Owners Andre and Susan Labine chose a timber-frame design to build their home and guesthouse, tucked away on the side of Mount Fernie in the Rockies. The cosy atmosphere they created runs throughout the house in the reclaimed wood details and the terrace with its log fire. Despite its hideaway feel and the views of the surrounding forest and mountains, the guesthouse is only a two-minute drive from downtown Fernie and its choice of restaurants, shops and other amenities. Susan and Andre are exceptional hosts, who’ll attend to your every need. The nearby lakes and mountains are playground to a variety of summer activities such as fishing, hiking, mountain biking, golfing, and kayaking.
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The two rooms, the Duck Room and the Bear Room, are both configured with a king bed. The Duck Room features its own ensuite bathroom (with a bath), whereas the Bear Room's private bathroom is located along the corridor. The rooms are a little rustic, but they are comfortable if not luxurious, and they provide all the basic facilities you’ll need for a contented stay.
The guesthouse is a three-hour drive from Calgary. To reach the national parks, it’s two and a half hours by car to Kootenay National Park, and two hours to Waterton Lakes National Park plus another 30 minutes to reach Glacier National Park. The guesthouse is on the doorstep of the city of Fernie, where you can find plenty of places to dine out or shop.
Food and drink
Susan cooks breakfast and is happy for you to input into what’s on the menu. The resulting meal is served either in the kitchen dining room or on the patio and will set you up for the day.
Facilities and activities
The guesthouse’s common area is equipped with a TV, books and magazines. The lakes and mountains of the Rockies, and all the outdoor activities they offer, are close to hand. In summer, you can fish, hike, mountain bike, play golf, or go kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, rafting or zip-lining.
We love the overall experience of staying at this out-of-the-way guesthouse in the Rockies. Try and use the log fire terrace in the evening, and don’t pass up any of Susan’s gourmet breakfasts.