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WINTER GUIDE 2019|20

Welcome to Fernie, BC by Krista Turcasso | 7

RECREATION | 13

Snowshoe Adventures Not to Miss by Christine Thompson | 15 Now This is the Way to Spend a Winter’s Day by Krista Turcasso | 17 Nordic Adventures with Your Four-Legged Friends by Tara Higgins | 23 Warming Huts and Hidden Trails by Jesse Bell | 29 The Friendly Faces of FAR (Fernie Alpine Resort) by Emma Polit | 33 Top Ten Family Winter Fun by Krista Turcasso | 37

HEALTH AND WELLNESS | 43 Everyday Mindfulness with Francesca Ter Poorten | 45

ARTS AND CULTURE | 49

Mountain Reads by Shelby Cain | 51

EVENTS CALENDAR | 54 SHOPPING | 57 Surviving Winter in Canada by Krista Turcasso | 59

FOOD AND DRINK | 65

These are a Few of our Favourite Things by Krista Turcasso | 67 Dining Guide | 70

WHERE TO STAY | 73 Accommodation Guide | 75

REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT | 77 SERVICES | 81 GETTING HERE – GETTING AROUND MAPS | 85

Getting Here/Area, Golf Club Nordic Trails, FAR Multi-use Trails, Island Lake Lodge Winter Trails, Nordic Centre Map, Fernie Alpine Resort

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WELCOME TO FERNIE, BC BY KRISTA TURCASSO

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You made it, or are on your way to discovering a mountain paradise nestled within the beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountains in the south-east corner of British Columbia – Fernie. If you arrived on a clear day, you most likely had the opportunity of taking in the magnificent views and appreciating the cozy valley this town is situated in. If it was a snowy day (the probability is high), not to worry as when the clouds dissipate and the mountains are revealed in stark contrast to the bluest of winter skies, you might literally lose your breath. Some of the most spectacular winter days take place on the mountains. And yes, while any pow day is spectacular, we’re talking about something a little different. You leave town with low cloud cover and shivery temperatures, only to realize as you gain altitude (whether on a chairlift, snowshoes or snow bike) that you are climbing through the last layers of cloud, breaking through

into glorious sunshine, warmer temps and stunning views of the mountain peaks and a cloud-covered town below - the classic Fernie inversion. These are iconic moments in Fernie, but as you’ll soon find out through this guide and your own experiences, it is just one of many. One of the most noticeable qualities that sets Fernie apart is its community. While tourism and recreation may be what attracts people to our doorsteps, it’s the community that leaves the biggest impression and keeps people coming back… or for some, staying for summer and then never leaving. Maintaining this culture and history can be difficult as tourism increases in an area – just how has Fernie retained its identity?

Fernie began as a mining town in the late 1890’s, when after ten years of raising money and building mines and the railway, William Fernie and Colonel James Baker brought coal mining to the valley. After the Canadian Pacific arrived just a year later, so did the town of Fernie. Logging was quickly the second largest industry in the area, with logging camps employing hundreds. Over the following sixty years, Fernie was plagued with bad luck (mining accidents, devastating fires, the depression of the thirties), but in the 1960s it started to turn around. World coal markets revitalized the economy and Fernie Snow Valley opened its doors to the world. This rich history and the journey many businesses, residents and their families WELCOME continued on next page

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have been on to make it in this town is the thread that binds it together. While walking down Main Street, also known as the Historic Downtown, you are instantly aware of the brick and stone buildings. After two fires, building with these materials became mandatory. You may also notice while in the interior of many of these buildings that they have been restored beautifully maintaining many of the historical elements. In 2012 Fernie celebrated 50 years of liftaccess skiing, and all of a sudden we’re coming up on 60. Many still residing here had the opportunity of experiencing the early days with Heiko and Linda Socher at Fernie Snow Valley, a couple who were among the original owners who ran and shaped the hill for years until they sold it in 1997 to the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. This has been pivotal to the growth and evolution of tourism in this town. Similar experiences can be transferred to many areas of Fernie life – community resources, development, business. There has been change and the residents and visitors continue to meet it with being involved and invested. People who live and spend time here care deeply for this town and are

Founded in 1897 and incorporated as the City of Fernie in 1904.

proud of Fernie, what it was and what it is becoming… a continually better version of itself. This is the inspiration behind both the Fernie Fix monthly magazine and the Fernie Fix seasonal guides – to share this love and passion and doing our best to show you the other side of Fernie. In this edition of the Fernie Fix – Winter Guide you will meet a variety of people devoted to this community, alongside a plethora of ideas and suggestions for fun activities, events, and outdoor adventures to explore while here. For additional resources, visit ferniefix.com. This site is a wealth of information, leading you to just one conclusion – you will have to come back to ensure you experience it all! Thank you for choosing Fernie this winter. We hope your time here exceeds any expectations and leaves you planning your next trip before you’ve even stepped out of the valley! For more information on Fernie’s history, visit the Museum in downtown Fernie or visit ferniemuseum.com. You can also learn more about the ski hill at skifernie.com.

Location: Southeast corner of British Columbia, Canada, the only city-class municipality in Canada that is fully encircled by the Rocky Mountains. Just 45 minutes from both the Alberta and US borders. Population: 5,249 permanent residents with an additional 2,000 outside city limits and a substantial seasonal population in both winter and summer. Snowfall: Situated in the Elk Valley, Fernie has its own microclimate with approximately 360 cm of snow in town and 875 cm on the hill. Temperature: Average temperature is –11 C in the winter. The Griz: Fernie’s powder legend that points his musket to the clouds to promote snowfall from the skies. The Ghostrider: Located on Mt. Hosmer, a distinctive image of a horse and rider, best seen as the sun sets, but more noticeable in summer. Fernie Alpine Resort: Previously known as Fernie Snow Valley, is going into its 58th season! Catskiing: Fernie is home to Island Lake Catskiing and Fernie Wilderness Adventures, both known for their terrain and snowpack. Festivals: Fernie’s biggest winter festival is Griz Days, in honour of the Griz and the amazing champagne powder Fernie is known for. Held over the first weekend in March, this is an event not to be missed. Additionally, there is the Ski and Board Festival, Reel Canadian Film Festival, Fernie Mountain Film Festival, and Stoke Fest hosted by Shred Kelly held throughout the winter that round out the cultural feel of Fernie winters.

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RECREATION Recreation - Likely the origin for your journey to this eclectic mountain town. While skiing may be the main attraction (for obvious reasons) don’t limit yourself and consider exploring the many additional opportunities available here. Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, fat biking – adventure and a new experience awaits, so take a look through the following pages, visit ferniefix.com, or pick up a monthly Fernie Fix to ensure you are exposed to it all and choose wisely… but don’t stress, it’s always nice to leave a little something for your next trip as you know you’ll be back!

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Cat Driver, Island Lake Lodge Years ago, I went to see a Warren Miller movie in my home town Sherbrooke, Quebec and it changed my life. I was so impressed with the cinematography that I knew I had to experience it for myself. I wasn’t quite sure at the time how it would materialize. I was on my last year of high school with no definite long-term plans, other than family pressure about post-secondary education. Forward a few years, actually four years of college to complete a two-year degree, I came to terms and admitted to my parents that school wasn’t for me. I then packed my skis and stared at my parents’ long faces in my rearview mirror. I worked as a lifty at Lake Louise for the next two seasons. The millwright who I was working under, Lee Alexander, was born and raised in Fernie. He convinced me, with stories of deep powder and tight knit community, to give Snow Valley a try. Heiko Socher took a chance on me and hired me as a night janitor. I had just landed my dream job. Work would never get in the way of skiing again! By the end of the season, I got wind of a turnover in the cat crew department, and again was given an opportunity of a life time. Thanks to Blair Craig’s patience with the steep learning curve ahead of me, I spent the next nine seasons laying corduroy on ski slopes at night and testing the product of my labour during the days. Life was great but working nights became taxing. This is when Island Lake was looking to fill in a driver position. I was able to continue operating a snowcat in the day time and given the opportunity to

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Q. The best part of any Fernie day in winter is...

I am truly blessed with two of the best employers in the valley, Island Lake Resort Group and LWE Builders. The balance I get with carpentry in the summer and cat skiing in the winter is unparalleled. Work is always fresh - it never feels like “work.” This coming season will be my 18th with Island Lake.

A. The weather, the sun rise, the morning after or during a storm - it is majestic.

Q. In my opinion what makes Fernie stand out from other mountain towns is… A. Resort proximity from town, as much for FAR as it is for ILL. It’s unheard of to work in the cat skiing industry and go home to my family every night. Priceless.

Q. My preferred way to unwind after a day of play is... A. Stoke the wood stove and get warm and cozy. Q. A favourite secret Fernie stash of mine (one I’m willing to share, anyway) is... A. Papas Run, but don’t tell anyone.

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Snowshoe Adventures Not to Miss STORY AND PHOTO BY Christine Thompson

Known for its deep powder days and great skiing, there’s another fun way to explore the snow and all its winter beauty - with snowshoes! The trees covered in snow, glistening as the sun hits their surface with only the sound of your snowshoes crunching above the snow through the seemingly sleeping life of nature surrounding you. Winter brings a beautiful landscape just waiting to be discovered. Try these three snowshoe adventures for something new.

Fairy Creek Falls - 2kms A popular and short snowshoe to a cascading waterfall, perfect for a little trek or family outing. Start your adventure from behind the Fernie Visitor’s Centre following the trail into the trees, snowshoeing up the switchbacks. You’ll pass by the famous bath tub then continue across the landscape heading back into the forest. The sounds of water begin to get closer as you make your way alongside the flowing Fairy Creek river. As you round the corner, the frozen falls are revealed in all their beauty.

Island Lake Lodge - 8kms Snowshoe amongst the huge Cedar trees to a beautiful wooden backcountry lodge that primarily offers catskiing to its guests in the winter.

Begin your adventure at the lower parking lot of Island Lake, starting on the cross country trail. Follow the trail as you meet the road and then join back onto the cross country trail. Snowshoe beside the old Sawmill as the peaks of the Lizard Range become visible. (If you’re looking for a little extra adventure, dip into the Old Growth Trail for some deep, snowy goodness.) You’ll eventually join back with the road as you continue your climb towards the lodge. From the lodge you can snowshoe down to the lake and take in the stunning vista featuring the Three Bears. If you’re looking to skip the snowshoe or to add to your adventure, consider booking a two-course Winter Lunch! This can include a snowcat ride to the lodge. Advance bookings are required.

Silver Springs Lake - 1.5kms Extend your snowshoe adventures and hit the road! A short drive west to the town of Elko provides access to this worthwhile hike, and a glimpse of a busy summer spot in its winter slumber. The trail begins from the designated parking lot, making gains in a short distance. Pass the powerline and continue up. You’ll eventually arrive at the top of the jumping rocks, where summer enthusiasts take to the waters. Relax and enjoy a wintery picnic or further your snowshoe adventure and continue on to the second and third lake. For more snowshoe and hiking options and recommendations, visit ferniefix.com.

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Now This is the Way to Spend a Winter’s Day BY krista turcasso NIC GENOVESE PHOTO

Whether you’re here for a short or a long time, one thing is for sure - you want to experience the perfect winter’s day. For obvious reasons, there are varying opinions on just what this day would entail… so we got in touch with three avid winter recreationalists, each with their own passion and they gave us a run-down of what this day would look like from their perspective.

Dylan Siggers Powder Enthusiast, Photographer and Videographer Historically, when it comes to powder skiing, the early bird is destined to get the proverbial worm. But for me, my ultimate day of skiing in Fernie doesn’t start until 1pm. See, I like to do most of my sleeping during the morning, and so does my dog. So once Lucy (our dog) and I crawl out of bed around 10, my wife is ready for breakfast. We will usually head uptown for our morning routine of Valley Social and Big Bang Bagels. Or if we’re feeling fancy, breakfast at the Blue Toque. By this time, the local faces we bump into have the usual conversations, “oh did

you guys ski already today?” to which we sheepishly reply, “...no not yet.” Around 12:30 we’re on our way to the resort. Me with my ski boots already on and Sophie getting her snowboard boots laced up as we cross the West Fernie bridge. We’re right on schedule, 1pm. First lap, Corner Pocket. At this point, the next storm is beginning to roll in, and it’s already snowed 10cms since everyone who showed up at 9am left at 10:30. And the flakes are huge. After we swerve our way down the right-hand side of Lizard Bowl, we get a feel for the snow and what elevation is skiing the best. Turns out, it’s all of them. We meet up with our Floridian roommate Local Dave, who has been here since 9, but ain’t leaving ‘til the lifts stop spinning and decide that Stag Leap is going to be “insane.” After

spinning three more top to bottom laps using the New Side to access the Old Side from the very tip-top, we’re done. It’s 4:20 and we’ve just finished skiing what is now kneedeep blower all the way down Easter proper. There’s not a single person in sight and the flakes at this point are damn near the size of butterflies. The phone dying in my pocket is buzzing, it’s my dad calling to let me know he’s predicting at least 60cms overnight, and he’s never wrong. No trip to The Northern tonight, it’s going to be double overhead tomorrow. The true story behind this photo taken last February at Fernie Alpine Resort. Perfect Winter Day continued on next page

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Justin Boehm Sled Guide and Avalanche Educator, Elk Valley Snow Shepherds (EVSS) and VP, Fernie Snowmobile Association (FSA) My ultimate Fernie winter day? I would Carpe Diem with an early alarm clock and a strong cup of Nespresso before snow-blowing 30cm+ pow with my border collies… this is Fernie after all. Enter the second cup of coffee savoured while reviewing the weather, bulletin and InfoEx. Since it’s my perfect day, we’d be looking at deep snow with good stability for our EVSS guide team and PM FSA grooming staff operations. If Mother Nature didn’t feel like delivering, it just means

I have to work a little harder and smarter out in the field today to get the job done. Load up the Dodge, press play on my favourite Spotify Playlist and roll out to the staging area. Quick check in with the trailhead kiosk staff to make sure FSA operations are dialled. Then I put my guide ‘helmet’ on and meet today’s clients. Safety chat, rescue practice, fingers crossed no-one forgot anything… then it’s go-time! The best mornings are breaking trail through new snow blanketing fresh corduroy grooming as the sun rises, anticipation building for the powder feast we are about to devour once we dip off trail and reach our prescribed riding zone. The only better

feeling than catching nice turns for yourself is watching someone else hook into a deep one for the first time. The day is full of great riding, spreading the two-stroke cold-smoke Fernie stoke, and hopefully building skills, confidence, and backcountry literacy along the way. The day slips by, equalling the sum of ridges gained and lost multiplied by smiles per gallon. We’ve barely stopped for lunch and now we’re headed back on fumes to the Park Place Pub for a calorie refuel. Even a rough day can end well – fixing sleds in the shop over a six’er of FBC tinnies or heading out for a midnight refuel rendezvous with the groomer on a big powder day. Ready to rinse and repeat all over again tomorrow. Perfect Winter Day continued on next page

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Derek Bird Winter Trail Groomer and Avid Fat Biker Being surrounded by the mountains means that the sunrises happen later, but the sun sets early. This means, you can sleep in and still catch the sunrise, but you have to be efficient with your time to get maximum chubbing - the local term for shredding on a fat bike! Alright, so you caught the sunrise and now it’s time to check the weather forecast. Tut tut, put your phone down; you’re in the mountains, look out the window! Oh ya, partly cloudy and -5, primo! To truly start the day… food and a good cup of organic joe (or a fancy mimosa if you so desire)! Off we go up town to the Blue Toque. A local favourite known for their unique

twist on your conventional breakie providing options for meat lovers and vegans alike. Remember the mimosa, well this place has an extensive menu for you! Now that you’re fuelled and warmed up, it’s time to hit the trails! But first, call Spa 901 to see if you can book their Hot Pools and InfraRed Sauna for the inevitable tired legs at the end of the day. First off head to Montane to get the blood flowing. Pedal up the Fernie Inclusive Trail to the Montane Hut and take in the spectacular views. Keep pedalling up Roots towards Uprooted and then the real fun begins. Once you reach the Hyperventilation sign keep going up and go down Ruby’s Way back through Montane in to town. While in town, head to Big Bang Bagel for the best bang in town! The Mr. Fernie is a

crowd pleaser and yes, we are still talking about Bagels! Full of carbs, protein and fat so you are ready for the next pedal! Either pedal or hop in the truck and head over to Mt. Fernie for a more challenging but very rewarding climb up Phat Bastard and down Red Sonya. If legs, stamina, and time permit, head back up Phat Bastard and down Blue Betty. Truly exhausted and hungry again, head to the Himalayan Spice Bistro for some Himalayan Cuisine. My favourite is the Butter Chicken and for the Vegetarians – the Malai Kofta. If you were lucky enough to book Spa 901 – make sure you get there before they close, your legs will thank you for it.

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Nordic Adventures with Your Four-Legged Friends BY Tara Higgins

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Opportunities abound in Fernie when it comes to getting out and about with your four-legged friends. While the Nordic Centre and Golf Course are STRICTLY for Nordic Skiing ONLY do not despair. Close to town is the Montane area, which is fantastic because it has well groomed Nordic ski ONLY trails that your dog can join you on. The network is extensive and the key to success is to follow the green signs. If in doubt, take the wider path. The single track is best for snowshoeing and fat biking. There are three main ways up to the warming hut.

Two are more gradual climbs. There are a few ‘steeper’ sections on these routes, but they are short and followed by gentle upslopes to the hut. The third way is a classic Fernie straight up, not for the light of heart. Park by the bridge on Coal Creek Road, go past the barrier and just to the left of the Montane development sign you will see the beginning

of the track. You can climb clockwise or counterclockwise. I suggest you download the Trailforks app and select Nordic skiing to see the routes in the area. Fernie Alpine Resort also has some great Nordic skiing once you are up the initial hill. Nordic Adventures continued on next page

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There is no shame in walking up the start hill, in fact I would say it is HIGHLY recommended. Whenever I try to ski up it, whether on classic or skate skis I am so super sad, the rest of the ski is slightly tainted, which is not the case when I walk up. Once up to the start, there are two loops available. Early season it is only the first loop that is groomed and skiable. Approximately 3.5kms, on classic skis it is a nice sojourn with a few ups. On skate skis, the hill starting off the counterclockwise loop will get the blood pumping but after that the terrain is full of a pumping trail, little ups and downs, that when co-ordination is on your side are so much fun. Once the season has developed take the time to do the extended loop. If you are

uneasy on Nordic skis, stick to the bottom track (Silk Trail) to get out to the Scandia Loop. Once there stay right to take the loop counterclockwise. As you begin to circle back you will find the most beautiful glade of birch trees on your right. If the weather is good, take off your skis and walk over to the ridge. The view is a stunning look across to the other side of the Elk Valley/Morrissey Ridge.

great place to get the whole family out. Use it as an out and back to go for as long or as short as you like. For a quick 40 minute outing with fido go to the bottom of the big hill just before Cabin Corner. You can also ski all the way up to the lodge where they have dog beds outside so if it’s not too cold you can stop for lunch, Don’t forget to book before heading up.

Last but not least is the Island Lake Lodge access route. We are incredibly fortunate that Island Lake puts in a cross country trail for everyone to use which they often groom twice a day. You will need an AWD or 4WD vehicle to get to the Island Lake parking lot past the Provincial Park. Once there please use the lower parking lot where the cross country access is. The path is wide and a

Anyway you look at it, Fernie is a great place for Nordic skiing with your dog, and every trail you end up on can be made easy or hard by the pace you set. So get sliding with your four-legged friends, and don’t forget to flick or pick up after your dog - no-one wants to add stickiness to their skis that way.

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Warming Huts and Hidden Trails story and photos by JessE Bell

Winter is a trillion snowflakes and whispering trees on the crispest, quietest of nights. It’s steamy coffee against white-walled snowbanks, and January embers glowing against the cast iron of a wood stove in a log cabin deep in the woods. For so many of us, winter is everything; everything we need, everything we want, everything found along a ski-tour track or up a snowmobile trail. It’s a season worthy of recognition, often mislabeled as too frigid, too cold, and too long. If winter had a say she’d send everyone to a place where we could best take her in, and make us stay awhile; in a bunk between the down of a sleeping bag, with whisky jacks soaring from an age-old cedar tree to the wood-shingled roof above your head. She’d send us to the backcountry.

