Meyrick Jones
The Columbia Valley:  Adventure Lives Here (Part II)

The Columbia Valley: Adventure Lives Here (Part II)


A beautiful 1 hour drive down Highway 3 from Cranbrook is the town of Fernie.  Known primarily for its winter sports (Fernie is accepted by many as the Powder Skiing capital of the world), Fernie attracts a younger, more international crowd of residents all chasing powder days in the mountains surrounding town.  Canadians, Americans, Australians, British (amongst others) all flock to Fernie to live the ski bum lifestyle in winter, and mountain bike/kayak/trail run lifestyle in summer.


Photo Courtesy of Tourism Fernie

Fernie has developed a sterling reputation in the mountain bike community, with 100+ trails of all types (downhill, all mountain, cross country, lift access) and all levels (beginner to expert) most within a short ride of town, it’s pretty much a paradise for any mountain biker.  Given the quality of the singletrack and the wide variety of options, riders are flocking to Fernie in droves.  The choices are endless, but you could try “Montane” for an intermediate (all mountain /cross country) cruising loop, complete with a teeter-totter, and a viewpoint with a nice hut.  The complete loop is 1.5 – 2 hours.

(Check in at Straightline Bicycle and Ski in downtown Fernie for a trail map, local knowledge, and all your gear needs.)


Photo Credit: Meyrick Jones

After your ride point your rig in the direction of the Fernie Brewing Co. on the outskirts of town.  You’ll find plenty of bike parking at this family owned craft brewery.   The tasting room has just been renovated, creating a lively atmosphere complete with knowledgeable, friendly, bartenders, a great selection of legitimately cool merchandise, and indoor/outdoor seating options.

Photo Credit: Meyrick Jones

With 11 varieties on tap, you’re going to need the provided notepad and pencil to keep track of your favourites.  

PART I:  CRANBROOK (click here)

PART III:  KIMBERLEY (click here)

Meyrick is an ultra-endurance athlete, an avid adventurer, a lover of all travel, and of his three kids and two french bulldogs. He makes his home in Vancouver and does most of his adventuring (and writing) from the back of a 30 year-old Volkswagen van


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