Winter Sports in Canada
Since there are so many outdoor activities and things to do in Canada in winter, we’d be limiting ourselves if we talked only about skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding. While many stay at Red Tree Lodge to take advantage of the beautiful Fernie, BC weather for skiing, we’d like to go over a couple of adrenaline-pumping winter sports that can’t be done on foot. We’re talking about fatbiking and snowmobiling! Both winter sports in Canada will get your heart rate up and adrenaline pumping. Without further ado, here’s how you can take advantage of winter sports in Canada during your stay.
What is Fatbiking and Where to Do it
A fat tire mountain bike is a slightly different version of a regular mountain bike. They feature wider tires for stability and to provide more traction in the snow. The best part about fatbiking is that it’s excellent for both beginners and experts. Fernie Alpine Resort now features 8km of well-groomed trails. They also offer fat tire mountain bike rentals and even offers guided programs for beginners on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Perhaps you’d like to explore fatbiking on your own time. There are versatile fat tire mountain bike trails in Fernie, Canada that offer different challenges with clear signage. Beginners can explore the community riverside trails while intermediate fatbikers may enjoy the Montane area and new trails off Coal Creek Road. If you’d like a bit more of a challenge, try a singletrack trail at Mt Fernie Provincial Park. There you’ll find other challenging paths as well as more comfortable options. Learn more about trail etiquette, locations, and one of the best new winter sports in Canada on the Tourism Fernie Services website.
Snowmobile this Winter in Canada
Looking to snowmobile this winter in Canada while on vacation? Fernie is the right town to get your fill of outdoor activities. The Fernie Snowmobile Association has every bit of information on snowmobiling that you’ll need to know before your day out, including snowmobile events, a Fernie snowmobile map, up to date information on the grooming of the paths and so much more. Plus our parking lot has lots of space for your trailer if you’re bringing your own sled.
Ghostrider Motorsports is where you’ll find sled rentals and gear that will set you up for a successful day out on the trails when you’d like to explore on your own. Elk Valley Snow Shepherds features snowmobile guides that can teach you all you need to know about snowmobiling this winter in Canada, especially when it comes to the skills you need to ride the backcountry terrain.
Book Now to Secure Your Spot
We’ve covered a whole plethora of winter sports in Canada, including snowmobiling, snowshoeing, fatbiking, skiing and snowboarding. What are you waiting for? Book your trip to Fernie, Canada, before our rooms fill up! Winter in Canada is a popular and busy time of year in Fernie. We suggest booking in advance to secure a spot for your upcoming winter escape.
Do you plan on bringing your own fat tire mountain bike? You’ll be happy to know about our mountain bike amenities that are free of charge. Red Tree Lodge will also secure your bike in a storage room or for your convenience, and you may store it in your room if you choose. Learn more about our mountain bike-friendly amenities on our website. Our welcoming staff is eagerly awaiting your arrival, and please give us a call at 1-250-423-4622 to learn more!
Three Family-Friendly Water Activities near Fernie BC
You’ll be happy to know our Red Tree Lodge is centrally located to all the water adventure one can have in Fernie BC. When you’re looking for things to do in Fernie during the summertime, spending your time near the water is an absolute must! Planning vacations can be tough when you have little ones along that need constant entertainment, which is why we’d like to offer a little guidance on our top three family-friendly water activities near Fernie BC during your stay!
Fernie Aquatic Centre / Outdoor Splash Park
Your family will have the time of their life splashing around at the Fernie Aquatic Centre located just up the street from our Fernie BC lodging. Watch as your kids fly down a giant waterslide grinning from ear to ear, while you relax in the large hot tub that seats 25! The Fernie Aquatic Centre features a little tykes area, heated pool, hot tub, steam room, and is affordable for the entire family! After playing in the pool, the kids will be able to play in the sun at the Outdoor Splash Park where water shoots up out of the ground and is the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day in Fernie BC!
Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park
Plan a day trip from Fernie Canada to the Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park, as it is a favorite stop by the locals all year round! This hidden gem has many hot springs surrounded by the majestic beauty of the wilderness and is a one-of-a-kind atmosphere! The natural pools are adjacent to the edge of the Lussier River, so after you take a dip in the hot springs, cool off in the river. Located just off the Whiteswan Forestry road you’ll traverse a short hike down a gravel path so be sure to bring your hiking boots along for the journey! Birds of prey will circle overhead as you’re surrounded by pure bliss as you listen to the sounds of the river and you may even spot elk, deer, mountain goat while you’re there!
