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WINTER 2015|16 › GUIDE TO FERNIE Welcome to Fernie, BC by Krista Turcasso | 7 RECREATION | 11 Snow Bikers: Fat Tires Not Fat Heads by Troy Nixon | 13 Nordic Skiing by Jen Grebeldinger | 17 Movies, Museums and Meat Draws: Fernie’s Other Winter Wonderland by Jesse Bell | 19 Backcountry Safety with Simon Piney | 23 Fernie Fix Family Top Ten by Krista Turcasso | 27 The Powder Diaries by Karen Pepper | 31 HEALTH & WELLNESS | 35 Preparing For and Recovering From Winter Activities by Jeremy Wenzlawe | 37

SHOPPING | 51 Winter Fashion by Chantel Vincent | 53 FOOD & DRINK | 59 Embrace Your Inner Foodie this Winter in Fernie by Chef Barrie Elliott | 60 Dining Guide | 62 WHERE TO STAY | 65

Accommodation Guide | 66 REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT | 69 SERVICES | 75 GETTING HERE – GETTING AROUND MAPS | 78 Area, Elk Valley Nordic Centre, FAR, Fernie DIRECTORY | 83

ARTS AND CULTURE | 43 Booked! by Carolyn Nikodym | 45 EVENTS CALENDAR | 48

WWW.FERNIEFIX.COM Published by Claris Media. The Fernie Fix Winter and Summer Guides are published bi-annually. The Fernie Fix regular editions are published monthly. To advertise and for general inquiries please contact: info@clarismedia.com Box 1124, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 Phone: 250-423-4062. www.clarismedia.com Editor | Krista Turcasso Creative Director | Vanessa Croome Associate Editor | Carolyn Nikodym All content copyright Claris Media.

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WELCOME TO FERNIE, BC

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WHETHER YOU ARE HERE FOR THE WEEKEND, THE SEASON, OR INDEFINITELY, THIS GUIDE WAS BUILT WITH YOU IN MIND. THE FERNIE FIX – WINTER GUIDE NOT ONLY INCLUDES THE INFORMATION YOU WILL NEED TO PLAN YOUR TIME IN FERNIE, IT PROVIDES A GLIMPSE AT THE PERSONAL SIDE OF FERNIE. AS YOU MAKE YOUR WAY THROUGH THIS GUIDE, YOU WILL BE INTRODUCED TO A VARIETY OF INDIVIDUALS THAT LIVE AND SPEND TIME IN FERNIE. ››› There is a thread that binds the numerous stories and experiences that line these pages… the love for the Fernie community and its diversity: from students attending the Fernie Academy, Isabella Dicken Elementary, L’école Sophie-Morigeau or Fernie Secondary School, to the individuals who have retired here to spend their days enjoying its recreational offerings; from those working at the coal mines, to those working in the tourism industry; from those attracted by Fernie’s resources for families, to those attracted by Fernie’s opportunities for business. You may be wondering how

this community is so strong and resilient with such an assortment of residents and visitors. Here is our take – while these individuals may be diverse, they share some important characteristics. People who live and play in Fernie are involved. They sit on boards and committees, organize events, volunteer their time, advocate for what they feel is important. Sure, this may vary from the Rod and Gun Club to the Parent Advisory Council, but it’s the investment in the community, the desire to get behind what

they love and value. This community has an impressive number of organizations, all run by passionate members of our community. And for that, we are fortunate, as it provides numerous opportunities for both residents and visitors. People are supportive of one another. They celebrate the successes of their neighbours, and organize a meal train if they are in need. Parents take turns watching one another’s kids to ensure everyone gets their turn on a powder day. Businesses use as many local suppliers as possible, and promote other


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

businesses to their customers. Residents and visitors shop locally where they can, and share their appreciation of the amazing resources available here. In essence, we know we are lucky with what we have, and have seen its progression, and we want to see it continue to get even better. While everyone has their unique Fernie passions, it’s the enjoyment of these passions that is the common denominator. Sure, some might prefer that game of curling on a weekday night, while others choose a weekend of snowmobiling in the backcountry. But, it’s the level of enjoyment that is similar. Recreational passions are integral to our lives in Fernie. We may love what we do professionally, but we love what we do outside of that to the same degree… sometimes, even more. A last common trait people here carry is pride. Everyone connected to Fernie, whether they are on their first trip, spend multiple weekends here a year, or live here permanently, are very proud of this

connection. They tend to know a lot about this community, its colourful history and bountiful offerings. And they aren’t afraid to share this information! I can’t even put a number on how many times I have met an individual in town who decided to come because they heard about it through a friend, an acquaintance while travelling, or at a ski show talking to an excited Tourism Fernie representative. No matter our jobs, our activities of choice, or our friends, we are all proud to call Fernie our home… regardless of how long we are staying. We all welcome you to Fernie and hope that you enjoy your stay. Maybe you’ll find a way to get involved with an organization or event while here. Be supportive by frequenting some of Fernie’s amazing businesses. Feel your heart race with enjoyment while engaging in one of our amazing recreational activities. And feel proud to have spent this time in our community. Perhaps, you’ll even find yourself booking that next trip or elongating the one you’re on. You’ve been forewarned. It’s a difficult place to leave.

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: 4,448 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 rumoured to be the ghost of an angry Aboriginal Chief and his daughter pursuing William Fernie. Best seen as the sun sets, but more noticeable in summer. Fernie Alpine Resort: Previously known as Fernie Snow Valley, is going into its 53rd season! Catskiing: Fernie is home to Island Lake Catskiing, which celebrated 25 years a couple of years ago, and Fernie Wilderness Adventures! 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.

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RECREATION FERNIE TRULY HAS IT ALL WHEN IT COMES TO RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, AND IT CONTINUES TO GET BETTER WITH EVERY YEAR. IT’S DIFFICULT TO COMPREHEND HOW, BUT EACH YEAR SOMETHING IS ADDED TO THE REPERTOIRE OR AN OFFERING IS ENHANCED, PROVIDING NEW AND BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE MASSES – WHETHER OLD OR YOUNG, FUN OR COMPETITIVE. FROM GLADING AT FERNIE ALPINE RESORT, ISLAND LAKE CATSKIING OR FERNIE WILDERNESS ADVENTURES TO GROOMING TRAILS FOR SNOW BIKING. YOU MAY BE SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE IS HOW YOU CHOOSE TO SPEND YOUR TIME.

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FERNIE ALPINE SKI TEAM Even though I moved to Fernie only two years ago, I’m no stranger to this town. Like many other Calgarians, I have been coming to Fernie to ski since I was little. I even learned to ski here. When I was five years old, my parents put my sister and I on the Fernie Alpine Ski Team, and we’ve skied every season since. At first, my time in Fernie was limited to the winter season, until I started mountain biking. I quickly fell in love with Fernie’s gnarly trails and the laid-back summer vibe. When I was 15, my family moved to Fernie for a winter, so that my sister and I could train for ski racing. Before the snow could melt, we decided we weren’t going back to Calgary. We were addicted to the easy lifestyle of a small town compared to the hustle and bustle of the big city, where doing anything in the mountains required driving for hours. Since I started coming here, I’ve seen many things change in Fernie recreation, like the addition of the Polar Peak Chair, the expansion of Fernie’s mountain bike trails and the development of cross-country skiing paths. Q. No Fernie winter is complete without… A. Watching the Fernie Ghostriders play their archrivals – Kimberley. The excitement of these games really makes our tiny arena feel like an NHL stadium. Both teams have plenty of fans come out to watch, so the guys try their hardest, and it’s really entertaining.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Q. My preferred way to explore Fernie is… A. By mountain bike. From Old Stumpy to Project 9, Fernie offers plenty of biking opportunities. It’s by far the best way to experience every part of Fernie, offering the most spectacular views of the valley, and some of the most exhilarating downhills in BC. Don’t forget to finish with a dip in Coal Creek. Q. The best part about the Fernie community, in my opinion is… A. The strong mountain culture. Obviously with the topography we have in Fernie, we attract many mountain junkies. Most people move here to play in the mountains. This

allows you to meet people from all over the world, doing so many different things. You also get tons of mountain-loving filmmakers coming to Fernie, making events like the Fernie Mountain Film Fest so interesting to watch, letting you see all the local talents. Q. If I had to pick one way to spend an evening in Fernie, it would be… A. In the winter, one of my favourite things to do after a long day of skiing is to go tobogganing on the ski hill with my ski buddies at night. If you walk up Holo Hike to the Bear Chair and sled from there, it’s a long, fast ride to the bottom.