Warming huts and hidden trails, secret couloirs and corniced ridge lines. She’d send us to the log cabin deep in the woods surrounded by a forest of Engelman spruce. Because being in the backcountry in any season is the best way to fall back into ourselves, at a time when we most need it. Luckily, there are so many backcountry cabins to do just that, and they’re all nice and close (relatively) to Fernie. I find myself staring at one such cabin—the snowy Little Sand Cabin—one January morning, its centre window in the upstairs room barely visible behind metres of the

season’s snow, and I know that despite the chill in the air and the hunger in my belly, the backcountry is exactly where I’m meant to be. Little Sand Cabin is run by Grizzly Basin Outfitters. Here with several friends on a sled-access ski weekend, I wonder why anyone would want to be anywhere else in the dead of winter. Footprints in the snow lead to a high-rise outhouse built in the trees. Snowmobiles sit in an old horse pasture. There’s fireworks, ridge-top mini eggs and deep pow descents with friends. Girl power and gasoline. Huts and Trails continued on next page

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There’s even a theme song—”Kiss From A Rose” by Seal—a real 1995 classic. We spend the weekend doing sled and ski laps. Eating bacon and nuts-and-bolts, marvelling at the snowpack, and relishing the contrast of deafening snowmobile braps below bright, starry nights. Late into a red-wine-haze of Saturday night, our theme song blares from the cabin’s windows and door. Out of tune and a little disorderly, we sing and yell a “Kiss From A Rose.” When we emerge the next afternoon at the staging grounds back in valley bottom, there’s a deep sense of camaraderie. A little sadness for the weekend’s end, but a great, unwavering sense of belonging. And this, my friends, is why being in a backcountry hut in the middle of the woods in the dead of winter is so very, incredibly wonderful— because it makes you feel the opposite of dead. It makes you feel alive. Grizzly Basin Outfitters offers rentals for three other cabins throughout the winter months, all within the Easy Kootenays. And there are other options, too. The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club has cabins available for rent throughout the winter season, and you can also check out the Alpine Club of Canada’s extensive list of backcountry huts and cabins. Just remember to know the terrain, have a trip plan, and study the snowpack before you go. It’s easy to find ourselves lost in the millions and trillions of snowflakes that soften the day’s light and silence the night’s noise. Winter is always a guarantee—gardens and rooftops buried feet deep, sidewalks iced and slippery, bombs booming from the headwall at the ski hill, echoing into the valley below. And while there’s nothing wrong with curling up on the couch to a good book and great glass of Pinot, there’s something truly right about the orange glow of January embers warming your cheeks in a log cabin, deep in the winter woods on those bright, starlit nights.

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The Friendly Faces of FAR STORY AND photos by Emma Polit

You’re in Fernie for the winter season, and thus will likely be spending a fair amount of time at Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR). We got out to meet some of the staff who make this place come to life, asking them the same four questions: 1. When did you first start working at FAR 2. What brought you here? 3. Tell us something you love about your job. 4. What is your favourite run at the hill? Here is what they had to say!

Emily Duhaime Lift Operations and Ticket Checking Supervisor 1. I first started working at FAR in November 2012, through the Job Fair. 2. We wanted to do a ski season out west and also to live in a community, not just at a ski hill and not have to do a 30 minute drive up to the hill.

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3. I love it when we make someone’s day. People save up their money, get their family organized, and travel to Fernie - we want them to have a safe and fun time when they get here. 4. I don’t need to be sending it to have the best time, just good friends and feeling confident on my skis. North Ridge on a powder day is pretty incredible.

Faye Latulippe Front of House Supervisor at Legends Mountain Eatery 1. My first season was as a lifty in 2004. I have been the Front of House Supervisor at Legends since 2014. 2. I always wanted to see the Rockies! Stayed for one season, went back home and came right back!

Mark M.

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3. What I love the most about Legends in the winter is the customers that come back to see me during their vacation year after year! Also, the locals coming to get their daily beer.

4. Tough one, but I’ve got to say Lone Fir. That run has it all!

4. Linda’s Run and the Saddles are always great fun!

Alina Jackman Groomer

Mark McQuarrie Millwright for Lift Maintenance

1. I started working at FAR as a Ski Instructor on Christmas Day 2011.

1. I started working at FAR in November of 1999 as a lifty. 2. I came here to snowboard and to have a good time. 3. Easily the crew of people I work with! They’re all super great people who are very easy to spend 40hrs a week alongside. 4. Don’t know if I have one. I ride pretty much all over. I guess if I have to pick, I’d say any of the big three (Stag Leap, Sky Dive, Decline) or Cedar Ridge depending on conditions.

Joey Kosolofski Electrician/building Maintenance 1. I started working at FAR 2014/15. I worked in the Lift Ops department. 2. I came here to snowboard, 100%. 3. Getting to work on the side of a mountain

every day while watching the seasons change is pretty special.

2. I came here for the “Legendary Powder,” an amazing community and improved quality of life. 3. I love the anonymity and challenges associated with being a Groomer. It is a really special feeling to be out skiing during the day and watching people enjoy the mountain without any idea of how the grooming got there or who prepared it. Grooming allows me to share my love of the sport with everyone. 4. Every run accessed by the Boomerang Chair. There is an amazing fall line skiing in every direction. Ripping short turns from top to bottom down Boomerang Ridge is always the icing on the cake.

Mark Vale Winter Sports School 1. I started at the ski hill in the winter of 2016. 2. We had done a few winters at Mont Tremblant in Quebec and were on our last visa so decided to travel Canada. We

Olivia accidentally ended up in Fernie, and like most peopleLONE we found toMO leave and WOLFit| hard VINCE PHOTO are planning on staying permanently. 3. I’ve been coaching snowboarding for the last eight years. I enjoy meeting new people and passing the knowledge of a sport that I love. 4. Choosing a favourite run is impossible, it changes daily and depends on the conditions. The big mountain options of Fernie are so much fun.

Olivia Johnson Ski Patrol 1. My first season was summer 2016 and now I’m headed into my sixth! 2. I moved here in the summer to put down some roots before the winter season started. I was trying to get on the FAR patrol team and hoped that working at the hill in the summer would help me get my foot in the door. I immediately fell in love with the town and knew I wouldn’t be leaving anytime soon. 3. Shredding (super) early morning pow and playing with explosives... pretty much the dream! 4. It totally depends! If it’s a big powder day, you can find me somewhere in The Fingers/Easter Ridge, but slushy spring Lizard Bowl Laps with my buds are high on the list, too!

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Top Ten Family Winter Fun BY KRISTA TURCASSO

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Fernie is such an attractive location for families for a variety of reason, but above all else because of the opportunities and amenities available for this younger cohort (and also those young at heart). As the number of families continues to grow, so does the programming, facilities and events geared to this market… and really, it’s to the benefit of us all, providing a great resource not just for those residing here, but those visiting. Educational programming, outdoor pursuits, arts and culture opportunities, and a whole lot of fun! Here are our top ten for you to explore this winter!

1. Swimming The Fernie Aquatic Centre is a multipurpose indoor facility that is great for all ages, with four bodies of water including a pool for small children, rope swing and a slide, sauna and steam rooms. They also have weekly events, classes and more. Visit fernie.ca for more information.

2. Hit the Slopes Fernie Alpine Resort has a myriad of opportunities for kids of all ages. Children under five can receive a Tiger Pass for just $20, which offers full mountain access. The Magic Carpet is a great place to start, with

the Mighty Moose next in line. The Winter Sports School has lesson programs for all ages, and day care is available on mountain. A popular evening choice is night skiing Fridays and Saturdays 4-9pm. skifernie.com

trails and loops including a beginner loop. The Fernie Nordic Society hosts many events great for wee ones throughout the winter season, including monthly family ski evenings. fernienordic.com

3. Nordic Skiing

4. Tobogganing

There are various options depending on the level and length of time you and your family would like to be out on the trails. The Fernie Golf Club offers a shorter, flat route perfect for a quick escape or those just learning. Montane off Coal Creek Rd. offers groomed trails as well, with undulating terrain, and the Elk Valley Nordic Centre offers numerous

Sitting at the base of a valley, Fernie has some hills and when they are covered with snow, they offer a whole lot of excitement. One of the more popular areas for tobogganing in town is just behind the Dirt Jump Park, adjacent to the Aquatic Centre. There is a parking area at the base, where FAMILY FUN continued on next page

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winter 2019|20 › Recreation you can set up your tailgate snacks and hot chocolate, and kids can walk as high as they like on this fast slope! There is also a slope at Fernie Alpine Resort, to the left of the Mighty Moose, and tailgating is also an option as you watch your kids slide or ski in the evening!

5. Events Throughout the season, there are many events hosted with kids in mind! The Arts Station hosts Cultural Saturdays and Fernie Youth Art Collective throughout the year, as well as a variety of events and workshops for kids leading up to Christmas. Look for Christmas events happening at different venues in town. Also watch for Fernie Alpine Resort’s family friendly New Year’s celebration, and their Griz Kids’ Carnival in the New Year! Another not to miss event is Shred Kelly’s Stoke Fest. This popular local band goes out of their way to include a kidspecific concert earlier in the evening and it is a big hit. There is so much more, so make sure to keep checking ferniefix.com to see what is happening during your stay!

6. Indoor Climbing A great indoor option to break up your time in the great outdoors! There are two climbing walls in Fernie, one located at the College of the Rockies and the other at Evolution Health and Fitness. Both walls are available for you and your family. The College has set times with the opportunity to book a specific date and time, 1-866-423-4691. The Rock Garden at Evolution is also available for you and your kids, and is a great opportunity to expose them to this sport. evolutionfernie. com

7. Community Programming We are so lucky to have an abundance of family programs available in Fernie, including Kindergym at the Fernie Family Centre, Toddlertime and Storytime at the Fernie Heritage Library, and Parent and Tot Fun Time at the Knox United Church. All of these programs and others are either free or carry a small fee for you and your children. ekkids.ca.

8. Skating There is nothing quite like skating outdoors. In town, skating on the Annex Pond, Maiden Lake or at the rink at the Fernie Court House (weather dependent) is a popular pastime.

SKATING | MATT KUHN PHOTO

Recently, a full-sized outdoor rink was built adjacent to the Aquatic Centre! If it’s more of an indoor day, the Memorial Arena hosts public skating regularly. There is also drop-in Adult Shinny, Skate and Shoot and Youth Shinny. Visit fernie.ca for further details.

Last but not least, the Fernie Heritage Library. This is a gorgeous building, worth visiting to just explore and enjoy a moment reading a book with the family. There are also regular programs hosted weekly for all ages. fernie.bc.libraries.coop

Perhaps after skating, your kids are keen to take in a game. Fernie’s Junior B Hockey Team, the Ghostriders, play regularly throughout the season. Visit our events calendar to see when they hit the ice during your stay!

10. Movie Time

9. Art and Culture Fernie is home to some beautifully restored buildings housing some of our best assets. The Fernie Arts Station hosts new exhibits each month, and has an array of events and programs throughout the winter months, including those catered to younger audiences. theartsstation.com The Fernie Museum has a permanent exhibit This Is Our Fernie on the main floor that is interactive and a great way to spend some time with the family learning about our rich and dramatic history. It also hosts rotating exhibits on the 2nd floor, along with special events. ferniemuseum.com.

The Vogue Theatre is also a beautiful historic building in downtown Fernie, showing first-run movies at 7pm nightly, with 9pm screenings on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, as well as feature and 3D matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. The Vogue regularly hosts film festivals, special screenings and the monthly Indie Films Fernie organised by The Arts Station. The theatre is home to Fernie’s only arcade with more than 50 games available for party rentals. ferniemovies.com Alongside the popular events that take place each year, new and exciting ones continue to pop up filling the calendar and adding to an already exciting time in Fernie. We’ll be keeping our events calendar up to date at ferniefix.com, to ensure you don’t miss out while here!

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Adventure Tours

Sunshine House Boats

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Mountain High Shuttle and Charters is a family run company specialising in scheduled shuttles to Calgary and Cranbrook International Airports, and private charters. mountainhighshuttle.com

Explore 200km of undeveloped shoreline on the beautiful Lake Koocanusa. Sunshine Houseboats and Marina has a popular waterpark, wake surf boats, pontoon boats, seadoos, paddle boards and houseboats available and are now booking for the 2020 season. sunshinehouseboats.com

Cat Skiing

Nordic skiing

Snowmobiling

A not for profit organization, FNS manages the Nordic trails at the Fernie Golf Club and at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre (Nordic use only, no dogs please) as well as provides instruction for all ages and levels, hosts events and more. Visit fernienordic.com to purchase your membership or for more details.

Local snowmobile guides and avalanche educators showing you the best sledding around and teaching you to make educated decisions when riding in backcountry terrain. Guided trips, snowmobile specific AST Level 1, Companion Rescue, and Mountain Sledding Mentorship available. elkvalleysnowshepherds.com

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Fernie Wilderness Adventures

Established in 1986 by Kim and Deb Sedrovic, Fernie Wilderness boasts over 3,000 acres with a variety of ridges and an elevation of over 7,150 ft for its skiing and boarding guests, alongside a lodge, hot tub, and homemade food. fernieadventures.com

Island Lake Catskiing

For nearly 30 years, Island Lake has been at the top of the list as a must ski destination for every serious skier and boarder. Vast terrain with 12 metres of snow consistently makes for some of the best skiing in the world. islandlakecatskiing.com

Dog Adventures Happy Hounds

Just like humans, dogs require regular exercise and social interaction. Happy Hounds creates adventures for dogs in Fernie’s wilderness. A tired dog is a happy dog, and that’s what you will come home to. happyhounds.ca

Downhill Skiing Fernie Alpine Resort

For nearly 60 years Fernie Alpine Resort has been world-renowned as a ski resort, not only offering some of the best terrain and snow, but also boasting beautiful Nordic trails, snowshoe adventures, fat biking and more. skifernie.com

Getaways

Brooks Creek Ranch

An intimate Rocky Mountain destination a short drive from Fernie, Brooks Creek Ranch provides an unmatched hospitality experience that combines adventure, luxury, and comfort. brookscreekranch.com

Fernie Nordic Society

Island Lake Lodge

From the lower parking lot, Island Lake staff grooms Nordic trails leading to their lodge daily as well as a loop that goes completely around the lake. Consider making a day of it by booking lunch or even a spa treatment (Thursday through Sunday) prior to making your way back down. islandlakelodge.com

Fernie’s year-round Trail Running resource. Follow Stag Leap Run Club on Facebook, to keep up to date on weekly Run Club and Races and Events, such as The Lone Wolf, Elk Valley Ultra, May Trail Running Weekend, Learn to Run and Mindfulness and more. stagleaprunning.com

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Weir Boondocking

Whether it’s your first time in the mountains, or you’re an advanced technical rider looking to focus on specific terrain features, Weir Boondocking has the clinic for you including Fundamentals of Riding, Follow Me Ride and Women’s Clinic. weirboondocking.com

Montane

Located just off Coal Creek Road near downtown Fernie, Montane regularly grooms an approximately 10km Nordic loop from the Red Barn to their Warming Hut and back. Nordic Trails are for Nordic only, dogs are welcome. For walking, running, snowshoeing or fat biking there are multi-use trails. fernietrails.com

a tired dog is a happy dog!

Fernie Alpine Resort

Regularly groomed and trackset, offering great terrain for both classic and skate skiing. These trails are open and free to the public with both short and longer options available. Lessons, tours and rentals are available. skifernie.com

Adventures run Monday to Saturday.

Resources City of Fernie

Fernie is home to a variety of facilities that provide great recreational opportunities for the entire family, including the Fernie Aquatic Centre, Fernie Memorial Arena and a variety of outdoor spaces. Visit fernie.ca for full details and schedules.

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS It’s not surprising that in such an active community with people spending as many hours as possible exploring the outdoors, you can find an impressive list of health-focused businesses and practitioners. Residents and visitors enjoy pushing themselves physically almost as much as they enjoy finding the balance through therapy, relaxation, cross-training, and rehabilitation. Whether you are after a day at the spa, a rejuvenating yoga class, a session with a personal trainer, or an appointment with an acupuncturist, it is available in Fernie. May we just recommend that you book in advance, as these services are highly sought after.

Sandra Robertson

Elk Valley Pilates I hated my body. It was awkward, confusing and riddled with pain. I was so disconnected from it and the signals it was trying to send me. Bullying was my chosen way to communicate with it. Scaring it into submission when it wouldn’t lift that far too heavy dumbbell or wanted to stop running and collapse. Naturally this took its toll and I ended up immobile and frustrated sitting in the physiotherapist’s treatment room as she told me I was headed for serious injury if I didn’t slow down, breathe and connect to my body. She referred me to Pilates.  Finally, I found a healthy way to communicate with it. I learned to listen to it and developed an awareness that enabled me to provide it with exactly what it needed to grow stronger, recover quicker, and become its most reliable, efficient self.  Today I feel strong. Powerful. In tune. I am the conductor and all parts of me are the orchestra, working together in harmony to create a beautiful symphony.  I believe everyone deserves to feel this way.  Studying the Pilates method and obtaining my teaching certification has given me the tools to enable me to help others discover a physical state that gives them the freedom to participate in their favourite activities for many years to come.   

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Moving to the Elk Valley with eight years of teaching experience, I’m looking forward to sharing the wonders of Pilates with Fernie and guiding everyone towards AH-HA! moments as they discover how to move with their body instead of against it. Q. In my opinion what makes Fernie stand out from other mountain towns is… A. Acceptance. I wasn’t born here and yet the locals have embraced me as I am, flaws (I don’t downhill ski) and all. Q. The best part of any Fernie day in winter is... A. Playing the real life version of “Guess Who?” with everybody hidden under so many

layers, it’s fun trying to figure out who they are. Q. My preferred way to unwind after a day of play is... A. Free the feet! Boots off, socks off, toes wriggling with glee as I prance barefoot through the snow. It’s great for the sole! Q. A favourite secret Fernie stash of mine (one I’m willing to share, anyway) is... A. The Bridge Bistro when Steph the server is on shift. She is the very definition of “Service with a smile.” You’re not having the best day? I challenge you to avoid catching that infectious grin.

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Everyday Mindfulness with Francesca Ter Poorten

Winter has arrived…yesss! With the snow falling, it’s time to get focused on what work/life balance is going to look like for you. Maybe you’re rolling into town to shred but have to work a few jobs as well buy those new fat skis. Or perhaps you’re a pow commuter, travelling up and down the snowy highways every weekend hoping to leave your job and stress behind. Either way, it can be challenging to not suffer from ski town stress. How can I find balance? Will I have enough time? How can I hit the slopes today as well as the xc ski track while juggling drinks with friends, loading a posse of kids in the car and making sure everyone has BOTH skis, mitts, boots, etc as well as getting wood for the bonfire? Or it could even just be trying to make a dash up to the hill for a few runs before that first (or second) job starts. Phew! Ski town life is stressful! When you feel your shoulders starting to creep up around your ears, your jaw clenching, and like your head is going to explode… when you realize that you forgot a shift or it’s ten minutes before ski lessons and your kid is standing in the doorway with only one sock on crying because they only wanted to wear their purple toque that day and you can’t find it… Take a breath. Slow down. Taking a breath is the beginning of centring yourself and slowing down. Pay attention fully to your inhale and exhale. So that, for a moment, there are no other thoughts just the sound of your breath. The quiet won’t last long, but that’s okay. Have patience and be forgiving towards yourself. A focused, deep

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breath is the equivalent to sitting back on your couch and having a glass of wine. Take another breath, and then begin a mental inventory. What’s controllable right now, in this moment? The negative thoughts, playing out the “what if’s” are not helpful. Acknowledge these thoughts, and let them go. Instead, focus on what you would like to happen within the next ten minutes and the positive steps you can take to get there.

Mindfulness tools like these can be used throughout your day, helping you to be present and calm within each moment, between each task or event. Let’s face it, even in this mountain paradise the everyday stressors can start to take a toll on our mental and physical health. So do yourself a favour and work on incorporating some daily habits to fight the “mountain town” stress. The positive is that the more you practice mindfulness, the easier and more natural it becomes.

With one last breath, move in that direction.

