Mark and Mya Arrive in Fernie
Recently the Red Tree Lodge got to welcome some very special guests to Fernie, Mark and his dog Mya! The adventure duo are from Australia and made the trip to Canada back in November. They came with the goal of embarking on a 10-month journey through North America. Fernie has been on their list of mountain towns to visit since they arrived at the beginning of the season. We were so happy to welcome them to our town and could tell they were just as excited to be here! After I checked them into their pet friendly room they wasted no time dropping their bags off. They headed straight into Fernie’s historical downtown to check out the town and snap some photos!
Fernie Dog Parks
After a good night’s sleep, the two were re-energized and eager to check out the trails. Mark and Mya (the white shepard) met up with local trail pals, Amanda and her golden retriever, Cooper. The two of them showed Mya a lovely dog friendly park just a few blocks down the road from the Red Tree Lodge. Together they had a tail-wagging good time running up and down the snow-covered path along the Elk River. No doubt they ran into some other furry trail goers during their play date, but it was clear that Mya and Cooper hit it off best and looked like long-time buds.
Exploring Fernie – Dogs Welcome!
It wasn’t all adventures for Mark and Mya. Life on the road calls means making time for mundane errands too. For Mark, this meant laundry day. In between the river walks, fat biking rides, and Mark hitting the slopes at Fernie Alpine Resort, they took advantage of our free laundry services at the lodge. Mark told me was seriously life saving! As for Mya, she needed a bath. The duo made their way to our local pet store, Barkside Pets, in downtown Fernie. Mya got all soapy and clean in the dog wash station and then made sure to check out the store and say hello to the friendly staff.
Before saying farewell to the town, Mark held a casual meet and greet to cap off a wonderful time in Fernie. It was the perfect opportunity for locals to engage with him and Mya. We chatted about dogs, life, adventures, dog friendly destinations, and whatever else people were wanting to know.
When checking out of the lodge, I asked how Fernie ranked in all the destinations so far. Mark laughed and took a neutral stance saying he doesn’t like to pick favorites. He explained to me that all the places he’s visited have been awesome for different reasons. Just like any destination, every mountain town has its pros and cons. What I’m thinking he meant to say, is that Fernie absolutely topped the ranks and nothing compares to our town. In Fernie, dogs are truly welcome 😉
Traveling with Dogs
There is no denying that Mya has a large fan base on social media. After being in Fernie I know they’ve gained some more loyal friends and followers. With a shared passion for the great outdoors, their Jeep to move them around, and each other for companionship, there is no adventure too big for these two. When asked about plans to return, Mark told me he’d love to come back mid winter for a week on the slopes. He added he would love to hit the mountain bike trails with Mya someday! We sure hope you do Mark, and we wish you all the best on the rest of your adventures and hope to see you soon for another visit 😊
Follow Mark and Mya on Instagram to see more inspiration of dog friendly destinations.. #NoPawsGetLeftBehind.
Winter in Fernie has begun!
The snowflakes are falling, the fireplaces are on, and the slopes are FULL of fresh powder! Winter in Fernie has arrived and the stoke is in full swing. We even got over 100cm of fresh snow dumped the past week (check out our weathercam)! On every ski run, snowshoe trail, and apres-ski restaurant and pub you can feel the hype and excitement. For skiers and snowboarders the best time of the year is finally here.
We’ve been busy down here at the Red Tree Lodge, welcoming guests from all over the world who have chosen Fernie as a top ski resort destination. During the winter months, the lodge is home to a unique bunch of long term guests who are a part of our partner company, Nonstop Ski and Snowboard. Nonstop is an adventure company who prides itself on giving people the most memorable mountain experiences, in the best mountain towns, with the best terrain and slopes to shred! Without a doubt, Fernie ticks all those boxes (no bias… but seriously 😉). The company offers award-winning instructor and improvement courses. They range from 2-11 weeks with some incredible backcountry adventure options too. Its non-stop adventure, fun, and challenge… literally! And will leave you wondering how soon you can come back.
Nonstoppers: one who partakes in the daily routine of eat, sleep, ski/board… repeat.
Our Winter Guests
I’ve gotten the chance to converse and get to know some of our current Nonstoppers. I’ve been interested to hear how they came to embark on this journey. One thing for sure – our Nonstoppers came for buckets of fresh powder and to experience some of the best ski days ever!
