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!
Winter in Fernie
Experience Fernie. A winter wonderland. A mountain paradise. Breathtaking views. There just aren’t enough words to describe the beauty of Fernie in the winter. Arriving on a blue bird day you’ll have the opportunity of taking in the Rocky Mountains that encircle the mountain town of 4,200 residents. Three Sisters, Mount Fernie and Mount Proctor are all located directly behind the Red Tree Lodge. They can be viewed from our Superior and King rooms, as well as the Mount Fernie Suite. These room types all feature their own private balcony.
With the popular Fernie Alpine Resort located just 8 minutes outside of town, Fernie has become one of the most popular mountain destinations in North America. Fernie gets an annual snowfall of 29 feet, spread out over 142 runs and 2,504 acres of terrain. This terrain includes 5 spectacular open bowls, numerous ridges, and amazing glades, meaning Fernie Alpine Resort offers adventure at every turn. 10 lifts service the resort and there’s a variety of terrain for every skill level. Often you’ll find low clouds hovering over town, but as you gain altitude on the chairlift, you’ll break into the beautiful sunshine that lies above. This year the resort is set to open December 5th (weather permitting). It can’t come soon enough for those who can’t wait to experience Fernie!
Fernie Alpine Resort
The resort is always evolving and its services and this year there’s a few new things happening. The Kids Wings Program takes the hassle out of having to find and purchase new equipment for that growing child. By joining this program ($149), you pick up your gear at the beginning of the season and return it before it closes. There will be more high performance option in the rental shop and more rental options for kids (4-6). There’s been terrain improvements and a new groomer has joined the fleet. As always, while staying at the Red Tree Lodge, you can save 5-15% off lift passes.
Other Winter Experiences
Skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only favorite past time of residents and visitors here to experience Fernie. Cat skiing, cross country skiing, snow biking, snow shoeing and snowmobiling are increasing in popularity and making for a different kind of adventure. Snow biking allows you to use big tires to float through the snow with good traction. Timing is key for a good snow ride, so hit the trails when they’re nicely packed and not too icy. If you’re a beginner, try the Lazy Lizard trail (10km). For an intermediate give the Ridgemont Loop (9km) a try and for advanced riders, the Provincial Park Loop (7km). If you’re looking for the experience of a lifetime, then cat skiing is for you!
Fernie Wilderness Adventures offers day cat skiing trips on over 5,000 acres that features a variety of ridges to begin your descents from. A typical day starts with breakfast at the lodge, then it’s a quick cat ride up the backcountry terrain. Next thing you know, you’ll find yourself in waist deep powder on every run. With an elevation over 7,150 ft, the conditions keep the snow falling from the Coast and dry powder perfect for skiier and snowboarders to enjoy world renowned Canadian Rockies. Choosing from a vast variety of terrain, from ranges to ridges, valleys’ to spectacular gladed meadows, you won’t be able to wipe that smile off your face. Take a sneak peek below!
Photography by Jean-Yves