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Fitness

Essential Yoga Studio

Located along 7th Avenue, Essential Yoga offers a variety of yoga classes, events, workshops, retreats and teacher training. Established in 2004, Essential Yoga has been an integral part of the active Fernie community for over 15 years. essentialyogastudio.com

Evolution Health and Fitness Evolution has a multitude of exercise classes available and a completely revamped space featuring weights, cardio equipment, stretching areas, and an expansive climbing area. Their friendly staff make going to the gym almost easy. evolutionfernie.com

Sarah’s Active Rehabilitation Working out of Evolution Health & Fitness, Sarah Ingram and Martin Theroux specialise in training individuals to achieve personal goals, or actively and effectively rehabilitate individuals recovering from an injury. sarah@evolutionhealth.ca

Soar Studios

Featuring spin, yoga and fitness classes, Soar Studios is an inclusive environment where like-minded people with enthusiasm to be strong and connected come together to reach their fitness goals. soarstudios.ca

Hair Salons Lysh Hair Salon

Lysh Hair Salon is a boutique hair salon that has something for everyone, whether a quick haircut, complete hair makeover or bridal session. Enjoy massage chairs, TVs, complimentary snacks and refreshments and before and after photographs. 250-423-5001

New Roots

New Roots Hair Co. located in the Historic Downtown of Fernie offers a cozy and comfortable small salon atmosphere with a creative and skilled team. Wellness for you and your hair is their number one priority. 250-423-8066

Sparrow Hair

With a diverse artist team that is both up to date and classically trained, Sparrow Hair is committed to providing services that leave you feeling inspired, empowered and beautiful. Now offering modern men’s cutting and grooming. sparrowhair.ca

Health Products The Good Earth

Now located across the street in the Mugshots building, The Good Earth offers natural organics, an extensive selection of supplements, a large selection of gemstones and crystals, and an array of diet-sensitive snacks and drinks. 250-423-7121

IGS Pharmacy

Fully equipped for all of your pharmacy needs, IGS also offers health and wellness products such as vitamins, baby products, homeopathic tablets, and more. Friendly and helpful service, call 250-423-4496 for details.

Massage and Esthetics Island Lake Spa

Features five treatment rooms, a couple’s wellness room with deep Japanese soaking tub, change rooms and relaxation rooms. Take time before or after your treatment in their Solarium with an outdoor sauna, spring shower, and mountain views. 250-423-3700

King Fir Spa

A revitalised space at Fernie Lodging Company up at Timberline Lodge on the ski hill, this all-encompassing spa offers treatments perfect for relaxing after a day exploring the mountains. Yoga seminars and clinics available. 250-423-6878

Névé Spa at Lizard Creek Lodge

Névé Spa strives to create an experience that compliments time spent on the mountain, using products inspired by nature’s rejuvenating properties. All massages and spa services include use of their outdoor heated pool and hot tubs. 877-228-1948

Spa 901

A premier spa located within a beautifully renovated 1908 schoolhouse, Spa 901 boasts luxury, professionalism and specialised treatments. Manicures and pedicures, facials, massage and body, waxing, tinting and makeup, experiences for him and weddings/events – Spa 901 has what you need. 250-423-7722

Summit Massage Therapy, Kristen Miller BC Registered Massage Therapist

Summit Massage Therapy is located in beautiful downtown Fernie. Kristen Miller, BC Registered Massage Therapist, has over 17 years experience with wellness, therapeutic, sport and pre-post natal massage. To book an appointment call or text 250-430-7244

Three Sisters Day Spa

Offering exclusive esthetic spa and massage services including microblading, waxing, eyelash extensions, body treatments and more, with Aveda skincare, techniques and products. Enjoy quality care in a fun, comfortable and friendly setting in the heart of downtown. 250-423-6395

Practitioners and Health Centres

Dr. A.M. Kahane Inc. Dentistry Dr. A. M. Kahane, Dr. Amos Kahane and Dr. Jensen and their team of professionals are committed to providing superior dental care to clients. Services include endodontic specialty care, orthodontics, dentures, sleep studies and implants. 250-423-6838

Gina Rino, RAc - Family and Pregnancy Acupuncture

Specializing in fertility and pregnancy acupuncture, Gina believe in building community and awareness around holistic fertility, healthy pregnancy, natural pain relief and post-natal care for mom, partners and baby. ginarino.ca

OPT Clinic

A confidential, unbiased and nonjudgemental clinic for all ages, genders and orientations located in the Elk Valley Hospital. Provides a range of accessible and affordable sexual health services. 1501 5th Ave

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winter 2019|20 › arts and culture

ARTS AND CULTURE The cultural side of Fernie is expanding alongside the hearts of those here. Exhibits, plays, art shows, pottery seminars, independent films… it’s become such a vibrant and essential part of life in Fernie. And this is just the day to day, year round. Come winter, the energy shifts and the nights come to life. From the après music scene at the Griz Bar at Fernie Alpine Resort to the infamous jam night at the Brickhouse to the rustic and historic feel of the Royal, the musical offerings in Fernie are each unique providing a different experience and atmosphere from early evening until late. Whether you are looking for dinner alongside live music, perhaps at Infinitea or Loaf, an evening performance at the Arts Station, or a heart-pumping dance session to world-renowned DJs, you will find it here and will be impressed by the artists Fernie attracts during the winter season.

Sage McBride Musician, Shred Kelly

I moved to Fernie after high school to take a year off before getting serious about school or a career. After my season in Fernie, I moved to Vancouver to pursue performance arts. I quickly realized that the city was no place for me, and decided to move back to the mountains but vowed to incorporate performance arts into my lifestyle. That began with doing murder mysteries, children’s theatre and joining a cover band that performed at open jam nights around town. Jam nights at the Brickhouse allowed me to meet the other members of Shred Kelly and the rest is history. It’s hard to believe we’ve been at it for ten years! Living in Fernie has been an incredible inspiration for a lot of our music, and we’ve been so grateful for the continuous support of the community. It is the most magical place to come home to after tour to decompress, ski, hike, bike and feel grounded. Since I moved to Fernie 15 years ago the arts sector has grown tremendously with Wapiti and the Wednesday Socials. I’d love to see the Arts Station grow to incorporate a larger stage for touring acts at an all ages venue. Q. In my opinion what makes Fernie stand out from other mountain towns is… A. The community. It is such an amazing group of people who call Fernie home, and an inspiring place to live and raise children.

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Q. The best part of any Fernie day in winter is...

Q. A favourite secret Fernie stash of mine (one I’m willing to share, anyway) is...

A. Going out for a Montane lap on my cross country skis or a lap at the ski hill and then hanging out by our fireplace.

A. The cross country ski up to Island Lake Lodge for a gourmet lunch (a must do experience!) and the Sunday Night Roasts at Infinitea for $10.

Q. My preferred way to unwind after a day of play is... A. Getting together with friends for a bite to eat at one of the many incredible restaurants that Fernie boasts.

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Mountain Reads by Shelby Cain

Beach reads? Nah. They’re about as satisfying as Tic Tacs. Mountain reads are the sticky-toffee-pudding of books. Deep, dark, and full of substance. I love reading. It’s been a passion of mine since I was a child, and even now – despite the struggle to find four minutes of peace before I collapse into bed – I do it every day. I crave more time to do it right. Really dissolve into the story. For me, summer is not the best time to accomplish this. How many moms out there are devouring novel after sex-soaked novel while reclining on your beach chair? I’m not sure who invented the term ‘beach reads,’ but I can guarantee they didn’t have children. The second I drop my gaze to be introduced to the new lawyer in town with the jutting cheekbones, shrieks from the dock jolt me into a full run. So much for that idea. But beach season is long gone, and now it’s time to cozy up under a pile of warm laundry, and read. Read your face off. The kids are safely occupied, or at least not about to drown. No one knows how long it’s supposed to take you to get all that laundry folded. It’s cold, dark, and perfect. And in this uninterrupted snowy-serenity, we have the ability to go deeper than cheekbones and a love triangle. We can delve into harrowing life tales and digest more enlightened, thoughtful prose. Mystery. Heartbreak. On vacation in our powdery paradise? Even better. You’ll need a break from carving turns or breaking trail. At least, your quads will. Stoke the fire, and settle in. Let yourself be swept away, inspired, and kept up late while clutching your third cup of chamomile and wiping tears with a wayward sock. These are a few of my wintery favourites. Enjoy.

Touching the Void by Joe Simpson (Jonathan Cape, 1988)

Tales of men risking everything for the chance to stand higher are plentiful. The ones that garner most of the

attention generally involve Mt. Everest. This story is different. It’s a terrifying, harrowing tale of survival like you’ve never read before. Injuries and exhaustion and pushing the boundaries of human endurance and emotion to the ultimate limit. Told first hand by Joe Simpson, the story will transport you directly into the nightmare he endured with climbing partner Simon Yates in the Peruvian Andes. I was haunted by it, and continually asked myself what I would’ve done. When. At what point do you give up? If you ask Joe Simpson, never.

West Kootenay wilderness in search of free love, living, and adventure. They resided in a canvas teepee and endured our frigid winters with no running water or electricity. This is just the beginning of a memoir that left me speechless, fascinated, and in awe of the fortitude this woman possesses. When her teenage mother meets a man, the idyllic vision her patriarchal grandfather had for the family unravels at breakneck speed, and Cea’s life spins out of control. No spoilers here, but this book is hopeful and inspired by the resilience of the human spirit.

Indian Horse

Jenny Willson Mystery Series

by Richard Wagamese (Douglas & McIntyre, 2012) The late Richard Wagamese wove many strands of his own heart into this haunting novel. It tells the story of Saul Indian Horse, an Ojibway boy from Northwestern Ontario who is placed in a residential school at the age of eight. Hockey plays a major role in this story, and the elevated sense of the game that the great players possess is brilliantly captured by Wagamese. I was captivated from the first page. The writing is clear and emotional and finds a way to honour the sport of hockey along with all the young souls who suffered so horrifically.

North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both by Cea Sunrise Person (HarperCollins Canada, 2014)

As a very young child, Cea Sunrise Person moved with her family from California to the

by Dave Butler (Dundurn Press, 2017)

For a fabulous local read, author and biologist Dave Butler has just launched the third installment of his enthralling Jenny Willson series, In Rhino We Trust. Full Curl was the first in this series and Butler received the Arthur Ellis award for the Best First Crime Novel in Canada. I asked him why he chose to move the story from the Rocky Mountains to Africa. “I felt it was time to challenge myself as a writer, and to challenge Jenny Willson as a character. So, after visiting Namibia twice, I sent Jenny there to help stop rhino poaching. I was intrigued to see how she would react to new landscapes, to a culture that treats women very differently than she was used to in North America, to a fresh law enforcement challenge, and to the potential to be seen as just one more foreign colonizer, there to tell them what to do. It was a fascinating experience, for both of us.” These wonderful books are available at Fernie’s much loved independent book store, Polar Peak Books & Treasures.

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winter 2019|20 › arts and culture listings

Après Cocktails

Exhibits

Located in a beautifully renovated historic building in downtown Fernie, The Brickhouse offers a cool atmosphere and great food with small live music acts and a popular Thursday evening jam night. 401 2nd Ave

A volunteer organisation, the Fernie Arts Coop provides local artists a venue to showcase their work, which is also available for sale, resulting in a diverse and vast collection of art for you to enjoy during your stay. 572 2nd Ave

The Brickhouse Bar and Grill

Cirque Restaurant

Located at Lizard Creek Lodge, Cirque is a perfect Après Ski location or for an evening out with friends. With its popular Ice Bar, the evening can quickly escalate, as you taste some of the world’s best vodka. 5346 Highline Dr.

Griz Bar

After a day exploring the mountain at Fernie Alpine Resort, continuing the fun by hitting the Griz Bar is a must. Famous for its après, with a variety of beer on tap and the well-known nachos. Enjoy live music on the weekends! skifernie.com

The Kodiak Lounge

Located in the Raging Elk Hostel Adventure Lodge, the Kodiak Lounge opens at 4pm and closes late, specialising in après anything. Good times and live entertainment make the lounge a great place to converse with travellers from around the world. 892 6th Ave

Park place Pub

The Pub is a great place for après ski, board, hike or bike, pre or post Ghostrider game, a game of pool, catching a sports event on the big screen, or socialising with friends. They also have an extensive menu and occasional live music. 742 Hwy 3

The Rusty Edge

Located at the base of the mountain, below the Mighty Moose and next to the Elk Chair the Rusty Edge at Fernie Alpine Resort offers perfectly placed après and welcomes skiers, boarders, friends, families of all ages and anyone who enjoys great food and a warm rustic atmosphere. 5369 Fernie Ski Hill Road (Griz Inn)

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Fernie Arts Station

A beautiful gallery space in a restored historical train station, the Arts Station hosts talented artists and their work regularly including an opening reception. Make sure to stop by to see whose work is on display while here this winter. 601 1st Ave

Fernie Museum

The Fernie Museum not only has an extensive permanent exhibit taking guests through Fernie’s unique and interesting past, it boasts a beautiful gallery space upstairs with rotating exhibits. This winter, glass artist Katherine Russell is featured with her exhibit, Hot & Cold: Studio Glass in 3 Parts, opening December 6. 491 2nd Ave

Live Music

Fernie Arts Station

Located in Fernie’s original Train Station, the Arts Station hosts a concert series that attracts popular acts each winter as well as the Indie Films Fernie at the Vogue Theatre the second Sunday of each month. 601 1st Ave

The Fernie Hotel and Pub

Hosting live acts regularly, along with DJs and special events. The Fernie Pub provides a great atmosphere, whether sitting back with friends or taking it to the dance floor to enjoy the music. 691 1st Ave

The Griz Bar

Every Saturday and Sunday throughout the winter season, the Griz Bar comes to life with live music as skiers and boarders finish their day on the hill and celebrate with friends and family. The Griz Bar also hosts special events throughout the season. Mountain Plaza, Fernie Alpine Resort

Griz Days Festival

Alongside three days of classic Fernie fun and legendary powder, this winter festival hosts two evenings in downtown Fernie with a fantastic lineup of musicians and DJs. Mark your calendars - March 6-8. ferniechamber.com

Infinitea

Infinitea hosts local and visiting musicians in a relaxed and intimate all-ages setting. Every Friday night see local acts play and check events for special mid-week shows throughout the winter. Fully licensed, with a full menu. 501 1st Ave

The Royal

Open Monday to Saturday from 8pm, the Royal is one of Fernie’s original bars and hosts jam nights, live bands, DJ’s and events and is also available for private functions such as stags, birthdays and more. 501 1st Ave

Movie Theatres Vogue Theatre

Renovated with revamped digital audiovisual, the Vogue Theatre shows new releases, independent and foreign films nightly in the twin cinemas. It also boasts the largest video game room in the Elk Valley, available for birthday parties and private functions. 321 2nd Ave

Tasting Rooms

Fernie Brewing Company

Continually growing and in demand, FBC recently completed an extensive renovation to allow for this growth including a beautiful tasting room! Head down for a flight of their famous brews, raising funds for their Cheers to Charity campaign! 26 Manitou Rd.

Fernie Distillers

Informal and yet refined at the same time, Fernie Distillers offers a unique space in the Historic Downtown, to enjoy a tasting and then try to make a choice from their cocktail menu! They also have bottled spirits, apparel and other items for sale. 531 1st Ave

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winter 2019|20 › calendar OCTober

October 18 Fernie Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm October 19 5th Annual Great Pumpkin Hunt @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 11:30am October 19 A Nordic Night Out @ The Arts Station with Redgirl October 18 Winter Job Fair @ Fernie Alpine Resort October 19 Staja Lu with DJ Arie @ The Central, 10pm October 19 Trivia Night @ The Legion, 8pm October 20 Documentary Showing: Motherload @ The Arts Station, 4pm October 23 WorkBC Job Fair @ Fernie Community Centre, 12-3pm October 24 The Diemm Trio in Concert @ Knox United Church, 7pm October 26 Fernie Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm October 26 Wild Honey Album Launch @ The Arts Station October 26 Halloween Howler with Seany J and the Boys @ The Northern, $500 cash prize for best costume. October 26 Halloween Scaryoke @ The Legion, 8pm. Prizes for best song, performance and dressed. October 27 Trick or Treat: Hotel Transylvania @ The Vogue Theatre, 10am October 27 Griz Kids Halloween Party and Haunted House @ Fernie Alpine Resort, 11am-4pm October 29 Boo! Storytime Halloween Potluck Party @ Fernie Heritage Library, 11:15pm October 31 Gallery Opening: Jennifer Van Popta @ The Arts Station, 7pm October 31 Dio Del Los Muertos - Halloween Howler @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-5pm October 31 Halloween DJ Party @ The Royal, 9pm October 31 Halloween Soirée @ The Arts Station, 8pm-Midnight October 31 Fright Night @ Kodiak Lounge, with prizes for best costumes. October 31 Annual Costume Contest and Party @ Park Place Pub, win a seasons pass at Fernie Alpine Resort!

November

November 1 Exhibit Opening: Diversity Through These Artists’ Eyes @ Fernie Museum, 7-9pm November 1 Fernie Friends of Opera Screening: Der Rosenkavalier, Strauss @ The Arts Station, 7pm November 1 Annual Zombie Walk and After Party @ The Royal, 8pm November 1-3 Fall Yoga Retreat @ Lizard Creek Lodge November 3 Daylight Saving Time Ends – Turn your clocks backward one hour. November 8 FAST Ski Swap @ Community Centre, 10am-2pm November 8 Ski and Board Film Festival @ Community Centre November 8-9 Yoga and Journaling Retreat @ Essential Yoga November 9 Speed Dates and Mates @ Fernie Legion, with free pizza November 9 Fernie Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm November 10 Elk Valley Snow and Avalanche Workshop @ Fernie Community Centre, 10am November 10 Indie Films Fernie: Maiden @ The Vogue Theatre, 5pm

November 9 Art Demonstration - Diversity: Through These Artists’ Eyes @ Fernie Museum, 1:30-3:30pm November 10 Art Demonstration - Diversity: Through These Artists’ Eyes @ Fernie Museum, 1:30-3:30pm November 10 Fernie Premiere: Dream Job @ Vogue Theatre, 8pm with director and star Katie Burrell November 14 Poker Tournament @ The Legion November 14 Wannabe: A Spice Girls Tribute @ The Northern, 10pm November 15 Fernie Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm November 16 Trivia @ The Legion November 17 Art Demonstration - Diversity: Through These Artists’ Eyes @ Fernie Museum, 1:30-3:30pm November 16 Mogul Smoker Pre-party @ The Royal November 16 Fernie Mogul Smoker @ TBA, buses leave from the Royal. November 21 PJ Storytime @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6:30pm November 21 Fernie Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm November 22 Sass and Sparkle @ Heart and Soul Dance and Theatre Collective, ages 5-10 November 22 Twilight Christmas Craft Fair @ Community Centre, 5-9pm November 22 St. Arnaud @ The Nothern November 23 Anticipated Start FSA Grooming Program @ Corbin November 23 Art Demonstration - Diversity: Through These Artists’ Eyes @ Fernie Museum, 1:30-3:30pm November 23 Holiday Craft Fair @ Community Centre, 10am-3pm November 23 Karaoke @ The Legion, 8pm November 23 The High Watts @ The Northern November 24 Art Demonstration - Diversity: Through These Artists’ Eyes @ Fernie Museum, 1:30-3:30pm November 28 Exhibit Opening: The Emotional Distortion of the Canadian Landscape @ The Arts Station, 7pm November 29 Light Up the Night @ The Courthouse, 5:30pm. Kick off the holiday season with the City of Fernie, entertainment, games and a chance to see Santa! November 29 Shop Late Night @ Downtown Fernie November 30 Fernie Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm November 30 Opening Day @ Fernie Alpine Resort, conditions permitting November 30 The Runs @ The Royal

December

December 1 Early Bird Membership Pricing Ends @ Fernie Nordic Society December 1 Holiday Brunch and Photos with Santa @ Park Place Lodge December 5 Adult Christmas Colouring, Cards and Treats Potluck @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6:30-8pm December 6-7 Hearth 9: Annual Studio Sale @TBA December 6-7 Annual Birthday Party Weekend @ The Royal December 6 Gallery Opening: Katherine Russel @ Fernie Museum, 7pm

December 6 This is Me Workshop @ The Arts Station, 1pm. Contemporary, Modern Dance and performance. December 6 Winter Ball: Sparkles, Sequins and Suits @ Fernie Legion, 8pm. Food by Fernie Catering Co., music by the Hip Flexers. December 6 SkiiTour with Naturalist @ The Northern December 6 Fernie Friends of Opera Screening: Enchanted Island, Sams @ The Arts Station, 7pm December 7 Fernie Snowmobile Season Opener @ Ghostrider Motorsports. Pancake breakfast, show, swap and sale. December 7 Fernie Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm December 7 Holiday Artisan Fair @ The Arts Station, 10am December TBA CP Rail Holiday Train @ Station Square December 12 Poker @ The Legion December 12 Elliott Brood @ The Northern, 10pm December 13 Fernie Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm December 13 Full Moon Ski and Social @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 7pm December 14 Christmas Card Making For All Ages @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3-4:30pm December 14 A Special Frozen Holiday Dance @ The Arts Station ages 4-10 December 14 Speed Dates and Mates @ Fernie Legion, withe free pizza December 15 T’is the Season Craft Fair @ Community Centre, 10am-4pm December 17 Fernie Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm December 18 Plaid Party @ Fernie Heritage Library, 11:15-12:30pm December 19 PJ Storytime @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6:30pm December 20 - 21 Shred Kelly: Tenth Anniversary Tour @ The Northern, 10pm December 21 First Day of FSA Grooming Program @ Morrissey/Coal Creek, weather permitting December 21 Fernie Craft Fair: Stocking Stuffers @ Community Centre, 10am-3pm December 21 Holiday Movie Screening @ The Arts Station, 7pm December 21 Trivia @ The Legion December 21 Community Christmas Celebration @ Fernie Heritage Library, 2pm December 22 Family Ski @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 4pm December 23-24 Ski and Photos with Santa @ Fernie Alpine Resort December 24 Ugly Sweaters Party @ The Royal December 26 – January 6 Griz Kids Holiday Programming @ Fernie Alpine Resort December 26 Burn n’ Mahn Dueling Pianos @ The Northern December 27 Fernie Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm December 27 The Runs - Explosive Rock n’ Roll @ The Northern December 27-20 Shine Xmas Theatre Workshop @ The Arts Station December 28 Bob Arnott Memorial Family Ride @ TBA, 10am-3pm December 28 Karaoke @ The Legion, 8pm December 28 Mat the Alien and The Gaff - All Vinyl Sets @ The Northern


winter 2019|20 › calendar February 21 Fernie Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm February 21 Atlameda @ The Northern February 22 Community Ski Event and Racing Rocks @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 10:30am February 22 Karaoke @ The Legion, 8pm February 26 Family Ski @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 4pm February 29 The Greatest Leap Year Party EVER @ The Northern

