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!
A Summer Activity Enjoyed By Many
Summertime in Fernie is a favourite season shared by locals and visitors. Why might you ask? This mountain town is loaded with endless activities to keep you busy during the hot, sunshine-filled months that guarantee fun for every kind of person. Since Fernie is fortune enough to be situated along the Elk River, water-sports are a popular choice, and maybe the most fun one of those is rafting. In Fernie rafting means two things: 1) Floating merrily down the stream (river) that flows through town in a blow-up flotation device bought from Canadian Tire or the Red Apple – often done in groups with a drink in hand. 2) Heading over to the raging Elk River Canyon to brave the various levels of rapids and spectacular views on a guided white water rafting trip – often done in groups with a paddle in hand. The Deskies here at the Red Tree Lodge set out to go white water rafting thanks to Mountain High Adventures:
We loaded up bright and early on the bus and set off to Elko where we met up with the rest of the Mountain High crew. Thanks to the close-knit aspect of Fernie, we didn’t need introductions for our guides: Josh took us on our SupSquatch adventure and Mark was a familiar face from the Lodge – working with Nonstop. After suiting up and walking down some steps to the river, we were given some safety instructions and facts about the canyon and the rapids we would be facing.
Even though the sun was playing hooky that day, the air was warm and we were provided with stylish wet suits and splash coats with fleeces just in case we got chilly (I think I was too excited to feel temperature to be honest). We split the group into two rafts – each with a guide – and set off down the river (after practicing our rowing of course). You should probably know that I was in the one of the Dragon Warriors (front ‘power’ rowers) and yes, every position on the raft had a name.
Why they call it White Water Rafting
Right off the bat we were splashing around and hitting rapids and I was soaked within a few minutes (FUN FACT: If you aren’t looking to get wet or do any paddling, you can sit in the middle of the raft… but you WILL be called ‘Princess’). We carried on further into the canyon and encountered many more rapids boasting relevant names such as ‘Spin Cycle’, ‘The Calm Before the Storm’ and ‘The Big Kahuna’. Don’t worry though, your wonderful guides will lovingly yell directions at you when needed to ensure smooth sailing (probably not the right use of words for this situation). All jokes aside though, even though it was super exciting I never felt scared or in danger while on the river and our guides did a wonderful job keeping everyone safe and sound.
Other activities on the river
Although there was no shortage of rapids, the float wasn’t all just shredding through white water. We had chances to appreciate and admire the beauty of the canyon with it’s impressive vertical walls and the even some wildlife in action. At one point stopped for a very tasty lunch of wraps, salad and cookies which was enjoyed on land. Swimming was also encouraged!
Did I mention cliff jumping? Because that’s another part of this trip (optional of course)
How cool are the guides though? One was PADDLE BOARDING through the rapids, and another couple were in their own single rafts. Impressive for sure.
Ending our river trip
The trip ended on a chill note (calm – it was surprisingly warm) as we floated along the last bit of the river, right before it feeds into Lake Koocanusa, telling jokes and stories. We all hopped out and stripped off our gear (I do admit I was pretty excited to be back in dry clothes) and then once again loaded back on the bus. On the ride back we were encouraged to come into the Mountain High Adventures’ office to look at all of our awesome pictures because yes, there will be someone snapping majestic shots of you as you scream your way through the rapids.
Mountain High Adventures did an amazing job once again to provide us with a fun-packed experience. Be sure to check them out on your next trip to Fernie so you can hit the river and make your own memories white water rafting. Thanks guys, you rocked our socks (or should I say neoprene booties?)
*All pictures are credited to Mountain High Adventures