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Welcome to the Core of the Canadian Rockies

Nestled near the southern end of the Canadian Rockies and alongside the Elk River, Fernie is a paddling playground, whether you simply want to float through the city from the North Bridge to the West Bridge, or you’re looking for a guided whitewater excursion on some gnarlier fare. Rivers of note in the area including the Elk, the Bull and the Wigwam and dozens of lakes, such as Maiden Lake located right in the heart of the city.

Featured waterways in Fernie

Here are some of the area’s best bodies of water to dip into.

Bull River

Located a scenic 1.5-hour drive from Fernie, the Bull River offers some of the best whitewater in the East Kootenay.


Elk River

Fernie offers excellent kayaking, canoeing and rafting adventures. From float trips to exciting whitewater, the Elk River and its tributaries offer a wealth of adrenaline, wildlife and relaxation.


Meet the specialists Fernie

From guides and instructors to marina owners and sales reps, here are the people who will ensure you’re not sent up the creek without a, well, you know. 

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Canyon Raft Company

Located in Fernie BC the Canyon Raft Company offers anything from scenic floats to whitewater rafting, making it suitable for all.

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Retail and Rentals
Edge of the World

Edge of the World offers a wide range of snowboarding, skateboarding, paddleboarding, streetwear, and goods in Fernie, BC.

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Retail and Rentals
GearHub Sports

GearHub sports offers a wide variety of watersports gear and equipment for rentals or sale.

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Rentals, Tours & Lessons

Tunnel49 is a rafting company that offers a variety of different tours including calmer trips or more adventurous ones.

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Rentals and Tours
Tunnel 49 (Mountain High Adventure)

Whitewater Rafting is a unique way to experience Fernie. You’ll enjoy breathtaking sceneries in our high quality 8 seater rafts as you
navigate through carved canyons, and over Class 2, 3, and 4 rapids.

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The Best Whitewater Rafting in British Columbia

The Kicking Horse is only one of many whitewater experiences that make British Columbia one of the best rafting destinations in the world.

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