March

GRIZ DAYS PARADE | V.CROOME PHOTO December 31 Family NYE and Fireworks @ Fernie Alpine Resort December 31 New Year’s Eve Roast Dinner @ Infinitea, 6-9pm $15 December 31 NYE Dinner and Dance @ Cirque Restaurant, Lizard Creek Lodge December 31 Griz Bar NYE Party @ Fernie Alpine Resort December 31 New Year’s Cabaret @ Community Centre. Three bars, one hosted by Fernie Distillers, live DJs and exceptional talent from across the country. December 31 New Year’s Party @ The Royal December 31 New Year’s Party @ Kodiak Lounge December 31 New Year’s Eve Party @ The Northern

January

January 1 #FernieStreak Begins @ Fernie trails. Nordic ski, fat bike, walk, run or hike 30min a day for the month of January. Calendar available in the monthly Fix. January 2 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour @ The Vogue Theatre January 3 Fernie Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm January 3 Fernie Friends of Opera: Parsifal, Wagner @ The Arts Station, 7pm January 3 The Carbons @ The Northern January 9 Poker Tournament @ The Legion January 11 #FernieStreak Full Moon Ski and Social @ Fernie Golf Course, 7pm January 11 Speed Dates and Mates @ Fernie Legion, with free pizza January 12 Indie Films Fernie @ The Vogue Theatre, 5pm January 12 Fernie Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm January 16 PJ Storytime @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6:30pm January 17 Fernie Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm January 17 Jodie B with Guests @ The Northern January 18 Avalanche Awareness Day @ Fernie Alpine Resort January 18 FSA Avalanche Awareness and Demo Days @ TBA, 10am-3pm January 18 Trivia @ The Legion

January 18 Naturalist Presents Space Camp @ The Northern January 25 Karaoke @ The Legion, 8pm January 24-26 12th Annual Reel Canadian Film Festival @ The Vogue Theatre January 25 Kokanee Snow Dreams Party @ Fernie Alpine Resort January 25 Eamon McGrath @ The Northern January 26 Family Ski @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 4pm January 26 Australia Day @ Fernie Alpine Resort January 26 Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown @ The Royal January 27 Family Literacy Day @ Fernie Heritage Library January 31 Cut Snake with Jenn Frost and Straus @ The Northern

February

February 7 Fernie Friends of Opera: Die Tote Stadt, Korngold @ The Arts Station, 7pm February 8-9 Jeep Junior Freeski Presented by Rossignol and Smith Optics @ Fernie Alpine Resort February 8 Full Moon Ski and Social @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 7pm February 8 Fernie Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm February 8 Speed Dates and Mates @ Fernie Legion, with free pizza February 9 Indie Films Fernie @ The Vogue Theatre, 5pm February 13 Poker Tournament @ The Legion February 14-15 Fernie Figure Skating Carnival @ Fernie Memorial Arena February 14 Fernie Ghostrider Hockey Game @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm February 14 Freak Motif - Deep Groove, Funk, Disco, Afrobeat @ The Northern February 15-16 Family Weekend Activities @ Fernie Alpine Resort February 15 FSA Corbin Vintage Snowmobile Poker Ride @ TBA, 10am-4pm February 15 Trivia @ The Legion February 20 PJ Storytime @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6:30pm February 21-22 Fernie Mountain Film Festival @ Community Centre.

March 6-8 Griz Day Festival @ Fernie, includes the popular parade, rail jam, live music, dummy downhill and more! March 6-8 “Snow to Ice (Cream)” Challenge @ Fernie Trails. Four challenges in 72 hours to complete over Griz Days Weekend. March 6 The Denim Daddies @ The Northern March 7 Griz Days Craft Fair @ Community Centre, 9am-3pm March 7 Val Kilmer and the New Coke @ The Northern March 8 Raging Elk Dummy Downhill @ Fernie Alpine Resort March 8 Indie Films Fernie @ The Vogue Theatre, 5pm March 8 Full Moon Finale @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 7pm March 9 Fernie Friends of Opera: Faust, Gounod @ The Arts Station, 7pm March 12 Poker @ The Legion March 14 Speed Dates and Mates @ Fernie Legion, with free pizza March 14 Fernie Flying Viking Challenge and Feast @ Elk Valley Nordic Centre March 17-19 Shine Theatre Workshop @ The Arts Station March 19 PJ Storytime @ Fernie Heritage Library March 21 Trivia @ The Legion March 21 Fernie Stoke Fest @ Community Centre by Shred Kelly with guests. All age and adult shows. March 28 Kokanee Retro Party @ FAR March 28 Karaoke @ The Legion, 8pm March TBA Dirty Dancer Banked Slalom @ Fernie Alpine Resort March TBA Fernie Skiing Heritage Induction Gala

April

April 1 Cat-assisted Ski Touring Opens @ Island Lake Catskiing. 250-423-3700 April 1 Hot Dog Day @ Fernie Alpine Resort April 3 Fernie Friends of Opera: William Tell, Rossini @ The Arts Station, 7pm April 4-5 Fernie Snowmobile Association AGM and Social @ Best Western April 9 Poker Tournament @ The Legion April 10 Dan Mangan - Juno Award Winner @ The Northern April 11 Powder, Pedal, Paddle Relay @ Fernie Alpine Resort April 11 Fernival Music Festival @ Fernie Alpine Resort April 12 Slopesoaker @ Fernie Alpine Resort

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winter 2019|20 › SHOPPING

SHOPPING Nearly every year Fernie welcomes a boutique or witnesses the growth of a current one. This has truly added to the Fernie experience. Not only can you find some of the best recreational, culinary, health and wellness, and cultural experiences on offer, you can find apparel, gear, books, toys, locally made chocolate, coffee, ice cream, jewellery and art… all right here. The best part about the Fernie shopping experience is that the shops are all easy to access and close by, outdoors in the beautiful Historic Downtown, which offers amazing vistas of the surrounding mountains. (How often have we caught a visitor standing in the middle of the Main Street, snapping a photo of the iconic Fernie Alpine Resort from downtown?) There is also the thriving 7th Avenue zone, just off Highway 3. These attributes, alongside outstanding customer service will definitely be a highlight of your visit to Fernie.

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after exiting the foothills. The moon climbed its way up the horizon changing from purple to white with every colour in between. Gorgeous! Fernie differs for it is surrounded by rugged mountains, that are juvenile compared to other weathered ranges, then flattens to the land of the living skies in just over an hour’s drive.

Stick and Stone

Originally, I am a farm kid from Southwest Saskatchewan. Our farm was located five minutes from the Alberta border and ten minutes from the Montana border which was 30 kms from the nearest town with a population of 60. I decided to venture Westward and made my way to Fernie firstly in 2002. Very quickly I realized this is where I wanted to hang my hat, so I did just that. I genuinely love living here and am so very thankful to have the opportunity to raise my family here. So many options to fill our days with adventures and laughs. I never had direct intentions to involve myself in the retail sector. I was always interested in getting into the cannabis sector more on the operational side with extracts and edibles. Long story short, Sarah-Jane Nelson’s (my business winger) family and my family became friends when we had to re-home our furry family member Nella. Shortly after, I recognized SJ’s passion for cannabis and an opportunity presented itself where I asked the question, “So friend, are we going to be friendly competitors in the cannabis retail sector or shall we join forces?” History in the making now... Since opening day, the Stick and Stone crew has been appreciating the heartfelt conversations with the fine folk of Fernie and beyond. I would like to see this sector

Q. The best part of any Fernie day in winter is...

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become less restrictive because as of now, if you want to buy Stick and Stone Cannabis Co. branded merch to support our local shop, you have to go to our website: stickandstone.ca and purchase online. I also hope to see the cannabis sector become less onerous and expensive for the small growers with decades of experience to become legal. One way to dissolve the black/grey market is to assume the player’s willing to become legitimate. Q. In my opinion what makes Fernie stand out from other mountain towns is… A. So I recently made the drive back to the flatlands and was pondering what makes Fernie different from other mountain towns. Most mountain towns have hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, sledding, hunting etc. at an arms reach and then it happened shortly

A. Getting up at the crack of dawn and whipping up breakfast and patiently awaiting the pitter patter of small footsteps making their way down the stairs for some one-onone morning laughs with their Pops. Life is busy, so I cherish this time with my three kids in the wee hours of the morning. Q. My preferred way to unwind after a day of play is... A. Oh geez. It has been awhile… but if presented, I love to sit by the Ol’ wood fuelled stove and play board games with the kids. Q. A favourite secret Fernie stash of mine (one I’m willing to share, anyway) is... A. It’s no secret, so I am willing to share that I really enjoy Triple Trees on a fresh dump day. If lapping, it seems like the run’s outcome can end up so different. Get lost in the moment and lose your Wolf Pack. Whoops!

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winter 2019|20 › shopping

Surviving Winter in Canada BY Krista Turcasso You have arrived, and while are stunned by the beauty of the beautiful Elk Valley are completely under-prepared for the conditions. From the epic, overnight dumps of snow to the temps rising creating a slushy mess in town to said slushy mess freezing within hours creating a treacherous walking environment for all. Well, we have experienced it and are here to help! Here are our must-haves during your stay in Fernie and beyond.

A winter jacket Likely, you packed one for your trip or season in Fernie. But once here, realize it’s not quite enough. Fortunately you have options! Personally I have two jackets that can be paired or worn separately. A compact-puffy, which is my go-to and also a gore tex outer layer for those wet and/or windy days. Trench coats, especially if insulated, are also appreciated on the extra cold days!

Quality winter shoes or boots As described in the opening, conditions can be variable and change often in mountain towns. There are numerous options when it comes to what to wear on your tootsies… to keep them warm, to keep them dry, to keep you vertical. If you end up staying in Fernie for the long haul, you will likely acquire a range of footwear, but really a high-end insulated boot that is also waterproof will do the job and for those icy days, you can add cleats such as Yaktrax. When up exploring the trails, snowshoes are also a great addition and for the avid runner, gore tex runners with spikes are absolutely lifechanging.

Toques (Yes, plural) Ball caps don’t do the trick when it’s below zero and you want to keep your head

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warm and protected from the elements. Fortunately, toques (beanie, winter hat, knitted cap…) are a plenty in these parts with options for every occasion. The mountain adventure, morning coffee date, pre and post athletic class, night out on the town… every colour and style you desire is at your finger tips in this mountain town!

Base layers A fitted bamboo, synthetic or merino wool layer against your skin is great at wicking moisture and helping you fight the temperatures. Merino specifically is great at trapping air to keep you warm, or if too warm the fibres relax to release this air to cool you down. It is also naturally antibacterial, decreasing the stink factor! From stylish to purely functional, you’ll find a variety of options throughout Fernie.

Accessories Mitts or gloves, chunky scarves, warm socks, a stylish pair of shades to reflect that glare from the snow or the sunshine on bright days, and an efficient ice scraper to de-ice your car on those frosty mornings

are all must-have items to add to your list this winter season! It just takes scraping a windshield with a credit card, barehands freezing and the sun blinding you in the process, to understand why.

(Fernie-branded) travel mug Not only will a travel mug keep your beverage of choice warm (or cold) prior to or après today’s adventures, it will decrease your need for single-use cups and lids and also take you back to your time spent in this magical community with every sip in future. Bonus: finding just the right reusable “Fernie” branded vessel for you is on its own a fun experience and a great way to learn more about this town and all it has to offer! Take the time while here to explore the many shops along Main Street in the Historic Downtown, on 7th Ave just off the Highway, and also those gems just off the beaten path. Finding the items on this list will be easy, the challenge is making a choice between so many fantastic options. We wish you luck, and warmth during your stay in Fernie.

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summitcannabisco.ca | 1161A 7th ave Fernie | 778-519-7711

We know adventure When it come’s to awesome powder, there’s nothing like Fernie Wilderness Adventures! Book your wicked deep single-day adventure today!

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877-423-6704 250-423-6704 Office Location: 742 Hwy 3, Park Place Lodge Fernie, BC

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winter 2019|20 › shopping listings

Clothing

Groceries

Carrying lifestyle brands including KAVU, Tasc Performance, Hydro Flask, RAB, Picture, Prana and ENO hammocks, Elevation Showcase helps you to enjoy every aspect of your next adventure, or just après skiing with friends. 672 2nd Ave

Looking for something to bring to that next dinner you’re attending? Fernie Brewing Company offers growlers (1.98L jugs of beer). They also carry a variety of branded wear and items, including all the plaid you need in this mountain town. 26 Manitou Rd

Elevation Showcase

Freyja Kootenay Boutique

Clothing for the wild, ageless, real and beautiful with new arrivals everyday, Freyja is located in the downtown of Fernie offering a beautiful boutique setting, as well as online shopping at kootenayboutique.com. 602 2nd Ave

Giv’Er Shirt Works

For original designs printed in-house, one of a kind iron-ons and custom shirts made while you wait, visit Giv’Er Shirt Works. They also carry an increasing selection of Fernie ware, toques, kids’ items, underwear, sunglasses and more. 672A 2nd Ave

Fernie Brewing Co.

Fernie Distillers

A craft distillery making fine spirits and liqueurs, open for tastings or to purchase spirits and other unique items and branded goods. The space is also available for private functions and events. 531 1st Ave

The Good Earth

In a new space in the Mugshots building, the Good Earth provides preservative-free products, natural supplements, a variety of natural foods and drinks, and it carries a very extensive gemstone and crystals collection along with other gift items. 592 3rd Ave

Happy Cow Ice Cream

Located just off Hwy 3, this popular ice cream shop, locally made with natural

Tasting Room & Store open until 9PM Fri & Sat.

ingredients, provides a surprising number of flavours available for a cone or pint to take home, as well as stunning cakes for every occasion. 561 Hwy 3

IGS Value Drug Mart

Located in downtown Fernie and offering a variety of health and household products, gifts and souvenirs, books and magazines, postcards and cards, kids toys and crafts, as well as a full-service pharmacy and lottery ticket centre. 441 2nd Ave

Mountain Pantry

A conveniently located grocery and liquor store at Fernie Alpine Resort that can also do your shopping for you, by calling or faxing by 10am. Cold beer, wine and liquor available. 250-423-2431

Summit Cannabis Co.

Passionate about their work, striving to provide a friendly environment with knowledgable staff and quality products, the owners gained expertise through medical cannabis clinics and currently offer clients cannabis flower and oil products. 1161A 7th Ave

The Tipple

An independent cold beer, spirits and fine wine store conveniently located in downtown Fernie. The Tipple carries a wide assortment of international and Canadian wine, beer and spirits with a growing selection of BC wine and craft beer products. 792 2nd Ave

Home and Gifts

We welcome winter walk-ins. @FernieBrewingCo #DrinkFernie

Brecan Interiors Furniture Studio

Located in downtown of Fernie, offering all you need to decorate and fill a home! Blinds, shelving and storage, mattresses, fireplaces, lighting, appliance, and paints, drop by and visit the team. 441C 2nd Ave

Coal Town Goods

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A unique, friendly little shop just off main, proving sometimes the best things are just around the corner. Coal Town offers stylish handcrafted goods including jewellery, ceramics, clothing, leather, cards and prints by big-hearted makers. Drop by to support handmade or say hello, Deanna and Nick will be happy to see you. 562 2nd Ave

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Embrace the

Outdoors 598 2nd Ave. Fernie BC | 250-423-3709 | elevationindustries.com


winter 2019|20 › RECREATION listings Element Jewelry Co.

With a passion for gold smithing and pursuit for originality, Element Jewelry is hand crafted in a home-based studio. They specialize in custom-made wedding rings and one of a kind pieces. Visit them at elementjewelryco.ca or at the studio by appointment. 250-430-0070, info@ elementjewelryco.ca

Fernie Arts Co-Op

A collection of local artists display their talent in this popular location in downtown Fernie. Make sure to drop by to peruse the amazing works of the multitude of talented artists found in Fernie. 572 2nd Ave

Fernie Hearth and Home

Offering a wide selection of brand name fireplaces and appliances as well as items for the kitchen including Le Creuset cast iron pots, cutlery, stunning serving and plateware by Sophie Conran and more. Visit Fernie Hearth and Home for a variety of gift ideas. 24B Manitou Rd

Nufloors

A family owned business operating a full service decorating centre since 1994, Nufloors has a wide variety of flooring options including carpet, vinyl, ceramic tile, hardwood and laminate, Benjamin Moore paints and a large selection of samples in their decorating centre. 391 1st Ave

Polar Peek Books and Treasures

With a great selection of interesting titles, an abundance of hiking maps and guidebooks, and a children’s zone that will make your choices difficult, you won’t be sorry that you stopped at Polar Peek Books & Treasures during your stay in Fernie. 592 2nd Ave.

Urban Settler

Located in the heart of downtown, Urban Settler is a leading producer and source for reclaimed wood furniture, reclaimed wood flooring, feature wall cladding and reclaimed wood millwork. They also offer home furnishings and interior design services. 701 2nd Ave

AREA RUGS BAMBOO CARPET CORK HARDWOOD LAMINATE LUXURY VINYL TILE & STONE VINYL WINDOW COVERINGS

Sports Apparel and Gear The Gear Hub

With an abundance of second-hand gear and clothing for sale, along with new gear and products, the Gear Hub literally has something for everyone and provides great customer service in an environment that fosters passion for being active. 401 1st Ave

The Guide’s Hut

Get ready to play! Dress for the outdoors in warm, breathable layers from Icebreaker, Patagonia, Arc’teryck, Norrona and The North Face. Find skis, snowshoes, fat bikes, Nordic, alpine touring gear and avalanche safety equipment. Full service shop. 671 2nd Ave

The Quest

Located in Snow Creek Lodge at Fernie Alpine Resort, the Quest is equipped with the gear you need, to rent or purchase. VOLKL, K2 and Dynastar from beginner to high performance skis and snowboards - and everything else you need to accompany you on the hill. 5258 Highline Dr.

Sports Alpine Ski and Sports Boutique

Located in the square at Fernie Alpine Resort, Sports Alpine offers ski and snowboard boots and bindings, outerwear, technical clothing, accessories and souvenirs. skifernie.com

celebrating

over

25 years

in business

Weddings

McKenzie Jespersen Photography

A Rocky Mountain wedding photographer based in Fernie, BC, McKenzie shoots weddings all over the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Since beginning her company in 2014 she has shot beautiful weddings, elopements and countless engagement sessions. mckenziejespersen.com

Silver Lining Events Happy Holidays www.nufloorsfernie.ca

391 - 1st Avenue Fernie BC 250.423.4314 • 1.800.860.3136

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Providing a full suite of planning, execution and support for beautiful mountain weddings and parties in Fernie. With five years of experience in co-ordinating events in the Kootenays, Angela Magliocco has a passion for executing the perfect event and has an eye for the fine details. 250-430-7818

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RE N N EW O VA LY TE D !

We’ve got you covered New craft beers to try every week Fernie’s largest craft beer and BC VQA wine selection Free ice with every purchase over $20 View menu at ferniehotelandpub.com • Family friendly 1st Ave. Downtown Fernie • 250-423-6444 •

Located in Downtown Fernie OPEN DAILY until 11pm

The Best BANG for your Buck!

fresh•food•fast homemade wraps - salad - soup - chili - curry - stew real fruit smoothies open daily 10am - 5pm 561a 2nd ave. downtown fernie 250-423-4500 fernielunchbox.ca Fernie.lunchbox

Handmade bagels baked daily in house

We are disposible cup-free! Rent-a-Mug or bring your own!

OPEN DAILY 7am-5pm 502 2nd Ave., Fernie • 250-423-7778 www.bigbangbagels.com


winter 2019|20 › FOOD AND DRINK

FOOD AND DRINK The culinary offerings in Fernie are surprising for such a small town. Finding world-class Japanese cuisine, Central American fare, authentic Indian and amazing European offerings, alongside innovative gastropub menus definitely sets this little mountain town apart. It has been such a pleasure watching this side of Fernie evolve over the years, witnessing the hard work, personal and financial investment, and dedication of the restaurant-eurs making it all happen. From the quality to the diverse atmospheres, you won’t go wrong with whatever you choose to experience during your stay in Fernie. The comprehensive Food Guide included in this section will help you with the decision process, and surely will have you coming back for more!

Kim Love

Fernie Hotel and Pub I grew up in Singapore before moving to Australia when I was 17 and thus acquired my Aussie accent! In Australia I earned a degree in Environmental Science, with the goal one day to work in the outdoors, something in my field, perhaps in forestry. But before all that I wanted an adventure. While I was young I thought I’d go to Canada to do the “ski bum thing” with the intention of checking out all the mountain towns. My dad was big into skiing and made a yearly trip to visit a friend in Whitefish, and he suggested I ski Fernie. I arrived in 2014 and after a season with RCR ended I started working at Happy Cow. I taught myself how to ski that first winter and as they say, “I came for winter and stayed for the summer!” This town is wonderful. If I had to pick a favourite run on the ski hill it would Cedar Ridge, watch for me there next powder day! The Fernie Hotel and Pub has been my place of employment for the past four years. I enjoy conversation with the locals, they are a valuable resource for Fernie secrets. I’ve learned about local powder stashes, how to access fantastic hikes and lakes, and I’ve even had a regular customer source me a good local deal on my mountain bike! The Fernie is celebrating 20 years this December, come in and say hello or to watch a game of football, enjoy a burger and beer, or to the attend the popular (and a local favourite) Friday Night Meat Draw!

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Q. In my opinion what makes Fernie stand out from other mountain towns is… A. It has everything I need and more. Good community, great outdoor adventures, so many good people and never a dull moment. Q. The best part of any Fernie day in winter is... A. Pow-day skiing, waste deep powder… Q. My preferred way to unwind after a day of play is...

A. Après ski at the The Fernie Hotel with a game of pool and a cold FBC Black Mammoth! Q. A favourite secret Fernie stash of mine (one I’m willing to share, anyway) is... A. I’ve been working at the Fernie Hotel for four years not much has changed...however, the secret is out...we are excited to be renovating the pub! This winter the Fernie Hotel will have a brand new feel with the same neighbourhood pub look. All of us are looking forward to the change!

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The Raging Elk Adventure Lodge

...beds from $33 +tax

Spend a night not a fortune 1997-2019

9th Annual

2018

2018 Best of Fernie Gold Best Place to Send Friends on a Budget

• private and family rooms with ensuites available • huge kitchen and common areas • free wifi • Coin Laundry on site

www.ragingelk.com

Eatery. pub. Stage. Located at the griz inn, fernie alpine resort Family-friendly

892 6th Avenue, Fernie BC • ph: 250-423-6811

Kodiak Lounge “Fernie Starts Here!”

- Best drink prices all season long - Pint and hockey ticket specials for all ghostrider home games - Jam night Mondays - Situated at The Raging Elk -

Hours: 7 days a week 4pm till late

on tap

RUSTYEDGE.NET 778-519-5206 5369 Ski Hill Road, Fernie BC


winter 2019|20 › food and drink

These are a Few of our Favourite Things BY Krista Turcasso

ROTISSERIE CHICKEN AT THE BRIDGE BISTRO V. CROOME PHOTO

One thing you should be prepared for during your time here is to continually be pleasantly surprised. By the effortless champagne powder. By the friendly, knowledgeable residents. By the variety and diverse nature of the recreational opportunities. By the ways in which you can unwind and recharge. And last but most certainly not least, by the calibre of the culinary experiences and locally-produced libations on offer. To help you in your journey, here are just a few of our favourites. We highly recommend getting out there and tantalizing your tastebuds to ensure you uncover your own hidden gems, as this list is but a wee sample of Fernie’s best! The perfect place to start is Fernie Brewing Company. Located just off Highway 3, this brewery has a beautiful tasting room and offers flights allowing you to try up to five different beers. Started by a local family, FBC has enthusiastic staff and is very involved in the community. The flights are part of their “Cheers for Charity” campaign, raising money for various organizations in town each month.

Coffee more your thing? Lucky for you, we have two roasting establishments! Beanpod roasts small batches in-house alongside their extravagant and divine chocolate making. Just down the street on Second Avenue, you will find Rooftop Coffee Roasters and their new café and tasting room. What is really cool about both Beanpod and Rooftop is that they are family owned and run. Rooftop actually began with the son (who was still in high school) and his passion for coffee. Looking for something a tad stronger? Just around the corner on First Avenue you’ll find Fernie Distillers with one of the few female distillers in Canada. A beautifully renovated space with very knowledgable staff, an

enticing cocktail menu and bottles of their small-batch No. 9 Mine Vodka, Fernie Fog Liqueur and Prospector Gin for sale awaits you. On to food. Wow, this is really tough! Let’s go by time of day. It’s first thing in the morning, and you’re looking for something quick before heading out on an adventure. Big Bang Bagels it is! We love the Mr. Fernie with spinach and sprouts… but you can always have bacon instead! For the slower-paced or those recovering from a night out, you can’t go wrong with the Blue Toque located in the FAVOURITE THINGS continued on next page

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301 Hwy 3 | 250-423-3002

Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert & Drinks

We do Breakfast! from 9am Sat. & Sun.

$13 Lunch Specials Monday - Friday

Specials & more online at: thebridgebistro.com Follow us:

something for everyone!

Fully licensed • Dine-in for dinner • Convenient online ordering GF/DF options available • Extra Large 16” pizza!

Pizza & pasta PIZZA ~ PASTA ~ WINGS ~ RIBS ~ SAMOSAS ~ DONAIRS ~ CHICKEN WRAP ~ CURRY ~ CALZONES Try our famous Lamb Curry, Shahi Paneer, Vindaloo and Butter Chicken Curry! 1221 7th Avenue, Hwy 3 ~ Unit B Fernie

250-423-4231

OPEN DAILY: Sunday-Thursday: 4pm-10pm Friday & Saturday: 4pm - 11:30pm

Fantastic everyday specials! See our full menu in-store or at

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winter 2019|20 › food and drink

THE BISTRO AT PARK PLACE LODGE ANDREW RICHARDS PHOTO / PARK PLACE LODGE

historic Arts Station. Try the Huevos del Carmen. Delish. Looking for something more traditional? The Bistro at the Park Place Lodge will deliver. On to lunch. When at the hill and looking to give those quads a break or feed the mini rippers to ensure they can do a couple more laps on the Deer Chair or Mighty Moose, you have some options. The Rusty Edge boasts large booths with fantastic views of the mountain, (great for those night-skiing evenings when your kids are hot-lapping and you’re enjoying a quiet pint indoors). Our kids love the pizza (just cheese, mom!), and so do we! Try The Angelica. In town? Head to Lunchbox, where the wraps and bowls are fresh and fast. Tip - you can turn any wrap into a bowl by having it served over rice! My go-to is the Gringo, and the kids enjoy the A-Z Platter. On cold, winter days I also tend to order whichever curry is on!

The evening has arrived, time to unwind and have fun. For après at the hill, the Griz Bar is THE place to be. Re-hash the day’s lines over a cold pint and make sure to order the nachos. Looking for a more relaxed environment? Try the Cirque, and order the mussels and a crisp glass of BC white. In town, the Bridge Bistro is where we typically go with the kids and the Heritage Rotisserie Chicken makes you feel right at home! You might even consider the “Ultimate Meal” after a big day of adventure, Ribs and Chicken with all the sides. Yamagoya is also a family favourite, ordering the gyoza upon arrival to satisfy those hangry chicklets. I love the Toro Aburi Nigiri (I don’t suggest introducing your kids to this one, folks), and any one of the Ramen bowls is a sure thing on a cold winter’s day. For a date night, we enjoy Nevados! Start with the Patacones and a bowl of the Tortilla Soup, follow with Baja Pescado and Jerk Chicken Tacos. Tip: you can put your name on the wait list, and hit up a pub for an appetizer while you wait!

The Northern (wings), Brickhouse (truffle fries) and the Fernie Pub (potato skins) are just a few steps away. The Curry Bowl is also a regular with us, and they know our order well. One Pad Thai and one Bombay Chicken Curry, please! For a more quiet and intimate setting, don’t forget about Infinitea! The tapas and cocktail menus make this a great place for sharing. For the late night snacks, try Fernie Pizza and Pasta or Elk Valley Pizza. Both offer items beyond pizza, and deliver to your door! Last but not least, dessert! Fernie is home to the absolutely wonderful and naturallycreated Happy Cow, loved by all ages and tastes. One daughter loves the Raspberry Sorbet, the other straight up Vanilla. Personally, it’s all about the homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches. Did you know you can now decide which ice cream to use in said sandwich? Yes, please!

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winter 2019|20 › dining Guide ASIAN

Meal - B (breakfast), L (lunch), D (dinner) T (treats) Meal Type

Licensed

Family Oriented

$

Cedar Garden 1302 Hwy 3 250-423-3689

D

3

3

$$

The Curry Bowl 931 7th Ave 250-423-2695

D

3

3

$$

L,D

3

3

$$

Blue Toque Diner 601 1st Ave 250-423-4637

B,L

3

3

$$

Boston Pizza 1622 7th Ave 250-423-2634

L,D

3

3

$$

The Old Elevator Chinese Buffet 291 1st Ave 778-519-5198

CASUAL DINING

B,L,D

3

3

$$

Infinitea 501 1st Ave 778-519-5050

L,D

3

3

$$

Legends Mountain Eatery Fernie Alpine Resort Plaza 250-423-2444

L,D

3

3

$$

B,L,D

3

3

$$

Bridge Bistro 301 Hwy 3 250-423-3002

The Loaf 641 2nd Ave 250-423-7702 Lunchbox 561 A 2nd Ave 250-423-4500

B,L

3

$$

Smitty’s 2001 Hwy 3 250-423-3892

B,L, D

3

3

$$

The Bistro at Park Place Lodge 742 Hwy 3 250-423-6871

B,L,D

3

3

$$

COFFEE SHOPS AND CAFÉS Big Bang Bagels 502 2nd Ave 250-423-7778

B,L

3

$

Freshies 562 2nd Ave

B,L

3

$

Lost Boys Café Timber Chair, FAR 250-423-4655

B,L

3

$

Mug Shots 592 A 3rd Ave 250 423 8081 Rooftop Coffee Roasters Tasting Room and Café 492 2nd Ave, 403-804-6653

3

B,L

3

$

T

3

$

Slopeside Coffee and Deli 5339 Fernie Ski HIll Rd. 250-423-4655

B,L

3

$

Starbucks 1641 7th Ave

B,L

3

$

B,L,D

3

$

3

FAST FOOD A&W 1392 Hwy 3 250-423-4333

L,D

3

$

McDonalds 1702 9th Ave 250-423-5380

B,L,D

3

$

Tim Hortons 1701 9th Ave 250-423-7709

B,L,D

3

$

Subway 441 Hwy 3 250-423-4400

B,L,D

3

$

Dairy Queen 250-423-9297

FINE DINING Cirque Restaurant 5346 Highline Dr. 250-423-2057 Fernie Cattle Co 561 Hwy 3 250-423-7498

B,L,D

3

3

$$$

D

3

3

$$$

Island Lake Lodge 602A 2nd Ave 250-423-3700

L

3

3

$$$

Smokehouse 1101 7th Ave 250-423-4622

D

3

3

$$$

INDIAN AND NEPALESE Mountain Tandoor 100 Riverside Way 250-423-5000

D

3

3

$$

Himalayan Spice Bistro 301 2nd Ave 250-430-0399

L,D

3

3

$$

D

3

3

$$

LATIN Nevados 531 2nd Ave 250-423-5566


winter 2019|20 › dining Guide PIZZA - EAT-IN, DELIVERY OR PICK-UP

Meal Type

Licensed

Family Oriented

$

L,D

3

3

$$

B,L,D

3

3

$$

Boston Pizza 1602 7th Ave 250-423-2634 Bridge Bistro 301 Hwy 3 250-423-3002 Elk Valley Pizza 592 8th Ave 250-423-0007

L,D

3

Fernie Pizza and Pasta 1221 7th Ave 250-423-4231

L,D

$

3

3

$

B,L,D

3

3

$$

The Brickhouse 401 2nd Ave 250-423-0009

L,D

3

Cast Iron Grill 201 Fairway Drive 250-423-4115

L,D

3

3

$$

The Fernie Hotel and Pub 691 1st Ave 250-423-6444

L,D

3

$$

The Northern Bar and Stage 561 2nd Ave 250-423-3075

L,D

3

$$

The Pub Bar and Grill 742 Hwy 3 250-423-6871

L,D

3

The Rusty Edge 5369 Ski Hill Road 778-519-5206

B,L,D

3

The Loaf 641 2nd Ave 250-423-7702

PUB FARE $$

$$ $$

3

SPECIALTY Beanpod 691 2nd Ave, 778-519-5008

T

3

$$

Happy Cow 561b Hwy 3, 250-423-8381

T

3

$$ $$

T, L

3

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 581 2nd Ave, 250-423-2680

T

3

$

Rooftop Coffee Roasters Tasting Room and Café 492 2nd Ave, 403-804-6653

T

3

$

3

$$$

Le Grand Fromage 672 2nd Ave, 778-519-5050

STEAKHOUSE D

Fernie Cattle Co 561 Hwy 3 250-423-7498

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A GREAT PLACE TO CHILL AFTER A DAY ON THE SLOPES

SKIFERNIE.COM 250.423.2406 866.6FERNIE

Fernie’s largest craft beer and BC VQA wine selection

Free ice with every purchase over $20

1st Ave. Downtown Fernie • 250-423-6444 •

Monday Date Nights - All Summer! 2 entrées, 2 glasses of bubbly and an appetizer to share - $99 per couple

Best Advice Ever - Hike More Island Lake has over 100 kms of signed and maintained hiking trails, accessible right from the lodge. Guided hikes are available.

Wine Tasting Wednesday - All Summer!

More Spa Time! You Deserve it. Life is busy and full of sensory overload. Our spa offers a variety of treatments derived from ancient healing traditions and the breathtaking natural landscape that surrounds us.

4 courses paired with wine - $99 per person

Open 7 days a week 8am-10pm during the winter season For reservations, call 250.423.2056

lizardcreek.com/cirque Facebook.com/CirqueRestaurant

See ad on page 32

Fully licensed • Dine-in for dinner • Convenient online ordering GF/DF options available • Extra Large 16” pizza!

Cheers to another epic Winter in Fernie!

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Avoid disappointment - call ahead to inquire about reservations and availability. Check our website for restaurant hours, spa and dining menus and accommodation packages.

islandlakelodge.com 1.250.423.3700 Follow: @islandlakelodge

See ad on page 34

• Featuring a 100% BC only wine list and beer on tap • Lunch and dinner menu with homemade burgers • Open 7 days a week, 11:30am to close • Live music

See ad on page 48

• Thursday Jam Night

thebrickhousefernie.com 401 2nd Ave, Historic Downtown Fernie • 250.423.0009

250.423.6871 | parkplacelodge.com | 742 Hwy #3

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RUSTYEDGE.NET 778-519-5206 5369 Ski Hill Road, Fernie BC

Pizza & pasta PIZZA ~ PASTA ~ WINGS ~ RIBS ~ SAMOSAS ~ DONAIRS ~ CHICKEN WRAP ~ CURRY ~ CALZONES Try our famous Lamb Curry, Shahi Paneer, Vindaloo and Butter Chicken Curry! 1221 7th Avenue, Hwy 3 ~ Unit B Fernie

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250-423-0007 ElkValleyPizza.com

Gluten Free & Vegetarian Options Winter Warming ‘Specialty’ Teas & Coffees Fully Licensed with Craft Beers & BC Wines $5.75 pints from Overtime Beerworks Movie Night Mondays at 7pm and $8 meals

Open for Lunch + Dinner

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Kitchen Open Noon Until Close (Late) Children Friendly

Healthy Food & Live Music

Pizza * Wings * Greek Wraps * Lasagna * Desserts + more!

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Dine . Hike . Bike . Stay . Spa

Cirque Restaurant & Ice Bar at Fernie Alpine Resort

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View menu at ferniehotelandpub.com • Family friendly

Family-friendly

VOTED BEST PLACE TO SEND THE FAMILY

PH: Jens Mende, Matt Kuhn, Paige Mueller, Henry Georgi & Nick Nault

We’ve got you covered New craft beers to try every week

Located at the griz inn, fernie alpine resort

Beautea Thursday night Live Music Fridays monthly with SPA 901 8pm

$10 Sunday Roast 6pm-9pm

See ad on page 52

Boardgames, instruments workshops, cooking classes

Late night food available • Located on 5th St downtown

301 Hwy 3 | 250-423-3002

The Best BANG for your Buck! Handmade bagels baked daily in house

Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert & Drinks

TWO LOCATIONS We are disposible cup-free! Rent-a-Mug or bring your own!

See ad on page 64

OPEN DAILY 7am-5pm

502 2nd Ave., Fernie • 250-423-7778 www.bigbangbagels.com

Fernie: 561B, Hwy 3 Cranbrook: 307-535 Victoria Ave N.

See ad on page 52

We do Breakfast! from 9am Sat. & Sun.

$13 Lunch Specials Monday - Friday

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Specials & more online at: thebridgebistro.com Follow us:

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Beauty and Sleep…Guaranteed • Outdoor Hot Tub

• Free Wi-Fi

• Fitness Room

• Indoor Pool &

• Banquet &

• Boston Pizza

Hot Tub

Meeting Facility

• Kitchenettes • Executive Suites

• Complimentary Hot Breakfast

• Liquor Store • Massage Studio • Pet Friendly

• 100% Smoke-Free

Wherever Life Takes You, Best Western Is There.® Fernie Mountain Lodge 1622 7 Ave, Fernie, BC 250-423-5500 Toll Free: 1-866-423-5566 www.bestwesternfernie.com Each Best Western® branded hotel is independently owned and operated.


winter 2019|20 › where to stay

WHERE TO STAY Where you lay your head during your travels is nearly as important as where you decide to travel to! You’ve already chosen well with Fernie. Hopefully we can help you in finding the appropriate accommodation. Peruse through our accommodation guide, which includes all available choices from cozy bed and breakfasts to hotel and motels to condos. Alongside these options are accommodation and property management services, which can help you in your search. Good luck, we hope you find the perfect fit for your stay in Fernie!

David Giles Raging Elk Hostel

My desire to finally slow down and enjoy life is what brought me to Fernie. The combination of my business background and love of skiing made the accommodation sector a natural fit. It may sound over the top, but Fernie has absolutely exceeded all my expectations when it comes to living and working, to be able to get off work at The Raging Elk and be skiing 20 minutes later at an epic mountain is beyond words. I have also found that the town folk of Fernie are like-minded, kind and compassionate. They truly have an appreciation of what Mother Nature has given us and they are fiercely protective of it! I would also like to sincerely thank the town of Fernie for being so welcoming! I believe the accommodation sector will continue to grow as the trend towards outdoor experiences in Fernie increases and its many health benefits are better understood. Q. In my opinion what makes Fernie stand out from other mountain towns is… A. It seems to me Mother Nature played favourites with Fernie and created her Mountain Masterpiece that is second to none in the Rockies. The array of quality restaurants, unbelievable music/artistic talent and trails from our front doors makes it unbeatable. I have been inspired to pick up a guitar! Q. The best part of any Fernie day in winter is...

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A. My best start to any Fernie day is waking up on your day off and looking out the window immediately to see 20-40 cm of fresh snow on the ground! Q. My preferred way to unwind after a day of play is... A. After the long ski day is done my preferred way to unwind is at the Kodiak Lounge with a cool P9 from Fernie Brewery during Happy Hour. Then it’s across the street to Yamagoya for some sushi and then finally back to the

Elk for Jam night or wherever the music is happening. Q. A favourite secret Fernie stash of mine (one I’m willing to share, anyway) is... A. Having been here a relatively short time I would say my favourite stash is Fernie itself. I truly believe that Fernie is the best kept secret in Canada. This is now my home and I hope to positively contribute.

