Fall in Fernie: 8 fun things to do on a budget

May 26, 2023

While you may think that leaf-peeping and cozy sweaters are the only things on the agenda, Fernie has so much more to offer. Here are our 8 favourite activities to experience the best of fall in this picture-perfect destination without breaking the bank.

1. Try out the famous Fernie bar at the chocolatery

Visit to Beanpod Chocolate, Coffee, and Gelato to know what the Fernie Bar's all about. Indulge your taste buds with artisan, old-fashioned chocolate and learn about the fascinating bean-to-bar process. Trust us; this sweet treat is the perfect fuel to begin your escapades.

2. Stroll the Historic Downtown

Feeling energized and ready to explore? Great! Next up, take a stroll through Historic Downtown. With its century-old heritage buildings, this area is a sight to behold. Browse through the unique shops, savor delectable delights at the local restaurants and cafes, and soak up the atmosphere on the charming patios.

3. Take a self-guided tour

If you're travelling solo, you must download the free Iconic Fernie App! This nifty little tool will be your best friend and guide as you embark on a variety of self-guided tours. Whether you're into family fun, heritage, arts, tasting the flavors of Fernie, exploring nature, or seeking the best views, this app has got you covered.

4. Learn fly fishing

Wanna learn something useful from locals during your trip? Try out fly fishing on the freestone Elk River and try catching cutthroat or bull trout. Taking a Fly Casting Basics lesson with one of the local guiding companies will set you back approximately $50 per person.

5. Take a fall hike

Did you wake up wanting to get out in nature? Lace up your hiking boots, gear up for fall hiking, and choose a hike according to the weather. For the easiest route, hike along the river in town. If you're up for a bit more adventure, head to Fairy Creek Falls for a majestic sight, explore the wonders of Sherwoody, or follow the Easy Beaver trail to Montane Hut.

6. Try Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is still a thing in the fall in Fernie, if you're not afraid of being distracted by the stunning foliage! Fernie boasts extensive mountain bike trails that are perfect for thrill-seekers like you, although you might want to check with HI Fernie's reception which of our favourite trails are still open and in what conditions. Don't have a bike? No worries, you can easily rent one from the local bike shops. Get ready for amazing mountain views AND a rush of adrenaline!

7. Indulge in self-care

After all, fall is the perfect time to craft a cocoon and treat yourself to some well-deserved relaxation. Fernie offers an array of spas where you can unwind and pamper yourself. Alternatively, book a yoga class at Mantra Spirit Studio amidst the breathtaking scenery to tap into the serenity of Fernie.

8. Do a bar crawl

Pump up your new hostel friends to go try Fernie's local beverage scene with you! Start your après at HI Fernie's hostel lounge, the Kodiak Lounge, for a pool game in an authentic chalet ambience. Then, head downtown. First stop: visit Fernie Distillers to sample their handcrafted spirits or do a full distillery tour. For beer lovers, a stop at Fernie Brewing Company is a must to get to know the local brews. If you prefer an alcohol-free crawl, quench your thirst with refreshing kombucha at the Fernie Alpine Springs, and get a caffeine fix at Rooftop Roasters for freshly roasted coffee.

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