Here in Canada, we’re blessed to be surrounded by all kinds of natural beauty: raging rivers, vast forests, sparkling lakes and towering mountains. Ah, mountains. It’s fitting that Fernie, a town in the shadow of the majestic Rockies, would play host to the 7th annual Fernie Mountain Film Festival, taking place February 21 to 23. The three-day event is “dedicated to filmmakers who spark awareness of mountain cultures, fragile environments, and the passion and perseverance of global explorers.” That’s good news for movie goers, who can expect some of the world’s top outdoor cinematography on display at the Fernie Community Centre. The festival kicks off Thursday with a local talent night, featuring submissions by local filmmakers. Friday features the headline film Congo: The Grand Inga Project. Follow a group of adventure junkies as they battle to be the first to descend Congo’s Inga Rapids, the tallest rapids in the world. Saturday is a double-header. The mountain biking documentary Where the Trail Ends is followed by a special lecture by Leo Grillmair. A pioneer of mountaineering in British Columbia, Grillmair will be regaling audiences with stories and images of B.C’s beautiful Bugaboo Provincial Park. There’s lots more excitement in store, so lace up your hiking boots and head over to the Fernie Mountain Festival! ($25 for all-access pass, tickets available at ferniefilmfestival.com)
Early birds rejoice: there’s plenty of excitement to be found before the sun rises. On Wednesday, January 23, CTV’s Canada AM will be filming live from Fernie Alpine Resort (5339 Fernie Ski Hill Road) starting at 4 a.m. One of the country’s most popular morning talk shows, Canada AM is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary on the air – and it’s looking for bright-eyed and bushy-tailed audience members to join the fun. This is your chance to meet the entire Canada AM team: hosts Beverly Thomson and Marci Ien, weather specialist Jeff Hutcheson plus their special guests! There will also be special activities taking place to keep everyone awake and warm during filming. For more information, go to canadaam.ctvnews.ca.