Ah Fernie, British Columbia. You fucking kill me. Every time I come ‘home’ you make it harder to leave. I spent the best three months (ok, 86 days) of 2017 in my favourite town in the world. I returned to my Fernie family, making some rad new friends along the way. This special little corner of the East Kootenays gets me and I can’t wait to return, for good, one day soon. In the meantime, I am stoked to show the best photographs from my Summer and Fall in Fernie.

Best of Summer and Fall in Fernie, BC

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The Milky Way at Horseshoe Lake, British Columbia: This image was the first I took upon on my return to Canada, I was so stoked to be home and I had longed to see the Milky Way in British Columbia, luckily in my drunken state I was able to get this shot. Thanks to my friend Caitlin who climbed into her tent with a flashlight to create the foreground interest… Is it July 2018 already? Photograph details: 15 sec, f2.0, ISO640, 12mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5. This photograph can be purchased here.

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Northern Lights over Fernie, British Columbia: It was all about ticking off those bucket list photographs this summer and fall. First I captured the beauty of the Milky Way and then even more unexpectedly and more drunkenly I managed to get the Northern Lights over Fernie. I was beyond stoked to get this shot. Photograph details: 25 sec, F4, ISO200, 14mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5. This photograph is available for purchase here.

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I longed to return to Fernie and luckily I had a great excuse. My great friends Zac and Liah were tying the knot and I am forever thankful they invited to their beautiful wedding at the Bull River Guest Ranch. I’ll be using a wedding this coming summer as an excuse to return once more (thanks to Rick and Rach). I touched upon in a few previous photo of the week posts how I feel about this part of British Columbia, check them out here and here. I know, one day, I’ll be able to make Fernie my home. 

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Sunset at Maiden Lake, Fernie: What I love about Maiden Lake is a couple of things. Firstly, it offers a stunning view of the Three Sisters. Secondly, and you wouldn’t know it but it is so freaking accessible. It may not look it, but Maiden Lake lies behind Canadian Tire and Anne’s Independent Grocers. I simply jump in ol’ blue and I’m here in mere minutes. Photograph details: 1/8th sec, F11.0, ISO100, 14mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5. This photograph is available for purchase, here.

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Summer Lake, British Columbia: Damn I love this place, hidden far down a Forest Sevice Road, away from the tourists who invade Fernie every summer, there is a lake. Summer Lake, I’ll see you next year. Photograph details: 1/5th sec, F8.0, ISO100, 14mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5. This photograph is available to purchase, here.

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Matheson Falls, Fernie:  A friend and I went bush bashing along Matheson Creek to find these beautiful waterfalls. It’s an easy walk from Coal Creek FSR, in high water it could be interesting but in winter when it’s frozen I can imagine it is beyond stunning. This was taken mid-summer, the flow of the falls wasn’t at its peak but still a beautiful spot. Photograph details: 2 secs, F11.0, ISO100, 31mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5.  This photograph is available to buy, here.

Smokey days in Revelstoke, British Columbia

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Revelstoke, Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail: I had such high hopes for my trip to Revelstoke, alas the smoke that engulfed the East Kootenays also cover Revelstoke in the early days of September. The trip wasn’t a complete bust, I managed to get some ok photographs, including this shot from the Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail. Photograph details: 1/5th sec, F8.0, ISO100, 29mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5.  This photograph is available to buy, here.

Another road trip, this time to Yoho National Park

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Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park: Takakkaw Falls in Yoho are stunning yet I found it incredibly difficult to find a composition that I liked. Sometimes a landscape is impressive in person but just doesn’t photograph all that well. Saying all of that I am pretty happy with this shot, the person to the left gives a sense of the impressive size and power of Takakkaw Falls. Photograph details: 1/80th sec, F8.0, ISO400, 80mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5

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Camping in Yoho National Park: Just into October and a friend and I decided to get out of Fernie for a couple of days. I have always loved visiting Yoho National Park and my friend had never been. This photograph was taken after a restless and cold night camping at Takakkaw Falls. As we set up camp it was snowing, as we woke up a layer of snow had settled. Photograph details: 1/125th sec, F8.0, ISO100, 14mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5

Kootenay National Park

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The road to the Kootenays: This photograph is one of my favourite shots from my time in Canada. Not because it’s the perfect scene with the best light. Simply because of the time and place. I was alone on the side of the highway with my friend and his dog, not another soul was to be seen. It was serene for that brief fleeting moment. I felt at home once more. Photograph details: 1/250th sec, F8.0, ISO100, 36mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5. This photograph is available to buy, here.

Exploring the Fernie Backcountry

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Sulpher Creek, leading into the Bull River, BC: Photograph details: 1/50th sec, F14, ISO100, 14mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5. This photograph is available to buy, here.

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Range Road, Fernie Backcountry: There are so many forest service roads dotted around Fernie, Range Road is one of my favourites, it offers stunning views of the Elk Valley. Photograph details: 1/250th sec, F8.0, ISO100, 42mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5. This photograph is available to buy, here.

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Fall colours on display at Silver Springs: Silver Springs should be up there with the most visited attractions in British Columbia, thankfully it isn’t. Photograph details: 1/50th sec, F8.0, ISO100, 90mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5. This photograph is available to buy, here. 

Valley Views

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Sunset in the Kootenays: This photograph was taken shortly before sunset and shortly before the Northern Lights exploded over Fernie. Photograph details: 1/60th sec, F8.0, ISO100, 25mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5. This photograph is available to buy, here. 

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First snow on the ski hill: The first snow to fall on the Three Sister sends the town into either a state of panic or a state of delirium, depending on who you ask. The first snow to fall on the ski hill gets most of us stoked. Winter is on its way and we are ready. Photograph details: 1/60th sec, F8.0, ISO100, 47mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5. This photograph is available to buy, here.

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Montane Hut, Fernie, BC: Fall days can be hit and miss in Fernie. In fact, a Fall day in Fernie can see all four seasons. Photograph details: 1/100th sec, F11.0, ISO100, 14mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5. This photograph is available to buy, here.

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Ridgemont bike trails lookout/jump: Photograph details: 1/125th sec, F11.0, ISO100, 14mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5. This photograph is available to buy, here.

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Three Sisters in Fernie, BC: Photograph details: 1/80th sec, F11.0, ISO100, 47mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5. This photograph is available to buy, here.

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Bull River, British Columbia: Photograph details: 1/50th sec, F8.0, ISO100, 31mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5. This photograph is available to buy, here. 

My favourite photos from Fernie, BC this Summer and Fall

I’m currently in beautiful New Zealand and I’m stoked to explore more of this stunning country. Remember to follow me on Instagram and like Nomads on the Road on Facebook

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