City of Fernie Spaces to Explore

Nestled between rugged peaks and along cool waters, Fernie has long been considered among the world’s premier winter holiday destinations. With snowfalls of 30 feet or more, Fernie residents and visitors alike embrace the season by making the most of our vast outdoor playground. We are especially lucky to be able to enjoy our open spaces during these pandemic times and remain active year-round. Whether you’re looking for a low-key stroll or a heart pumping ride, we’ve got an outdoor space for everyone!

Miner’s Walk
Learn about the geology and history of Elk Valley coal mining through interactive posts, educational panels and unique interpretive art, all part of the Fernie Miner’s Walk Exhibit located outside of City Hall. This location was the original headquarters of the old Crows Nest Pass Coal Company, and the exhibit is complete with picnic benches, seating and beautiful views. 

Railyard Dog Park 
Take your furry friends for a walk in this volunteer-run, fenced, year-round off-leash dog park, located at 99 Ridgemont Avenue nestled in the trees just off downtown. We all love to enjoy the beautiful outdoors in winter, pets included! 

Fernie Town Loop
Part of Fernie’s extensive trail system in and around town, the Town Loop is a 14 kilometre loop that offers access to all other community trails. Connecting the Airport and the James White Park to the Annex and the Annex Park, and also tying into the Fernie RV Park trail network and the Golf Course Nordic trails, the Town Loop gently follows the Elk River through town and showcases some of the City’s most beautiful views. A must to walk, snowshoe, fat bike, or Nordic ski.

Outdoor Community Rink
Located adjacent to the Fernie Aquatic Centre, the Outdoor Community Rink is expected to be open again this winter for public skating. The NHL-sized natural ice rink was opened in 2017 thanks to generous donations from the Calgary Flames Foundation, the NHL, Canadian Arena Products, the Fernie Lions Club, and numerous community donors. As it is a natural ice surface, conditions fluctuate due to weather. The City of Fernie staff and volunteers monitor the rink daily and work hard to manage conditions and to keep the rink open for the community. Closures are posted on site, and there is no cost for drop-in public skating. 

For more details or to learn more about the City of Fernie, visit fernie.ca. 

Wynne Cairns is the Acting Communications Coordinator at the City of Fernie.

Photo Credit: Nick Nault