Category   Mount Fernie Provincial Park, Fernie, Kootenay Rockies, BC
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Mount Fernie Provincial Park is a small park with a big personality. Black bear, deer, and elk are commonly seen in these parts, and if they drop by for a visit, you better be on your best behaviour. Situated in the southern portion of the Kootenay Range, this 259 hectare park is shadowed by the 2,133m high Mount Fernie and protects the drainage area of Lizard Creek.  Lizard Creek flows through the park before forming a beautiful waterfall and emptying into the Elk River.  Surrounding forests consist of western larch, Douglas fir, black cottonwood, trembling aspen, western red cedar and spruce, including some areas of old growth.  Plantlife includes a variety of lichens, mosses, ferns and wildflowers.

The town of Fernie is named after William Fernie, who was instrumental in developing a coal mining industry in the area.  Legend states that William Fernie acquired information about coal deposits in the region from the Tobacco Plains Indian tribe in exchange for him marrying one of the tribe’s women.  But after acquiring his information, William Fernie rejected his intended bride.  Enraged by this, the girl’s father placed a curse upon the name “Fernie”.  Following this, the town of Fernie experienced a string of bad luck.  In 1902 a mining explosion killed 128 people, and in 1904 and 1908 two fires occurred with the latter leaving 6,000 people homeless.  The town also experienced some flooding during this time.  Finally in 1964, Chief Red Eagle of the Tobacco Plains Band lifted the curse.  Some believe that on summer nights, ghosts of the Indian father and daughter can be seen riding across Hosmer Mountain in search of William Fernie.

There's literally something here for everyone; a 3km interpretive trail meanders through the park to picturesque Lizard Creek and its waterfalls.  Fishing in the nearby Elk River and mountain biking are also popular activities.  During the summer, educational interpretive programs are offered including guided walks, slide shows and children’s events.

There are 40 vehicle/tent campsites at this semi-wilderness park, as well as a day-use/picnicking area.  Basic facilities are provided – the park is open from May 17 - September 30; Off season: camping only in top loop area; no fees; no services; user maintained.

Mount Fernie Provincial Park is located in the BC Rockies region of British Columbia, about 2 miles (3 km) west of Fernie just off the Crowsnest Highway 3.

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Crowsnest Highway 3
Nearby Services
  Black Bear Chalet, Fernie Listing Details 
Fernie Alpine Resort is a year-round recreation site just minutes from world-class golfing, mountain biking, rafting, fly-fishing and skiing. Our luxurious Black Bear Chalet with ski to the door convenience sleeps up to 14 people, has 3 bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, outdoor hot tub and vaulted room with wood-burning fireplace.
  Fernie Stanford Resort, Fernie Listing Details 
The luxurious Stanford Fernie Resort, located in the quaint town of Fernie BC, is nestled between the Rocky mountains with unparalleled views of the Elk River and surrounding mountains, offering deluxe hotel rooms, family rooms, Jacuzzi suites, and 75 luxury vacation chalets. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool with waterslide, outdoor hot tubs, sauna, 24-hour fitness centre, fireside dining, meeting rooms, and elegant banquet facilities to host corporate functions, family reunions, retreats, and team building events.
  Tandoor & Grill Restaurant, Fernie Listing Details 
The Fernie Stanford Resort boasts excellent onsite dining where you can enjoy a relaxing and delicious meal right in the hotel at the Mountain Tandoor. Not just another Fernie restaurant, the Tandoor & Grill is a way of life. Each day our chefs work hard at preparing fresh, quality food of exceptional value and reasonable pricing. The wide selection offers items sure to tantalize your palate, with many traditional favourites. A perfect setting for a casual meal or a friendly cup of coffee. Everyone will find something they like on our menu.
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