the Sunday Mountain Market

The Fernie Mountain Market will be running each Sunday in July & August this summer!  Buy local art, crafts and farm foods.

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