Scenic Bike Ride With a Tasty Reward
Looking for a fun, short bike ride to do on a sunny afternoon with great mountain views and a cool breeze off the river? Then take a ride out to the Fernie Brewing Company and treat yourself to one of their many thirst quenching beers! You won’t regret it. It’s one of the best ways to spend a warm summer day with friends.
If you’re starting at the Red Tree Lodge, begin your adventure by signing out one of our complimentary townie bikes and helmets from the front desk. Be sure to sign them out early as we only have 3 and they can go fast. Hop on your new wheels and head down 11th street towards the Annex Park. From the park you can connect with the river trail and go over the bridge. For a very short distance your bike ride will be on the highway, then continue past the Tourism Information Center and onto Manitou Road. From there, you can’t miss the towering brewery.
Check out the tasting room with over 12 fresh brews on tap, or grab a table on the patio. Sit back and sip away while you take in the views of Mount Hosmer, the Three Sisters, and the Lizard Range.
Pro Tip: On your way back from the brewery, why not go for a scenic detour? Head under the bridge towards the Maiden Lake and connect with the path that runs along the Elk River and behind the golf course.
Good Beer in a Good Town
The history of Fernie Brewing Company goes back to 2003. Back then, the beer was brewed in a barn just outside of Fernie. Since then, the microbrewery has expanded the production facility five times. They are envisioning more expansions in the coming years. While visiting the brewery, we learned that the hops travel from all over the world before being mixed into your favorite pint to give the beer its flavorful taste. Be sure to ask them about featured seasonal brews and their limited releases the next time you visit the tasting room. And don’t forget to bring your growler and grab a fill to take home with you! If you forget yours, don’t sweat it – you can purchase a cool vacuum insulated mountain growler that you can take on any adventure with you!
Cheers to Charity!
FBC is a company that believes and prides itself on giving back to the Elk Valley and our small-town community. The brewery generously donates to various local organizations and sponsor many local events that happen here in town. In addition, since December 2013 the brewery does what they call a “Cheers to Charity!” sample paddle. For just $5 you get to choose a flight of 4 different beers. All the profits are given to a deserving local organization, charity or club which the brewery chooses every month. Therefor, you’re truly drinking for a good cause! Feeling ambitious and want a more challenging bike ride for your beer? Check out the Trail to Ale 24 hour bike challenge!
FBC. A Must Visit.
So next time you’re in town or staying at the Red Tree Lodge, be sure to pop on by the Fernie Brewing Company for a good time! Take a bike ride out and sit on the patio with a cold one. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon this summer, and I highly recommend putting it on your list. Cheers!
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!