Kootenay Rockies: Buckle-up for a Snowshoe Safari in Fernie

For winter snowshoe tours that crunch through the wild, slide into your boot straps and head out with the pros at Wild Nature Tours. Leading intrepid adventurers into BC’s picture-pretty Kootenay Rockies, these folks are all about the journey — three journeys, to be exact.

There’s the FAR Out Snowshoe Safari, which promises winter wilderness landscapes interlaced with fun Fernie facts; during this exploration you’ll meander through the forest that stretches alongside Fernie Alpine Resort for views of local wildlife.

The Park Paradise Snowshoe Safari guides those who are game into one of the wildest, and snowiest, places on the planet, thanks to a Rocky Mountain tour that departs from Mount Fernie Provincial Park, and tramps along powder-packed meadows and winding mountain creeks, delving deeper into the area’s cool-climate ecology.

The final Fernie outing, dubbed the Sleeping Bear Snowshoe Safari, showcases the spectacular Cedar Valley Old Growth Reserve at Island lake Lodge, illuminating why the region’s grizzly bears favour this spot for their yearly slumber.

As an added bonus, all tours, which include hot beverages and a homemade snack, are led by a local naturalist, each a member of Wildsight, which works to protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable communities in Canada’s southern Rocky Mountain region.www.wildnaturetours.ca

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