Two-Wheel Adventure in the Canadian Rockies
Mountain and Fat Biking
Fernie, BC, is a world-class mecca for mountain biking and winter fat biking—and that’s not an opinion. Biking is such a big deal around here that the trails remain open through every season. Every year, Fernie is a mountain biking venue for the Dunbar Summer Series, a summer-long collection of mountain bike races that determine the winner of the illustrious BC Canada Cup bike event. Typically, the biking season starts in late April, kicks into high gear mid-July, and eases into fall for scenic rides through the Lizard Range of the Canadian Rockies. The winter fat biking season begins at the end of October and runs through March.
Bike Trail Systems
Folks come from all over the world to enjoy the thrills of Fernie’s mountain biking dirt trails, many of which were designed and blazed by biking enthusiasts. All trails are accessible from The Qanuk, and the lifts are available for quick access to certain trails. In town, you can rent your ride or have work done on a bike you brought with you. And during winter, most anywhere in town you can find someone who knows the daily snow and trail conditions for your Fernie winter fat biking excursion. For those riders not looking for a heart-pounding black diamond or double-black diamond challenge, you won’t find any difficulty accessing trails that meander cross-country over forested trails with scenic, mountain vistas that will steal your breath away.
Epic Biking Adventures
How hard do you want to push your limits? With hundreds of mountain bike trails in Fernie, you have numerous options to accommodate your biking level or whatever kind of ride you want on any given day. If you want to test your mettle, you can choose any number of gravity-filled challenges down some of the steepest trails you’ll ever tackle on two wheels. Many of the trails offer dirt, gap, and box jumps, and wind across mostly narrow, single-track surfaces until you reach the wall rides and berms. For a more intense multi-day adventure, you can use The Qanuk as a stopover during your Kootenay Dirt Epic excursion—more than 680 dirt trails that weave through nine alpine communities in the Rockies. You can also use the lodge as a basecamp for a bikepacking trip into the Kootenay Mountains.