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!
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!