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“Winter is for skiing! Spring, summer and fall are for biking.” My black and white mantra persisted until I got my first taste of riding King Kong tires three years ago. A friend was kind enough to lend me his fat bike for a group ride, and so I raced home to face my first dilemma: what to wear? After some indecision, I showed up for our group ride ready to get on a chairlift, not to ride a bicycle up into Ridgemont. Our contingent was five strong and we rode single file sweating (some more than others), laughing and doing slow motion falls in the most benign places. I say slow motion because you really don’t go very fast when you are on a fat bike. When riding a bike with oversized tires in the snow, the sweet spot is the hard-pack, which is machine-groomed, snow-shoed or previously ridden. If you leave that groomed area you end up planting that big tire in some deep snow which results in a f-a-a-a-l-l-l and usually some laughter.

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I realized after my first ride that ski clothing is not bike clothing. I was incredibly sweaty and as a result instantly freezing and ready for a long soak in a hot tub after the ride home. But man, was it fun and I was hooked. I mean really, why wouldn’t a guy who loves to ride his mountain bike not enjoy riding in the winter? It’s beautiful, quiet and super fun. Obviously, powder days mean skiing but mediocre snow days are bike days now. It was a natural extension, an evolution, it made me healthier, kept my legs spinning and plus I got to go bike shopping… again. The following season, my wife and I shared a fat bike, which probably wasn’t the best idea as it was a little too big for her and a little too small for me. My buddies said I looked like a circus bear on a bike. This was a temporary solution that worked for both of us, as great rides ensued that season. In 2015, much to the chagrin of my bulging garage, a new fat bike found a place under our roof. Fat biking has turned my black and white attitude grey. It supplements my other winter sports and keeps me happily spinning my wheels all year long. Whether you are here for a weekend or a season, give it a whirl! What’s the worst thing that can happen… you have to go bike shopping? RAVEN EYE PHOTOGRAPHY

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A fat bike. Rentals are available in multiple places in the valley and if you want to purchase a two-wheeled monster truck you can do so at Straight Line, Gear Hub, Guides Hut and Ski & Bike Base. Remember, there is no PST on bikes.

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Helmet and eyewear. I wear my bike helmet with a lightweight toque (beanie). For my face I will wear a buff as a “just in case it gets crazy cold” layer. For me, sunglasses work well but some friends wear goggles for the ride down.

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Layers of clothing (not ski clothing). Merino wool is the best as it wicks the moisture away from your skin and can be worn several times before it starts to really smell. A merino layer with a fashionable bike jersey (for the pockets) over top and then a shell that can cut the wind for the ride down. The ride down is the coldest part, as you are now a little sweaty so this is where an outer layer truly comes in handy. “Less is more” means dress for ten degrees warmer than it truly is.

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Footwear and pedals. Some experts say to go with flat pedals before progressing to clipless. I wear my Shimano shoes with a pair of merino wool socks and a Pearl Izumi overshoe and have had very warm toes. Other friends wear flat pedals and a big pair of boots. My wife wears hotshots in her shoes when snow biking. Hands. My Bar Mitts are so toasty that I have taken off my summer bike gloves while riding in the winter. Personally, they are a must if you plan to winter ride. Some friends who dislike the Bar Mitts because of reduced mobility go for lobster mitts and seem to have great success in keeping their hands warm.

WHERE TO RIDE The 2015/2016 season is going to be the best ever as the Fernie Mountain Bike Club (FMBC) has a couple of groomers and there is significant traffic from the increased popularity. Ian Shopland from Straight Line says, “We used to have to wait multiple days after a significant snow storm to ride the trails. Now with all the traffic and groomers we can pretty much ride any day.”

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Ridgemont and Montane. Cemetery Bypass, Kiddy Up, Queen V, Ecoterrorist, Deadfall, Eric’s and Sidewinder, and the Montane Trail area.

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Fernie Provincial Park. Gorby, Old Goat, Old Stumpy.

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Mount Proctor. Swine Flu and Far Side.

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Facebook has a public group called Fernie Fat Bike where people ask questions, give trail conditions and post about equipment etc. The group is quite responsive to queries as we are all very involved with the sport.

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Strava is another tool that can be used effectively for winter biking. Members of the Fernie Mountain Bike Club have their own feed that you can follow and see rides, duration and even photos.

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Nordic Skiing in Fernie BY JEN GREBELDINGER

PHOTO COURTESY OF FERNIE NORDIC SOCIETY Last winter in an interview with the Fernie Fix, local (super hero) teenager Maëlle Weber noted that she hoped Nordic skiing opportunities would expand in Fernie and more people would become interested in the sport. Well, all signs point to that wish coming true! The Fernie Nordic Society boasted over 570 members last year and the number of options for cross-country skiing is increasing. The Fernie Nordic Society is very proud of the 8.5 km of groomed trails now available to skiers at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre (EVNC), adjacent to Mt Fernie Provincial Park. Groomed for both classic and skate skiing, the trail system connects the Mt Fernie Trailhead and Warming Hut to Fernie Alpine Resort with a variety of loop options along the way. This summer, crews finished The Runt trail – a sneaky bypass of the thigh-burning Grunt, both of which start on the west side of the Teck Bridge (over Lizard Creek). In addition to challenging trails like The Grunt and Lizard Lookout Hill, there are trails to accommodate skiers of all levels such as Jackrabbit and Cedar Loops. So, whether you’re looking to break in your first set of skate skis, strap on your ‘90s classic set up

or train for a Kootenay Cup race, you will find trails and terrain that challenge and invigorate you. There is one thing that ensures both the first time skier and the Strava enthusiast will enjoy their time on the trails – the grooming. This is why the Elk Valley Nordic Centre is a ski-only facility. We are lucky to have the services of Foothills Silva Culture to groom our trails. Grooming is a significant but vital expense that dramatically enhances the cross-country ski experience. Luckily, we’re in Fernie, folks! There are great alternative, multi-use venues if you are looking to snow bike, snowshoe, walk or Nordic ski with your dog. Montane has both Nordic exclusive and multi-use trails available for winter. Both Fernie Alpine Resort and Island Lake Lodge provide multi-use winter trails that are dog friendly and Mt Fernie Provincial Park is lovely terrain for a snowshoe or walk with pets. If you’re interested in cross-country only trails with less elevation, you can head out to the Fernie Golf & Country Club. There you’ll find 5 km of regularly groomed trails that loop through the golf course and offer great views of the surrounding mountains. Just like in summer, no dogs on the Golf Course, please!

These are maintained in partnership with the FG&CC. If you are going to visit the cross-country only trails at either the Elk Valley Nordic Centre or the Golf Course, we do ask that you either buy a very reasonably priced annual Fernie Nordic Society membership (fernienordic.com) or purchase a day pass at the designated trailheads. Membership is a key factor to the long term sustainability of first class cross-country skiing opportunities in Fernie. But the foremost element in ensuring the long-term health and vibrancy of these lands and our access to them is responsible stewardship. If we can all commit to becoming stewards of our trails and protectors of the lands in which we recreate, we will ensure our long-term access to them. Moreover, young advocates like Maëlle, and every child who enjoys winter sports in Fernie, will continue to have access to beautiful and professionally maintained trails well into the future. Jen Grebeldinger is the Administrator at the Fernie Nordic Society. Visit fernienordic.com for more details, and visit our Map section in this guide for the Elk Valley Nordic Centre trails map.

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MOVIES, MUSEUMS AND MEAT DRAWS: FERNIE’S OTHER WINTER WONDERLAND

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FOR CERTAIN THERE IS AN EXPONENTIAL AMOUNT OF THINGS TO DO IN FERNIE. WHEN THE LEAVES BEGIN TO FALL FROM THEIR TREES WITH THE CHANGING SEASON AND THE PATHWAYS ARE SCATTERED WITH MEMORIES OF SUMMER LONG SINCE GONE, A SUDDEN, OFTEN WELCOMED CHANGE OCCURS. ››› Comfy sweaters and warm boots replace shorts and sandals. Those of us trying to hold on to the last moments of summer take to the mountain bike trails, even when it starts to snow. And when we finally come to accept that the warmth of summer has been engulfed by the crisp, cold winds of a looming winter, we change what we do. We seek out different, sometimes inside-type things to do.

