Last week, for whatever reason was hard. Every.single.Day. I don’t think a day went by that I didn’t call Joe complaining or begging him to come home early. It seems both the kids and I were all in a weird funk. So the weekend rolled around and we miraculously had a sleep in (7am is late for us!) then an even longer lie in. We went out to breakfast thinking it would be the highlight of a weekend. But the weather was beautiful and we thought let’s go to the mountains for the night! Why not?! Turns out Banff, which was our original destination, was fully booked. So we went a little more south, to Fernie, British Columbia.
The drive itself isn’t too bad. It was about 3.5 hrs from our house. There is pretty much nothing but rolling hills and ranches after you get out of Calgary, all the way to Frank Slide. You have to make sure you have enough snacks and petrol in the car. The kids slept for a little bit of the drive, thankfully, because Siena gets car sick almost every single time we go for a drive. She only threw up when we got to Sparwood, BC. Which was actually pretty good because we were stopping anyway to see the worlds largest Dump Truck!
We booked a last-minute deal on Hotels.com. We stayed at Fernie Stanford Resort. The location is great, just a couple of min drive out of the main town. There was an awesome indoor pool and slide, which was a big reason we booked there, for the kids! There was also a little hot tub outside too. Although the rooms were slightly dated, I have nothing bad to say. They even had breakfast included. There is also a spa on site which would have been the dream. I would absolutely recommend to others and stay here again. Behind the resort was a beautiful river, and of course like all of Fernie, you are surrounded by gorgeous mountains. I think next time we would stay in a family suite or a two bedroom condo. Although this quick trip totally recharge the batteries, I didn’t get much sleep because we were each sharing a bad with one of the kids, all in the same room. We have created monsters in that they need to fall asleep in their own space. All in all, our stay was perfect! Plus we couldn’t beat that last-minute deal!
Fernie is beautiful. Joe has been before, but I hadn’t so it was nice to go somewhere completely new for me! It’s a charming little mountain town and also a ski resort. It reminds me of a quieter, less busy Banff. I think the time we went was off-season, which I have no complaints about, but some of the things to do are either in summer or winter. But honestly, as a family with two little kids under 4 and the short amount of time we had, there really wasn’t anything specific we wanted to do. I would love to see Fernie in the winter, it looks magical in the pictures I have seen!
Places to eat..
All the places we ate at were child friendly, supplying a little nook with toys and books and more. Giving mum a dad a chance to eat a warm meal and a hot coffee (for once). For Dinner we ate at the Bridge Bistro and I am so glad we did! I had the most amazing Ahi Tuna Poke bowl, I thought I was going to have food envy not having chosen a hot meal but no way! After that we went to Happy Cow Ice cream shop ice cream + kids = happiness. The next day for breakfast we ate at Big Bang Bagels – Who knew there were that many options when it comes to bagels?! The cup cake place that I really wanted to try was closed on Sundays, along with a few other places and shops. That was disappointing but I am sure they are open in the peak times. For lunch, before we drove back home, we had wraps and the kids had a crepe at the Freshie Coffee Co. It was okay, not bad but I would have eaten somewhere else. Overall what we did choose to eat was good. I really enjoy eating (if you didn’t already get that) so I would love to have tried more places if we had the time.
Things to do..
There are tonnes of things to do in Fernie, like hike, Ski in the winter, ride the chair lift in summer and winter. They also have a lot of fairs and markets. Again, the time we visited was not peak time so a lot of those things weren’t available, not that we would have been doing most of them anyway. About an hour outside of Fernie is a place called Frank slide. It is a really interesting place to visit or even just drive through, which is all we could do this time. The kids were ready to get there by the time we drive through going to Fernie and they were asleep when we were driving back home. But you can see the whole thing from the highway, it would be nice to actually stop and get the history though. In short, Turtle Mountain collapsed in 1901, 82 million tonnes took out the outskirts of a town, killing 90 people. It’s actually amazing to see all that rock still there now. Huge rocks and rubble on either side of the highway and the smooth mountain side, where the slide happened. It’s incredible really.
Now we are home and I am going to make this week a much better one than last week! Although, it’s another excuse to go away again! 😉