The Trans Canada Trail from Fernie to Elkford is mostly suited to mountain bikers and hikers, with winding narrow trails making up a great deal of the distance. However, bypass routes for touring cyclists do exist.
Within Fernie, an older "legacy" portion of the trail runs counter-clockwise around the west and north circumference of the city, along the Elk River. This section of the trail is splendid and easy for cyclists and walkers alike. Northbound (Sparwood) bound touring cyclists may wish to leave the trail at the NW corner, using the highway bridge to cross the river and begin travelling north; this will bypass the more difficult section of the Elk Valley Trail between Fernie and Hosmer.
For those continuing on the official trail route, the "legacy" route rejoins the Elk Valley Trail at the Eastern side of the town's circumference. Alternatively, the Elk Valley Trail can simply be travelled directly north from the Aquatic Centre. Leaving the city headed north, the "Elk Valley Trail" (formerly known as the Coal Discovery Trail) travels north to Hosmer - a fantastic novice mountain bike and hiking trail. From Hosmer north to Ingham (a reference to the nearby highway rest area, as the area doesn't seem to have an actual official name), the official route leaves the Elk Valley Trail and follows the highway for a short time in order to bypass a section that is not designated as part of the Trans Canada Trail due to wildlife concerns. The trail is indeed open to the public however, so users may continue north on the trail if they wish.
The highway bypass does reconnect with the Elk Valley Trail and leads to the Mountain Shadow campground, through the golf course, crossing the highway and entering Sparwood by the Titan truck, before continuing north towards Elkford.
New sections of trail reduce the number of kilometres one must travel along Highway 43 (Elk Valley Highway) and Lower Elk Valley Road between Sparwood and Elkford.