Winter in Fernie can seem like it is all about skiing. But for those who want a change of pace from the ski hill, here are seven things to do in Fernie, beside skiing.


Credit: Tourism Fernie & Henry Georgi

Credit: Tourism Fernie & Henry Georgi

If you like hiking year-round then popping on your snowshoes and heading out into the snowy woods of Fernie is the perfect winter activity for you.

There are numerous groomed trails around town including at Fernie Alpine Resort and Island Lake Lodge. In addition, there are mountain bike trails which are accessible for snowshoers (just be careful as bikers like to rip year-round in Fernie).

Guided tours are on offer through Wildsight’s Wild Nature Tours, check them out here. While Mountain Heritage Snowshoe Tour interpretive program at Fernie Alpine Resort is also available for group bookings, click here for information.

Ice Fishing

Fishing in Fernie is already well known as a summer activity but just because the abundance of lakes in and around Fernie has frozen over, it doesn’t mean our lines have to be packed away.

The answer is ice fishing. Ice fishing is the practice of catching fish with lines and fish hooks through an opening in the ice.

For more information on lakes and ice fishing in and around Fernie, check out the rules and regulations from British Columbia Provincial Government.


Curling in Fernie

While the sport may look like you are sweeping ice while giant stones are hurled down, curling is, in fact, one of the most popular activities in Canada, and Fernie is the perfect place to try it out. Fernie Curling Club offers drop-in sessions starting from January 7th, 2016 at 7 pm, the cost is $10 per person. Come on down and chuck some rocks down the ice. For more information check out the Fernie Curling Club.

Ice Skating

Ice skating comes second nature to the vast majority of Canadians I’ve met. Luckily in Fernie, we have the Fernie Memorial Arena which offers ice skating throughout the week. For a full schedule click here.

Cross-country skiing

Don’t be put off by the word skiing here. This is unlike the skiing we enjoy at the ski hill. Cross-country skiing is a great way to get outside and stretch your legs. Luckily in Fernie, we have a huge range of trails to explore. A number of trails are set around Fernie including at Fernie Alpine Resort, Fernie Golf & Country Club, Island Lake Lodge, and the new Elk Valley Nordic Centre. For more information check out the Fernie Nordic Society.


With miles upon miles of groomed trailed and untold backcountry access with staging areas, snowmobiling in Fernie is suitable for all riding abilities.

For more information about snowmobiling in Fernie, closures, logging activities and condition reports check out the Fernie Snowmobile Association.

Fat Biking

Fat biking in Fernie is a relatively new sport but one which is catching on as Fernie’s love of biking extends to a year-round activity. The Fernie Trail Alliance has recently started grooming a select number of trails for fat biking. For more information on fat biking in Fernie, click here.

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