Fall Foliage Canadian Weekend

Autumn is a magical time in the Crown of the Continent...crisp air, mountainsides glowing with rich hues of red and gold foliage and favourite spots crowd-free. From the mountains to the Rocky Mountain Front we have a Canadian fall foliage two day excursion for you. This trip we have you traveling from Fernie, British Columbia to Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.

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Fernie, British Columbia
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Fernie, British Columbia
Community | Appealing Downtown Area

Founded in 1898, Fernie is a picturesque town nestled in the Elk River Valley surrounded by the dramatic Lizard Range. From town you can't help be in awe of the jaw dropping views of Mount Hosmer "upside down mountain". This iconic Canadian…

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Fernie Museum
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Fernie Museum
Museum, Theatre, Interpretive Centre | Museum
Fernie Museum offers a great way to get yourself acquainted with the Elk Valley's history. Inquire about their second floor exhibit space and regional tours or events. The Rum Runner Tour is a popular one.

At the center of historic downtown the Fernie Museum and Visitor Information Center makes its home in the 1908 Home Bank building. For visitors and locals alike the Museum is the best source to learn about Fernie’s rich and dramatic history as…

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The Guide's Hut: Fernie, BC
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The Guide's Hut: Fernie, BC
Local Point of Interest | Unique Shopping

Great brands, better stories and the best local advice on where to plan your next adventure. French and english are spoken at The Guide's Hut. 

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Polar Peek Books
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Polar Peek Books
Local Point of Interest | Unique Shopping
Vast selection of regional hiking/biking maps and guidebooks.

Polar Peek Books, in historic downtown Fernie, is an incredible independent bookstore with a vast selection of Rocky Mountain titles and a quality vibrant section for pre-readers. With friendly staff and cozy atmosphere you will have a hard time…

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Elk River
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Elk River
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall
If fly fishing interests you have come to the right spot! The Elk River and tributaries are waters they cannot be missed. Check with local guide shops regarding stream conditions and regulations.

The Elk River meanders through the Elk Valley of the Kootenay Rockies before meeting Lake Koocanusa, on the Montana and British Columbia border.  This mighty freestone river is fed by the ancient Petain Glacier, nestled on the British Columbia…

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Ancient Cottonwoods Trail
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Ancient Cottonwoods Trail
Outdoor Adventure | Hiking Trail or Trailhead
Additional Old Growth Trails: Rail Trail and Growth Trail are accessible just past Island lake Lodge's base parking area.

Veloured in dense green moss, 400-year-old cottonwood trees congregate on the side of the Elk River at Morrissey Bridge. A nature walk steers you around wet spots and avoids sensitive cottonwood roots.

This forest is managed by the Nature…

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Island Lake Lodge
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Island Lake Lodge
Accommodation | Lodge or Resort
Island Lake Lodge offers special lodging packages this time of year. A short 20 minute drive from downtown Fernie, it has been a favourite adventure hub for locals and visitors. Access world-class hiking and mountain biking steps from the lodge, soak in the sun and views deckside with a refreshing beverage, stroll lakeside, dine fireside in the elegant dining room of the Tamarack Lodge and/or relax in one their well appointed lodges overnight. *Looking for a hotel option in town? Red Tree Lodge is an in town option that is catered to the adventure traveler.

Visit an uncut remnant of an ancient interior rain forest in Cedar Valley. Old-growth western red cedar trees were spared by logging company executives who preferred a wilderness setting for their retreat at Island Lake Lodge. Now a resort,…

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Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Cafe
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Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Cafe
Food or Drink | Cafe, Deli, Coffee House or Bakery
Cinnamon Buns...need I say more? Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Cafe offers a delicious selection of pastries and sandwiches, but I know many a folk that will travel an hour just for their cinnamon buns. Set aside some time to explore Crowsnest Pass a unified community of five formerly separate towns.

Excellent home baking (especially muffins and sticky buns), made-to-order sandwiches, and ethically sourced coffee make this a favorite road stop between the Alberta prairie and the mountain playgrounds of British Columbia.

 

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Frank Slide Interpretive Centre
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Frank Slide Interpretive Centre
Museum, Theatre, Interpretive Centre | Visitor or Interpretive Centre

At 4:10 a.m. on April 29, 1903, 90 million tons of limestone broke loose from the top of Turtle Mountain and came crashing down on the valley below. A portion of the sleeping coal mining town of Frank was destroyed and more than 90 people lost…

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Crowsnest River Flyfishing
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Crowsnest River Flyfishing
Outdoor Adventure | Recreational Fishing Area
Check with local guide shops for stream conditions and regulations.

Shallow riffles, deep pools, and runs too rocky for drift boats make the Crowsnest River above Lundbreck Falls a treasured preserve for traditional dry fly anglers who prefer to walk and wade, sometimes casting with rods hand-crafted from Chinese…

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Cowboy Trail
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Cowboy Trail
Outdoor Adventure | Scenic Drives
From Crowsnest Highway you will travel south on the Cowboy Trail to Waterton Lakes National Park.

The Cowboy Trail extends northwest from Cardston to Mayerthorpe along Provincial Highways 5, 6, 3, and 22.

An excellent road map and list of attractions can be found on The Cowboy Trail website.

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Twin Butte Restaurant and General Store
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Twin Butte Restaurant and General Store
Food or Drink | Restaurant
Favourite stop before entering Waterton Lakes National Park. Great atmosphere, delicious food and generous portions! *Check Twin Butte's website for music lineup.

Twin Butte Restaurant and General Store is a rustic themed restaurant serving delicious Mexican fare in the southern foothills of Alberta. Frequented by locals and a gem discovered by many tourists during their summer visits to nearby Waterton…

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Bison Paddock Loop Road
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Bison Paddock Loop Road
Outdoor Adventure | Wildlife Viewing Area

Bison Paddock Loop Road is inside Waterton Lakes National Park and provides opportunities to see bison grazing in their natural grassland habitat. View the small herd of bison from the overlook or drive the loop within the Bison Paddock. The…

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Waterton Lakes National Park
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Waterton Lakes National Park
Natural Area | National Park or Protected Area
Red Rock Parkway is a favorite for fall foliage and wildlife viewing. Check out Ride the Red Rock Event (Oct. 1, 2016)! Motor vehicles are not permitted on parkway after September through the winter. This gives bicyclists, hikers, snowshoers and nordic skiers the unique opportunity to travel the scenic parkway car-free.

The prairies of Alberta meet the peaks of the Rocky Mountains in Waterton Lakes National Park. This beautiful landscape was impacted by a wildfire in September 2017, resulting in areas of the park being closed to the public. We appreciate the public’…

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Waterton Natural History Association Heritage Centre and Bookstore
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The Waterton Heritage Centre offers FREE tourist information, FREE geocaching passports and GPS units for geocaching within Waterton Lakes National Park and FREE Xplorer activity books for kids.  We also have a wide range of retail services…

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M.V. International
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M.V. International
Outdoor Adventure | Boat Tour
Cruise Waterton Lake from the shores of Waterton Lakes National Park Townsite (Alberta) to Goat Haunt (Montana). Scenic tours are available May to mid-October.

Built at Goat Haunt, Montana, the wooden-hulled International never motors far from home. Climb aboard the vessel that since 1928 has shuttled 1.5 million visitors across the liquid border shimmering between its port of birth and Waterton Park…

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1 Fernie, British Columbia
2 Fernie Museum
3 The Guide's Hut: Fernie, BC
4 Polar Peek Books
5 Elk River
6 Ancient Cottonwoods Trail
7 Island Lake Lodge
8 Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Cafe
9 Frank Slide Interpretive Centre
10 Crowsnest River Flyfishing
11 Cowboy Trail
12 Twin Butte Restaurant and General Store
13 Bison Paddock Loop Road
14 Waterton Lakes National Park
15 Waterton Natural History Association Heritage Centre and Bookstore
16 M.V. International