Stop and take it all in
Fernie is an all-round winning destination
Although Fernie is known primarily as an outdoor adventure destination, there is an array of relaxing experiences that have also put Fernie on the map—from exploring the remarkable history, cruising the cafés or enjoying the spa experience. Don’t miss out on one of the province’s hottest tourist spots.
The scene downtown
Fernie’s historic downtown on Victoria Avenue has been reborn to become “Canada’s coolest street.” It is lined with turn-of-the-century brick buildings, completely encircled by the Canadian Rocky Mountains and enhanced further with specialty shops, dining and nightlife.
Visitors are continually astounded by the scenery, friendly folk, authenticity, history and storefronts. You can shop for almost anything—from traditionally made chocolate and artisanal cheese, to antiques, goodies from a rare candy shop, toys and local art. Take in some indie films and live music, nibble on tapas and sip on local beer, or relax on café patios and enjoy homemade pasta. You can enjoy a trip to an adventure gear store—spiced with local knowledge—and sample some fine B.C. wines. Fernie’s historic Victoria Avenue is a destination in itself.
Every Sunday between Canada Day and Labour Day weekend, Fernie holds its Summer Mountain Market and Downtown Social from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can find homegrown produce, artisan products that are made locally, and other handcrafted treats.
An artistic ambience
The arts and culture sector is alive and well in Fernie, as can be seen by the numerous types of performance and visual art facilities in town. The Arts Station is considered a central point, and it houses the Fernie & District Arts Council. There are concerts and other community events held here, as well as a 100-seat theatre, a craft and painting studio, two art galleries, a pottery studio and a space for workshops and meetings. You can see what is on the schedule during your visit by going to theartsstation.com.
Another artistic focal point is The Fernie Arts Co-op. You can see original pieces created by local artists, including pottery, handmade jewelry, photography, paintings and prints depicting the glorious scenery that surrounds Fernie.
Be sure to come by the City Hall grounds and see the Fernie Miners Walk exhibit that was created in honour of the city’s rich mining history.
There’s more outdoors
In addition to all the new and adventurous recreation features that are being added, Fernie has some longstanding favourites when it comes to outdoor activities. Whether you take a guided tour or set off on your own, the choices are unlimited.
Island Lake Lodge, just a 20-minute drive from Fernie, provides 7,000 acres of lush B.C. wilderness where you can take guided hikes, stroll at your own pace or ride your bike through the mountains. There are even packages available from the lodge that include a guide for the day’s hike, accommodations and delicious gourmet meals.
For water sports enthusiasts, the Fernie area is blessed to have the Elk, the Bull and the Wigwam rivers right near by. You can kayak, canoe, go whitewater rafting or take a leisurely float.
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South Cariboo, B.C.
So much to see and do
A four-season destination, the South Cariboo region of B.C. offers a lifetime of memorable experiences with an endless list of outdoor activities for the entire family. Immerse yourself in the great outdoors where wildlife is abundant, the air is clean and the waters are pure. Explore our multi-use trails; experience the spirit of the Wild West on horseback; and enjoy exceptional water recreation on countless lakes.Whether you travel with an RV, motorhome or car, the South Cariboo is just a breathtaking five-hour drive from Vancouver and an international airport. Contact the South Cariboo Visitor Centre to plan your next vacation to this wonderful region.South Cariboo Visitor Centerwww.southcaribootourism.ca
Feel safe on all your RV journeys
At the British Columbia Safety Authority, we keep people safe. As the province's designated authority, we promote the safe installation and use of technical equipment. This includes large installations and smaller items such as fuel-burning portable appliances (stoves, lanterns or heaters) that people may use when camping or RVing. When you are travelling in your RV this spring or summer, make sure to BE IN THE KNOW about propane safety and the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Visit our website to learn more about how you can ensure a CO-safe trip this year.BC Safety Authoritywww.safetyauthority.ca
Put a little more BC Parks in your life!
BC Parks offers experiences as unforgettable and diverse as B.C.'s natural landscape. Our network of campgrounds, day-use areas, backcountry and marine parks offer a variety of vacation options for everyone. Many of BC Parks' most popular campgrounds offer services that appeal especially to RVers, such as large, extra-large and pull-through campsites, sani-stations, campsite reservations and even some campgrounds with electrical hookups. Whether your vacation activity is hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing or exploring the rich historic and cultural heritage of the parks, don't wait for the dog days of summer to enjoy a quiet escape among our natural treasures. Any time is perfect to enjoy a visit.BC Parks - Victoriawww.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks
Kimberley Riverside Campground
Nestled in the pristine St. Mary River Valley, the Kimberley Riverside Campground offers incredible scenery, quiet and relaxing surroundings and endless opportunities for all to enjoy. The campground has over 140 spacious private sites with partial or full services including; power (15 to 50 AMP), water and sewer, back in or pull-through sites, and a variety of tenting options. Enjoy a brand new 18-hole putting course along with free hot showers, outdoor pool, hotspot Internet access, coin laundry, children’s playground and a convenient store. The friendly campground staff takes pride in maintaining clean washrooms and grounds facilities and ensuring the most positive guest experience.Kimberley Riverside Campgroundwww.kimberleycampground.com
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