There is, by no means, a shortage of such things. It is only a matter of knowing where to find them. If you’ve had a full day of fresh powder skiing and – perhaps new to Fernie – you aren’t fully aware of the relaxing activities this little mountain Shangri-La has to offer you, take yourself downtown to the historic Vogue Theatre (est. 1908) on Second Ave. There is nothing better than a bag of hot, buttered

popcorn and a new movie on “cheap Tuesday” to complete a perfect wintery day. The Vogue’s upstairs arcade is also great for the kids and is like stepping back into the 1980s for some old-fashioned gaming. Or, if you happen to be in town on the first Monday of the month from September to April,the Vogue Theatre plays host to Indie Films Fernie (IFF), a program of the local Arts Station. Unique and independent films

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WINTER 2015|16 › RECREATION If all you really want is some rest and relaxation, Fernie’s many yoga studios can bring you back to your own sense of wellness. Studios including the unique Castle on First and Essential Yoga offer a number of classes for all yogis. There is nothing better than a good stretch and a calming of the mind when things become just a little too hectic, or after a day of great skiing and outdoor adventuring. Leave feeling refreshed and at peace, ready to snuggle beneath a blanket with a good book afterwards.

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If what you seek is a little bit of arts and culture be sure to head to The Arts Station on First Ave. Local, unique art and artists are featured in monthly exhibitions. This historic space, celebrating its 25th Anniversary in the fall of 2015, is also a popular spot for live music, theatre and numerous workshops in painting, textiles and pottery. Check their website at www.theartsstation.com for current events and courses.

Or perhaps, in celebration of an epic day on the hill playing in snow, all you seek is an ice-cold beer at one of the local bars. Head to the Griz Bar – a local hot spot – at Fernie Alpine Resort and watch as those giant white flakes fall heavy on the mountain and you get excited for the next days’ riding. Find yourself conversing with local hooligans for a game of pool, or pair your Fernie beer with a plate of hot, cheesy nachos and you have yourself a finale to a flawless day. Head into town for local trivia and jam nights at The Brickhouse and the Pub. DJ sets at the Northern and the Royal are guaranteed for a rowdy experience. Or for a truly authentic, country adventure head to the Fernie Hotel for their Friday night Meat Draw. Win a marinated steak, a rack of ribs or a roast and take in this local favourite Friday to-do.

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You might want a change of pace from the typical workout at Fernie Alpine Resort too, in which case two local gyms Evolution Health and Fitness and Vitality Body & Mind are fantastic in helping Fernie folk stay fit. These gyms offer great classes to motivate you into your best shape – especially after all of those Christmas treats.

For anyone hoping for a run-through on Fernie history pay a visit to the Fernie Museum. Located in the original Home Bank building on Second Ave., the museum gives a great introduction to Fernie with its ongoing exhibit, This is Our Fernie, showing how Fernie has grown and transformed from a once small coal mining community to a multi-purpose valley, bustling and always full of excitement. The exhibit leads you through Fernie’s dramatic history and along the many events that have helped shape it.

Whatever the reason may be that you visit beautiful Fernie this winter, you have come to the right place – there is always a fresh line to ski, a beer to drink, and more fun than even the most ambitious can sometimes handle. Here’s hoping for a great season, one with exponential amounts of snow and lots of things to do. Jesse Bell is a Fernie local and adventure enthusiast, who loves life in the mountains. A freelance writer for the Fernie Fix, Jesse shares her stories in the hopes that they inspire others to seek out adventures of their own.

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ANYONE VISITING FERNIE DURING THE WINTER WILL BE DRAWN TO SPEND TIME IN THE AMAZING BACKCOUNTRY, WHETHER ON SKIS/SNOWBOARDS, SNOWSHOES OR A SNOWMOBILE. WHILE THE EXPERIENCE CAN BE ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR VISIT, ONCE YOU SET FOOT OUTSIDE CONTROLLED AREAS (ESSENTIALLY FERNIE ALPINE RESORT), YOU EXPOSE YOURSELF TO SUBSTANTIAL AVALANCHE RISK. FERNIE’S LEGENDARY DEEP POWDER AND STEEP MOUNTAINS CAN BE FATAL IF NOT APPROACHED WITH RESPECT. ›››

HOW TO STAY SAFE It’s puking big fat white flakes and forecast to last all night – you want to head out for some fresh turns in the morning. Take some precautions before you go:

CHECK THE WEATHER REPORT Maybe it’s going to warm up and howl with rain – not a good time to be in the backcountry.

CHECK THE AVALANCHE CANADA WEBSITE (WWW.AVALANCHE.CA) Make sure you know the avalanche risk in your area. Moderate your terrain choice accordingly.

CHOOSE YOUR PARTNERS WELL

PRACTICE YOUR SKILLS

Not that drunk at the bar shouting about secret stashes that only he knows about. Make sure the people you head out with have similar objectives, risk appetite and fitness. Decide who’s in charge and what “go/no-go” criteria you have for the day.

Fernie Search and Rescue and Fernie Alpine Resort have teamed up to install a state-ofthe-art avalanche rescue training area. Head to the ski hill and practice your rescue skills at the Transceiver Training Area off the Timber Chair.

GET TRAINING

TELL SOMEONE WHERE YOU’RE GOING

Are you an expert? No, but really? Two of your friends have just been buried; there are three of you left to look for them. What are your next steps? Not sure? Sign up for one of many courses offered throughout the season – you can never know too much!

Fernie Search and Rescue’s catchment area is some 8,000-square kilometres. If you’ve left a detailed itinerary with someone who knows when you were due back, then we have a good idea of where to start looking if you don’t come back.

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WINTER 2015|16 › RECREATION TALK TO SOME EXPERTS Check in with Ski Patrol at Fernie Alpine Resort for the most up-to-date snowpack and backcountry assessments. Most of the patrollers also volunteer for Fernie Search and Rescue.

HAVE AN EMERGENCY PRE-PLAN The best plans in the world can go wrong. An injured partner, an avalanche, broken equipment. It’s going to happen at some point – what are you going to do about it? Who are you going to call? How are you going to call them? How long can you survive while waiting for help? Do you have any first aid skills?

THINGS TO TAKE WITH YOU You’ve done your pre-trip checks, left your itinerary with someone in town and you’re ready to go. Your pack weighs more than your house, and you’re going to be hauling it uphill all day. You pull everything out and try to work out what you can leave at home.

HERE’S OUR TOP TEN ITEMS THAT NEED TO STAY IN THAT PACK: TRANSCEIVER Have one, and know how to use it. Make sure your buddy knows how to use theirs, as well. If you get buried, he/she’s the one looking for you. After 15 minutes under the snow, your chances of survival fall by about 90%, so a practice might be a good thing. Check those batteries as well. Less than 90%? Change them.

SHOVEL Get a good quality shovel, preferably not plastic, and know how to use it in hard postavi snow.

PROBE It’s Number Three of the Big Three with the two above. Practice using it.

FIRST AID PACK AND FIRE At least a minimum amount to cover minor injuries. Throw some means of lighting a fire in as well, you should be able to survive the night in any conditions with a big fire.

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EXTRA CLOTHING

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

More people than you might think have spent an unexpected night out in winter around Fernie. That extra fleece could make the difference. Also keep a thermal wrap in your pack. They weigh nothing.

Cellphones work in plenty of places, and they are the communications equipment most people will have. They won’t work everywhere though, and you may need to climb to higher ground to get a signal.

MAP

PLB

For any backcountry recreation, unless you’re with someone who really knows the area. And even then, maps don’t weigh much, so take one just in case.

OK, that’s 11 items, this one could have been tucked under Communications but is worthy of mention on its own. A Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) can send a GPS location to emergency services when things go wrong. Fernie SAR has rescued a number of people who have activated their SPOT or In Reach locators who probably would not be around were it not for the device.

NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT Everything looks the same in the snow, so it’s easy to get lost. GPS is great, but the cold kills the batteries, so take and know how to use a compass as well.

FOOD AND DRINK Throw a bit extra in just in case the trip ends up longer than expected.