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Hwy 3 Info Centre Located east of the City

WINTER SKI SEASON HOURS: Monday - Saturday The perfect family retreat! Fully-equipped 1 & 2 bedroom suites. Indoor hot tub, gym, resort daycare & Legends Mountain Eatery on the main level.

1-888-423-6855

www.cornerstonelodge.ca

Quality Year-Round Accommodation at Fernie Alpine Resort. Ideal for weddings, family get-togethers, or just getting away!

GET YOUR WINTER TICKETS Snowmobile Trail Access • Pass and tickets Fernie Ski Shuttle • Ten-ride card

Best value on the mountain! Hotel rooms to 3-bedroom suites + lofts. Indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, ski shop and restaurant.

1-800-661-0118 www.grizinn.com

FernieChamber.com/visitor

102 Commerce Road 778-519-0748


winter 2019|20 › accommodation Guide IN TOWN

SKI HILL

901 Fernie 901 2nd Ave 1-800-622-5007

The Alders 35 Highline Dr 250-423-2077

Best Western Fernie Mountain Lodge 1622 7th Ave 250-423-5500

Alpine Aerie 5267 Highline Dr 250-423-2077

Blackstone Bed and Breakfast 30 Piedmont Drive 250-425-3637

Alpine Lodge Fernie 5291 Highline Drive 250-423-4237

Canadas Best Value Inn 401 Hwy 3 250-423-4438

Bear Paw Lodges 5383 Highline Drive 1-800-667-9911

The Central Hotel 301 2 Ave 250-423-7367

Black Bear Chalet 24 Timberline Cres. 250-423-5023

East Kootenay Motel Ltd. 1302 Hwy 3 250-423-9266

Black Diamond Chalet 5406 Boomerang Way

Fernie Hotel & Pub 691 1st Ave 250-423-6444

Cabin in the Woods 4720 Alpine Way 250-423-2077

Old Nurses Residence B&B 802 4th Ave 250-423-3091

Cedar Ridge Estates 5388 Highline Dr 1-800-667-9911 or 250-423-2077

Park Place Lodge 742 Hwy 3 250-423-6871 Powder Mountain Lodge 892 Hwy 3 250-423-4492

Cornerstone Lodge 5369 Fernie Ski Hill Rd. 250-423-6855

Raging Elk Hostel 892 6th Ave 250-423-6811

Currie Cabin 4520 Timberline Cres 250-423-2077

Red Tree Lodge 1101 7th Ave 250-423-4622

Fernie Slope Side Lodge 5339 Ski HIll Road Fernie Alpine Resort 1-866-633-7643

Silver Rock Condominiums 1500 Macdonald Avenue 250-423-2077

First Tracks Lodge 5389 Boomerang Way, 1-800-667-9911

Snow Valley Condos 51 Ridgemont Drive 250-423-2077

Glowing Embers 5209 Highline Close 250-423-2077

Snow Valley Lodging 1041 7th Ave 250-423-4421

Ingamo Lodge 5331 Highline Dr 250-423-2077

Super 8 Fernie 2021 Hwy 3 250-423-6788

Kimbers Timbers Fernie Alpine Resort 403-240-1769

Tightlines Lodge 821 7th Ave 250-423-4483

The Griz Inn 5369 Ski Hill Rd 250-423-9221

Twisted Timber Guest House 9 Alpine Trail Cres. 250-423-6425

Grizzly Den Chalet 250-5398 Boomerang Way

OUTSIDE OF FERNIE

Heartland Hideaway 4564 Timberline Cres 250-423-2077

Birch Meadows Lodge 4485 Hwy 3 South 250-423-4236

Holohike Haven 5275 Highline Dr 250-423-2077

Brooks Creek Ranch 100 Lladner Creek FSR 866-288-1418

Lizard Creek Lodge and Condominiums 5346 Highline Dr. 250-423-2057

Elk View Lodge 888-733-7643

The Lodge at Fernie 4502 Timberline Cres. 406-756-7714

Pinnacle Ridge Elk Chalets Rivermount Place 1-800-667-9911

Polar Peak Lodges 4576 Timberline Cres. 1-800-667-9911

Stanford Resort 100 Riverside Way 250-423-5000

Snow Creek Lodge & Cabins 5258 Highline Drv 1-800-667-9911 Eat, Stay & Play!

Snowed Inn 5271 Highline Drive 250-423-3830

WINTER SPORTS SCHOOL COME PLAY WITH US!

in the Heart of Historic Fernie

Take your skiing & riding to the next level

Spiral Lodge Chalet 4562 Timberline Cres 250-423-2077

PRIVATE & GROUP LESSONS

Spirit Lodge 5395 Boomerang Way 250-423-2077

SKIFERNIE.COM 250.423.2406 866.6FERNIE VOTED BEST PLACE TO SEND THE FAMILY

Beauty and Sleep…Guaranteed • Outdoor Hot Tub • Indoor Pool &

• Free Wi-Fi

• Boston Pizza

Meeting Facility

• Liquor Store

• Complimentary

• Massage Studio

Hot Breakfast

• Executive Suites

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• Fitness Room

• Banquet &

Hot Tub • Kitchenettes

• Pet Friendly

• 100% Smoke-Free

Wherever Life Takes You, Best Western Is There.® Fernie Mountain Lodge

PH: Jens Mende, Matt Kuhn, Paige Mueller, Henry Georgi & Nick Nault

See ad on page 32

Cirque Restaurant & Ice Bar at Fernie Alpine Resort

Cheers to another epic Winter in Fernie!

Open 7 days a week 8am-10pm during the winter season For reservations, call 250.423.2056

1622 7 Ave, Fernie, BC 250-423-5500 Toll Free: 1-866-423-5566 www.bestwesternfernie.com Each Best Western® branded hotel is independently owned and operated.

250.423.6871 | parkplacelodge.com | 742 Hwy #3

The Raging Elk Adventure Lodge

Explore our Winter Wonderland

NEW

Snow Creek Cabins and Polar Peak Lodges

The perfect family retreat! Fully-equipped 1 & 2 bedroom suites. Indoor hot tub, gym, resort daycare & Legends Mountain Eatery on the main level.

...beds from $33 +tax

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Stone Creek Condominiums 5423 Boomerang Way 250-423-2077 Thunder Ridge Chalets 5304 Highline Drive 1-800-667-9911

lizardcreek.com/cirque Facebook.com/CirqueRestaurant

Timberline Lodges 4559 Timberline Cresc 1-800-667-9911

1-888-423-6855

www.cornerstonelodge.ca

Spend a night not a fortune

Quality Year-Round Accommodation at Fernie Alpine Resort. Ideal for weddings, family get-togethers, or just getting away! 1997-2019

• private and family rooms with ensuites available 9th Annual

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National Building Excellence winner. New homes available Summer 2020.

fernievacationproperties.com | Sales@fernieproperties.com

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Property Services and Rental Management in Fernie for 30 years Specializing in management to maximize rental income of each property.

Join us for a Winter Lunch / Spa

Property services • Hot tub servicing Home inspections • Commercial laundry services Remodelling and design expertise

Snowcat Ride and Lunch - $89 pp (spa extra) Children (3-12) 1/2 price. Little ones (0-2) Free snowcat ride

Every Thursday - Sunday through the winter season * Holiday dates: Dec 19th - Jan 5th (except Dec 25th)

2018 Best of Fernie Gold Best Place to Send Friends on a Budget

Best value on the mountain! Hotel rooms to 3-bedroom suites + lofts. Indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, ski shop and restaurant.

1-800-661-0118 www.grizinn.com

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892 6th Avenue, Fernie BC • ph: 250-423-6811

Kodiak Lounge “Fernie Starts Here!”

The Spa at Island Lake Lodge offers a variety of treatments inspired by the breathtaking landscape that surrounds us. Escape your daily routine and experience some well deserved relaxation and rejuvenation. #spamore

- Best drink prices all season long - Pint and hockey ticket specials for all ghostrider home games - Jam night Mondays -

Have a look at our website for the full spa menu, Nordic trail conditions and all other info.

- Situated at The Raging Elk -

islandlakelodge.com 1.250.423.3700 Follow: @islandlakelodge

~ est. 1989 ~

• huge kitchen and common areas • free wifi • Coin Laundry on site

www.ragingelk.com

Hours: 7 days a week 4pm till late

vacation@fernielodgingco.com | 1.800.667.9911 | fernielodgingco.com

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Luxury accommodation, modern meeting spaces and wide open recreation spaces provide the perfect blend for focused work and breakout creativity time. brookscreekranch.com

ferniecentralreservations.com Short Term Rental Division

• Housekeeping & laundry services • Maintenance/hot tub services

• Rapid response to any issues • 24/7 Emergency monitoring

250-423-2077 or 800-622-5007 • 15 Years of experience • 24/7 Emergency monitoring • Competitive commission rates

• Covered by the BC tenancy act • Experienced marketing • Accounting & reporting • The highest nightly return

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Accommodation/Property Management Services Fernie Alpine Resort Skifernie.com 1-877-333-2339 Fernie Central Reservations Ferniecentralreservations.com 1-800-622-5007 Fernie Getaways Ferniegetaways.com 1-888-423-6855 Fernie Lodging Company Fernielodgingco.com 1-800-667-9911 Fernie Property Care Ferniepropertycare.ca 778-519-5190 RentinginFernie.com 1-877-661-9993

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winter 2019|20 › REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT

REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT It’s not uncommon to begin looking into the real estate market during or after a stay in Fernie. And why not? Beautiful scenery, quick access to the best recreational activities imaginable, a thriving and vibrant community… living in Fernie is truly living the dream. It’s an exciting time in this regard, with developments such as Montane, The Cedars and property at Fernie Alpine Resort. In town, there is a lot of movement in housing. Visit one of the realtors’ sites included in the listings on page 78 and you will see what is currently available. There are always great opportunities for fixer uppers, or move-in ready houses. All the best, we hope to welcome you soon as a resident or second-home owner of Fernie!

Jeff Wallace JK Mechanical

I moved from Ontario to BC to be a ski bum as soon as I could. The fall of 1998 I found Fernie and I never looked back. In 2001 one of my first plumbing jobs was at the ski hill sewage treatment plant. John Kiely was on the crew and he may have lost his lunch more than once on that job. That’s the only way you can do that kind of job, having a buddy there laughing with you. Almost twenty years later I am up at the ski hill again, this time working on the infrastructure so Fernie Alpine Resort can continue their developments. When I first started working in the trades, Fernie had a slow season. It was really common to get laid off for part of the winter and ski. Now we build throughout the year. We have been so lucky in Fernie to have such consistent growth in the building sector. Some of the larger projects that JK Mechanical has worked on really challenge us in all aspects of our trades and allow us to explore new technologies. It’s great to take that knowledge with us to every new project, regardless of size. It helps to move the future of plumbing and heating forward. I feel grateful to operate a business in this tight knit community that really supports small business.

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Q. In my opinion what makes Fernie stand out from other mountain towns is…

Q. My preferred way to unwind after a day of play is...

A. You don’t have to park on a slope, LOL.

A. A cold FBC beer.

Q. The best part of any Fernie day in winter is...

Q. A favourite secret Fernie stash of mine (one I’m willing to share, anyway) is...

A. Knowing it’s only a five minute drive to powder.

A. The Three Sisters for snowmobiling.

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winter 2019|20 › REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT LISTINGS

Developers

Black Pine Builders

A small, hands-on residential building and renovation company that offers timber frame construction, complete renovations, design, project management and everything in between. blackpinebuilders.com

Elk River Mountain Homes

Dedicated to building homes that reflect the personality and desires of the owner, while maintaining the highest standards throughout every aspect of the project. Lindal Homes builder. elkrivermountainhomes.com

Fernie Vacation Properties Inc. Over 25 years experience of providing signature lodges, homes, timber frames, cabins and developments in Fernie, including Polar Peak Lodges. Fernie Vacation Properties strives to embody the lifestyle of the area whether at the golf course or ski hill. fernievacationproperties.com

Graceland Builders

From large-scale, specialty homes to renovations or home additions, Craig MacKay at Graceland Builders is directly and personally involved and successfully implements each client’s vision. CHBARM winner of best new home under $500,000. gracelandbuilders.com

Greendoor Construction

With 20 years of experience in the development sector, Rich Lauriston offers a broad skill set, a creative approach and strong relationships in the field. New builds to custom designs and renovations. greendoorconstruction.ca

LWE Builders

LWE designs, manages, builds new, renovates and restores. A local, full-service building company, LWE is a 2017 Georgie Award Winner for Best Certified Custom Home and Best Custom Home. They also won Best of Houzz 2015 for Design. lwebuilders.com

Pacific Homes

Custom home and cottage building packages, featuring their Pacific Smartwall technology. Proud suppliers to LWE Builders. pacific-homes.com

Parastone

Parastone is a landmark development, construction and rental management company headquartered in Fernie with nearly 20 years of experience in BC, their mission is to create unique properties that enhance the Fernie area for the enjoyment of both residents and tourists. parastone.ca

Developments Montane Fernie

Montane offers modern mountain homesites in Fernie, offering the opportunity to live where you play. Fully-serviced lots with panoramic views of the iconic mountains found here, and access to over 20km of multi-use and groomed trails. montanefernie.ca

Realtors

allow Loralee the opportunity to earn your trust and service your needs while exceeding your expectations of what your realtor can and should do for you. ferniehomes.com

Re/Max Elk Valley Realty

Re/Max Elk Valley Realty, located along Highway 3 offers a wide selection of residential and commercial properties and an experienced, professional and friendly staff who work had to ensure the process of purchasing a new home is stress free. fernielistings.com

Ryan Frazer

Having been an active member of the Fernie community for over ten years, Ryan has local knowledge and experience and is dedicated to providing the most straight forward responsive service to ensure clients make informed decisions. propertiesinfernie.com

Carol Cohen

Todd Fyfe

Deb Trand

Trevor Foraie

Working with ReMax, Carol has also been in resort real estate development for over 15 years, and loves the values of Fernie. She is dedicated to helping her clients realise their dreams. buyinginfernie.com Deb’s expertise is in management, sales and marketing. She previously worked with a developer in Fernie for 14 years, and also has experience as a sub-mortgage broker. Skilled, honest and creative with a positive attitude. homesinfernie.com

Fernie Real Estate Company Ltd.

A full-service realty company that serves a wide range of consumers. Individuals and families can feel confident that their professional staff will find them the perfect house or special “home away from home” for getaways. fernierealestate.com

Jacqueline Fieldhouse

Honest, dedicated and down to earth, Jacqueline works hard for her clients and enjoys getting to know them to help with every step of the way towards realising their real estate dreams. When not working, she is on the trails trying to keep up to her kids, or training with roller derby. soldinfernie.com

Loralee Thomas

Born and raised in Fernie, Loralee feels privileged to work in the town she knows and loves. Whether you are looking to buy or sell,

Todd moved to Fernie after 18 years in wholesale and retail management and brings a business mind and a critical sense of customer loyalty to realty. Expect a detailed and professional approach with your best interests in mind. sellingfernie.com Having owned a vacation property in Fernie for over a decade, Trevor and his family are thrilled to now call Fernie home. With over 12 years working with clients in Calgary, Trevor looks forward to helping you buy or sell your piece of paradise. myfernierealestate.com

Home Care and Services

Fernie Central Reservations

A fully licensed call centre booking Fernie accommodations and holidays, with a large support centre of professionals that all live in the Fernie area and have your best interest at heart. ferniecentralreservations.com

Fernie Hearth and Home

Offering a wide selection of brand name fireplaces and appliances, including Amana, Maytag, Whirlpool, Kitchenaid and JennAir, and a showroom to see the products first hand. Serviced and warranted locally. ferniehearthandhome.com


winter 2019|20 › REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT LISTINGS Fernie Lodging Company Property Management

Helping to ensure the maximum return on your investment, achieve your goals with your income property and ensure guest satisfaction are priorities for Fernie Lodging Company’s property management team. fernielodgingco.com

Fernie Mow and Snow Land Care

Working with homeowners, condo associations, absentee landlords, commercial businesses, retailers and other organizations to ensure they can function during the winter. Offering snow removal, premium lawn care, landscaping and more. mowandsnow.ca

Fernie Property Care

Whether you’re looking for a security check, property inspection or maintenance project, Fernie Property Care can take care of your prized investment. Working with vacation homeowners, full time residents and multiple unit developments, no job is too small. ferniepropertycare.ca

Foothills Silva Culture

Founded in 1991, Foothill’s background is in forestry, logging, road-building, reclamation and site preparation. More recently, they offer general contracting and supplying equipment with the ability to supply aggregate from their own pit. foothillssilva.com

Goldstar Cleaning and Laundry Services

The area’s leading provider of contract cleaning, servicing commercial clients, construction companies, and customised service arrangements for individual homes. They also offer a linen and laundry drop off service per pound. 250-423-4029

IDesignTriangle

IDesignTriangle offers full design services to help you create your dream kitchen, bathroom or closet, helping you get exactly what you want and stay on budget whether your project is big or small. Proud partner of Hans Krug, fine European cabinetry. 250-540-8669

Nufloors

A wide variety of flooring options to suit

every design and home need, visit Nufloors in the downtown of Fernie for your next project. Can’t decide? Ask their experienced staff for advice. 250-423-4314

Peak Design House

This passionate, skilled design team’s focus is on quality, full scale transformations creating modern mountain interiors. Peak Design House is ready to tackle your biggest project with attention, care and expertise. peakdesignhouse.com

Renting in Fernie

Whether you’re looking for seasonal accommodation, are a first time traveller or are enjoying a long term holiday, they have a range of properties to meet your needs, equipped and ready to be your home away from home. rentinginfernie.com

Tronovus

Providing plumbing and heating for healthy homes in Fernie, Elkford, Sparwood and the Crownest Pass, Tronovus is a residential HVAC company dedicated to ensuring clients enjoy comfortable, healthy homes and cost savings for years to come. tronovus.com

PRODUCTIVITY AND CREATIVITY INCREASE IN NATURAL GREEN SPACES.

Luxury accommodation, modern meeting spaces and wide open recreation spaces provide the perfect blend for focused work and breakout creativity time. brookscreekranch.com

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FERNIE MUSEUM WINTER PROGRAMMING THIS IS OUR FERNIE OPEN DAILY | 10 AM - 5:30 PM | CLOSED DEC 25-26, 2019 & JAN 1, 2020. Fires, floods, disasters and cultural challenges didn’t deter people from forging a good life in Fernie. Our permanent exhibit, located on the ground floor, explores the industrious history of Fernie as a resource and recreation community.

IN THE GALLERY: DIVERSITY – THROUGH THESE ARTISTS’ EYES FERNIE VISUAL ARTS GUILD | NOVEMBER 1 – 24, 2019 In this special pop-up show and sale, the artists of the Fernie Visual Arts Guild have attempted to show diversity through their work, examining ‘unlikeness’ and difference in the way they see and experience the outside world.

For All Your Sanding, Snow Removal, Aggregates & Excavations Services

IN THE GALLERY: HOT & COLD: STUDIO GLASS IN 3 PARTS KATHERINE RUSSELL | DECEMBER 6, 2019 – APRIL 19, 2020 Katherine Russell is one of Canada’s leading glass artists, based in Elkford. The exhibit includes large blown works for which she is most known, a kiln-fired experimental series titled ‘Memories are Malliable’ and cold-fused work, demonstrating an incredible breadth and diversity of work which represents this relatively new genre of decorative art. TRITES AND WOOD MUSEUM GIFT SHOP Open daily during Museum hours, 10 am – 5:30 pm Named after the famed department store once located next door, the Fernie Museum’s gift shop features a curated collection of jewellery, accessories, homewares, books and stationery inspired by Fernie’s residents over the past 130 years.

491 2nd Ave. Downtown Fernie | 250-423-7016

www.ferniemuseum.com

www.foothillssilva.com office@foothillssilva.com FERNIE, BC OFFICE 250-423-2050 MICK’S CELL 250-423-1868


winter 2019|20 › services

SERVICES By now you have come to the conclusion that it’s the community and the people that live in and visit Fernie that truly make the town. What is it about the people? They are involved and invested. They host events, volunteer their time, sit on boards, raise funds for worthy organizations, provide services, create opportunities… from the individual providing information at the Chamber of Commerce or Fernie Museum, to those spending days and days a year improving safety on the slopes, these individuals are everywhere and are a great example to live by. Take a look around to recognize and appreciate the many services you come across during your stay in Fernie. We have a feeling that these encounters will positively impact your experience.

