Info for our visitors
Visit the great Fernie Tourism website here for more activities to do in Fernie. During the ski season, look for a ski trail map at local sports shops.
Cross Country ski trails near Fernie
Several easy skiing trails can be found in Fernie and also within a short distance of the city. Just bring some water and snacks for a wonderful time out on the trail. Be aware that other skiers like to enjoy the trails and the great outdoors without having to encounter doggy leftovers. Skiers with dogs are welcomed to the trail on the Fernie dyke.
The Fernie Dyke - a dog-friendly trail
The path on the dyke follows the scenic Elk River. It is not groomed regularly but it is well used by hikers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers. Outdoor enthusiasts with dogs are welcome here. Part of the trail is groomed by Nordic Society volunteers.
The trail is accessed from the large parking lot next to the Marks-Canadian Tire building on the North side of town. It extends to the east and also to the west around the Annex neighbourhood.
Fernie Golf Course
About 12 km of groomed tracks are available on the golf course. There is little change of elevation on these trails so it is optimal for beginner skiers. The start of the trails is at the Clubhouse of the golf course where you will find ample free parking. The trails are jointly groomed by the Golf Course and by the Nordic Society volunteers on a regular basis.
To reach it from the highway 3, turn south at the 13th Street light, then turn left again on 6th Avenue for 400 metres, then right again on Fairway Drive for 800 metres to the parking lot.
There is a box next to the Clubhouse for signing up and to deposit your fee for the $10 daily pass or $20 for family. Show your support for our volunteers! You may consider getting a Nordic Society season pass for $55/adult or $130/family here.
The management of the golf course has specified that NO DOGS be allowed on these trails.
The starting point is at the clubhouse ( 49.516403 N , 115.047922 W )
Groomed trails on the Fernie golf course
Elk Valley Nordic Centre
Almost 8 kilometers of groomed trails are now available for the 2015-2016 ski season. The first trails of the Nordic Centre were set during the fall of 2013. A bridge across the Lizard Creek was installed in November 2014 to give access to additional trails (in purple on the map).
To reach the Elk Valley Nordic Centre, go west from Fernie on highway 3. At 2.5 km from the bridge, turn right at the Island Lake Lodge sign. Follow the road for 0.9 km to the Mt. Fernie Provincial Park sign. Turn left into the overflow parking lot at 0.2 km. The trail head is located on your left about 50 m before the parking lot and it is indicated by a sign. A trail map is posted at the kiosk located in the clearing. Please no dogs on the trails at this time. Note that more walking trails are located at the far end of the parking lot. Enjoy!
The starting point is the Warming Hut ( 49.485633 N , 115.090980 W ) More trail and elevation info on this page
Fernie Alpine Resort
The FAR resort grooms two skiing loops on the west side of the resort. The entire course is about 9 km long but it has a bypass at the half-way point. A map of the trail is displayed at the parking lot. This trail is easy but the short section to reach it from the parking lot is steep and a little challenging. Beginners may carry their skis to the start of the loop. Dogs on a leash are permitted on these trails.
From highway 3 west from Fernie, turn right at the FAR sign, about 8 kms. Follow the main road keeping your to your left at the ski hill until you reach the parking lot 4. The trail starts straight ahead.
The resort does not charge for the use of their trails, but support of the resort businesses is appreciated.
For a taste of the winter wilderness, this is it! The Island Lake Lodge has several kilometres of trails groomed for their guests. The trails at the lower level follow a stream in the forested area so the change in its elevation is slight and it is a pleasant outing. The steep road to the main lodge may be done on skis for a good 90 minutes workout but you may encounter one of the frequent CatSki vehicles ferrying guests, a snowmobile or even the occasional moose. There are also a few kilometres of groomed trails around the Lodge at the higher elevation. There may be about 25 km of trails in all.
To reach the site, head west from Fernie on highway 3 and turn right at the Island Lake sign - about 3 km. Follow this road for 7 km through the Mount Fernie Provincial Park until you reach the Island Lake Lodge parking lot. The road to the lodge is closed to cars during the winter.
There is no fee for parking but it often gets busy on Sundays. Webcam
The starting point is at the lower parking lot located at 49.491604 N , 115.113241 W
Montane Multi-use Trail
With the new Montane development under way, a multi-use trail was opened in 2013 after much work done during the fall. It will be open all year round, but you may encouneter snowshoers, walkers, dogs and snow bikers during the winter. Snowbiking, snowshoes and dog walkers are asked to stay on the outside edge of the grooming, otherwise the Nordic track is ruined. The outside edge has been compacted with a snowmobile pulling a groomer.
The trail goes by the Old Barn and it is recommended to take it in a clockwise direction. You can reach it easily from the first gated bridge along Coal Creek road - parking available. At the south end of the bridge, go past the Montane sign and turn left onto the trail. You may also park near the barn.
The starting point is at the Old Barn ( 49.496467 N , 115.05497 W ) More trail and elevation info on this page
Three shops around Fernie rent some cross country ski gear. Both are open 7 days a week during the season.
401 1st Avenue, Fernie
From highway 3, take 4th Street into downtown. Store is located on left before the railway crossing.
It is recommended to call ahead as it gets busy on weekends.
432 2nd Avenue, Fernie
From highway 3, take 4th Street into downtown. Turn left at 2nd Ave. The store is located on right next to the medical clinic. Ski Base has several sets of rental skis of adult sizes.
The Quest Outdoor Sports Rental
5258 Highline Drive, at the Fernie Alpine Resort near Fernie, BC
Tel: 250-423-9252 email
Go 5 km west of Fernie on highway 3, turn north at the Fernie Alpine Resort sign. Turn right after 1 km at Highline Drive. Keep your left for 350 m until you reach the Snow Creek Lodge where the rental shop is located.