TOOLS At least enough to make sure you have some means of getting a binding to work if it breaks on you. Walking in waist-deep snow is no fun!

Above all, have fun, play safe and we’ll see you out there. Simon Piney is a member of Fernie Search and Rescue, an organization of voluntary members sponsored by the provincial government to offer assistance to those who find themselves in difficulty in the backcountry. In the summer this includes bikers, hikers and hunters who may find themselves lost or injured away from urban areas. In the winter the focus moves to assisting snowmobilers, skiers and other winter recreationalists who get into trouble in Fernie’s vast backcountry areas.

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FERNIE FIX FAMILY TOP TEN BY KRISTA TURCASSO

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FULL DAYS OF SKIING FOLLOWED BY PINTS AT THE GRIZ BAR MAY BE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN WHEN TRAVELLING WITH YOUR FAMILY, BUT THERE IS STILL SO MUCH FUN TO BE HAD! NO MATTER YOUR INTERESTS OR THE INTERESTS OF YOUR YOUNGER COHORT, YOU WILL DEFINITELY FIND A PLETHORA OF OPTIONS TO EXPLORE WHILE HERE IN FERNIE. WE’VE PUT TOGETHER A LIST OF OUR TOP TEN THINGS TO DO WHEN EXPLORING FERNIE WITH YOUR FAMILY THIS WINTER, BUT DON’T LET IT LIMIT YOU. AS YOU PERUSE THIS GUIDE, YOU’LL FIND SO MANY ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES THAT MAY INTEREST YOU OR YOUR WEE ONES. LET YOUR IMAGINATION GUIDE YOU, AND ABOVE ALL ELSE, ENJOY. ››› 1. The Fernie Aquatic Centre. A multipurpose indoor facility provides both leisure and educational aquatic options. With four bodies of water including a pool for small children, rope swing and a slide, sauna and steam rooms, pool-viewing area, meeting rooms, and fitness centre, you may be persuaded to visit more than just once! www.fernie.ca 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 basics, with the Mighty Moose next in line. The Winter Sport 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. While this is fun for the kids, it’s also awesome for parents, as Slopeside has a patio campfire looking over the Mighty Moose with snacks and beverages available. www.skifernie.com 3. Nordic Skiing. 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 and Country 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. There is also the

option of skiing up towards or – for the very adventurous – to Island Lake Lodge, starting from the lower parking lot. And the Elk Valley Nordic Centre offers numerous trails and loops, with more vertical. See the trails map at the back of this guide, and visit www.fernienordic.com for more details. 4. Snowmobiling. What a great way to take in some scenery with your family! While there is definitely the more advanced terrain for the adventurous, there is also gentle terrain on groomed trails, clinics to help you learn and improve your skills, and guiding in the area. Visit www.ferniesnowmobile.com for more information.

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WINTER 2015|16 › RECREATION 7. Community Programming. Fernie has a host of family programs available, including Kindergym held three times a week 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. For more details and additional options, visit www.ekkids.ca. 8. Skating. There is nothing quite like skating outdoors. In town, skating on the Annex Pond, Maiden Lake or the pond at the Golf Course is a popular pastime. For the more adventurous, consider skating at Silver Springs in Elko. If it’s more of an indoor day, the Memorial Arena hosts public skating regularly, along with free public skating Tuesday to Thursday from 10:30am-11:15am. There is also drop-in Adult Shinny, Skate and Shoot and Youth Shinny. Visit www. fernie.ca for further details. And if you prefer to observe, you don’t want to leave town without checking out the Fernie Ghostriders! This Junior B Hockey Club takes the stage nearly every week to a full house at the arena, and it is exciting. They also serve Fernie Brewing Company products.

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6. Indoor Climbing. 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 the wall is open, along with the opportunity for you to book the wall for a specific date and time. 1-866-423-4691 The Rock Garden at Evolution has a schedule, which includes family climb time from 2-4pm the first Sunday of every month. They also have preschool climbing at 1pm Mondays and Thursdays, and No School Fridays Kid’s climbing. www.evolutionhealth.ca

9. Island Lake Lodge. This winter, Island Lake is extending its schedule for the popular Winter Lunch and Spa, now running Thursday to Sunday the entire season. The bonus is that kids between four to 12 receive 50% off, and toddlers three and under are free! If the snowcat ride doesn’t get you in the good books, we’re guessing the views, amazing food, and perhaps first spa treatment ever might do the trick. www.islandlakecatskiing.com 10. Movie Time. The Vogue Theatre shows first-run movies at 7pm nightly, with 9pm screenings on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, as well as feature $6.50 2D and $8.50 3D matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. Also, the Vogue regularly hosts film festivals, special screenings and the monthly Indie Films Fernie organized by The Arts Station. The theatre is also home to Fernie’s only arcade, just upstairs with more than 50 games available for party rentals! Visit ferniemovies.com to see what’s on. Krista Turcasso, editor of the Fernie Fix, was born and raised in Fernie and is looking forward to reliving the experience by raising her two daughters here.

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THE POWDER DIARIES BY KAREN PEPPER

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FERNIE ALPINE RESORT AND THE COMMUNITY OF FERNIE HAS A UNIQUE AND POWERFUL CHARM THAT DRAWS PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO VISIT, AND PERHAPS EVEN RELOCATE HERE PERMANENTLY. IT STARTS WITH THE LURE OF THE DEEP LEGENDARY POWDER AND BUILDS INTO A PROFOUND LOVE OF THE MOUNTAINS, TRAILS, WATERWAYS AND CULTURE OF THIS VIBRANT COMMUNITY. WE ASKED SOME OF OUR STAFF TO SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE WINTER MEMORIES WITH US: HERE’S A TASTE OF SOME OF THEIR AMAZING MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCES. WE HOPE YOU’LL CREATE YOUR OWN SPECIAL MEMORIES THIS WINTER AT FERNIE ALPINE RESORT! ››› NICOLE MATEI (FAR PATROL) From Edmonton, Ten Years in Fernie My ultimate winter day at Fernie Alpine Resort? You’d think it would be the chairlift ride in 1999 where I met my husband. Or maybe one of many epic days crushing Currie Bowl laps with friends. Perhaps, it would be a memory earned from ten years working with the herculean Fernie Ski Patrol. But I can say with absolute certainty, that my ultimate winter day at FAR was January 17, 2012. A collision of two robust weather systems directly above Fernie

culminated into the perfect winter storm, now infamously known as Champagne Tuesday. As temperatures hovered at an unholy -25°C outside we apprehensively climbed out of bed and into reluctant ski boots. No sooner were we back under a 94 cm deep impeccable blanket of over-the-head-blowerpow. It was the stuff that Powder Princess dreams are made of. Turn after effortless turn, we carved powder signatures through the snow; faces stinging in the cold; feet burning like heck, we were weightless. I think Justin and I lasted eight laps that day, and while we could hear the collective hoots and hollers from afar... we never crossed another set of tracks or saw another soul.

ROBIN SIGGERS (FAR MOUNTAIN OPERATIONS MANAGER) From Vancouver, 39 Years in Fernie Wow, best winter memory from the past (nearly) forty years – that’s a tough one. Perhaps hiking over the Saddles to get into Currie Bowl (before the development of the New Side) and dropping into waist deep powder in the yet-to-be-named Currie Chutes? Or maybe touring to put lines down

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A lot of good days followed. Seeing the mountains in all their beauty from Polar Peak, cross-country skiing in the sunshine, warming up with a hot beverage, stopping and soaking in sunrise and sunset colours, and welcoming people who are just as excited as I was in my first season at Fernie Alpine Report – these are some of my favourite moments. There will be one more activity to add for this upcoming winter: we will have snow bikes (“fat bikes”) in the Rental Shop which means more fun times ahead!

MARK ORMANDY (FAR ACCOUNTING MANAGER) From New Zealand, 15 Years in Fernie NICOLE MATEI PHOTO Snake Ridge that we could admire for days like signatures in the snow? One day that sticks out for me was a random weekday when I was patrolling in the late ‘70s. It was a nondescript average day, and I was just out skiing, doing my job. At some point during that day, I noticed that I had not seen a soul for the past few runs. It was dumping big fat flakes. It was cold. It was deep. I remember riding the old Bear T-Bar and looking out at the Bear trees, that were seemingly being buried by snow. I did several runs and saw no one – the lifty was in the hut and did not come out. It was so quiet, so peaceful, so deep and so awesome. Skiing in silence and solitude. I’ll never forget that day.