Lauren Miholic WorkBC Centre

Living in Fernie while working in the service sector is a perfect combination for me. I’ve been here for just over two years now, working in the WorkBC program. I completed my Social Work Degree from University of Calgary in 2014 and started working in the service sector right away, first at a non-profit called Calgary Scope Society, working with adults with developmental disabilities and mental health issues to live meaningful lives in their communities. After a few years, my partner, Rudy, and I were craving more rock climbing and skiing adventures and decided to move away from the city and into the mountains. While it was a challenging adjustment at times, we are very happily settled into Fernie. I am employed by Kootenay Employment Services, where we deliver WorkBC, along with a couple new programs to our area: Aspire and Encore. Aspire is a program for youth ages 18-24 and Encore is for ages 55+. Both programs start with four weeks of paid classroom training, which includes a wide variety of employment readiness workshops. After the four weeks is complete, participants have the opportunity to do a work placement. Through WorkBC, we have even more tools and ways to help job seekers achieve employment and to help employers meet their needs. The service sector in the Elk Valley is always evolving and growing along with residents and what is needed. Specific to employment, I love seeing a shift towards inclusive hiring

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and overall embracing diverse abilities. We have a great collection of community resources within the Elk Valley’s service sector, all doing great work, and I think that is something that makes Fernie a wonderful place to be.

A. The energy you feel in town or at the mountain. Everyone is always excited to ski/ board and you can feel it!

Q. In my opinion what makes Fernie stand out from other mountain towns is…

A. Hanging out with my cats or bouldering at College of the Rockies.

A. The amount of industry in the Elk Valley and all the community events in Fernie.

Q. A favourite secret Fernie stash of mine (one I’m willing to share, anyway) is...

Q. The best part of any Fernie day in winter is...

A. Not-so-secret, but I love exploring Cedar Bowl or touring around Tunnel Creek. There’s also a great stash of boulder problems at College of the Rockies climbing gym.

Q. My preferred way to unwind after a day of play is...

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Personal, Friendly Service

SS OF 2020 CLA

The 2020 Induction into the Fernie Skiing Heritage Wall of Fame Celebrate the Pioneers, Builders and Sport Leaders of Fernie’s rich and diverse skiing history.

INDUCTION GALA March 2020

Free Weekly Prescription Delivery • Full Service Pharmacy Cosmetics • Fernie Souvenirs • Hallmark Cards • Toys

For more details on receiving information or to nominate, visit www.fernieskiingheritage.ca skiingheritage@fernie.com

441- 2nd Ave. Downtown Fernie Tel: 250.423.4511

Fernie Skiing Heritage, a patron of the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation.


winter 2019|20 › serviceS LISTINGS

Government

IDEALLY LOCATED AT FERNIE ALPINE RESORT

City of Fernie

For information regarding City Council and Departments, bylaws, services, parks and recreation, visit the City of Fernie official website. fernie.ca

Industry

Beautiful, ski-in lots now available, ready to build your dream home.

Teck

Teck operates five steelmaking coal mines in the Elk Valley which employ over 4,000 people who raise families in the Valley, fish and swim in the river and care deeply about ensuring the environment is protected. teckelkvalley.com

Organizations Fernie Arts Station

DESIGN BY URBAN STIX ARCHITECTURE

Carol Cohen 250-278-0678 www.buyinginfernie.com

ELK VALLEY REALTY

www.fernielistings.ca Office: 250-423-4444 1241 7th Ave. Fernie BC

Are you planning an event in the Kootenays? Big or Small, Sophisticated or Simple. Exceptional Events. Everytime.

Specializing in wedding and party planning, Silver Lining Events helps couples plan and execute beautiful, all season, mountain weddings and parties. They are passionate, pay attention to the fine details and have access to the best local staff and companies involved. Silver Lining Events removes the worries and stress that often comes with event planning and provide a full range of services including planning, decorating, and decoration rentals. ANGELA MAGLIOCCO • amimags@shaw.ca • 250-430-7818

The hub of Fernie’s cultural scene, with an art gallery, performance theatre, craft and painting studio, pottery studio, programming for all ages, and workshop/meeting spaces, there’s always something going on. theartsstation.com

Fernie Chamber of Commerce

Servicing the business community of Fernie and providing information services to visitors and new residents, the Fernie Chamber and Visitor Centre is located at the North entrance to Fernie and also have a comprehensive site. ferniechamber.com

FernieFix.com

Not only does this site include the monthly editions of the Fernie Fix magazine, it includes events, news, blogs, photography, business listings, stories, guides, and more. Stay up to date on everything Fernie, sign up for its weekly e-newsletter. ferniefix.com

Fernie Museum

The Fernie museum recently completed a fiveyear long project, renovating one of Fernie’s historic building and creating a first-class standing exhibit. It has become a hub activity, with visiting and special exhibits, events and so much more. ferniemuseum.com

Fernie Ski Heritage

Celebrating pioneers, builders and sports leaders of Fernie’s rich and diverse skiing history, Fernie Ski Heritage is hosting the 2020 induction to the Fernie Skiing Heritage Wall of Fame with an Induction Gala this March. fernieskiingheritage.ca

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2020

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winter 2019|20 › getting to fernie

GETTING HERE Getting Here Located in South-eastern British Columbia, Fernie is situated near major hubs allowing quick and efficient access from anywhere in the world. It’s a three-hour drive from Calgary, Alberta, five-hour drive from Spokane, Washington, two-hour drive from Kalispell, Montana and a one-hour drive from Cranbrook, British Columbia, all home to international airports. Shuttles, buses, car rentals and transit make travel to and from these locations easy.

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Air The Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) in Cranbrook has daily flights to and from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on Air Canada, and daily flights to and from Vancouver and Kelowna International Airport (YLW) on Pacific Coastal Airlines. West Jet is now offering flights between Cranbrook and Calgary three times daily.

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Lake Louise

Fort Macleod Sparwood

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Car Rental Avis 1-800-879-2847 Budget 1-800-268-8900 Hertz 1-800-263-0600 Tilden 1-800-387-4747

Driving Directions From Calgary, Alberta: Follow Deerfoot Trail south to Marquis of Lorne Trail (Hwy 22 and 2). Follow the Marquis of Lorne Trail west to Hwy 22. Follow Hwy 22 south to Hwy 3, Take Hwy 3 westbound to Fernie. From Banff, Alberta: Follow the TransCanada Highway 1 west to Hwy 93. Follow Hwy 93 south to Hwy 3, and take Hwy 3 eastbound to Fernie. From Kalispell, Montana: Follow Hwy 93 northbound through Whitefish, across the Canadian border and continue to Hwy 3. Take Hwy 3 east to Fernie. From Spokane, Washington: Follow Hwy 95 northbound across the Canadian border to Hwy 3. Take Hwy 3 east to Fernie.

Carrying your passport is necessary when travelling between the US and Canada. Visit Cbsa.gc.ca for information on border crossing, and Drivebc.ca for road conditions.

Getting Around Taxi Services Operating 24 hours a day, Kootenay Taxi carries up to six people with room for luggage and gear and offers a personal van service to both the Calgary and Cranbrook airports. Kootenaytaxi.com, 250-423-4409

Fernie Ride Board A free ride-sharing website that allows people to offer and look for rides, carpooling, and more. Fernierideboard.com.

The Kootenay Carshare A six-month commitment, deposit and clean BC driver’s license provides access to a vehicle in Fernie, plus other vehicles around the Kootenays. Carsharecoop.ca

Elk Valley Transit System The Elk Valley Transit System travels between Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood and picks up at three locations in Fernie: the Elk Valley Hospital, Fernie Community Centre and College of the Rockies between 8:30am and 5:30pm. Health Connections provides transportation for medical appointments Wednesdays and Fridays, leaving at 9am at the Fernie Hospital and arriving at the Tamarack Mall or Cranbrook Hospital at 10:15am. Transportation departs Cranbrook at 3pm from the Cranbrook Hospital, arriving in Fernie at 4pm. Buses are equipped with racks for Bike and Ride, and passengers can travel with collapsible strollers. $2 locally/$2.50 regionally per ticket, ten for $15 or a monthly pass for $42. Bctransit.com, 1-855-417-4636

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Lessons Available

The Fernie Nordic Society offers exceptional crosscountry skiing groomed for skate and classic skiing at two beautiful locations: Elk Valley Nordic Centre and Fernie Golf and Country Club.

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We are offering lessons once again this year! Visit our Adult Lessons page to explore the options for private, semi-private and multi-week sessions. Lessons are available most weekdays and run out of the Nordic Centre.

Warming Hut Rental The Warming Hut at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre offers a cozy space with floor to ceiling views and convenient access to the ski, hike, and bike trails of the Nordic Centre and Mt Fernie Provincial Park. This beautiful space is available summers and winters. Find out more on our website under Contact Us.

Visit our website or Facebook page for more information on upcoming events, group skis, and day use and membership fees.

www.fernienordic.com @FernieNordicSociety

CITY OF FERNIE

Dive into Winter Fun at the Fernie Aquatic Centre CITY OF FERNIE BRITISH COLUMBIA

Come in from the cold and warm up with a splash in the pool, soak in our hot tub, or get moving with public lane swimming, swim lessons, or one of our drop-in programs! With a leisure pool for the little kids, a water slide and giant inflatables for the bigger kids, the Aqautic Centre is the perfect place to bring the whole family this winter.

For hours, rates, and programming information visit fernie.ca/poolschedule


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Serving the Elk Valley

For all your home Furnishing needs

MATTRESSES FIREPLACES • SOFAS FURNITURE 441C 2nd Avenue. Fernie BC

Tel: 250-423-0560 | Email: studio@brecan.com

(Located in the IGS Building, Downtown Fernie)

Year 10! August 7th & 8th, 2020

www.wapitimusicfestival.com

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Committing to Safety On and Off-site At Teck, safety is a core value and we believe in everyone going home safe and healthy every day—even outside of work. That’s why we continue to support the Avalanche Canada South Rockies Field Team, who collect backcountry snow data in the Elk Valley and Crowsnest Pass for the detailed South Rockies avalanche report. Check the conditions before you set out at www.avalanche.ca


AVALANCHES

The Lizard Range surrounding Fernie Alpine Resort offers exciting and challenging terrain to the experienced traveller. There is a real danger of avalanches outside the ski boundaries. Skiers must be prepared to travel on their terms, there is no avalanche control or ski patrol rescue. The slopes are steep and the snow deep, travelling outside the boundary is recommended only for those people experienced and equipped to deal with serious avalanche dangers.

OUT OF BOUNDS SKIING

Fernie Alpine Resort is a mountain with some very steep terrain. Snow storms deposit huge amounts of fresh snow on the Lizard Range and Lizard Ridge. Avalanche conditions within the ski area can become extreme. During hazardous periods, areas within the ski area are closed until avalanche control work is complete and the skiing is safe. Be aware of closures and stay out of closed areas so that avalanche control teams can do their work. Lift pass suspensions may result.

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winter 2019|20 › directory

Recreation

Adventure Tours

Ascent Helicopters ascenthelicopters.ca 250-423-1443 Bellevue Mine crowsnestguide.com/ bellvuemine/ 403-564-4700 Brooks Creek Ranch brookscreekranch.com 866-288-1418 Bull River Guest Ranch bullriverguestranch.com 250-429-3750 Canadian Fly Fishing Services 1190 Hand Ave 250-423-3783 Canyon Rafting Company canyonraft.com 250-423-7226 Elk River Guiding Company 791 7th Ave 250-423-7239 Fernie Alpine Resort Ski Hill Rd 250-423-4655 Fernie Bike Guides ferniebikeguides.ca Fernie Nature Club naturebob@telus.net Fernie Wilderness Adventures 1281 7th Ave 250-423-6704 Happy Hounds - Outdoor Adventures for Dogs happyhounds.ca 250-430-0043 Island Lake 602A 2nd Ave 250-423-3700 Kootenay Fly Shop 821 7th Ave 250-423-4483 Lost Creek Angler Lostcreekangler.com 250-423-7561 Mountain High Adventures raftfernie.com 1-877-423-4555 Mountain Adventure Centre Fernie Alpine Resort 250-423-4655 Mountain High Shuttle and Charters mountainhighshuttle.com Mountain High Travel and Tours 652 2nd Ave 250-423-6916 Mountain Pursuits 602A 2nd Ave 250-423-3700 The Fernie Shuttle thefernieshuttle.com Thunder Meadows Cabin – Guide’s Hut 671 2nd Ave 250-423-3650 Trit Trot Farms 4991 Hwy 3 250-423-6883 Wild Nature Tours wildnaturetours.ca 250-423-3322 VM Travels vmtravels.ca 250-946-6062

Catskiing

Island Lake Lodge 602A 2nd Ave 250-423-3700 Fernie Wilderness Adventures 1281 7th Ave 250-423-6704

Cross-Country Skiing

Fernie Alpine Resort skifernie.com 250-423-4655 Fernie Nordic Society fernienordic.com 250-423-7324 Island Lake Lodge islandlakecatskiing.com 250-423-3700 Montane Nordic Skiing fernietrails.com

Clubs and Associations

Elk Valley Gymnastics elkvalleygymnastics.ca Fernie Ghostriders fernieghostriders.com Fernie Judo Club 891 Mt Washburn St. Fernie Nature Club naturebob@telus.net Fernie Nordic Society fernienordic.com 250-531-0690 Fernie Mountain Bike Club bikefernie.ca

Fernie Skating Club fernieskatingclub.com Fernie Snowmobile Association ferniesnowmobile.com 250-423-6489 Fernie Tennis Community tennisfernie.com Fernie Trails Alliance fernietrailsalliance.com Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club fernietrails.com Stag Leap Running Co. stagleaprunning.com

Events

Fernie Mountain Film Festival ferniefilmfestival.com Fernie Ski Heritage fernieskiingheritage.ca Griz Days Festival ferniechamber.com Reel Canadian Film Festival fernielovesfilm.ca Shred Kelly Tenth Anniversary Tour shredkelly.com

Gear Repair

All In Skier Services 5369 Fernie Ski Hill Rd. 250-430-1696 Edge of the World 421B 2nd Ave 250-423-9292 Fernie Alpine Resort Ski Hill Rd 250-423-4655 Gear Hub 401 1st Ave 250-423-5555 The Guide’s Hut 671 2nd Ave 250-423-3650 Ski Base 432 2nd Ave 250-423-6464 Straight Line Bicycle and Skis 461B 2nd Ave 250-423-3532

Gear Purchase or Rental

All In Skier Services 5369 Fernie Ski Hill Rd. 250-430-1696 Board Stiff 542 2nd Ave 250-423-3473 Commit Apparel Ltd. 462A 2nd Ave 250-423-2669 Edge of the World 421B 2nd Ave 250-423-9292 Elevation Showcase 598 2nd Ave 250-423-3328 Elk River Guiding Company 791 7th Ave 250-423-7239 Gear Hub 401 1st Ave 250-423-5555 Ghostrider Motorsports 30 Shadow Rd 250-423-9251 The Guides Hut 671 2nd Ave 250-423-3650 Kootenay Fly Shop 821 7th Ave 250-423-4483 The Quest Ski & Snowboard Rentals 5258 Highline Dr 250-423-9252 The Ski Base 432 2nd Ave 250-423-6464 Sports Alpine Ski and Sports Boutique Fernie Alpine Resort 250-423-4655 Straight Line Bicycle and Ski 461B 2nd Ave 250-423-3532

Elk Valley Communities

District of Fernie Fernie..ca District of Elkford Elkford.ca District of Sparwood Sparwood.bc.ca

Info Services

City of Fernie 501 3rd Ave 250-423-6817 College of the Rockies 342 3rd Ave 250-423-4691 East Kootenay Kids ekkids.ca Fernie Chamber of Commerce 102 Commerce Rd 250-423-6868 Fernie Heritage Library 492 3rd Ave 250-423-4458 Fernie Leisure Services 250 Pine Ave 250-423-4466 Fernie Museum & Info Centre 362 2nd Ave 250-423-7016

WorkBC Centre - Fernie 302C 2nd Ave 250-423-4204

Indoors

Body Garage Fitness Inc. bodygaragefit.com College of the Rockies Indoor Climbing Wall 342 3rd Ave 250-423-4691 Crossfit Fernie 902 6th Ave 250-531-0240 Elk Valley Gymnastics 902 6th Ave elkvalleygymnastics.ca Essential Yoga Studio 761 7th Ave 250-423-9672 Evolution Fernie 1192 8th Ave evolutionfernie.com Fernie Aquatic Centre 250 Pine Ave 250-423-4655 Fernie Arts Co-op 572 2nd Ave 250-423-7044 Fernie Arts Station 601 1st Ave 250-423-4842 Fernie Heritage Library 492 3rd Ave 250-423-4458 Fernie Judo Club 961 891 Mt Washburn St. Fernie Leisure Services 250 Pine Ave 250-423-4466 Fernie Martial Arts 4 Mount Washburn Rd 250-430-3155 Fernie Memorial Arena Highway 3 250-423-2254 Fernie Museum 362 2nd Ave 250-423-7016 Fernie Old School Boxing 661B 2nd Ave 250-423-0272 Soar Studios 461 1st Ave soarstudios.ca Vogue Theatre 321 2nd Ave 250-423-7111

Snowmobiling

Elk Valley Snow Shepherds elkvalleysnowshepherds.com 250531-0703 Fernie Snowmobile Association ferniesnowmobile.com 250-423-6489 Gear Hub 401 1st Ave 250-423-5555 Ghostrider Motorsports 30 Shadow Road 250-423-9251 Weir Boondocking weirboondocking.com 250-423-9034

Travel

Flight Centre Travel Associates Amy Hare 250-423-0910 Mountain High Travel and Tours 652 2nd Ave 250-423-6916

Health and Wellness Animal Care

Barkside Pets 1201 6th Ave 250-423-4332 Cathy Smith-Clark Dog Training 250-423-7257 Happy Hounds happyhounds.ca 250-423-6695 Pet Tech Care 250-278-PETS Pampered Paws Kennel 4991 Hwy 3 pamperedpawsfernie.com Tanglefoot Vet 1161 7th Ave 250-423-2620

Acupuncture

Fernie Physiotherapy 901 5th Ave. 250-423-3423 Gina Rino Acupuncture and Prolotherapy ginarino.ca Jade River Healing Centre 901 5th Ave 250-423-7667 Thunder Meadows Massage – Acupuncture thundermeadowsmassage.ca


winter 2019|20 › directory Counselling Services and Consulting

Alpine Pathways Psychological Services alpinepathwaypsychology.com Cristallin Toullec - Life Coaching 250-464-5938 Evolve Ink Coaching & Consulting 571b 2nd Ave 250-423-6697 Fernie Counselling and Consulting ferniecounselling.com 250-423-2608 McDermid & McDermid Counselling Associates 10 Pine Cres 250-423-6785 Snow Valley Counselling Ltd. 862 3rd Ave 250-531-0048

Chiropractic

Alpine Chiropractic 701a 4th Ave 250-423-1452 Elk Valley Family Chiropractic 831 7th Ave 250-423-3003 Fernie Chiropractic 901 5th Ave 250-423-4800 Kootenay Chiropractic and Sports Performance 1301 7th Ave 778-519-5287 Pure Life Family Chiropractic Silver Rock Condos 778-519-1122 Sparwood Chiropractic and Wellness sparwoodchiro.com

Dental

Dr. A. M. Kahane 292 2nd Ave 250-423-6838 Elk Valley Denture Clinic 302A 2nd Ave 250-423-7236 Mountain View Dental Centre 1191B 7th Ave 250-423-7764

Doula Services

Rachel Cline Mothernurturedoulas.com 250-946-6322 Rebecca Vaughan RMT 632 2nd Ave 250-423-2673 Tanya Malcolm Tanyamalcolm.com 250-278-0666

Fitness Centres

Body Garage Fitness Inc. bodygaragefit.com Crossfit Fernie 902 6th Ave 250-531-0240 Elk Valley Pilates 1101-A 2nd Ave elkvalleypilates.com Evolution Fernie 1192 8th evolutionfernie.com Fernie Fitness 561 Hwy 3 250-531-1004 Soar Studios 461 1st Ave Soarstudios.ca

Hair Salons

ET Hair Studio 462 2nd Ave 250-423-4813 Lysh Hair Salon 461A 2nd Ave 250-423-5001 Mirror Images Hair Studio 991 7th Ave 250-423-7615 New Roots Hair Co. 661 C 2nd Ave 250-423-8066 No 3 522 2nd Ave 250-423-2181 Sparrow for Hair 641 7th Ave 250-423-7175 Walter’s Hair Studio 591 2nd Ave 250-423-3320

Massage/Esthetics

Active Living Massage RMT activelivingmassage.ca 250-430-7055 Elaine’s Massage 561 Hwy 3 250-423-1511 Enchanted Esthetics enchantedestheticsfernie.com 250-430-1289 Esthetics by Danielle Emery 571 2nd Ave 403-700-9374

