Category Archives: Children and Babies

Made It To Matheson Falls, Finally!

Matheson Falls, Fernie BC

Twelve years after my first time in Fernie, just under 10 years living here, I finally made it to Matheson Falls. I wonder how many other people have lived here and not made the short 20 minute journey up the river to this amazing spot. The water is frigid, which is perfect on a hot day like today, and the climb is rocky but you feel like you’re in another world.

The best part was watching the five kids, ages 3 to 6, having a blast on their way up to the falls. Not one of them complained for a second…okay, other than that one moment when someone had to go to the washroom and they didn’t want to do it in the forest. It was a cool afternoon spent on the mountain with friends, going on a little kid friendly adventure. It will be something we do every summer from now on.

It’s the number one spot to swim on this website: www.kootenayrockies.com

And a facebook page with people’s photos of Matheson Falls: www.facebook.com

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Bippity Boppity Boo Children’s Festival This Sunday

Fernie Sunday Market In Rotary Park
(photo from 2015 Farmer’s Market at Rotary Park)

This sunday starting at 10 am there is going to be something called Bippity Boppity Boo Children’s Festival and Fernie Farmer’s Market at Rotary Park this Sunday.

From the event page “With balloons, bubbles, dancing and more, this festival will offer hours of fun for the whole family, plus include inspiring live performances and engaging kid crafts, sprinklers, crafts, and piles of circus inspired fun.

This event is brought to you by the Fernie Heritage Library, and Fernie Mountain Market.”

Enjoy your Wapiti, BBB hot weekend!

Fernie Junior Rippers

Have you heard of the Fernie Junior Rippers? You may have seen the signs around town, on the trails, with little animal silhouettes. This is a brilliant new (I think it’s new) summer mountain bike challenge for kids. There’s a map, found in the Summer Fernie Fix edition or online, of all the spots you need to get to, and once you do you pick up a Fernie Junior Ripper badge at one of the local bike shops. I love the idea. My kids have done 5 out of 7 of the checkpoints in their age range and each of them loved finding the signs, the mountain bike experiences and going to pick up their prize.

And who doesn’t love a little scavenger hunt, especially when you can do it on a bike?!

Wasp or Bee Sting Home Treatment – Lemons!

photo of sliced lemons on white plate

A year ago I was having a little dinner party with friends, a nice multi-family summer bbq type event, when I got stung by a wasp on the palm of my hand. It hurt so much, I believe I screamed. Immediately someone rushed over and said, “Put some lemon juice on it.” So I sliced a lemon, rubbed it on my pounding flesh and I was instantly relieved. I barely even noticed it was there and quickly forgot it even happened. I was thinking to myself, “How did I not know this trick? I’ve been stung many times and just dealt with the pain and swelling with ice. When I was in my early twenties I was stung in a cafe downtown Toronto, just flipping through a magazine, and all I could do was put my ice cold beverage again my finger and put on a happy face…for hours.”

Now, just the other day, my son locks himself in the truck because a wasp stung his finger and I went right inside house, sliced up a lemon and gave it to him to rub on his wound. He reluctantly did so but when he did, he immediately stopped crying.

I felt like a hero. I stayed calm, got the lemon, relieved my son of pain. It felt good. I’d like to do the same for you. If you don’t already know this, keep lemons in the house in the summertime because you never know when a bee is going to be hidden under a washcloth.

Perhaps, you have your own home remedy, for bees or anything else using household items. I love this stuff! I want to hear it.

Phones Cannot Swim

Phoenix on a bike ride - Instagram

I’ve had my iPhone 4S since my daughter was 6 months old. She’s almost 7! I’ve mentioned this cellphone a few times along the way but today, perhaps, it might have dinged it’s last ding. It might have taken its last photo of my children. It might have overheated in my truck dashboard for the last time. The poor thing. I’ve taken this phone for a long ride and it’s now a dark black screen of nothing. Phones cannot swim. They die. Lesson relearned.

It’s in rice right now but I’m already researching what phone I’m going to get next and it’s going to be AMAZING compared to the old grandpa phone I was using. Look at me, I’ve moved on so quickly.

So obviously I want a new iPhone can but can you recommend something better?

Fernie Tennis Camps Availability

sport ball tennis paddle

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Things might have changed from the time I received this information but you should look into these tennis camps if you or your kids are interested. Charlotte is amazing and I recommend any of these programs. www.tennisfernie.com/

 “Big changes for Fernie Tennis Coaching
We are now officially (and have been for a while) paying a rental fee on the tennis courts.  We are happy to be contributing towards the maintenance of this awesome public facility. For the most part this will not change anything about the courses, they will still be awesome.  However we are now formally booking hours with the City so they can see how much tennis has grown in our community and hopefully they will see how amazing our players are!  We are looking forward to continuing to getting more kids and adults loving the game.

The unfortunate news is we have had to cancel the Roger Rookie Tour on the 13th July (if you have already signed up you will receive a full refund from Tennis Canada soon), this is partly down to a new rental fee and partly down to the fact that we want to bring in some new and hopefully better events next year.  As always we are always trying to improve the programs.

Tennis camps
9th-12th July, spaces still available
16th-19th July is full
23rd-26th July spaces still available
30th-2nd no longer running as I have family in town. vacation time!
6th- 9th Aug spaces still available
13th-16th Aug spaces still available
20th- 23rd Aug spaces still available
27th- 30th Aug spaces still available

3-5 years Starter camps are also filling up.
6th July 10am-12pm
20th July 10am-12pm
27th July 10am-12pm
3rd Aug 10am-12pm
10th Aug 10am-12pm
17th Aug 10am-12pm
31st Aug 10am-12pm
Junior Tournament is still on 24th August bigger and better than ever, email me if you want to sign up!”

Opening Day At Fernie Alpine Resort

Fernie Alpine Resort Summer Opening

Opening day doesn’t mean much to my family other than the addition of another fun play area for the kids. The kid’s aerial park is a fantastic and shaded place to play for free all summer long.

We are also contemplating signing up the kids for a couple summer camp days. I’ve heard good things about the mini griz rangers.

These are the programs available:
• kids outdoor adventure camp for 6-12 year olds
• camp out at lost boys cafe for ages 8+
• bike camps for ages 8-17
• mini griz rangers program for ages 3-5