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Fernie — Other activities

(Area Code: 250)

You can book a slew of activities through the resort’s Guest Services (423-4655): horse-drawn sleigh rides, torchlight run & BBQ, snowmobiling tours, wildlife viewing, ice fishing, backcountry tours, and dogsledding.

Choose from three cat-skiing operations: You probably won’t be able to book a stay at the highly respected Island Lake Lodge (888- 422-8754) because they only allow 36 guests per tour, but it’s worth a try! Powder Cowboy Cat-Skiing Tours (423-3700 or 888- 422-8754) is now owned by Island Lake Lodge and has its own Bull River Ranch, with terrain. Fernie Wilderness Adventures (423-6704) takes you to terrain that’s great for first-time cat-skiers.

This is one small town that believes in staying healthy in mind, body and spirit. Unwind after a hard day on the slopes at the Spa at Lizard Creek Lodge (423-2057), with treatments including aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and massages. You’ll also find a hair salon and esthetician here. In town, choose from Fernie Mountain Massage Therapy Clinic (423-5522), Hydrotherapy Spa & Massage Therapy Clinic (423-7667), Jade River Healing Center Chinese Medicine Clinic (423-7667) and Fernie Chiropractic (423-4800). It’s also comforting to know the town has a hospital (423-4453).

If you’re interested in learning about Fernie’s history, pick up a copy of the Heritage Walking Tour booklet from the Fernie Information Center in town. You’ll also find enough shops along 2nd Avenue to spend an afternoon browsing. There are several Alpine sports stores, all worth checking out. If you’re looking for unique gifts, we recommend Stephanie’s Glass & Art Studio for custom-made stained glass and work by local artists, Ghostrider Trading Co. for handcrafted items by local artisans and mountain-lifestyle clothing, and Carosella Artworks for home décor and jewelry (they have a shop in the mountain village too).

Pick up a copy of the Fernie Guide for other activity suggestions.