Fernie Massage, RMT ferniemassage.ca 250-423-0155 Fernie Mountain Massage Therapy Clinic 1571 2nd Ave 250-423-5522 Island Lake Spa islandlakecatskiing.com 250-423-3700 Jade River Healing Centre 901 5th Ave 250-423-7667 Jeremy Grassick RMT 632 2nd Ave 250-423-3423 King Fir Spa 4559 Timberline Cres 250-423-6878 The Massage Place 592 3rd Ave 250-423-9677 Névé Spa at Lizard Creek Lodge 5346 Highline Dr 250-423-2057 Rebecca Vaughan RMT 632 2nd Ave 250-423-2673 Roberta Milne RMT 522 8th Ave. 250-278-0537 Spa 901 901 2nd Ave 250-423-7722 Stephanie Hanson, BC RMT 901 5 Ave. 250-423-3423 Summit Massage, Kristen Miller RMT 571B 2nd Ave 250-430-7244 Three Sisters Day Spa 472 2nd Ave 250-423-6395 Thunder Meadows Massage thundermeadowsmassage.ca Trillium Day Spa trilliumspa.wordpress.com 250-423-7774

Medical Clinics

Elk Valley District Hospital 1501 5th Ave 250-423-4453 Leroux Clinic 521 2nd Ave 250-423-6404 Options for Sexual Health Clinic 1501 5th Ave 250-423-8274 Rocky Mountain Health Centre 901 5th Ave 250-423-4718 Sparling East Medical Centre 402 2nd Ave 250-423-4442 Wild Heart Therapies and Farmacy 561M Hwy 3 250-531-0154

Medical Services

Addiction Services 250-423-4423 Alcohol Anonymous 250-423-2131 Celebrate Recovery celebraterecovery.ca 250-423-4112 Community Services 250-423-8266 Drugs and Alcohol Referral 1-800-663-1441 Home Support 250-423-8265 Poison Control Centre 1-800-567-8911

Natural Food and Supplies

The Cottonwood Tree 602C 2nd Ave 250-423-8081 Good Earth Natural Alternatives 592 3rd Ave 250-423-7121 The Healing Hollow 472 2nd Ave 250-423-6800 Mountain Fuel 522 2nd Ave 250-423-2181 Wild Heart Therapies and Farmacy 561M Hwy 3 250-531-0154

Optometric

Rocky Mountain Optometry 642 2nd Ave 250-423-4467

Pharmacies

Kevin’s Independent Grocer (Pharmacy) 1792 A 9th Ave 250-423-3264

IGS Value Drug Mart 482 2nd Ave 250-423-4511 The Cottonwood Tree 602C 2nd Ave 250-423-8081 Good Earth Natural Alternatives 592 3rd Ave 250-423-7121 Save On Foods (Pharmacy) 792 2nd Ave 250-423-4607 Wild Heart Therapies and Farmacy 561M Hwy 3 250-531-0154

Rehabilitation and Athletic Resources

Ahead of the Curve Physiotherapy aheadofthecurvept.com 250-430-2115 Cristallin Toullec – Osteopathic Practitioner 571B 2nd Ave 250-464-5839 Elk Valley Wellness Centre interiorhealth.ca 250-425-6212 Fernie Athletic Therapy and Rehabilitation 901 5th Ave 250-423-4800 Fernie Fitness 561 Hwy 3 250-531-1004 Fernie Physiotherapy 901 5th Ave 250-423-3423 Fluid Motion Therapy Fluidmotiontherapy.com 250-946-6722 Mountain Life Pilates 1101-A 2nd Ave mountainlifepilates.com Play it Forward Sports Therapy Playitforwardtherapy.com 250-430-1007 Return to Health Physiotherapy 571b 2nd Ave 250-430-7419 Sarah’s Active Rehabilitation Sarahsactiverehab.com 250-423-9167

Yoga and Pilates

Essential Yoga Studio 761 7th Ave essentialyogastudio.com Evolution Fernie 1192 8th Ave evolutionfernie.com Heather Ivany Yoga Heatherivanyyoga.com King Fir Spa and Wellness 4559 Timberline Cresc. 250-423-8215 Lizard Creek Lodge 5346 Highline Dr. 250-423-2057 Soar Studios 461 1st Ave soarstudios.ca Yoga Netra yoganetra.com

Arts and Culture Bars/Lounges

BP’s Lounge 1602 7th Ave 250-423-2634 The Brickhouse 401 2nd Ave 250-423-0009 The Bridge Bistro 301 Hwy 3 250-423-3002 Cirque Restaurant 5346 Highline Dr 250-423-2057 Fernie Distillers 531 1st Ave ferniedistillers.com The Griz Bar Fernie Alpine Resort Skifernie.com Kodiak Lounge 892 6th Ave 250-423-6811 Nevados 531 2nd Ave 250-423-5566 The Pub Bar and Grill 742 Hwy 3 250-423-6871 Royal Canadian Legion #36 551 1st Ave 250-423-6606 The Rusty Edge 5369 Ski Hill Road 778-519-5206 Yamagoya 741 7th Ave 250-430-0090

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The Central 301 2nd Ave 250-423-2077 The Fernie Hotel and Pub 691 1st Ave 250-423-6444 The Northern 561 2nd Ave 250-423-3075 The Royal 501 1st Ave 250-946-5395

Cultural Venues

The Arts Station 601 1st Ave 250-423-4842 Fernie Arts Co-op 572 2nd Ave 250-423-7044 Fernie Heritage Library 492 3rd Ave 250-423-4458 Fernie Museum 491 2nd Ave 250-423-7016

Live Music

The Arts Station 601 1st Ave 250-423-4842 The Central 301 2nd Ave 250-423-2077 The Griz Bar, Fernie Alpine Resort Skifernie.com Infinitea 501 1st Ave 250-430-7168 Kodiak Lounge 892 6th Ave 250-423-6811 Loaf 641 2nd Ave 250-423-7702 The Rusty Edge 5369 Ski Hill Road 778-519-5206 The Valley Social 562 2nd Ave 778-519-5272

Tasting Rooms

Fernie Brewing Company 26 Manitou Rd. 250-423-7797 Fernie Distillers 531 1st Ave ferniedistillers.com

Movie Theatres

Vogue Theatre 321 2nd Ave 250-423-7111

Shopping Art Studios

Clawhammer Letterpress clawhammer.ca 250-946-6400 Decoro Portrait decoroportraits.com 250-423-3023 Eye of the Needle 260 5 St. 250-423-0412 Fernie Arts Co-op 572 2nd Ave 250-423-7044 Fernie Arts Station 601 1st Ave 250-423-4842 Brian Pollock 532B 2nd Ave 250-430-7114 Kyle Hamilton 341C 3rd Ave 250-423-0904 Studio 562 - leannestothert.com

Fashion, Apparel, and Accessories

Board Stiff 542 2nd Ave 250-423-3473 Coal Town Goods 562 2nd Ave 250-423-0949 Commit 462A 2nd Ave 250-423-2669 Edge of the World 421B 2nd Ave 250-423-9292 Element Jewelry Co (by appointment) elementjewelryco.ca Elevation Showcase 598 2nd Ave 250-423-3328 Elk River Guiding Company 791 7th Ave 250-423-7239 Essential Yoga Studio 761 7th 250-423-9672 Fernie Brewing Company 26 Manitou Rd 250-423-7797 Fernie Golf Club Pro Shop 201 Fairway Drive 250-423-7773 Freyja Kootenay Boutique 602B 2nd Ave 250-423-0713 Gear Hub 401 1st Ave 250-423-5555 Giv’ Er Shirt Works 672A 2nd Ave 250-423-6615 Ghostrider Trading Company 661 2nd Ave 250-423-5541

The Green Petal 421C 2nd Ave 250-423-4486 Grow Children’s Boutique 482 2nd Ave 250-423-4769 The Guide’s Hut 671 2nd Ave 250-423-3650 Heaven Boutique 672C 2nd Ave 250-423-6652 Hempire 571 2nd Ave 250-423-4144 Kootenay Fly Shop 821 7th Ave 250-423-4483 Mark’s Work Wearhouse Ghostrider Crossing 1791B 9th Ave 250-423-3695 No3 522 2nd Ave 250-423-2171 Odyssey 692 2nd Ave 250-423-5620 The Red Apple 1101 Hwy 3 250-423-3484 Ski Base 432 2nd Ave 250-423-6464 Salvation Army 741C 2nd Ave 250-423-4661 Sports Alpine Ski and Sports Boutique Fernie Alpine Resort 250-423-4655 Straight Line Bicycle and Ski 461B 2nd Ave 250-423-3532 Wild Things Children’s Resale Boutique 672D 2nd Ave 250-423-6652

Groceries

7-Eleven Food Store 1261 Hwy 3 250-423-7662 Back Country Meats and Sausage 1091 Hwy 3 250-423-6656 Barkside Pets 1201 6th Ave 250-423-4332 BC Liquor Store 792 2nd Ave 250-423-6006 The Cottonwood Tree 602C 2nd Ave 250-423-8081 Fas Gas Plus 621 Hwy 3 250-423-3275 Fernie Brewing Company 26 Manitou Rd. 250-423-7797 Fernie Meat Market and Deli 512 5th Ave 250-423-4212 Fernie Mountain Spirits 1641 7th Ave 250-423-6522 Good Earth Natural Alternatives 592 3rd 250-423-7121 Happy Cow 561B Hwy 3 250-423-8381 Kevin’s Your Independent Grocer 1792 A 9th Ave 250-423-3264 Le Grand Fromage 692B 2nd Ave 778-519-5050 Mountain Pantry Grocery and Liquor 5339 Ski Hill Rd 250-423-2431 The Red Apple 1101 Hwy 3 250-423-3484 Save On Foods 792 2nd Ave 250-423-4607 Spirits Cold Beer and Wine Store 742 Hwy 3 250-423-6871 Stick and Stone Cannabis Co. 891 7th Ave 250-423-8718 Summit Cannabis Co. 1161a 7th Ave 778-519-7711 Tipple Cold Beer and Fine Wines 792 2nd Ave 250-423-3012

Home, Garden and Gifts

Barkside Pets 791 2nd Ave 250-423-4332 Beanpod 691A 2nd Ave 778-519-5008 Bisaro Woodworking 792 3rd Ave 250-423-7329 Brecan Interiors Furniture Studio 441C 2nd Ave 250-423-0560 Canadian Tire 1791 9th Ave 250-423-4222 Coal Town Goods 562 2nd Ave 250-423-0949 Element Jewelry Co elementjewelryco.ca Fernie Arts Co-op 572 2nd Ave 250-423-7044

Fernie Hearth and Home 24B Manitou Road 250-423-4216 Fernie Home Hardware Building Centre 300 Manitou Rd. 250-581-1520 Ghostrider Trading Company 661 2nd Ave 250-423-5541 The Good Earth 592 3rd Ave 250-423-7121 The Green Petal 421C 2nd Ave 250-423-4486 The Healing Hollow 472 2nd Ave 250-423-6800 Heaven Boutique 672C 2nd Ave 250-423-6652 IGS 441 2nd Ave 250-423-4496 Interior Envy 441 2nd Ave 250-430-7883 Le Grand Fromage 692B 2nd Ave 778-519-5050 Naked Earth Pottery 702A 3rd Ave 250-423-4008 No 3 522 2nd Ave 250-423-2171 Nufloors 391 1st Ave 250-423-4314 Polar Peek Books and Treasures 592 2nd Ave 250-423-3736 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 581A 2nd Ave 250-423-2680 Snow Valley Spa and Leisure 1541 9th Ave 250-423-3370 The Source 362A 2nd Ave 250-423-3527 Stephanie’s Glass and Art 532 2nd Ave 250-423-3944 The Urban Settler 701 2nd Ave 250-423-0820

Professional Services

Claris Media clarismedia.com 250-423-4062 CP Catering enjoyfernie.com 250-423-7367 Goldstar Cleaning and Laundry 1591 10th Ave 250-423-4029 Happy Hounds happyhounds.ca 250-423-6695 McKenzie Jespersen Photography mckenziejespersen.com 250-531-0064 Silver Lining Events silverliningevents@shaw.ca 250-430-7818 Teck Resources teck.com

Sports and Lifestyle

All In Skier Services 5369 Fernie Ski Hill Rd. 250-430-1696 Board Stiff 542 2nd Ave 250-423-3473 Commit Apparel Ltd. 462A 2nd Ave 250-423-2669 Edge of the World 421B 2nd Ave 250-423-9292 Essential Yoga Studio 761 7th 250-423-9672 Fernie Golf and Country Club Pro Shop 201 Fairway Dr. 250-423-7773 Gear Hub 401 1st Ave 250-423-5555 Ghostrider Motorsports 30 Shadow Rd 250-423-9251 The Guides Hut 671 2nd Ave 250-423-3650 Ski Base 432 2nd Ave 250-423-6464 Sports Alpine Ski and Sports Boutique Fernie Alpine Resort 250-423-4655 Straight Line Bicycle & Skis 461 B 2nd Ave 250-423-3532

Food and Beverage See Dining Guide on page 70

Where To Stay

See Accommodation Guide on Page 75


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Real Estate and Developments Developments

Bossio Road Properties 250-423-1148 Burma Road Estates fernielistings.com 250-423-1921 Burton Lake Estates ferniesparwood.com 250-423-5555 The Cedars thecedars.ca 250-423-8989 Fernie Golf Estates ferniegolfestates.com 1-866-423-6873 Koocanusa Village koocanusavillage.com Montane Fernie montanefernie.ca 250-423-4136 Timberline Lodge timberlinelodge.com 1-866-423-6873

Developers/Builders

Alpine Trails alpinetrails.com 866-232-1270 Black Pine Builders blackpinebuilders.com 250-423-3999 Brecan Homes ferniebcgeneralcontractor.ca 778-402-6370 The Cedars thecedars.ca Element Homes elementhomes.ca Elk River Mountain Homes elkrivermountainhomes.com 250-423-4229 Fernie Vacation Properties fernievacationproperties.com 250-423-6878 Graceland Builders gracelandbuilders.com 250-423-8858 Green Door Construction greendoorconstruction.ca 250-423-0960 Lindal Homes elkrivermountainhomes.com 250-423-4229 LWE Builders lwebuilders.com 250-423-3100 Pacific Homes pacific-homes.com Parastone Developments Ltd. parastone.ca 250-423-4136

Property and Home Care

Fernie Central Reservations ferniecentralreservations.com 250-423-2077 Fernie Hearth and Home ferniehearthandhome.com 250-423-4216 Fernie Lodging Company Property Management fernielodgingco.com 800-667-9911 Fernie Mow and Snow Land Care mowandsnow.ca 250-423-1665 Fernie Property Care 802-A 2nd avenue 779-519-5190 Foothills Silva Culture foothillssilva.com 250-423-1868 Goldstar Cleaning and Laundry 1591 10th Ave 250-423-4029 IDesignTriangle idesigntriangle.com 250-540-8669 Noresca noresca.ca 250-531-7364 Nufloors 391 1st Ave 250-423-4314 Peak Design House peakdesignhouse.com 604-698-6897 Renting in Fernie rentinginfernie.com 1-800-622-5007 Tronovus HVAC tronovus.com 250-433-7878

Realtors

Carol Cohen buyinginfernie.com

Century 21 Real Mountain Living Inc. 250-423-8650 Deb Trand homesinfernie.com Fernie Real Estate Company fernierealestate.com Jacqueline Fieldhouse soldinfernie.com Loralee Thomas ferniehomes.com Marilyn Brock century21.ca/marilyn.brock Ryan Frazer propertiesinfernie.com Re/Max Elk Valley Realty fernielistings.com Todd Fyfe sellingfernie.com Trevor Foraie myfernierealestate.com

Community Services Churches

Holy Family Church 521 4th Ave 250-423-6127 Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 421 9th Ave 250-423-6887 Knox United Church of Canada 201 2nd Ave 250-423-6010 Mountainside Community Church 1622 10th Ave 250-423-4112 Salvation Army 741 2nd Ave 250-423-4661 Trinity Lutheran Church 691 4th Ave 250-426-7564 Trinity Pentecostal Tabernacle 1362 8th Ave 250-423-4114

Resources

Alcohol and Drug Counselling 802 B 2nd Ave 250-423-4423 Canada Post Office 491 3rd Ave 250-423-7555 Celebrate Recovery 1622 10th Ave 250-423-4112 City Hall 501 3rd Ave 250-423-6817 College of the Rockies 342 3rd Ave 250-423-4691 Drive 99.1 FM 250-426-2224 East Kootenay Addictions Services Association 802 2nd Ave 250-423-4423 Elk Valley District Hospital 1501 5th Ave 250-423-4453 Emergencies 911 Fernie Aquatic Centre 250 Pine Ave 250-423-4466 Fernie Arts Station 601 1st Ave 250-423-4842 Fernie Arts Co-op 572 2nd Ave 250-423-7044 Fernie Chamber of Commerce 102 Commerce Rd 250-423-6868 Fernie Community Centre 901 6th Ave 250-423-4466 Fernie Family Centre 521 4th Ave 250-423-6127 Fernie Fire Department 692 3rd Ave 250-423-4226 Fernie Fix Magazine ferniefix.com Fernie Free Press 342 2nd Ave 250-423-4666 Fernie Heritage Library 492 3rd Ave 250-423-4458 Fernie Memorial Arena 991 6th Ave 250-423-2254 Fernie Museum 362-B 2nd Ave 250-423-7016 Interior Health interiorhealth.ca 250-420-2442 RCMP 250-423-4404 Women’s Resource and Drop In Centre 691A 4th Ave 250-423-4687 WorkBC Employment Centre C-302 2nd Ave 250-423-4204

Financial

CIBC 501 2nd Ave 250-423-4426 East Kootenay Community Credit Union 1601 9th Ave 250-423-9222 Scotia Bank 502 3rd Ave 250-423-8440 TD Canada Trust 391 2nd Ave 250-423-2100

Organizations

Elk River Alliance elkriveralliance.ca 250-423-3322 Elk Valley Bear Aware bearaware.bc.ca 250-423-6406 EK Kids ekkids.ca Emily Brydon Youth Foundation emilybrydonyouthfoundation.com 250-423-4782 Fernie Arts Co-op fernieartscoop.com 250-423-7044 Fernie Chamber of Commerce ferniechamber. com 102 Commerce Road 250-423-6868 Fernie Childcare Society fccs.ca 250-423-3313 Fernie & District Arts Council theartsstation.com 250-423-4842 Fernie & District Historical Society ferniemuseum.com 362 2nd Ave 250-423-7016 Fernie District Search and Rescue 102 Commerce Road 250-423-8366 Fernie Mountain Bike Club bikefernie.ca Fernie Nature Club naturebob@telus.net Fernie Ride Board fernierideboard.com Fernie Skating Club fernieskatingclub.com Fernie Skiing Heritage fernieskiingheritage.ca Fernie Trails Alliance fernietrailsalliance.com Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club fernietrails.com L’Association Francophone des Rocheuses Du Sud afros.ca Lions Club 250-423-6335 Rotary Club fernierotary.org 250-423-7016 Salvation Army 741C 2nd Ave 250-423-4661 Tourism Fernie tourismfernie.com 250-423-2037 Wildsight 891 2nd Ave wildsight.ca 250-423-3322

Schools

Branch Out Learning and Behaviour Therapy branchoutlearningtherapy 250-430-1474 Bright Beginnings 1601 2nd Ave 250-423-8653 College of the Rockies 342 3rd Ave 250-423-4691 Fernie Academy 492 3rd Ave 250-423-0212 Fernie Creative Minds Preschool 44 Mt Washburn 250-423-1144 Fernie Early Childhood Development ekkids.ca 250-423-6225 Fernie Learning Centre 1601 2nd Ave 250-423-4912 Fernie Secondary School 102 Fairway Dr 250-423-4471 Isabella Dicken Elementary School 1302 2nd Ave 250-423-4651 L’ecole Francohpone de Fernie afros.ca Little Me Playcare 521 4th Ave, littlemeplaycare@gmail.com Outdoor Connections Beyond Four Walls Forest School connectoutdoors.ca

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college

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Claris Media/ Fernie Fix

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Explore our Winter Wonderland

Join us for a Winter Lunch / Spa

Snowcat Ride and Lunch - $89 pp (spa extra) Children (3-12) 1/2 price. Little ones (0-2) Free snowcat ride

Every Thursday - Sunday through the winter season * Holiday dates: Dec 19th - Jan 5th (except Dec 25th)

The Spa at Island Lake Lodge offers a variety of treatments inspired by the breathtaking landscape that surrounds us. Escape your daily routine and experience some well deserved relaxation and rejuvenation. #spamore

Have a look at our website for the full spa menu, Nordic trail conditions and all other info. islandlakelodge.com 1.250.423.3700 Follow: @islandlakelodge

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