BRITTA PLAAS (FAR RENTAL SHOP) From Germany, Four Years in Fernie It’s tough to nail down just one favourite memory, but one of my best winter days was my first day skiing here at Fernie Alpine Resort. In 2011, I got a job at the resort and once the hill opened I took my skis and went up the Elk Chair – it was time to learn how to ski! I remember the pure excitement of being in Fernie and exploring the mountain on skis. My introduction to powder skiing soon followed, and in January 2012 I experienced the epic 2012 “Champagne Tuesday” – 94 cm in 18 hours – and I learned how to ski in deep powder! I started to enjoy skiing in the trees and almost everywhere on the mountain and being outside with friends all day.

Hmm, best winter memory? That’s a real tough question – seasons blend into seasons, runs run into runs, turns link together. But one day definitely stands out… March 2011, lots of snow. I was in Calgary picking up my mum from the airport on a late arrival from New Zealand. It was a long drive through a blizzard back to Fernie, and all I could think about was the powder day that I had missed. We arrived home safely that night – I slept for a few hours and dragged myself out of bed. Looking out the window that morning, the storm had passed and it was clearing. I quickly grabbed some coffee and drove to the hill. At the top of the Bear Chair I heard that Snake Ridge was opening… I couldn’t believe my luck. Snake Ridge had been closed for some time due to a large avalanche, so the new snow there was untouched. I skied out there uncontested – where was everyone? Had they burned themselves out riding the previous days’ powder? I turned into the top of Snake Main, and launched off the crown of the avalanche. Landing in a blanket of fresh storm snow, I skied top to bottom, grinning from ear to ear. Back to the top. Repeat. I think I got three to four runs in before I crossed another track. To be able to ski Snake Main, fresh, uncrowded and with good visibility is one thing… but to ski it repeatedly with a crown to jump off at the top is priceless. Karen Pepper is the Groups Coordinator at Fernie Alpine Resort, where she has been working for the last 14 years. www.skifernie.com

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Years ago I used to spend most of my weekends and holidays in Fernie. In 2005 I made a commitment to my husband at the wonderful old Wood restaurant (on the ski hill). We had also made a commitment to make Fernie home. This was the experience we wanted for our children as they grew up. My involvement in health and wellness had begun during my 12 years as a massage practitioner. I understood even more how physical well-being can contribute to overall wellness. My first interaction with indoor cycling (aka Spin) came as a student, but I was hooked and after my first two children were born I began the process of certification so that I could teach. After a conversation with Marlene Vale, who was instrumental in the growth of the Castle Movement on 1st, a perfect space had materialized and I knew this was a great opportunity to bring an indoor cycling studio to Fernie. We have such an active community here and cycling is a huge component of that. The phenomenon of indoor cycling has grown rapidly in the last few years and is going stronger than ever. It has been extremely popular in large cities with thousands of boutique cycling studios showing up around the world, but is now beginning to filter down to smaller centres. The great thing about indoor cycling is that it is an effective, low-impact, high-energy workout, that is great for all fitness levels. No matter your experience.

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Excitement is in the air! Ski season is here and people are getting their ski legs into shape. That’s important, but what is often forgotten is the prep needed before working out and the recovery required after. Here are a few movement and tissue drills you can perform before training. These will help keep you uninjured and having fun. A little tightness and stiffness is expected but no “bad” pain should be felt. Before mobilizing you need to get warm. Try jumping rope, switching from leg to leg. No jump rope? Simply jump up and down. 100 jumps shared between each leg in sets of ten. The goal is to get warm, increase heart rate, breathing and core temperature. Once warmed up, you’re ready to take your joints through as full a range of motion as you safely can.

MOBILITY DRILLS: 1) Deep Forward Lunge: Hold with a FLAT front foot and straight rear leg. Make sure your front knee is tracking over your foot. In this position, attempt to move lower over the time frame. Oscillating your hips back and forth, front and back through their range in this position. Two minutes each side. 2) Deep Forward Lunge: With front foot on its SIDE keeping your knee off the ground and straight rear leg move your hips through the same range of motion as above. Two minutes per leg. This drill can put some pressure on your knee and ankle so listen to your body; the movement should always be pain-free. 3) Deep Side Lunge: Staying flat-footed, squat down and extend one leg out straight to the side while keeping the other leg in a squat. On the bent leg keep your knee over your foot. Spend 30 seconds focusing on moving your ankle and hip through their ranges of motion while feeling a good stretch in the outstretched leg. Now plant the outstretched foot flat keep your hips

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4) Posterior Hip Capsule: On hands and knees weight one leg with all your weight. Think of allowing the top of your femur to passively push into the back of your buttocks (hip capsule) while oscillating through its range of motion. Spend two minutes here then switch legs. 5) Posterior Hip Capsule with a twist (external rotation): Repeat the above drill but move the foot of the weighted leg up so that it looks like a modified “pigeon pose” while still allowing your femur to be passively pushed into the back of your hip capsule. Oscillate in this position. This can be tough on the knee joint so again should be a “bad pain free” range of motion. These drills should get you ready for the activity of the day, but exercise and prep is only half the battle. Recovery is key to ensuring you enjoy the endless powder we’re hopefully going to get this winter!

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We spend hours a day contemplating what we should eat and trying to make the healthy choice. Why shouldn’t our pets get the same treatment? Barkside offers healthy pet food, supplements and gear for your dogs and cats, along with other products and goodies. 791 2nd Ave

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

HAPPY HOUNDS You’re in Fernie on an adventure, why shouldn’t your dog enjoy one too? Happy Hounds ensures you that a tired dog is a happy dog, and you’ll come home after a day recreating to a pet that has enjoyed his or her own day on the mountains. www.happyhounds.ca

FITNESS ESSENTIAL YOGA STUDIO The Essential Yoga Studio offers a variety of yoga classes for all levels, retreats in town and around the world, and teacher training and workshops. Book online, classes tend to fill quickly. www.essentialyogastudio.com

EVOLUTION HEALTH & FITNESS Fernie’s popular winter getaway, Evolution has a multitude of classes available, from spin to core to yoga to Pilates. A completely revamped space, weights, cardio equipment, stretching areas, climbing wall and friendly staff make going to the gym almost easy! www.evolutionhealth.ca

FLUID MOTION THERAPY Tara Hatch of Fluid Motion Therapy and Bracing is a Certified Athletic Therapist passionate about getting people back into an active lifestyle, and offers orthopaedic and sports medicine braces and products. www.fluidmotiontherapy.com

SARAH’S ACTIVE REHABILITATION Working out of Evolution Health & Fitness, Sarah Ingram along with additional personal trainers specialize in training individuals to achieve personal goals, or actively and effectively rehabilitate individuals recovering from an injury. 250-423-9167

SPARROW FOR HAIR A unique and trendy hair salon, Sparrow for Hair is dedicated to providing a service that leaves you feeling inspired, empowered and beautiful. Dedicated and passionate about what they do, they are always accepting new guests. 250-423-7175

HEALTH PRODUCTS THE GOOD EARTH The Good Earth, located in the heart of downtown, offers everything from organic, sugar-free, gluten-free, preservative-free products to natural supplements. Also, Good Earth now offers drop off and pick up dry cleaning services. 250-423-7121

MASSAGE & ESTHETICS ENCHANTED ESTHETICS

KING FIR SPA A revitalized 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

LIZARD CREEK SPA Using all organic soaps, oils, soaks and scrubs and a proud partner with Eminence Organics and LVX luxe nail system, this full service spa on the hill is a great way to rejuvenate after a day of recreating. 250-423-2057 ext. 1014

SPA 901 Fernie’s impressive 5000 sqft spa facility, offering exclusive treatments and a lifestyle experience including saunas, lounges and pools in a refurbished historical building. Great for weddings and special occasions. 250-423-7722  

SUMMIT MASSAGE Summit Massage is located in beautiful downtown Fernie. Kristen Miller, Registered Massage Therapist, has over twelve years of experience with wellness, therapeutic, pre and post natal massage. To book an appointment please call 250-430-7244.

