Summer may well be winding down, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Here in Fernie, there are always fun and exciting activities and events happening to take part in! From celebrations of local culture to extreme downhill mountain bike racing, this unique Canadian destination is sure to have something entertaining for everyone. Don’t let this summer end without one more fun family getaway! Book your late-summer vacation with Red Tree Lodge, one of the best Fernie hotels available, and take advantage of the area’s great late season offerings!
Chautauqua Cultural Festival & Fall Fair
Technically still in the last part of summer, this four-day local culture and art fest is held in mid-September. The annual celebration is put on by several community and city organizations and showcases regional art, music, food, and heritage. Enjoy some free live music from some of the best musicians in British Columbia, have lunch with renowned Canadian novelist Wayne Norton (author of Fernie at War), and learn all about the history of this magical place. Visit the fest’s website for more information and specific times of events!
Annual GillBilly Fest
For even more live music fun, make your way from one of the most convenient Fernie hotels down to the yearly GillBilly Fest! Held on the last September weekend, this unique festival sounds like what it is – a combo-celebration of fly fishing and old-time music. If you enjoy casting your line through the air or listening to the sweet melody of a well-worn mandolin, imagine an event combining both! Come experience the variety of music and fishing workshops in beautiful downtown Fernie.
Annual Dirt Diggler Downhill Race
With a vertical descent of over 3,500 feet, this free race is what mountain biking is all about! Take your time navigating down from the ridge to the valley, or ride like a pro and get some serious air. The professionals fly down the course, making the usual hour-long ride last about ten minutes! A small one-time membership fee is charged to ride, and a provided shuttle transports you to the top! Click here for more information on this thrilling event.
Mountain Biking Made Easy
If you want to enjoy even more mountain biking fun out on your own with the family, Red Tree Lodge has got you covered. As one of the most bike-friendly Fernie hotels, Red Tree Lodge offers you numerous on-site biking amenities free of charge. Take advantage of our bike washing station and our bike tuning stand and tools. Keep your cycle safe in the Lodge’s locked bike storage room, and take one of the available townie bikes if you want to just tool around the area. Visit the front desk to receive a trail map from our friendly and knowledgeable staff, or visit the Fernie Mountain Bike Club website for everything you’ll need to know. Red Tree Lodge is your mountain biking destination!
Red Tree Lodge
Don’t let the remainder of your summer season go to waste! Plan a trip to one of the best Fernie hotels and have a little more family fun this summer. Red Tree Lodge in Fernie, British Columbia, will provide you with a variety of entertaining and fun family activities and events! If you are interested in visiting for one of these amazing events, call us at 1-250-423-4622 for potential discounted rates! Visit Tourism Fernie for even more information on the area’s offerings.
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!
Mark and Mya Arrive in Fernie
Recently the Red Tree Lodge got to welcome some very special guests to Fernie, Mark and his dog Mya! The adventure duo are from Australia and made the trip to Canada back in November. They came with the goal of embarking on a 10-month journey through North America. Fernie has been on their list of mountain towns to visit since they arrived at the beginning of the season. We were so happy to welcome them to our town and could tell they were just as excited to be here! After I checked them into their pet friendly room they wasted no time dropping their bags off. They headed straight into Fernie’s historical downtown to check out the town and snap some photos!
Fernie Dog Parks
After a good night’s sleep, the two were re-energized and eager to check out the trails. Mark and Mya (the white shepard) met up with local trail pals, Amanda and her golden retriever, Cooper. The two of them showed Mya a lovely dog friendly park just a few blocks down the road from the Red Tree Lodge. Together they had a tail-wagging good time running up and down the snow-covered path along the Elk River. No doubt they ran into some other furry trail goers during their play date, but it was clear that Mya and Cooper hit it off best and looked like long-time buds.
Exploring Fernie – Dogs Welcome!
It wasn’t all adventures for Mark and Mya. Life on the road calls means making time for mundane errands too. For Mark, this meant laundry day. In between the river walks, fat biking rides, and Mark hitting the slopes at Fernie Alpine Resort, they took advantage of our free laundry services at the lodge. Mark told me was seriously life saving! As for Mya, she needed a bath. The duo made their way to our local pet store, Barkside Pets, in downtown Fernie. Mya got all soapy and clean in the dog wash station and then made sure to check out the store and say hello to the friendly staff.
Before saying farewell to the town, Mark held a casual meet and greet to cap off a wonderful time in Fernie. It was the perfect opportunity for locals to engage with him and Mya. We chatted about dogs, life, adventures, dog friendly destinations, and whatever else people were wanting to know.
When checking out of the lodge, I asked how Fernie ranked in all the destinations so far. Mark laughed and took a neutral stance saying he doesn’t like to pick favorites. He explained to me that all the places he’s visited have been awesome for different reasons. Just like any destination, every mountain town has its pros and cons. What I’m thinking he meant to say, is that Fernie absolutely topped the ranks and nothing compares to our town. In Fernie, dogs are truly welcome 😉
Traveling with Dogs
There is no denying that Mya has a large fan base on social media. After being in Fernie I know they’ve gained some more loyal friends and followers. With a shared passion for the great outdoors, their Jeep to move them around, and each other for companionship, there is no adventure too big for these two. When asked about plans to return, Mark told me he’d love to come back mid winter for a week on the slopes. He added he would love to hit the mountain bike trails with Mya someday! We sure hope you do Mark, and we wish you all the best on the rest of your adventures and hope to see you soon for another visit 😊
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