First, Fernie has a brewery, coincidently named Fernie Brewing Company (or FBC). They were closed while we were there, because it was Canadian Thanksgiving. However, many watering holes had their beer on tap, along with many other local brews. I must say Canadian beer seems to have come a long way. Or at least in my mind from back in the days of going up to drink the "special" Kokanee Gold you could only get on the other side of the border. Anyways, beers were good.
Fernie has some 5 bike shops, or something close; impressive for a resort town. Anyways, I hit most of them. The guys at Straight Line Bicycle were more than helpful with trails and map info. They also had some socks I could not live without. Anyways, 20 minutes in the shop talking trails and we had rides laid out for the next 2 days. Not that 2 days is really enough to ride a fraction of the trails surrounding Fernie. They have a huge network of trails flanking both sides of the town, 4-5 days of riding might cover a majority of them. If you go, you will want a map, and I elected for their trail book as well.
Day #1 we rode a network of trails, with an epic rock scurrying hike-a-bike up to Castle Mountain. Views were amazing, and winds were high at the top. Ride down included several more trails. In all, I think we rode 8 different trails that day. Again, the guys at Straight Line were great in laying out the master plan for the day.
|"Private Sign, Do Not Read"|
|pretty far North for Southern Comfort|
Day #2 included 2 different rides, we really tried to cram in as much as possible in our short time. First, we hit the Swine area trails which provided a different perspective of Fernie and the valley from the day before. Mostly because we were on the other side. Big ride loop with nice steady climb followed by really fun, brake testing descent.
|actually, "yes" I was happy to see this sign at the top|