What could be more relaxing on a hot summers day than a float down the Elk River, drinking refreshing (non-alcoholic!) drinks with your friends?! This year summer in Fernie has been amazing – sunny and hot every day. Watch out for wildlife maybe you’ll catch them taking a drink or relaxing at the river’s edge. Fernie has an abundance of birdlife! Eagles, osprey or maybe our resident blue heron might pay you a visit while you relax gazing skyward. Don’t be lulled to sleep by the rhythmic tunes of the Elk river as it meanders its way south through and out of town or you might be awakened by a nip on the toe from a Cutthroat trout, ouch!
Just call some friends, get some tubes and get going! Tubes are available from Canadian Tire or Edge of The World. We recommend starting the float from the North Fernie Bridge and finishing at the Dogwood Park. This should take you about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Wearing water shoes will make your life so much easier. There might be parts of the river where you have to step into the water and walk on the slippery rocks. Wearing a life-jacket is also recommended as it is mandatory to not stay dry and you might flip over!
Snow Valley Motel is only a short 1o minute walk to the river making us the perfect place to stay when exploring all that the Elk river has to offer!
Remember safety on the water should be the priority, yes even before having fun!! Be aware and look out for floating debris, logjams and your fellow tubers. Stay alert to the strengths of the river and there should be nothing but fun in the sun to had!
River floating is a must do on a hot summers day in Fernie and don’t forget the sunscreen!