A few gentlemen I’ve spoken with are between jobs, and with some extra time on their hands, decided to head for the mountains to improve their skiing. Then there’s a group of young enthusiasts who are on a gap year and full of energy and passion, with a deep thirst for outdoor adventures and the slopes. In fact, one of these skiers told me he’s been saving up for an epic winter season since he was 12. Like I said, our Nonstoppers are stoked to be here for a winter in Fernie!! Lastly, but certainly not least, there’s the ol’ faithful bunch who have stayed with us before and just can’t stay away from our snow valley. They’ve returned to meet more snow-loving friends and ski some more of the best powder in British Columbia! The age range of our current group is between 17-60+. They all are at different points in their life, yet every one of them bonds over a shared passion for mountains and adventure and the goal of becoming stronger skiers and snowboarders!!
Home away from home
The lodge is their home away from home. We do our best to go above and beyond to provide a cozy and welcoming atmosphere for our hard-core guests! After a full day on the slopes, guests can relax and take time to recover and refuel their bodies. Nonstoppers enjoy a buffet breakfast most days and get a variety of gourmet meal options to choose from for dinner. When they aren’t fueling up with delicious food, they are taking advantage of our amenities. They could be unwinding in the games room, sauna/hot tub, movie room, or getting work done in the lounge/study area. Sounds like a dream life to me… ski amazing slopes, enjoy delicious chef cooked meals, soak in the hot tub, and drift off feeling grateful to be here in Fernie experiencing the mountain life!
Stay tuned for more to come, as I take you deeper into the life of a Nonstopper and share with you the incredible adventures they embark on and the crazy powder they are shredding on the hill!
Firstly, I need to tell you that I am not a ‘crafty’ person. I am pretty good at drawing stick people but that is about the extent of it. After enjoying a summer of outdoor adventures, Fall is the perfect season to look at Fernie’s Cultural scene. And what better place to check this out than the Arts Station – the hub of the cultural scene in Fernie. Boasting two Art Galleries, a 100 seat Theatre, Craft and Painting Studio as well as a Pottery Studio, there is a ton of activities to choose from! While I am not a ‘crafty’ person, I am a ‘wine’ person and I REALLY loved the movie Ghost so I was pretty excited about giving Wine & Wheel Wednesday a go. Clink the wine glasses and cheers to the next Deskie Adventure!!
Wine & Wheel
Bottle of wine in hand I showed up at the Arts Station ready to let my creative flag fly! The evening is facilitated by the very talented (and very patient!) Kerri Holmes, downstairs in the pottery studio. Tasked with making sushi plates and bowls, Kerri showed us some different techniques and then let us loose on the clay. Some of our group had done pottery a few times and for some like me, it was their first time.
With Kerri’s tutorial here I was making plates and bowls instead of carving stick figures into the clay and focusing on the wine! I even learnt some new terminology like, ‘centering the clay’ on the wheel and ‘throwing off the hump’ to make small bowls. My masterpieces include a couple of sushi plates and a couple of bigger bowls (…think more soup bowls than soy sauce bowls). The price for attendance includes the clay, glazing and firing. I pick my pieces up next month and cannot wait to see how they turned out! Guess what my friends are getting for Christmas!!?
Covered head to toe in clay and really happy at my ‘crafty’ accomplishments, now I am pretty good at drawing stick people AND kind-of-ok at making clay plates and bowls! I had an absolute blast and would recommend getting along to try Wine & Wheel Wednesday while you can. Grab some girlfriends or boyfriends and make a night of it!! Hold steady on those wines though; no one wants to see you re-enacting THAT scene from Ghost.
The Arts Station really does have something for everyone. If getting down and dirty with the Wine & Wheel is not your thing, check out the Rhumba dance lessons, the Fall Concert Series or the Gallery when brunching at the amazing Blue Toque Diner. The Gallery is currently showcasing ‘Exploring the Elk’ with Mark Locki. The photos are seriously stunning!! See what else is on offer at the Arts Station events page.
If you have been looking for a way to more involved in the Fernie community there are plenty of options at the Arts Station. You can become a member, volunteer, donate or help with projects. However you get involved it is a pretty sweet investment in the Fernie Arts & Culture future!
What to do in Fernie!
Frosty mornings, colourful mountains and extra clothing layers needed, we have well and truly transitioned into Fall. The fishing is still fantastic, the biking and hiking views just keep getting better buuuut it is definitely a great time of year to start indoor activities like Wine & Wheel Wednesdays at the Art Station! Check out the Art Station website for their latest events or the Tourism Fernie events page to keen up to date with what is happening around Fernie!