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GUIDED HIKING TOURS

HIKING AT FERNIE ALPINE RESORT

The lift accessed hiking at Fernie Alpine Resort offers a variety of gorgeous trails throughout our local mountain ranges, for various abilities with views that will make you want to whip out your camera at every corner. Hikes ranging from easy (great for the whole family including children) to advanced, for experienced hikers ready for an all-day adventure. All provide great opportunities to see a variety of native flora, wildlife and fossils.

LOST BOYS PASS

Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Half Day (2 hrs)
Other details:
• Hike must be pre-booked.
• 2 person minimum.

Description: During the tour you will pass alpine meadows with a variety of alpine wildflowers, lichens & signs of wildlife that live at this elevation. You will also see a number of rocky outcrops where the exposed limestone contains fossils of sea creatures that lived here over 200 million years ago.

POLAR PEAK

Difficulty: Difficult. Rocky terrain with significant elevation changes. Some scrambling is necessary.
Duration: Full Day (5-6 hours)
Other details:
• Hike must be pre-booked.
• 2 person minimum.

Description: The destination is Polar Peak at an elevation of 7010 feet. The Trailhead will be accessed via a scenic ride on the Timber Express Chairlift. The view is spectacular as you traverse Elephant Head and on the return trip you will have the option of descending on the Timber Chair, or hiking down. Bring a lunch, water and camera, and wear sturdy footwear.

OLD GROWTH MAGICAL FOREST

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Half Day (2.5 hrs)
Other details:
• Hike must be pre-booked.
• 2 person minimum.

Description: This tour traverses the mountain to end up in an Old Growth Forest of Western Red Cedar. The terrain is all relatively downhill terrain and will pass some spectacular views.

GRIZ FACE

Difficulty: Moderate – uneven & ruged terrain
Duration: Full Day (5-6 hours)
Other details:
• Hike must be pre-booked.
• 2 person minimum.

Description: This hike is an ascent of Lizard Bowl. The spectacular vistas of the Elk Valley will be unobscured and the opportunities to view wildlife will increase as you get higher. On the trip you will pass two or three areas where the alpine wildflowers are numerous and the scree slopes will provide abundant habitat for seldom seen Pika’s, and Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels. The fossils are everywhere in the limestone as this was at one time ancient shallow seabeds. The view from the top of Facelift will fill you with a sense of the magnitude of the mountains. Bring food/snacks, water, camera and wear sturdy footwear.

SPECIALTY GUIDED HIKES

Explore and find out more about the mountain, the secrets it has to offer and enjoy the beautiful scenery on one of these special hikes! Our specialty hikes are fully guided by our experienced, professional staff.

There are 5 Specialty Guided Hike Tours to experience this summer. Choose to do either a specialty guided hike on it's own, or choose the guided hike with a lift ticket, and get some extra sightseeing in!

SPECIALTY GUIDED
HIKE TOURS

SPECIALTY GUIDED HIKE
W/ LIFT TICKET

Specialty Hikes are moderate difficulty, 
and are 3 hours in length (11am – 2pm)

SUNDAY JULY 16TH, 2017

More than just a pretty face: Mountain Wildflowers
Take a stroll through our colorful sub-alpine meadows and discover why flowers are not only beautiful but also an interesting and important part of the natural landscape & ecosystem.
Time: 11am – 2pm

SUNDAY AUGUST 13TH, 2017

The all-natural foodie tour: Berries & Other Useful Plants
First Nations people once lived sustainably off the land. Luckily, some of their knowledge still remains. On this hike we show you how nature is not only tasty, but useful as medicine, material and even for cleaning your dishes!
Time: 11am – 2pm

SUNDAY JULY 2ND, 2017

A 380 million year old history lesson: Fossils & Geology
Why are the rocks in the Lizard range upside down? And how does Polar Peak tell the story of a mass extinction event 360 million years ago? Find out the answers to these questions and more as we traverse ancient sea beds, uncovering the remnants of the sea creatures that lived in ancient times.
Time: 11am – 2pm

SUNDAY JULY 30TH, 2017

Creatures of the forest: Birds & Wildlife
People aren't the only animals that call Fernie home. Some, such as deer, can be seen all over town and some, such as the cougar, are elusive and rarely seen be people. Join Nature Bob as he shows you the vibrant array of creatures that can be found here, how to identify tracks and scat, and what to do if you run into a bear.
Time: 11am – 2pm

SUNDAY AUGUST 27TH, 2017

The secret history of trees: Forestry
Uncover the story behind the burnt out stumps that dot much of the mountain and how they're part of a curse from Fernie's past. Explore the mystical, 800 year old Old Growth Grove and discover how it gives away the secret of Fernie's incredible amounts of powder snow in winter.
Time: 11am – 2pm

WHAT TO BRING

• Daypack
• Lunch / Snacks / Water
• Camera & Binoculars
• Additional clothing (mountain weather & temperature can change quickly!)
• Be sure to wear sturdy footwear!

REGISTRATION

Please register for all guided hikes at Guest Services.

Phone: 250-423-2435
Email: guestservices@skifernie.com

RATES

Adult (18+) Youth(13-17) Child (6-12) Senior (65+) Family*
Specialty Hike Only $36.95 $28.95 $22.95 $28.95 $99.95
Specialty Hike with Sightseeing Lift ticket $49.95 $41.95 $24.95 $41.95 $115.95
Half Day Lost Boys and Old Growth Cedar Hikes $49.95 $41.95 $24.95 $41.95 $115.95
Full Day Griz Face and Polar Peak $65.95 $55.95 $32.95 $55.95 $153.95
Private Guided Hikes are available for groups.  Please contact us to create your special alpine hiking experience!

All prices are subject to change to change and do not include taxes.
Family includes 2 adults and up to 3 youth / children (aged 17 & under).

Please book your Guided Nature Hike at the FAR Adventure Centre – 250-423-2435  /  guestservices@skifernie.com

NATURE BOB'S INTERPRETIVE CENTRE

Bob, has been guiding people around the Fernie resort for 11 years now. Through winter he runs snow shoe walks and in the Summer he is the hiking guru. Bob has a great passion for the mountains and a depth of knowledge that is only achievable through years of experience. Throughout our local mountain range there is a huge variety of native flora, wildlife and fossils. Without doubt the way to learn about these subjects and walk these mountains is with Bob.

Visit the Bear’s Den & Nature Bob’s Interpretive Centre! Located at the Yurt (@ top of the Elk Chair), the interpretive centre is full of picture boards & information as well as fossil displays to check out.

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