With an advantageous location nestled in the pristine Elk Valley in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains’ Lizard Range, Fernie is the epitome of an outdoor playground. A popular spot for adventure seekers, the mining town in the heart of British Columbia’s Kootenay Rockies is a treasured jumping-off point for those looking to explore the surrounding backcountry on foot, skis, or two wheels. We know you work hard for your vacation, that’s why Owner Direct Vacation Rentals will make sure you find the perfect accommodations to help you enjoy your time off to the fullest.
Loaded with special touches that offer you more than just a place to stay, the vacation rentals here will surely soothe your soul after an adventurous day. The homes sleep from 3 guests and up, which works extremely well for couples, families, and groups, making sure everyone can enjoy their privacy in their own space. Curl up in front of the fireplace after your outdoor adventures and play board games or watch a movie. No need for crowded cafeterias when you have the option to prepare a hearty meal in the fully stocked kitchen. Take a dip in the outdoor hot tub on the deck while grilling your favorite meat. There’s also laundry facilities, ski lockers, WiFi, cable, games room, parking spaces, and other rentals are units where you’ll get access to the recreational center and gym.
Fernie has a charming core that’s home to boutiques, mom-and-pop eateries, and art galleries, alongside a grand courthouse, city hall, and the Fernie Museum which houses the town’s storied history. Fernie, of course, has loads of outdoor adventures in summer including mountain biking, fly fishing, hiking, and rafting, yet winter is when the ski town really comes alive. Hitting the slopes at Fernie Alpine Resort is easily the most popular pastime, thanks to its 2,500-plus acres of skiable terrain and location from downtown. Other fun activities include fat biking and snowmobiling, or cross-country skiing along the trails near the golf course which offer great views.
Its historic main street (2nd Avenue) has plenty of locally-owned eateries to explore. The Loaf is a local favorite to pick up fresh bread, plus they have menus for brunch and dinner. Make sure to try Mr. Fernie Breakfast Bagel at Big Bang Bagels, also a popular brunch hangout. Those who find themselves on the ski hill or in the mood to celebrate should head to Cirque Restaurant & Bar located in the Lizard Creek Lodge, the stylish eatery has panoramic mountain views, a roaring fireplace, and dangling chandeliers. Those in need of a sweet treat should make a pit stop at Beanpod Chocolate. For drinks, the Fernie Brewing Co. is a fun place to kick off the evening, as well as seasonal and limited-release brews.
The closest airport to Fernie is Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) in Cranbrook, BC. By car, Fernie is situated on Highway 3 (Crowsnest Pass Highway) that travels east to west from Alberta to BC. Highway 3 is the easiest and safest of all the highway going through the Rocky Mountains. The drive along the highway is also beautiful and only 30 minutes from the Alberta border.
It’s possible to walk or bike anywhere within the city, but the majority of locals drive (the winters are cold!) and some of the best things to see and do are farther than walking permits. Chances are, you’ll want a car to make your trip as smooth as possible. The drive from the rolling foothills and prairie ranches, through the looming peaks of the Crowsnest Pass into Fernie’s Rocky Mountains is a gorgeous trip.
Anytime between May and September are great times to enjoy summer. The period from the start of January until the first week of February is “Powder Season” where visitors can enjoy the best snow conditions and smallest crowds of the whole winter.