Set sail from Fernie’s new boat ramp

The new ramp in Dogwood Park is ready to launch your boat!

  • Sep. 11, 2013 5:00 p.m.
The new boat launch is ready for action.

The new boat launch is ready for action.

The new ramp in Dogwood Park is ready to launch your boat!

The original ramp was put in 18 years ago when the new bridges went in over the Elk River. The old bridge concrete was used to make it, and it was a 20 per cent slope.

This new one is properly engineered at a 14 per cent slope.

The whole project, including landscaping trail alignment, signage and benches, was budgeted at $60,000. Work began around a month ago.

There will also be a four-bay created so boats can wait their turn by the ramp.

“Before, boats would have to wait the other side of the river then rush over when the ramp was free,” said Terry Nelson, Senior Engineering Technologist for the City of Fernie.