The Elk River is special. She starts life high in the Canadian Rockies, offering clear waters as she meanders downstream from her Elk Lakes source. Along the way to the valley bottom, the Elk River passes historic mining sites, stunning wilderness, and bountiful wildlife. The Elk River is at the heart of Fernie and this corner of the East Kootenays.

The Elk River

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Spanning an impressive 140 miles (220 kilometers), the Elk River has several tributaries, Fording River, Michel Creek, Coal Creek, Lizard Creek and the Wigwam River. This photograph was taken opposite the highway which runs alongside the Elk River in places. Photograph details: 2.5 sec, F11.0, ISO 100, 14mm multi-shot pano, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5

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The Elk River is home to several beautiful species of trout, including the distinctive western cutthroat trout. The Elk River is easily accessible from the road for long stretches. Photograph details: 1/4th sec, F11.0, ISO 100, 49mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5.

The Elk River

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Dark and menacing storm clouds hover over the Elk River as my friend Connor stands knee deep in the flowing waters. While there was a light rain in the air, it was not enough. Most of British Columbia is under a fire ban and the province is done dry. Photograph details: 1/6th sec, F11.0, ISO 100, 14mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5.

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The weather in the Elk Valley can change in an instant. One minute we had blue skies with some fast moving clouds, the next… the rains came, albeit too briefly. Photograph details: 13 sec, F8.0, ISO 100, 14mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5.

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The rains fluttered along Morrissey Ridge in the Elk Valley. Photograph details: 1/50th sec, F8.0, ISO 100, 80mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5.

With Fall in Fernie just around the corner, I’m stoked to get out and explore more of the backcountry and photograph the coming colours. Keep an eye on my Instagram and remember to like Nomads on the Road on Facebook.


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