Outdoors and Recreation

Elkford local Jason Meldrum with a copy of The Free Press from August 2020, when he first set out raising support for a bike park in town. Pictured at the site of the future park in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Elkford Bike Park funding secured

All the required funding is lined up, with construction set to start soon

 

Jim Redmond and Steve Iseman are part of a team cycling across Canada to raise awareness about living with Parkinson’s. Pictured here in Fernie on July 13, 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Cyclists living with Parkinson’s ride across Canada and through Fernie

The team hope to raise the spirits of those living with the disease

 

One day after celebrating a very warm Canada Day in Trail on Friday, Brenda Haley and her hiking pals set out on a trek through the snow to take in the majestic views of Kootenay Glacier Provincial Park. Photos: Brenda Haley

Got snow? Summertime in the Kootenays sure does

PHOTOS: Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is one of the oldest major parks in the provincial system

 

Some of the signage installed on 1st Avenue in Fernie following the creation of the Station Square Park on 6th Street. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Pop up no more: Fernie’s 6th to stay open through summer

Instead the city will close part of Station Square carpark for outdoor seating, and the road will only be closed for events

Some of the signage installed on 1st Avenue in Fernie following the creation of the Station Square Park on 6th Street. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Mark Pavesic reels in a small mouth bass from Elk Lake, near Victoria, BC. Kelsey Pavesic photo

Let Outdoors West be your guide to the great outdoors this summer!

Magazine shares the how-to and where-to of exploring Western Canada’s natural spaces

Mark Pavesic reels in a small mouth bass from Elk Lake, near Victoria, BC. Kelsey Pavesic photo
The FTA got positive feedback for winter trails usage this winter. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

FTA releases trails survey data for winter users

Feedback was positive, but with some users highlighting a bias towards fat-biking

The FTA got positive feedback for winter trails usage this winter. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
FAR will be opening for summer operations on June 25 this year. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Summer season approaches for Fernie Alpine Resort

Timber chair will not be opening for a fourth year in a row

FAR will be opening for summer operations on June 25 this year. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Tim Sangha, a member of the Nanaimo-based business partnership that has owned the Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant since November 2020, presents a carving by woodcarver Rick Rotar of the Ibis business logo to Patricia Gwynne who owned and operated the Island’s most remote pub for more than 40 years. (Scarlet Ibis image)

New business partners breathe new life into Vancouver Island’s most remote pub

Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant in Holberg is edge of civilization for wilderness adventurers

Tim Sangha, a member of the Nanaimo-based business partnership that has owned the Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant since November 2020, presents a carving by woodcarver Rick Rotar of the Ibis business logo to Patricia Gwynne who owned and operated the Island’s most remote pub for more than 40 years. (Scarlet Ibis image)
One of the Elkford BIking Club’s youngest members and fundraisers, Carter Meldrum, on site at the future Elkford Bike Park. (Image courtesy of Jason Meldrum)

Teck to match Elkford Bike Park donations

The company will match donations up to $25,000 made to the future park

One of the Elkford BIking Club’s youngest members and fundraisers, Carter Meldrum, on site at the future Elkford Bike Park. (Image courtesy of Jason Meldrum)
Parts of the Montane trail network were badly damaged by Coal Creek in November 2022. (Image courtesy of Pat Gilmar)

Repairs to begin in earnest on Fernie trails damaged by November storms

Trails like Smooth Salamander and Marlu are out for the count until trail crews can spend a lot of time repairing them

Parts of the Montane trail network were badly damaged by Coal Creek in November 2022. (Image courtesy of Pat Gilmar)
Fernie skate park at Pine ave, built in 2001. Pictured in 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie’s new skate park plans backed by $1.28 million in grants

The Federal and Provincial governments will be stumping up the majority of costs for the $1,425,080 project

Fernie skate park at Pine ave, built in 2001. Pictured in 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Hundreds of people were lined up at the Timber Chair for the Fernie Alpine Resort’s winter season kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin / The Free Press)

Day tickets up, season passes (slightly) down: Fernie Alpine Resort on 21-22 season

FAR’s operations manager shared a snapshot of how the resort was faring for the winter season

Hundreds of people were lined up at the Timber Chair for the Fernie Alpine Resort’s winter season kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin / The Free Press)
New signage up at Montane trails directs foot traffic away from certain trails. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

No foot traffic: Montane trails apply new rules to certain sections of network to support groomers

Foot traffic is now directed away from some sections of the network

New signage up at Montane trails directs foot traffic away from certain trails. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Fernie local Dave Richards with his latest carving creation - an ice bear carved from ice from Crowsnest Pass Lake. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

(Ice) bear spotted in Fernie

Local wood carver in training Dave Richards is the artist behind the ice sculpture

Fernie local Dave Richards with his latest carving creation - an ice bear carved from ice from Crowsnest Pass Lake. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Biking the trails in Revelsotke. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Outdoor group urges B.C. government to expand budget for recreation

Recreation Sites and Trails BC manages recreation resources on public lands

Biking the trails in Revelsotke. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
The sleek new 2021-2022 Winter Trail Map is available in stores around town and at the Visitor Information Centre for free. (File photo)

New Fernie winter trails map out for 2021-2022

The map is part of the Winter Trails Collaborative

The sleek new 2021-2022 Winter Trail Map is available in stores around town and at the Visitor Information Centre for free. (File photo)
The sani dump in Fernie is never going to open again, and will be gone before summer 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sani users dump on City of Fernie plans for VIC carpark

The city is now saying there are plans to put in interim amenities after the sani-dump is removed ahead of summer

The sani dump in Fernie is never going to open again, and will be gone before summer 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
From hunting and ice fishing to snowshoeing and hiking, this new must-read guide from Black Press Media and WestCoastTraveller.com will inspire plenty of winter pursuits.

Enjoy the great outdoors this winter with Outdoors West!

Magazine shares the how-to and where-to of exploring Western Canada’s natural spaces

From hunting and ice fishing to snowshoeing and hiking, this new must-read guide from Black Press Media and WestCoastTraveller.com will inspire plenty of winter pursuits.
Montane Nordic Road along Coal Creek (Images courtesy of Pat Gilmar)

Mixed fortunes for Fernie multi-use trails

Some areas were badly affected, while others were relatively unscathed in the weekend storm

Montane Nordic Road along Coal Creek (Images courtesy of Pat Gilmar)
North Shore Rescue quickly deployed rescue teams and Talon Helicopters thanks to the preparation of an overdue camper. (NSR photo)

B.C. search and rescue team commends ‘excellent’ preparation of overdue camper

North Shore Rescue says good planning from the camper greatly aided rescue efforts

North Shore Rescue quickly deployed rescue teams and Talon Helicopters thanks to the preparation of an overdue camper. (NSR photo)