Destination guide

Welcome to Canada’s ski bum capital

Encircled by towering mountains and granite cliffs, Fernie is British Columbia’s self-confessed ski bum capital. It’s tucked away in the Elk Valley and is famously laidback. Once a modest lumber and coal town, Fernie quickly garnered attention for its ski slopes and thick dustings of powder. Today, Fernie Alpine Resort is one of Canada’s most coveted snow sports destinations. If you’re planning a winter escape, Fernie vacation rentals are the perfect way to keep your group together. The town is just as enchanting in the summer, when legions of hikers and mountain bikers take over the slopes.

Things to do

A powder paradise in Fernie

In the winter, Fernie Alpine Resort hums with activity. It’s swathed in an impressive layer of snow which makes it a bucket list destination for skiers and snowboarders. Just north of the town is Mount Fernie Provincial Park. There are hikes for all fitness levels, as well as camping, hiking, and some of the best fishing in the Kootenays. If you’re craving a culture fix, head to the Fernie Museum for a colorful overview of the forests, wildfires, and floods that have shaped the town. Just down the road is the Fernie Arts Co-op, a cavernous gallery showcasing painting, pottery, jewelry, handicrafts and more.

Activities

Relaxed vibes on Victoria Avenue

Lined with trendy coffee shops, organic juice bars, and local galleries, Victoria Avenue serves as Fernie’s main thoroughfare. Red-brick buildings give the town a vintage vibe, with the fun spilling out onto the street during the summer. In winter, the same bars serve up a legendary après-ski scene. Fernie vacation rentals put you in the heart of the action, with a great selection of condos just steps from Victoria Avenue. There are plenty of summer thrills on offer, from white water rafting on Elk River to mountain biking down Fernie Mountain.

Weather

Summer sun and legendary snowfall

Fernie enjoys 4 distinct seasons, each with its own unique charms. Winter brings legendary snowfall, with ski season usually kicking off in mid-November and running right through to mid-April. If you want to carve up the slopes by day then warm up by a roaring fire, Fernie vacation rentals unlock access to cozy chalets just minutes from the resort. Summer sees Fernie drenched in sunshine, with warm temperatures that are perfect for hiking, biking, and swimming. Spring and fall are great shoulder season months if you want to beat the crowds.

Natural features

Scenic splendor in British Columbia

Enclosed by mountains on all sides, Fernie is arguably North America’s most scenic ski town. It sits on the banks of the Elk River and is part of British Columbia’s famous Kootenay region. To the southwest of the town is the mighty Lizard Range, home to Fernie Alpine Resort. If you’re hitting the trails in summer, be sure to carry bear spray and keep dogs leashed because Fernie is bona fide grizzly territory. Keep your eyes peeled and you could also spot black bears, bald eagles, elk, moose, and bighorn sheep.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Fernie

Fly into Cranbrook, BC (YXC-Canadian Rockies Intl.), the closest airport, located 35.2 mi (56.7 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Fernie?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 268 vacation rentals near Fernie. From 65 Houses to 5 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Fernie for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Fernie?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Fernie. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Fernie and District Museum: 268 vacation rentals
  • Timber Bowl Express Quad: 266 vacation rentals
  • Fernie Nature Centre: 267 vacation rentals
  • Ancient Cottonwoods Trailhead: 266 vacation rentals
  • Great Bear Express Quad: 266 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Fernie listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Fernie?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 65 Houses in Fernie. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Fernie include:

  • Cabins: 5 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 165 rentals available
  • Chalets: 14 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Fernie?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 133 vacation rentals with pool available in Fernie. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.