Mount Fernie Provincial Park
Mt Fernie is a busy little park that is loved by serious mountain bikers, hikers and fishermen alike. Campsites are hugged by lush, green forest adjacent lizard creek, where a bridge spans the river as it cascades into a waterfall.
Mount Fernie does accept reservations for 36 of its 43 campsites. All reservations for Provincial Parks in BC go through the Discover Camping System. The Discover Camping System opens yearly on January 2nd and Mt Fernie accepts reservations for front country sites up to four months in advance, with a minimum of two days in advance. Key Information about the reservation process are noted below:
This is the website for the reservation service. Here you may check availability and make reservations for any Provincial Park in BC that accepts them. You can also view pictures of the reservable campsites and check their measurements. Click the logo to be directed to the BC Parks Discover Camping Reservation Service.
This is the phone number for the reservation service. Please know that there is an additional administrative fee for making bookings by phone.
This is where you may get information about reservation policy and procedure. Questions about making, changing or canceling a reservation? This is your guide. Click the logo to be directed to BC Parks Frontcountry Campground Reservations information page.
Photo Courtesy of Katherine Rosger
Vehicle Accessible Campsites: Mt Fernie has 43 campsites. It has 36 reservable sites and 7 first-come-first-serve campsites. These campsites are good for tents, RVs or trailers, however double party occupancy is not permitted in this campground.
Toilets: In addition to many outhouses, this campground offers flush toilets. There are three toilet buildings located throughout the park.
Showers: Mt Fernie has one shower building located in the center of the campground. These facilities are for registered guests only, as they are paid for through the camping fees instead of being coin operated.
Picnic Area: Mt Fernie has picnic areas available in the Day use (adjacent the campground).Dogs are not permitted in picnic areas.
Drinking Water: Water posts are located throughout the campground and day use areas. Water quality is tested every two weeks.
Campfires: Each campsite is equipped with a fire pit. Firewood can be purchased on site from the Park Operator.
Things to Do
Hiking: Mt Fernie has an extensive trail network that is accessible from the park. A self guided interpretive trail begins in the park and is a popular attraction for all ages. Over 100 multi-use trails can be found in Fernie, with many interpretive trails featuring unique attractions including giant cottonwoods, ancient cedars, fossils and waterfalls. Tourism Fernie has maps and information on all the local walking trails here: http://tourismfernie.com/activities/hiking-trails
Biking: This park is our highest recommended mountain biking area out of any of the Provincial Parks in the East Kootenay. With trails to suit any skill level, Mt Fernie Provincial Park is a mountain bikers’ paradise. Fernie has over 100 multi-use trails in several distinct areas to discover. The Tourism Fernie website has trail maps, information and trail descriptions here: http://tourismfernie.com/activities/mountain-biking
Fishing: Fernie is Trout Town! The beautiful freestone Elk River is just a short walk away from the park, with several boat launches within easy driving distance. Monster Bull Trout & Pure Strain Westslope Cutthroat. Lizard Creek flows right through the park. Fishing licenses can be purchased and regulations read here: http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/
This is the fee per camping party per night.
One vehicle is permitted for each camping party. Any additional vehicles are subject to a nightly fee.
During the shoulder season, BC Seniors pay a reduced rate.
Firewood can be purchased on site from the park operator.
Key Rules to Know Before You Go
Camping Party Size: A camping party is 1-4 persons 16 years of age or older. Maximum party size is 8 persons (when including children under the age of 16). A camping party can have one vehicle and trailer, either one (but not both) may be an RV.
Extra Vehicles: A camping party may have a second vehicle (non-RV) on site for an additional nightly charge of half its camping fee. A towed vehicle and/or boat are not considered a second vehicle.
Check In/Check Out: Check in time is 1:00pm on scheduled date of arrival. Check out time is 11:00am. Late check outs may be permitted with prior approval from the Park Operator.
Pets: Pets are permitted on leash within the camping area. Waste must be cleaned up and properly disposed of. Noise must be controlled.
Equipment: All tents, RVs, vehicles and equipment must remain on the gravel portion of the campsite to protect the ecological values of the park and preserve it for future users.
Quiet Time and Generators: Quiet time hours are 10:00pm-7:00am. Excessive noise is not permitted to enhance the enjoyment of all guests. Generator hours are 9am-11am and 6:00pm-8:00pm.
For more information on park rules and regulations, you may check out the BC Parks Website here: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/campingEthics.html
Campground Opening and Closing Dates
All campground opening, closing and charging dates are dependent on many factors (weather, water systems, etc.), as such they are approximate and may change without notice.
Gates open for Off Season Camping
Year Round (3 sites on the main road)
Off Season Camping happens before the water is turned on and after the water is shut off. At this time there is no charge for camping
Water is turned on
before Victoria Day Long Weekend
Once the water is turned on, camping fees will be collected.
Photo Courtesy of Jenna Gunn
Things to do in the Area
The City of Fernie: With unique shopping opportunities, artisan boutiques, trendy restaurants, attractions, streetside patios, and many necessities, Historic Downtown Fernie is a vibrant, eclectic and intriguing place to spend a day or more. http://tourismfernie.com/activities
Fernie Alpine Resort: With Summer activities like an aerial park, mountain bike trails, scenic chairlift rides and alpine hiking, adventure camps, and a variety of dining options plus the spectacular Ice Bar, Fernie Alpine Resort is much more than a ski hill. http://skifernie.com/
Fernie Golf and Country Club: This is a beautiful par 70, 6556 yard, 18-hole championship course with spectacular 360º views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. http://www.golffernie.com/
Rafting: Fernie has two rafting companies, Mountain High Adventures and Canyon Raft Co. Both offer a variety of whitewater trips on the Elk & Bull Rivers, plus scenic float trips and paddleboarding. Mountain High Adventures also offer whitewater kayaking and the incredible SUPsquatch! http://www.raftfernie.com/ and http://www.canyonraft.com/
Spa & Wellness: Fernie is the perfect spot for a tranquil and restorative spa and wellness session. Choose from mountain escapes, urban retreats, wellness centres for treatments and classes or register for a weekend camp or 3-week intensive yoga course. http://tourismfernie.com/activities/spa-wellness
Hot Deals!: The Tourism Fernie website has a page of weekly dining/shopping/spa specials here: http://tourismfernie.com/packages-offers/local-fernie-deals
Events: Fernie is a city with much to do. Want to know what kinds of festivals or special events are going on? Their events calendar is here: http://tourismfernie.com/events