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!
Calling all thrill-seekers! Looking for adventure on your next trip to Fernie? Well, all the fun isn’t reserved just for winter! How does scaling up tall trees to try balance, jump, climb and clamber your way through an obstacle course? What about screaming down a Zipline at up to 60km per hour? If this sounds like your ticket then you absolutely need to check out the Fernie Alpine Resort Aerial Park & Zipline.
During the hot summer months, Fernie Alpine Resort turns into a thrill-seekers playground with Mountain Biking trails, Hiking trails, Aerial Park, a Zipline and more. This months Red Tree Lodge Deskie adventures took us to check the Aerial Park & Zipline out.
Fernie Alpine Resort Aerial Park
On what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the season our team arrived at the resort ready to start our adventure. The Aerial Park team suited us up into our safety gear before taking us on up to the Park. Walking up to the Aerial Park, the teams anticipation was clear; “Actually, I’m not sure if I am scared of heights”, “Will this thing actually catch me if I fall?” “Is my butt strap tight enough?”.
There are 23 features (obstacles), three Ziplines and one Leap of Faith ranging from beginner to advanced levels to make your way around. Lucky for us, the Aerial Park guides have a feature set-up nice and low to the ground that allows up to practice. We were shown how to attach ourselves and our buddy to and from features safely and then set free on the course.
Time to climb
Standing at the bottom of the tree and getting ready to make the first climb is where the adrenaline starts to pump a little. The hands get a little sweaty and the stomach fills with butterflies. However, once we nailed the first climb and feature, we had the swing of it. Each feature got a little more challenging and a little higher in the trees than the previous one. This was much more a team building experience than I realised. The higher and harder the features got, the louder the encouragement from the Red Tree and Aerial Park teams were!
Even if you are okay with heights, there are features for all levels that will really push you outside of your comfort zone. The feeling of accomplishment and reward was awesome after getting across the difficult features!
Rescue Procedures Test
One of the harder features is called the ‘Swinging Islands’. You need to somehow ninja across swinging platforms while holding onto ropes. At this point our manager Jody decided to check the Aerial Parks rescue procedures….by falling off one of the islands! Okay so she may not have actually wanted to check the rescue procedures but we appreciate her commitment to this blog. Looking like a ‘hang in there baby’ cat poster, Jimmy from the Aerial Park team managed to pull some swift rescue moves and get Jody back to safety, just in time for his lunch break! And thanks to Jody, I knew to by-pass this feature as there would have been two rescues! You can see why the ‘Swinging Islands’ became our favourite feature to talk (ahem…laugh) about.
Fernie Alpine Resort Zipline
Rippin’ the Zip
The Aerial Park does have three Ziplines, two of which will get you down from the features in the trees. Cruising down a Zipline from 40ft in the air is definitely the fun way to get down.
If you are wanting to really ‘Rip the Zip’, check out the Zipline set up near the Mini Moose run! After our fun at the Aerial Park, we made our way up to the top of the Mini Moose run. Locked and loaded we each had our turn taking off from down 555ft Zipline and hitting speeds up to 60km/h on the way down. The breeze was certainly welcome on such a hot day! And the screams, well, they were a necessity on the way down!
Just when you thought the fun was over, you need to catch a ‘Tru Blue’ system down off the Zipline platform. Both the Aerial Park and Zipline have these ‘Tru Blue’ systems which are aptly named the ‘Leap of Faith’. The system is designed to catch you as soon you take a walk off the platform. Jumping off platforms and having complete faith in the gear that connects you is not for the faint hearted. But it sure is fun!!
The Aerial Park and Zipline are run by different teams. You need to complete waivers and receive safety information and gear for each activity. See the team at Guest Services to chat where to go and who to meet.
If you’re planning your getaway to Fernie, check out the Tourism Fernie website. The website is loaded with information about Activities, Culture, Events, special Packages and Offers. There is even a planning tool that will help give you fantastic ideas on what to do.
At Red Tree Lodge, we use the Tourism Fernie website to plan our adventures and check up to date event information. You can find tons of information about the Fernie Alpine Resort Aerial Park & Zipline including dates of operation, rates, height/weight restrictions and more!
If you are looking for a challenging yet family friendly/team building adventure, then definitely head up to the Fernie Alpine Resort Aerial Park & Zipline this summer! The fantastic Aerial Park & Zipline teams will ensure you have an amazing time. And let’s be honest, there is nothing quite like the hilarity of watching your boss be rescued by Jimmy!