Leah Hill has extensive esthetics training offering a broad range of services including facials, body wraps, pedicures, relaxation/hot stone massage, reflexology, lash extensions/ tinting and waxing. Featuring Eminence Organic skin care products and the SpaRitual Nail Polish line. 250-430-1289

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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 hot tub, spring shower and mountain views. 250-423-3700

Located in downtown Fernie, Trillium offers organic facials, massage, natural body treatments, manicures and waxing with a specialty in Brazilians. Products used include iLike Organic Skin Care, Ey Envy, OPI Nail Polish and more. 250-423-7774

The only day spa in Fernie offering exclusive esthetic, spa and massage services with Aveda skincare and techniques and products. Enjoy quality care in a fun and friendly setting in the heart of downtown. 250-423-6395

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PRACTITIONERS AND HEALTH CENTRES

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DOULA SERVICES AND CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION With over eight years of experience, Tanya is a DONA trained Doula, Lamaze trained childbirth educator, and Certified BOLD Method for Birth Facilitator. Online at TanyaMalcom.com celebrates women on their journey to motherhood and encourages pregnant moms to reclaim their birth power. Tanya also trains birth professionals online at BOLD Birth. 250-278-0667

DR. A.M. KAHANE INC., FAMILY & COSMETIC DENTISTRY Dr. A. M. Kahane Inc. is home to husband and wife, Dr. Amos Kahane and Dr. Marcela Kahane and their team of dental professionals. They are committed to providing superior dental care to clients in a relaxing, comfortable and friendly environment. 250-423-6838

Individual practitioners and businesses inspiring and supporting wellness for mind, body, business, and life. Offering over 30 services including registered massage therapy, acupuncture, esthetics, osteopathy, healing touch, nutrition, meditation, naturopathic and homeopathic medicine, reiki, bookkeeping and money coaching. www.FernieWellness.com

JADE RIVER HEALING CENTRE A Chinese medical clinic specializing in acute chronic pain relief, increasing energy levels, stress management, overcoming addiction and much more, this holistic approach returns the body to a balanced state enabling the body to heal itself. 250-423-7667

OPT CLINIC A confidential, unbiased and non-judgmental clinic for all ages, genders and orientations located at the Fernie Health Unit at the Elk Valley Hospital. Provides a range of accessible and affordable sexual health services, open every Tuesday evening (JanMarch) from 6:30-8:30pm. 1501 5th Ave

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This is Our Fernie Fires, floods, mine disasters and even a curse did not deter people from forging a good life in Fernie. Our permanent exhibit, This Is Our Fernie, explores the industrious history of Fernie as a coal mining and tourism community.

Upcoming Exhibits An Immigrant Story: The Rise and Fall of Emilio Picariello September 19, 2015 -January 3, 2016 The exhibit will provide insight into the immigration history of Fernie and will explore the impact of prohibition on individuals and the communities in which Picariello lived and operated his legitimate and illegal businesses. Peace Park Explorations Norman C. Riley | Artist January - March 2016

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ARTS AND CULTURE WHETHER FERNIE ATTRACTS A MULTITUDE OF ARTISTICALLY INCLINED INDIVIDUALS, OR INDIVIDUALS FIND THEMSELVES INSPIRED BY ITS BEAUTY ONCE HERE, ONE THING IS FOR SURE – THE ARTISTIC FLOW IN THIS COMMUNITY IS IMPRESSIVE. ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE FERNIE ARTS STATION AND THE FERNIE MUSEUM CONTINUE TO SET THE BAR, WHILE INDEPENDENT ART GALLERIES AND STUDIOS INCREASE IN NUMBER EVERY YEAR, LINING THE DOWNTOWN SHOPPING CORE WITH THEIR COLOUR AND FLARE. IN ADDITION, FERNIE’S YEARLY EVENTS CALENDAR IS DECORATED WITH MUSICAL ACTS, FESTIVALS AND EXHIBIT OPENINGS. THE ARTS AND CULTURAL SCENE IN FERNIE IS ON THE RISE, AND SHOWS NO SIGNS OF STOPPING.

ERIN TEEPLE

Q. No Fernie winter is complete without…

FERNIE ARTS STATION

A. A great entertainment line up! Fernie is known for its nightlife, arts and culture, whether it be the DJs rolling through or world-class musicians. Fernie is on the map and artists want to play here! I think that is really cool and I’m proud to be a part of making it happen.

After having spent seven years in Vancouver working in both the music industry and legal community, I am so happy to once again call Fernie home, and to be working a dream job as the Administrator of the Arts Station. For such a small community, I have always been amazed at how many artists live here. There is something so special about this place that inspires and drives the creative process. Growing up in Fernie, I always felt inspired and focused to write or sing, whether it was in choir or on stage. After years of studying opera, playing at open mics or singing at community events, I moved to Vancouver to continue pursuing music where I worked as a paralegal by day, and musician by night. Combining the two worlds was no easy feat but I managed. I recorded my EP, performed on the club circuit, had a song on radio and worked in various studios. My time in Vancouver was an amazing education in the music industry, and also on the trials and tribulations of being an independent artist. Being back in Fernie, however, I am relieved to write in such a free, relaxed environment and to also get a new project off the ground. That’s the luxury of being in a place like this; there is time to be precious with one’s artistic pursuits without the pressure and demand of the city.    Fernie has become a buzzword. There is no denying that this community has taken a spot on the world stage as people are seeking more opportunities to engage with art and entertainment. In my observations,

Q. My preferred way to explore Fernie is… A. On foot. I love to walk around Fernie in the winter. There is a silence with a snowfall that is just so calming. Nothing beats our crisp, clean, fresh mountain air. Q. The best part about the Fernie community, in my opinion is…

MOUNTAIN ASH PHOTOGRAPHY we have been rising to the challenge, continuously offering a line up of events and live performances that suit all tastes. With the growth of our community, I can only foresee our event roster growing and even more acts coming to town. I am humbled every day by the dedication of people in this community, the commitment to their artistic practice, and desire to foster more interest in the arts.

A. The people. Fernie is such a special place. People just really love living here and are genuinely happy. The support from the community is a wonderful thing, too. I am so impressed with how many people continuously come forward to volunteer at an event, or just stay later to ask how they can help. Who does that? Fernie people! Because they are proud of their community, in a way like nothing I’ve seen. I have found that is a rarity. Q. If I had to pick one way to spend an evening in Fernie, it would be… A. Taking my son for a walk through the park, followed by a late night dinner with friends, then taking in a performance at the Arts Station.

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BOOKED!

BY CAROLYN NIKODYM

BY NOW, YOU’VE LIKELY REALIZED THAT FERNIE IS A LOT MORE THAN JUST A FANTASTIC SKI HILL. THERE IS ALSO A VIBRANT ARTS SCENE, BROUGHT TOGETHER BY A CONFLUENCE OF STAUNCH ARTS APPRECIATORS, TALENTED ARTISTS AND A WELCOMING, RELAXED PLACE FOR ARTISTS TO VISIT. It is this stew that has made Fernie’s authors series – Booked! is now in its third successful season – a must-do series of events over winter. Hosted in the stunning Fernie Heritage Library, Booked! welcomes some of Canada’s literary stars. Booked! events are exactly that – events. Local caterers and shops, like Le Grande Fromage, provide munchies. Local bands perform before and after the author’s presentation. And the presentation itself is often moderated by Fernie’s own literary star, novelist Angie Abdou (The Bone Cage, Between). The series has brought in the likes of Alison Pick, Timothy Taylor and Will Ferguson. This year’s series began with poet Christian Bök and ends with the singular Shelagh Rogers. Kara Stanley comes to Fernie in October with her moving memoir Fallen: A Trauma, A Marriage and the Transformative Power of Music. Stanley’s story follows how she and her husband re-invented their lives after he suffered a traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Beginning with the harrowing discovery that her husband was being airlifted from the Sunshine Coast to Vancouver, Stanley’s narrative is gripping and heart-wrenching. It is the unknowing: not knowing whether her husband, Simon Paradis, will live or die; not knowing if he will live, but in a coma; not knowing if his brain injury will render him helpless. The tension eases, though, as Paradis, begins his long road to recovery, first awakening from a coma then awakening

