Quirky Attractions in the Kootenays
Unique, historic, and cultural gems to visit.
Completely surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, and with the Elk River running through it, Fernie is the quintessential mountain town. Up to nine meters (29 feet) of ultra-light powder blanket the town each winter, and in the summer almost every warm-weather pursuit imaginable is right outside your door. This week’s guestagrammer @mcphoto99 shares some of his favourite photos of outdoor adventure in Fernie.
“Mountain biking was pretty much invented in the old-growth forests of BC. There is something about the mix of dirt, big trees, creeks, and geography that is purely addictive. The Lazy Lizard trail at Island Lake has multiple bridges over bubbling little brooks, huge cedar trees, and lots of big berms.”
“A very Canadian sunrise on Island Lake in the Lizard Range of the Rocky Mountains. It’s always worth rising early for sunrise!”
“There is something about canoeing around a lake that is so satisfying. The balance of the boat on the water, the drip of the water off the paddle, and the quietness are good for the soul.”
“BC is not only a renowned fly-fishing destination, it also has a very diverse range of water. I am addicted to exploring the streams in the Rocky Mountains. I enjoy the adventure of getting there as much as the fishing.”
“Fly-fishing encapsulates several things for me. A sense of exploration and adventure deep in the woods, the zen-like effect of streams and rivers, constant learning, and moments of adrenaline.”
“Heiko’s Trail is one of the most diverse trails in the southern Rockies. There are waterfalls, caves, canyons, alpine meadows full of wildflowers, mountain passes, and old-growth cedar forest.”
“Paintbrush in full bloom high in the Lizard Range near Island Lake Lodge. Early August is usually the best time for alpine wildflowers.”
Mike is a photographer, writer, video producer, and marketing guy based in the Kootenays. He started getting photos published in high school and has since had images and articles published around the globe. “I thrive on being out in the wilderness doing various activities and basically shooting my friends doing what they love. I have been very fortunate in that I get to shoot photos as part of a more regular job in marketing as well. I love capturing action and often get almost as much adrenaline going as the athletes!”
Featured image: A hiker on Morrissey Ridge. Photo: Kari Medig
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