the perfect spot to relax and unwind
When I decided to go to Fernie, I immediately started researching where I could hike, climb, cliff jump and go into full adventure mode. It had a spot for me to do every.single.one of those activities. After all, it’s Fernie – don’t most people go there to go full force?
I have this problem where I go on vacation to escape and turn off – but I always end up packing my days with so much that I return home more exhausted. I went into this weekend with a set intention of unwinding.
And that’s exactly what I did.
I’ll start off by telling you that this spa is listed as one of the “Top 25 Spas Across Canada” and as soon as you step foot in there, you know exactly why. Exposed brick wall, beautiful wood floors, a welcoming scent and ambient music immediately put you to ease.
Your experience starts off in their lounge with tea and comfortable chairs next to a crackling fire where you can lounge, meditate or nap before beginning your service. I opted for a massage that brought me into another world.
The service was amazing. I stumbled out of the room in a daze and spent the next couple of hours making good use of their outdoor hot pools and saunas.
With a weekend away designed to relax, it’s hard for me to pass up a good spa opportunity. SPA 901 does offer standalone pool access if you’re not looking to book in a full experience.
I know this trip was supposed to be about winding down, but there’s no way I could have went out all this way and NOT hiked.
The morning started at Island Lake Lodge where we met our super rad hiking guide that led us up the Spineback Trail. This trail gave us an amazing view of the snow-capped peaks of the rockies and the lodge below us.
This trail is rated as one of the more difficult hikes from the lodge. Like any hike: do your research, make sure you’re prepared with the right gear and know the conditions before heading out! You can also contact Island Lake Lodge for a guided hike!
fernie art walk
One of the things that I loved about Fernie was the small town artsy feeling. Exploring Fernie’s Art Walk is a great way to visit local studios and galleries. The tour is self led and done on your time, and at your own pace.
The tour takes you from red brick architecture, to mural painted buildings, shows off the dumpster art project and more.
I recommend putting on your walking shoes, grabbing a coffee, and enjoy a relaxing walk through town.
Explore By Bike
Renting a bike in a new city is probably my favourite way to explore.
Since the town is small, biking is great way to roam the streets and take in your surroundings. We got set up with cruisers from the friendliest staff in town over at the Guide’s Hut, where you can rent bikes by the hour or day.
I recommend heading through town towards the Elk River and follow it along as you soak in the incredible views.