I’ve written previously about my love for the Fernie backcountry. The backcountry, given its correct definition, is ‘a sparsely populated rural region remote from a settled area’. Yet for me, the backcountry is so much more than that. The backcountry is an escape, an escape from a social media-driven world, where everyone is connected via the internet yet seemingly more discounted in ‘real life’. The backcountry is where a hybrid of hunters, campers, hikers, fishermen and dare I say, photographers, go to embrace the beauty of the world around us. 

There have been countless articles written recently about whether social media is ruining the backcountry, where oversaturation on Instagram and Facebook is leading to dangerously overcrowded trails and hot springs. It is a tough balance to strike, why should only a privileged few share in the beauty of the backcountry, why should we not share our experiences and photographs on social media?

This article will touch upon my favourite backroads of Fernie backcountry and show some of my photographs, from the backcountry in and around Fernie in the Kootenays. I will not be giving out too much information as to where they are, just the general area. All the roads included are relatively easy to find if you wish to, just pick up a backcountry road book and spend time planning your trip.


Sunset in the Fernie Backcountry: This backcountry spot is just a short drive from Fernie, near the old mining town of Coal Creek. I have a different version of this photograph for sale in my shop, you can check it out here.Photograph details: 1/8th sec, F9.0, ISO100, 40mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5


Into the wilds of the Fernie Backcountry: Turkey hunting the day before Canadian Thanksgiving. A different version of this photograph can be found, here. Photograph details: 1/100th sec, F6.3, ISO400, 62mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5


The wildlife of the Fernie Backcountry: This little fella just wanted to say hello. He also says hello in this photograph. Photograph details: 1/100th sec, F5.6, ISO100, 150mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5.  


Morrissey Falls, Fernie: Drive 30 minutes from Fernie and discover Morrissey Falls. Photograph details: 30 sec, F8.0, ISO100, 14mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5

You can check out my new photography shop, here. If you are interested in purchasing these any of these prints, shoot me an email – mike@nomadsontheroad.com – and we can discuss your options. 

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