BOOKED! EVENT | GABRIELA ESCOBAR ARI PHOTO into his self. Together, Stanley and Paradis face the challenges of what their new lives will look like, from finding a new, accessible house to the constant physical rehabilitation to the inevitable change in marital dynamic. While these challenges are intense in themselves, they feel a welcome respite from unknowing part of the journey. Their transformation has much to do with music, which has been a part of Paradis’ life since childhood. He was in a band, and all he wanted was a chance to play again – on a stage, with his buddies. The transformation also has a lot to do with Stanley’s ability to write her story down. It is through her journey of trying to understand her new circumstances that her readers can identify with the complex emotions this trek provoked. And it is in her sharing that we can summon the strength to face our own challenges. Fallen will likely bring you to tears, but it will also inspire. In January, Fernie welcomes Raziel Reid. His book When Everything Feels Like the Movies was heartily championed by Lainey Lui on the 2015 Canada Reads. At that time, the book was also experiencing a bit of backlash from readers who felt that its subject matter and language was much too adult to carry the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature. There was a (fortunately) failed attempt to force Reid to return his GG prize and money. The upside to the backlash was the discussions that were hatched: is the

Children’s Literature category too broad? is young adult fiction eclipsing other genres in its innovation? and so on. When Everything Feels Like the Movies won’t be an easy read for some people – and not for the language, even. Reid’s main characters Jude and Angela aren’t entirely easy to like. But it is in this where the magic lies. Reid shows us how easy it is to fall into bully mode. As a reader, we may not agree with their choices, like their language or be in harmony with their worldviews – but Jude and Angela aren’t evil. They’re just teenagers trying to figure out where they fit in, in a small town where being different isn’t cool. In the end When Everything Feels Like the Movies shows us that people are much more complex than we often give them credit for being. There is often a lot more going on under the surface than most people let on. We’re all living in our own little movies. Shelagh Rogers, real Canadian royalty, comes to Fernie in April. The CBC host of The Next Chapter and former host of Sounds Like Canada, is sure to have many stories to bring along with her own writing. I don’t think that I am alone in saying that it will be a real honour to host her in Fernie. Visit the events calendar for this season’s Booked! dates. Carolyn Nikodym is a freelance writer and associate editor for the Fernie Fix and the Assistant to the Publisher at Oolichan Books, a literary press, publishing poetry, fiction and non-fiction titles.

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AFTER DARK BP’S LOUNGE

691 1st Ave. 250-423-6444

9 Taps of ice cold draft & all your favourite spirits 8 Screens to enjoy all your favourite sports including a huge 80" HD main screen Kitchen open all day every day until 10pm

Along Highway #3 you will find Boston Pizza, next to the Best Western hotel. BP’s Lounge offers a great setting to catch the next hot sports event, or enjoy a social evening with friends. 1602 7th Ave

THE BRICKHOUSE BAR & GRILL 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

THE BRIDGE BISTRO Newly renovated and located along the river dike by the West Fernie bridge, the Bridge Bistro provides a great evening setting with a large bar and lounge area for cocktails with friends and the best deck in town. 301 Hwy 3

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Monday: NFL BINGO and Wing Night Thursday: Burger & Beer Sponsored by Fernie Brewing Co.

Sunday: Football, All Day Breakfast & $4.50 Caesars Find us on Facebook: “The Fernie Hotel” TheFernie.com

Fernie’s premier steakhouse offering a casual mountain dining atmosphere with the best steaks in town. Serving grass fed, black angus beef and an extensive cocktail and beverage menu, this is a great place to start any evening in Fernie. 561 Hwy #3

FERNIE HOTEL Dating back to 1909, the Fernie Hotel and Pub is the most historical pub in town and offers a casual environment for both the locals and tourists. Nine HD flat screen TVs, a great sound system for both Friday and Saturday night DJs and bands, and great food and beverages available. 691 1st Ave

game of pool, catching a sports event on the big screen, or socializing with friends. They also have a great menu. 742 Hwy 3

EXHIBITS 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 who’s work is on display while here this winter. 250-423-4842

FERNIE MUSEUM Recently renovated, 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 a variety of rotating exhibits. 491 2nd Ave

LIVE MUSIC FERNIE ARTS STATION Located in the heart of downtown, the Arts Station hosts live bands throughout the winter months, gallery openings monthly, holds special events, and brings Indie Films Fernie to the Vogue Theatre. 601 1st Ave

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 this winter. Fully licensed, with a full menu. 501 1st Ave

KODIAK LOUNGE

THE ROYAL

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

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. 501 1st Ave

NEVADOS Latin inspired cuisine in the heart of historic Fernie, Nevados has an amazing atmosphere in one of the downtown’s beautiful restored buildings and offers amazing food and beverage offerings. 531 2nd Ave

PARKPLACE PUB With a great outdoor patio and large indoor area, the Pub is a great place for après ski, a

MOVIE THEATRES VOGUE THEATRE Newly renovated with revamped digital audio-visual, 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

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WINTER 2015|16 › CALENDAR OCTOBER

October 15 Booked! Fernie Writers’ Series with Kara Stanley @ Fernie Heritage Library, 7pm October 16-17 Job Fair @ Fernie Alpine Resort October 17 Fall Craft Fair @ Community Centre, 10am-4pm October 17 Vidos Live @ The Royal October 18 Common War Live @ The Northern October 22 Author Reading: Vicki Grant @ Fernie Heritage Library, 4pm October 23 EK Employment Community Job Fair @ Fernie Community Centre, 2-5pm October 23 Fernie Ghostriders VS Chase @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm October 23 Fernie Community & Business Awards @ Fernie Golf and Country Club, 5:3010pm October 23 John Lee’s Hookers @ The Royal October 23 Brad McKay @ Infinitea, 8pm October 24 Fernie Friends of Opera: Favourite Arias @ Mountain Side Church, 7pm October 24 Red Haven @ The Royal October 26 Ken Hamm Live @ The Arts Station, 8pm October 29 FDAC 25th Anniversary Gallery Exhibit @ The Arts Station, 7pm October 30 Halloween Howler @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-5pm October 30 Speak Easy @ The Elks Hall, 9pm -1am celebrating the rise and fall of the rumrunner Emperor Pic. www.ferniemuseum. com October 30 Zombie Walk and After Party @ The Royal October 31 Halloween Party @ Infinitea, 8pm October 31 Annual Costume Contest and Party @ Parkplace Pub October 31 Bloody Night Special Halloween @ The Royal THIS NOVEMBER Fernie Alpine Ski Team Ski Swap Every November, the Fernie Alpine Ski Team hosts the popular Ski Swap from 10am to 2pm at the Fernie Community Centre. People line up early in the morning for the first chance at numerous great items, for all ages, abilities and winter activities. Admission is $2 a person or $5 for a family. If you’re keen to sell, drop off is the evening prior from 6-8pm. A great opportunity to get set up for the season.

NOVEMBER

November 1 Daylight Saving Time Ends – Turn your clocks backward one hour.

November 2 Indie Films Fernie: A Walk in the Woods @ The Vogue Theatre, 7pm November 6 Fernie Ghostriders VS Kimberley @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm November 7 FAST Ski Swap @ Community Centre, 10am-2pm November 10 Fernie Ghostriders VS Golden @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm November 13 Fernie Ghostriders VS Col Valley @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm November 13 25th Anniversary Celebration @ The Arts Station, TBA November 14 Fernie Ghostriders VS Kamloops @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm November 18 Melissa Lauren Live @ The Arts Station, 8pm November 28 Small Business Christmas Party @ Clubhouse Restaurant November 20 Fernie Friends of Opera: Lakme by Delibes @ The Arts Station, 7pm November 20 Twilight Holiday Fair @ Community Centre, 5-9pm November 21 Holiday Fair @ Community Centre, 10am-4pm November 21 Fernie Ghostriders VS Sicamous @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm November 25 Slocan Ramblers Live @ The Arts Station, 8pm November 26 Deck the Walls Community Exhibit @ The Arts Station, 7pm THIS DECEMBER What the Dickens Each December, the Fernie Arts Station puts together an impressive amount of events to celebrate the festivities of the season. From weekly Jingle Jams at cafes in town, to concerts at the Arts Station, workshops and the famous Shortbread Showdown. More details will be made available at www. theartsstation.com - ‘tis the season!