Canyon Raft Company
Take a scenic float on the Upper Elk River with your family from Canyon Raft Company, and will be a favorite on your list of things to do in Fernie! For those with little ones along, choose the River Mild float where you’ll spend three hours exploring the Majestic Rocky Mountains by raft! During the trek, the guides will point out wildlife and give you an education about the Elk Valley. You’ll stop to investigate gravel bars, areas for swimming, and will be a great trip for all ages! When you want a little more out of your adventure choose the River Wild whitewater rafting excursion where you’ll travel the Elk River Canyon and will even be able to do some cliff jumping during the journey! No matter what you decide to try at Canyon Raft Company, this is a must-stop during your family summer vacations!
Family-Friendly Fernie Accommodations
After a long day out exploring the local water destinations, come back to our comfortable Fernie BC lodging to indulge in a much-needed home cooked meal. Our Red Tree Lodge provides a guest kitchen that’s fully equipped, so you’ll feel as though you’re at home away from home during your stay. Check out our Family accommodations where you can choose from our Family Room or our Deluxe Family Room to see what best suits your families needs! When you’re ready to make reservations, give us a call at 1-250-423-4622!
It seems like the most logical thing to do after a day spent in the cold mountain air would be to curl up inside a nice warm bar, right? Think again. Cirque Restaurant has introduced a brand new experience to Fernie that should be on everyone’s winter to-do list: The Fernie Ice Bar!
The Fernie Ice Bar – Vodka tasting in the cold
Located in the Lizard Creek Lodge’s new restaurant Cirque, the Fernie Ice Bar is kept between the chilly temperatures of -8 and -12 degrees Celsius which is ideal for vodka tasting and being able to appreciate the flavours of the samples given. The bar offers two packages, the first being the Standard Experience which is $20 per person with 3 ounces of premium vodka to choose from. My coworkers and myself were fortunate enough to take on the frigid event through the Elite Experience which goes for $40 per person with 3 ounces of their highest-end vodkas to try.
Upon arrival we were greeted with cozy, goose-down Helly Hansen parkas for us to wear so that the cold wouldn’t take away from our fun. As soon we walked in we were amazed by the décor of the room all done of course in ice and the variety of vodkas from around the world. We were gathered around the illuminated bar and greeted by our friendly vodka expert, Jess, who presented us with our own shot glasses made of (you guessed it!) ice. I must advise you that two-handing these glasses is encouraged because they are quite slippery if you don’t have gloves on!
Choose from bottles from around the world
Jess introduced us to our first vodka, Stoli Elit and explained that the first shot of the night is always the toughest but once the ball gets rolling, you enjoy the drinks more and more. After that we were given the option to choose our next poison with the guidance of our expert. For myself it was Yukon Winter, a vodka that viewers of Dragon’s Den might be familiar with. The interesting thing we were told about this spirit is that is only uses local ingredients, as well as the freezing water from the glacier-fed Yukon River. Jess proved herself right as that shot went down (smoother than expected) since we all started to notice the different flavours of the drinks. Deciding on our last shot was by far the hardest, but my co-worker and I were quick to choose a vodka made famous by it’s stunning skull bottle designed by artist John Alexander. Crystal Head Vodka is a gluten free spirit brewed with the glacier waters of Newfoundland. We were excited by the fact that it is filtered through Herkimer diamond crystals which apparently have special healing properties that honestly I thought I felt…but it might have just been the vodka. After a bit more information on the vodkas we didn’t try, and a few silly group pictures, we were encouraged to smash our shot glasses on the floor. We then headed back into the restaurant, hesitantly handed back our cozy parkas, and continued the evening on with more drinks and tasty (warm) food from Cirque.
Fernie’s newest vodka fan!
Before this experience I would have not considered myself a fan of vodka (quite the enemy in fact) but I was surprised at my enjoyment of it all. I was able to actually taste the flavours of the drinks without feeling the horrid burn and this of course was thanks to the environment of this bar. Vodka drinker or not, the Fernie ice bar is definitely something to pay a visit to as it could be deemed one of Fernie’s coolest bars (pun definitely intended).
Head on over to Cirque’s website to learn more.