Ready for your next mountain adventure? Situated in the picturesque Elk Valley is the historic town of Fernie, surrounded by the snow-capped Canadian Rockies. Its past may be tainted by years of fires, floods, and famine, according to Tourism Fernie, but the once booming mining town has become a must-visit in any season.
Visitors can stroll down a preserved historic downtown on 2nd Avenue, consisting of a Heritage Library, a Court House (1911), City Hall (1905), and the Arts Station, a culture and arts hub that was once a railway station for the CP Rail Line, according to Tourism Fernie.
Located right in town, Maiden Lake is a popular spot for paddling and picnicking – the former of which can be accessed via inflatable kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals at Gearhub Sports.
Note that swimming is not recommended, according to Tourism Fernie.
And as the days get colder and wetter, visitors can opt to follow the flat, stroller-friendly Fernie Recreational Trail loop, which goes along the Elk River downstream and connects to Annex and Dogwood Parks.
Come wintertime, Maiden Lake is a popular spot for pond skating, with the lake tending to freeze over by early December of each year, according to Tourism Fernie.
Visitors can explore the area’s extensive network of winter trails by snowshoeing starting at Mountain High Adventures, and making their way to the Great River Extension Trail to a scenic river viewpoint.
Beloved annual events
Fernie is also home to many celebrated annual events, including its beloved ‘Great Pumpkin Hunt,’ ($10 per person) which allows participants to find and ‘hunt’ for pumpkins in the woods through a family-friendly fundraiser.
The annual pumpkin hunt takes place at the beautiful Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Saturday, October 21st, and includes a by-donation BBQ, family photos, and hot cocoa. Note that this event is not pet-friendly.
So there you have it, BC! If you’re looking to visit one of the most well-known mountain towns in the province, Fernie should be at the top of your list.
Where: Elk Valley, BC