Find small town charm and outdoor adventure in this wonderful mountain community. Choose from hiking, mountain biking, taking the zip-line, skiing, and so much more. Follow our guides for all of the best things to do in Fernie on your active weekend getaway!
How To Get There
Fernie is located in the Southeast corner of British Columbia. It is only a few hours drive from most places in Southern BC and Southern Alberta. Northern Washington, Idaho, and Montana are also very close. The closest airport to Fernie is a 1 hour drive away in Cranbrook, BC.
Best Time To Travel
Depending on what you like to do, you can visit Fernie at any time of year. Find amazing hiking and mountain biking in the summer months with skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. The fall will offer beautiful colors and a cooler climate.
Average Daily Budget
The average daily budget in Fernie will completely depend on where you stay and what you choose to do. If you plan to stay in a hostel, do mostly free activities and bring your own gear you can stay for relatively cheap. If you decide to stay at a nice place and spend your days on the ski hill or renting a bunch of gear, the price will raise substantially.
Daily budget when staying in a hostel, bringing your own gear and doing mostly free or cheap activities: $130 CAD ($97 USD) per person per day.
- Accommodation: $35 CAD ($27 USD) per night for a single bed in a hostel
- Transportation: $15 CAD ($11 USD) per day
- Meals: $55 ($42 USD) CAD per day
- Attractions & Rentals: $25 CAD ($17 USD) per day
Daily budget when staying in a nice hotel, skiing or renting gear for snowshoeing/fat biking/etc each day: $320+ CAD ($248 USD) per person per day.
Agoda is perfect for finding everything from hostels and B&B`s to 5 star hotels. You can search by map or by price and they typically have free cancellation.
Budget: $25-45 CAD ($20-35 USD) per night. Dorm room (single bed), Airbnb rooms( double occupancy), or a campsite (double occupancy).
Mid range: $75-175 CAD ($58-136 USD) per night for 2 people. Hotel, Bed & Breakfast, or Airbnb.
Luxury: $200+ CAD ($155+ USD) per night for 2 people. 4-5 star hotel or lodge.
Our Top Pick: Birch Meadows B&B. We have stayed at many B&Bs and there is nothing quite like Birch Meadows. Located just west of Fernie you get your own cozy cabin with a fireplace. You can soak up the stunning views from your deck or from the brand new hot tub.The breakfast consists of a buffet as well as a fantastic hot meal. They also have a large kitchen and a BBQ which guests are free to use. Don`t miss this place..Sonya and Marcel are the most amazing hosts!
There are a handful of really fantastic restaurants in Fernie ranging from Asian and Mexican cuisine to fantastic homemade chocolate and ice cream! Most restaurants get busy over the weekend so go early or book in advance!
Related: The Best Restaurants in Fernie
Rent a Car: Renting a car in a bigger city and driving to Fernie is a great option. It typically costs $40-50 CAD ($31-38 USD) per day. If you are under 25 the price is substantially higher. Check what kind of coverage you have and if you get unlimited kilometers beforehand to avoid getting surprised with fees upon arrival.
Bus: The town of Fernie offers a shuttle bus to and from the ski hill in the winter from 8:00 am and 11:30 pm. The cost is $4 per person each way or you can buy a 10 pack for $35. for more info; CLICK HERE.
Taxi: The local taxi company is one of the only transportation options in Fernie if you don`t have a vehicle. The prices are decent and they run 24/7.
Packing for a trip to Canada completely depends on the season you choose to travel in. If you plan to be there in the winter bring a warm winter coat (the bigger, the better!), good winter boots and a variety of mitts, hats and sweaters. The average summer temperature is between 20-30 °C depending on which area you visit.. but we have been known to have snow storms in June! No matter what time of year you travel the weather can be slightly unpredictable. Make sure to bring a jacket and a warm layer in any season; as well as the gear specific to the activities you plan to do!
- Get a hotel or B&B with breakfast included
- Book your ski lift ticket a few days before online to save 18-20%
- Stay somewhere with access to a kitchen
- Bring your own gear if you plan to do biking, skiing, floating down the river, etc.
- take advantage of all the FREE trails and things to do in Fernie!
- A tip of 18% is customary at restaurants and for some other services