There is a saying in Fernie which gets trotted out every time summer rolls around.
“Come for the winter, stay for the summer”
– every ski bum in Fernie
Fernie is best known for the epic winters yet as time has gone it is increasingly becoming known for its equally epic summer. Here are 8 reasons why summer in Fernie is awesome. My own personal countdown to summer in Fernie is, I am heading back at the end of July and I am stoked to spending the height of summer in this mountain paradise in the Canadian Rockies.
8 Reasons why summer in Fernie is awesome
Fishing the Elk, Bull and Wigwam Rivers
I wrote a piece for the Hello BC blog about fishing in Fernie. You can read it here. Now, I’ll confess. I suck at fishing, yet this fact does not detract from my enjoyment of the activity. Fishing in Fernie can be as simple as walking down to the Elk River as it flows through town and casting a line, or it can be an epic summer adventure. The Bull River and the Wigwam River, in places, are a little bit more of a challenge to access. But with beautiful scenery and quiet spots to fish, what better way is there to spend a few hours.
Hiking one of the trails in Fernie
Hiking in Fernie deserves an article all to itself. In fact, I have previously written about hiking in Fernie for Crowfoot Media. You can also check out an old article I wrote about hiking in Fernie, here. There are numerous trails in and around town as well as in the hills surrounding Fernie. From short hikes such as Ferry Creek Falls or longer, more challenging ones such as Heiko’s Trails, Fernie has a range of hikes for everyone. Don’t make the same mistakes I make hiking.
Camping at your favourite spot
Camping is a Canadian pastime and Fernie is no different in the summer months. Every man/lady and his dog head out to the backcountry at least once, in the summer, some even make it a year-round activity. But once you have found your favourite spot, keep it a secret. Here’s some awesome camping you don’t really need… and some bits you definitely do.
Biking the trails in the hills around town
Fernie has one of the best managed and maintained trail networks in the Kootenays. Mountain biking has exploded in recent years and luckily for the mountain bikers in Fernie, there is the excellent Fernie Trials Alliance, check out their website, along with Fernie Mountain Bike Club for more information about biking in Fernie.
Wednesday Summer Socials at the Fernie Arts Station
Every Wednesday throughout July and August, downtown Fernie comes alive with the fantastic Summer Socials at the Fernie Arts Station. These Wednesday night concerts take place in Station Square, with food trucks, a beer garden, kids craft corner and DJs, between 5.30-9pm.
Fernie Alpine Resort
The ski hill is not just a winter attraction, in the summer it a hive of activity, albeit a lot more chilled out. Instead of powder hungry shredder itching to get the first chair, you have a steady stream of bikers enjoying lift accessed downhill action, hikers enjoying the stunning alpine scenery and daredevils testing their nerves on the zip line and aerial park.
Demolition Derby Day
The Demolition Derby is one of my favourite Fernie events of the year. Every long weekend (Labour Day Sunday) for over 40 years now, the Lions Club of Fernie hosts the Demolition Derby. This wild banger smash-em-up is a great way to round of summer in Fernie.
Wam Bam Dirt Jump Jam
Usually held over the long weekend at the beginning of September at the Fernie Dirt Jump Park, is the Wam Bam Dirt Jump Jam. This Freeride Mountain Biking World Tour bronze event is all about the big air, twists, turns, stunts and bails.
I have given you 8 reasons why summer in Fernie is awesome, now it’s over to you. What are your favourite summer event in Fernie or elsewhere, let me know in the comments below.