Festive Fernie

By / 7th November, 2018 / Fernie / Off

Start to the Holiday Season

There is no better location than Fernie to experience and celebrate the joy of the holiday season. Fernie’s chilly fall temperatures, friendly atmosphere, and majestic setting combine to form the perfect getaway for winter festivities. Find yourself surrounded by the gorgeous Rocky Mountains as light snowfall dusts the city streets. In the autumn months of October, November, and into December, this Canadian city becomes a winter wonderland. Book your stay at Red Tree Lodge this season and make lasting memories at one of the best Fernie BC hotels. Here are just a few of the events that make this incredible location a holiday hotspot!

Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights at Fernie BC HotelsThe Festival of Lights, held in beautiful downtown Fernie, is one of the city’s most dazzling celebrations. This annual event fills the crisp night sky with brilliant light and sound. Local artists and musicians come together in November to exhibit their unique craft and performance. Watch as awe-inspiring visual installations are illuminated throughout Station Square.  Everything is just minutes from one of the premier Fernie BC hotels, Red Tree Lodge! The festive night ends with a parade along 2nd Avenue showcasing even more amazing visuals.

Elk Valley Festival of Trees

From mid-November through the first weekend in December, the Elk Valley Festival of Trees provides an exquisite array of Christmas Trees.  Each tree is sponsored by a different Fernie business. Various events are held throughout the festival, including:

  • the Tree Lighting Reception & Spirits of Christmas Kick-Off Party,
  • Black Friday Holiday Fair,
  • Date Night & Kids Movie Night,
  • and more!

Purchase a ballot and raise money for a local charity by voting for your favorite tree!

Light Up The Night from Fernie BC HotelsHoliday Kick-Off Light Up Party

Another great Fernie holiday celebration to experience with your family is the Holiday Kick-Off Light Up Party. Not much will get you in the spirit like witnessing the winter lights display being switched on throughout beautiful downtown. Watch the streets become illuminated from outside of the courthouse.  As well, come take advantage of the delicious free barbeque provided by the city. After the downtown display is lit, walk through the quaint streets and visit the wide variety of boutique shops and stores.

Best Fernie BC Hotels

With so many fantastic holiday festivities, it’s easy to see what makes this magical location a favorite winter getaway. Book your stay at Red Tree Lodge and experience the most wonderful time of year at one of the best Fernie BC hotels! Enjoy a winter escape you won’t soon forget. Red Tree Lodge is waiting for you!

Where to Eat in Fernie BC

By / 18th September, 2018 / Fernie / Off

No matter what brings you to this beautiful part of Canada, our Fernie BC lodging will provide you with a convenient and delicious meal. Nothing enhances your stay more than a tasty plate of comfort food. Whether you find yourself at Red Tree Lodge for the mountain biking, downhill skiing, or any other adrenaline-fueled Fernie activity, there will always be a hot plate of food accompanying your comfortable bed. Our on-site Smokehouse restaurant supplies guests with mouth-watering offerings, all without leaving the comfort of the Lodge. Book your Fernie BC lodging with Red Tree Lodge and indulge in every part of your trip.

Smokehouse Restaurant


Fernie BC lodging Food - Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich

Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich

Located within Red Tree Lodge, Smokehouse Restaurant gives you easy access to some of the best new food in Fernie. Sink your teeth into Cajun-based dishes and appetizers featuring tender meats slowly cooked until they fall off the bone. With a menu boasting sophisticated vegetarian options alongside dishes such as slow-roasted New York striploin, cherrywood smoked chicken leg, and, of course, applewood smoked ribs, chef Keith Ilavsky caters to carnivores and vegetarians alike. Smokehouse is open from 5 pm to 10 pm daily, and reservations can conveniently be made at the Lodge’s front desk. The restaurant also caters to group events and weddings.

Hot Breakfast


While our Fernie BC lodging does provide patrons with a complimentary breakfast snack (including muffins, fresh fruit, yogurt, coffee, and tea), some guests prefer a more substantial morning meal. Luckily, there are plenty of local cafes that cook up a hearty breakfast. Try Big Bang Bagels on Second Ave for a savory toasted egg sandwich, or Mugshots Cafe one street over for a hot plate of eggs, bacon, and toast. Ask our friendly staff for their recommendations for the best Fernie breakfast joints, and get fueled up for the fun activities you have planned.

Fernie BC lodging Food - Smokehouse Ratatouille

Smokehouse Ratatouille

Fernie BC Lodging

Book your Fernie BC lodging with Red Tree Lodge and take advantage of the delicious on-site offerings. After a long day in the beautiful Canadian outdoors, walk just feet from your room and grab a table at our Smokehouse Restaurant. Appreciate tasty convenience at Red Tree Lodge.

Fall Fun in Fernie

By / 7th September, 2018 / Fernie / Off

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.