- Visit the Fernie Museum located in downtown Fernie; learn more about the culture, legends and residents who have shaped this community
- Go on Snow Shoe Safari with Wild Nature Tours
- Get a delicious dessert from Crumbs Cakery & Cafe in historic downtown
- Hit the Stoke Folk the Party featuring Shred Kelly on January 30th
- Catch the local hockey team, the Fernie Ghostriders at the Fernie Memorial Arena www.fernieghostriders.com ($10)
- Stop into the Fernie Brewing Company for some sampling of their award winning beers and even take a brewery tour
- In December celebrate the festivities with the Arts Station’s What The Dickens
- For the more adventurous (and big spender) – a day of cat skiing with Fernie Wilderness Adventures
- Try the rock climbing wall at Evolution Fitness located directly next door to the lodge
- Treat yourself to a day the spa with one of Spa 901‘s relaxing packages
- Dine at one of Fernie’s unique restaurants including Nevados, Yamagoya, Curry Bowl, The Brickhouse and more
- Rent some gear from Gear Hub and try a new sport like fat biking
- Catch live music happening at The Arts Station, The Royal and The Northern all winter long
- Get a pair of skates and do some ice skating on the Annex Pond, Maiden Lake and even the Fernie Memorial Arena
- Celebrate mountain culture, fragile environments and the passion of explorers in the Fernie Mountain Film Festival happening in February
One of the fondest childhood memories most people who grew up in Canada have is grabbing all your neighbourhood friends, setting up some nets on the pavement outside your house and playing street hockey until the street lights came on. If someone spots a vehicle that might disrupt the group, it is their duty to yell “CAAARRR” as loud as possible to inform the players, prompting everyone to haul their designated gear to the side until it is safe to play again. It’s also regulatory rules that the if the ball is hit into a yard, house, or window, the culprit is required to retrieve it themselves. The game usually ends around dinner time when the player count has been thinned out by curfews or parents calling them in for food, and teams don’t have enough people to play.
Grab Your Stick
Street hockey – also known as road hockey or ball hockey – is a game enjoyed year round by people of all ages. Whether it be hockey players wanting to keep their skills fresh or groups of friends wanting some good, competitive fun, the game allows people to enjoy the beloved sport and not be limited to indoor arenas or frozen ponds. No one is certain when exactly the game was ‘invented’, but it is believed to have started around the turn of the 20th century when wealthier North-American neighbourhoods started paving their streets. The sport picked up speed in the 70’s when the ‘No Bounce Ball’ was invented by Raymond W LeClerc. Rules and regulations started being established and it became more and more popular. Mr. LeClerc even went on to build a site with 3 outdoor arenas in Leo-minster, Massachusetts which prompted the development of leagues and tournaments across North America.
Fun For Everyone
Here at the Red Tree Lodge, we love street hockey and of course sharing it with our guests! Our sister company – Nonstop Adventure – is run out of the lodge, and brings people from around the world to enjoy the winter season in Canada while becoming ski and snowboard instructors. We love giving the full Canadian experience to our guests, so introducing them to activities that we grew up with is something everyone enjoys. Street hockey is always quick to become a favourite activity and they are even able to set up right in front of the lodge! Next time you stay with us in Fernie at the Red Tree Lodge, be sure to come borrow some of our equipment; we can provide you with sticks, nets and balls. Who knows, maybe we will even join in with you…Game on!
Love Beer … Love Skiing!
It’s the perfect combination for a winter vacation, so alongside Fernie Brewing Co we are bringing you the best of this cold and crisp duo! Stay and save up to 20% off on our mid-week Beer Lovers Ski Package and we will also throw in a sample pack of the brewery’s craft beer. Think that the fun might tucker you out? No worries, this two-night stay package also includes a 1 pm late checkout. Book now for our standard rooms, or upgrade to a superior room or even a king room on the second floor if you want to enjoy your beer on the balcony and snuggle up on a pillow top mattress with upgraded linens! We are also a pet friendly hotel so you can still book a room if you want to bring your furry friends along.
Fernie’s Home-Grown Craft Brewery
Located off highway 3, the Brewery is passionate about their goal to quench the thirst of the valley. They boast refreshing brews with no additives or fillers and stand by the idea of “Good Beer for a Good Town“. Their flavourful, award-winning craft beers win the hearts of the locals, and hopefully you will be able to pick your favourite. Even though you will have samples waiting for you in your room we recommend checking out the Brewery – it’s just as cool and full of character as their beer is!
Hit the Slopes!
Fernie Alpine Resort is known for its legendary snow fall and reportedly has the highest of any resort in Canada. Itching to get out and play in the powder? Lift tickets are included in this package so you can head up for some skiing (or snowboarding!) – the shuttle pick up is conveniently located right outside of the lodge and will drop you off right at the base of the hill, if you don’t feel like driving. We are also equipped with all the amenities to warm you up, so take a dip in our heated pool, soak in our hot tub or relax your muscles in the sauna after a day out in the cold. Call now to book your stay with us, and bottoms up to an awesome ski vacation!
It’s no secret to the residents of Fernie and the surrounding valley that we’re truly lucky for the legendary powder that we receive each winter.
Last year’s winter was one for the records; not for it’s abundance of snow, but rather lack of. We wanted to wake up every morning and open our curtains to snow blanketing the cars and streets, to only discover that the pavement from the road was showing once again. Although frustrations were seen throughout the season, there were a few powder days to be had at Fernie Alpine Resort. With the resort set to open on Friday, December 4th for the 2015/16 season – the countdown is on (and the anticipation is growing!)
Fernie’s been featured all over the world both through online and print media. Recently it was featured by Buzzfeed on their Top 10 Canadian Mountain Towns to visit this winter. As Buzzfeed says “Fernie has all the rustic small-town charm you could hope for when coming to vacation in British Columbia. This quaint ski town has no shortage of inviting cabins and chalets to warm yourself up in after a long day of skiing at the Fernie Alpine Resort. Explore the town and get lost in the historic downtown, which has become a popular filming location (because just look at it!).” We couldn’t agree more!
Besides the great riding at Fernie Alpine Resort, there’s plenty more to do! Here’s a list of other winter activities to try when you’re in Fernie.