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!
As the sun starts to shine stronger, and the days become longer, we’d like to offer some advice for a fun day out in the sun near Red Tree Lodge with the top summer activities in Fernie, BC. Whether you’d like to spend the day in Fernie mountain biking, playing a round of disc golf at James White Park, or want to explore the local parks, we’ll give you ideas to add to your list of things to do in Fernie BC! Keep the packing light as we provide shared toys such as townie bikes, frolf discs, street hockey equipment, and more. We help you get the most out of your Fernie Canada summer vacations!
Mount Fernie Provincial Park in the Summer
Spending the day in Fernie mountain biking the trails at Mount Fernie Provincial Park will be high up on your list of summer activities in Fernie, BC! Our Fernie hotel is bike friendly, so take advantage of our free townie bike rentals during your stay. If you’re bringing your own mountain bike along, we have an area to tune, store, and wash your bike after a fun day out at Mount Fernie mountain biking. The park has many trails and offers breathtaking views of greenery along the way! You’ll be surrounded by massive Cedar trees, wildflowers, and many shaded areas. Imagine the sounds of trickling creeks echoing all around during your ride. Whether you’re looking to mountain bike, hike, swim or just want to spend the day basking in nature, the park has something for all ages!
Mountain High Adventures
Make a splash this summer at Mountain High Adventures. They’re located just minutes from our Fernie BC hotel. Here you’ll find many watersport activities like white water rafting, standup paddleboarding, scenic floats, and Fernie Canada kayaking. Adrenaline seekers will experience Class 4 rapids in Elk River Canyon on a Whitewater Mammoth Rafting adventure. Try something new on your family vacations as this rafting thrill ride holds up to six. Not only will you whitewater raft, but you’ll also be able to step up the trill with the opportunity to do cliff jumping as well! Milder thrills are also offered at Mountain High Adventures for those with little ones along. No matter what adventure you choose, you’ll have an amazing day on the water in Fernie Canada.
Family-Friendly Fernie Accommodations for Summer Activities
After a day out in the sun, why not come back to our spacious Fernie BC lodging to relax with our on-site movie theater room? We include a DVD library so that the kids will be able to come down after an exciting day outdoors, while you relax in our hot tub or sauna! Our family-friendly rooms include bunk beds and a queen bed. They can also be made into pet-friendly lodging, so that you’re able to bring the entire family along. To browse through our Fernie accommodations to see what is best for your family vacations, visit us online! Get in touch with our staff about booking your stay; call 1-250-423-4622!
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!