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.
Whether you're taking part in a guided hike or hiking on your own, stopping at Nature Bob's Interpretive Centre is a must when visiting Fernie Alpine Resort! Located at the top of the Elk charlift, learn more about the mountain from Nature Bob and his team of naturalist interpreters!
Guided Hikes are available daily from June 22 - September 2, 2019
Please book your guided hike at the Adventure Centre or call us at 250-423-2435.
OLD GROWTH MAGICAL FOREST
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Half Day (2.5 hrs)
Price (includes guided hike & lift ticket):Adult - $51.95 / Senior & Youth - $43.95 / Child - 25.95 / Family - 120.95
• Hike must be pre-booked.
• 2 person minimum.
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.
Difficulty: Moderate – uneven & ruged terrain
Duration: Full Day (5-6 hours)
Price (includes guided hike & lift ticket):Adult - $68.95 / Senior & Youth - $58.95 / Child - $33.95 / Family - $160.95
• Hike must be pre-booked.
• 2 person minimum.
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
Specialty hikes are offered on certain Sundays throughout the summer, so please check the date for each specialty hike prior to booking.
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 - learn about fossils, wildflowers, birds & wildlife, berries & other delicious plants and trees! Specialty Hikes are offered every other Sunday starting on July 7th.
Specialty Hikes are moderate difficulty,
and are 3 hours in length (11am – 2pm)
SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2019
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 21, 2019
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 4, 2019
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 18, 2019
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, SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
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
• Lunch / Snacks / Water
• Camera & Binoculars
• Additional clothing (mountain weather & temperature can change quickly!)
• Be sure to wear sturdy footwear!
Please register for all guided hikes at the Adventure Centre or contact us at: