Category Archives: Camping

The Scenic Wardner-FortSteele Road – Picnic Areas, Lakes and Campgrounds

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Hartley Lake Recreational Site

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A quick stop at Hartley Lake, brief due to a rumbling tummy, was enough to take in it’s peaceful tranquility. Hartley Lake is best known for fishing and (limited to 2 spots) camping and although the lake is small, I can see this being a great spot for to spend a hot summer day.

Traveling to Hartley LakeTraveling north on Highway #3 through Fernie, cross the Elk River and on your left is Dickens Road. Turn here. Continue on Dickens to the Hartley Lake FSR (Forest Service Road). Turn onto the gravel road and continue driving. Be aware as the road is narrow. At about the 7-8 kilometre mark look for the lake on your left side. There is no sign but you’ll see the lake through the trees as you drive towards it.

Watching Dave Wake Skate

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Thunder In The Valley 2010 Tomorrow!

Thunder In The Valley 2010 in Blairemore Alberta

If you’re planning on driving anywhere this weekend, consider taking alternate routes or timing your trip with Thunder In The Valley in mind (unless you’re attending the popular Blairemore Alberta event). It’s gonna get crazy on Highway 3; about 10,000 people (rumoured) attend this event and there’s only one highway.

Thunder In The Valley fireworks commence at 11 pm – but we’re also in the middle of Rum Runner Days, a celebration of roots and culture in the Crowsnest Pass, from July 15th to 18th. Something to think aboot.

Camping and Baynes Lake Market

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Took off for the weekend to go camping at Koocanusa with some friends and a few dogs…as always. This particular trip felt a little different because the weather was all over the place – sunny and hot in the morning and thunderstorms and rain in the late afternoon, plus, we took off for a few hours to check out the Baynes Lake Market for the first time. The BLM was a happening little spot in the middle of nowhere (so it seemed) but people were there – vendors and shoppers. Our mission was to find replacement flip flops (as I broke mine Friday night) and cotton candy. We ended up finding buck fifty flip flops (used but still awesome,) cotton candy, peach jam, a little scrubby for our camping dishes and some peanut butter cookies (that was later eaten by mice). Score! But if needed we could have also bought tupperware, wooden tables, epicure (weird), $1 junk, loaf bread, commit gear, pottery, loads of hand-made crafts, organic dog treats, unique camping tools, a boat trip, dresses, bags, pie, paintings, jewelry, a massage, dipped donuts…my brain hurts from thinking so hard…and tons more.

May Long Weekend Campfire Photos

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Photography by Marie-Kristine Landry and Brina Schenk. Use of campfire light and a little help from Stanley.

Mt Fernie Provincial Park – Opening In May

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Mount Fernie Provincial Park, just a few kilometers outside of Fernie, is possibly opening May 9th. The park, with vehicle accessible camping, doesn’t shut everyone out in the off season but you don’t get the running water, security and other services that you get from May to September. There’s no lake to play in but it does have a gorgeous Lizard Creek with various waterfalls and rocky beach areas – perfect picnic areas. The network of trails can keep you busy on your bike or on foot all day long. When it gets busy, it’s probably best to reserve your spot but first-come, first-served sites are available.