DECEMBER

December 1-24 What the Dickens @ Fernie Arts Station and around town including concerts, workshops, Jing Jams and more. www.theartsstation.com December 5 Opening Day @ Fernie Alpine Resort, conditions permitting December 5 Fernie Ghostriders VS Castlegar @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm December 7 Indie Films Fernie: Remember @ The Vogue Theatre, 7pm December 11 Fernie Friends of Opera: Gianni Schicchi by Puccini and Amahl and The Night Visitors by Menotti @ The Arts Station, 7pm December 11 Fernie Ghostriders VS Spokane @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm December 12 Fernie Ghostriders VS Golden @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm

December 17 Fernie Ghostriders VS Creston @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm December 19 ‘Saint Nick of Time’ Holiday Fair @ Community Centre, 10am-4pm December 19 Fernie Ghostriders VS Beaver Valley @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm December 19 – January 3 Griz Kids Holiday Activities @ Fernie Alpine Resort December 23-24 Ski and Photos with Santa @ Fernie Alpine Resort December 29 Fernie Ghostriders VS Kimberley @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm December 31 Family NYE Celebrations @ Fernie Alpine Resort December 31 NYE Dinner and Party @ Lizard Creek Lodge December 31 Griz Bar NYE Party @ Fernie Alpine Resort THIS JANUARY Stoke Folk the Party A ‘killer concert’ with Fernie’s own Shred Kelly headlining along with a DJ and opening act, presented by the Fernie Arts Station January 30. The concert is broken into an early all ages show from 6-8pm and a later 19+ show from 9pm-2am. This is a super popular family event, kids love dancing to Shred Kelly, and turns into one big party. www.shredkelly.com MKuhnPhoto.com

JANUARY

January 2 Fernie Ghostriders VS Creston @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm January 4 Indie Films Fernie @ The Vogue Theatre, 7pm January 8 Fernie Ghostriders VS Col Valley @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm January 8 Fernie Friends of Opera: Jenufa by Janacek @ The Arts Station, 7pm January 9 Kinky Rail Jam @ Fernie Alpine Resort January 15 Fernie Ghostriders VS Nelson @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm January 15 Booked! Fernie Writers’ Series with Raziel Reid @ Fernie Heritage Library, 7pm January 15 – 17 Seventh Annual Reel Canadian Film Festival @ The Vogue Theatre, includes opening night gala, feature films, shorts and closing reception. www.reelfilmfest.ca January 16 Avalanche Awareness Days @ Fernie Alpine Resort January 23 Snow Dreams Festival @ Fernie Alpine Resort January 29 Fernie Ghostriders VS Col Valley @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm January 30 Stoke Folk the Party @ Fernie Community Centre


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GRIZ DAYS PARADE | KYLE HAMILTON PHOTOGRAPHY THIS FEBRUARY Fernie Mountain Film Festival An annual event that begins with the Local night on February 18 and two feature evenings Friday and Saturday the 19 and 20. Saturday also features a kid’s matinee at 4:30pm and each evening begins with the Mountain Social at 6pm – enjoy local food and conversation. Celebrating mountain cultures, fragile environments and the passion and perseverance of global explorers.

FEBRUARY

February 6 Fernie Ghostriders VS Creston @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm February 8 Indie Films Fernie @ The Vogue Theatre, 7pm February 8 Fernie Ghostriders VS Kimberley @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm February 12 Fernie Friends of Opera: La Rondine by Puccini @ The Arts Station, 7pm February 12 Fernie Ghostriders VS Col Valley @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm February 12-15 AB Family Weekend Activities @ Fernie Alpine Resort February 14 Fernie Ghostriders VS Golden @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm February 18-21 Jeep Junior Freeski Presented by Rossignol and Smith @ Fernie Alpine Resort February 18-20 Fernie Mountain Film Festival @ Community Centre February 19-20 Fernie Figure Skating Carnival @ Fernie Memorial Arena, www. fernieskatingclub.com

February 20 Fernie Ghostriders VS Kimberley @ Sparwood Memorial Arena, 7:30pm February 28 Tears & Gears Winter Wheezer @ Mount Fernie Provincial Park/Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Are you up for the challenge? Solo or team, kids and adults, Nordic skiing, Snow biking or Snow shoeing. www.fernietearsandgears.com

THIS APRIL Hot Dog Day

THIS MARCH Griz Days A Fernie classic, this 2016 festival celebrates the Legendary Griz who shoots his musket into the sky to produce the champagne powder March 6, 2016a this town is known for. It has now4become Fun events all mix of old and new traditions, withhappening the annual weekend long in Fernie BC parade, live music, dummy downhill and more taking place at the Aquatic Centre, Fernie FernieCHAMBER Follow us on Facebook for up-to-date Alpine Resort and other locations in town. details: www.facebook.com/GrizDays/ OF COMMERCE

MARCH

March 12 Griz Kidz Winter Carnival @ Fernie Alpine Resort March 19 Retro Weekend @ Fernie Alpine Resort March 27 Griz Kidz Easter Activities @ Fernie Alpine Resort

March 4-6 Griz Day Festival @ Fernie, includes the popular parade, rail jam, live music, dummy downhill and more! March 5 Griz Days Fair @ Community Centre, 9am – 2pm March 6 Raging Elk Dummy Downhill @ Fernie Alpine Resort March 7 Indie Films Fernie @ The Vogue Theatre, 7pm March 11 Fernie Friends of Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini @ The Arts Station, 7pm March 12 4th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration - Goddess Rising @ Fernie Community Centre, details TBA

This event was originally organized years ago by a group of locals who decided to dress up in their best Hot Dog… The Movie outfits and enjoy an epic day of spring skiing at Fernie Alpine Resort. Not surprisingly, this event has turned into a Fernie must. Held the first Wednesday in April, the hill is coloured with interesting outfits, retro skis, and flashy sunglasses.

APRIL

April 1 Cat-assisted Ski Touring Opens @ Island Lake Catskiing. 250-423-3700 April 6 Hot Dog Day @ Fernie Alpine Resort April 8 Fernie Friends of Opera: Aida by Verdi @ The Arts Station, 7pm April 8 Booked! Fernie Writers’ Series with Shelagh Rogers @ Fernie Heritage Library, 7pm April 9 Raging Elk Powder, Pedal, Paddle Relay @ Fernie Alpine Resort April 9 Fernival Music Festival @ Fernie Alpine Resort April 10 Coca Cola Slope Soaker @ Fernie Alpine Resort

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WINTER 2015|16 › SHOPPING

SHOPPING WHILE FERNIE MAY BE A SMALL CENTRE, IT IS WORLD CLASS. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO SHOPPING. THE ECLECTIC SHOPS THAT LINE THE SHOPPING CORE PROVIDE AN AMAZING OUTDOOR SHOPPING EXPERIENCE, ESPECIALLY WITH THE STRATEGICALLY PLACED CAFÉS AND BARS PERFECT FOR A BREAK OR TO COMPARE FINDS. THEY ALSO CARRY AMAZING LINES AND SUCH A VARIETY OF ITEMS YOU MAY BE SURPRISED TO FIND SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR SHOPPING LIST. TAKE THE TIME DURING YOUR VISIT TO ENJOY THE GREAT SHOPPING EXPERIENCES YOU’LL FIND IN FERNIE!

GEORGE GORDON FERNIE SKI BASE

I have worked in the outdoor retail/repair industry since I was 15. My first job was a service tech at Sepp’s Ski Shop in Kingston, Ontario, and I instantly fell in love with the work. From then onward, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on, and being around, skis and snowboards and learning all I can about all the different technical aspects of the gear. It wasn’t until I moved to Fernie for my job at Ski Base that I started to work on the retail floor on a regular basis. Ralph hired me to manage the service shop, but turns out I was drawn more to the retail side of things: talking with people from around the world to try and help them find the best equipment for what their needs are is so fulfilling. I love my job ! I sell fun to people that have a passion for the same things I do; what could be better? Over the years, there have been a lot of technological advancements in the gear, which has been exciting to witness. From the days when shaped skis hit the market, which all of a sudden made it feel like you had power steering under your feet, to more recently the rocker or early rise skis and snowboards that help skiers and snowboarders float in the deep snow with ease while still attaining proper edge hold on groomers. I really don’t know what the future holds for the ski/snowboard industry (I actually do know, but if I tell you I will have to kill you) but I know it will be great, as it has never let me down so far. As long as the snow keeps falling...

SUBMITTED PHOTO No! Just kidding… about emerg, not the staff though. At least one really good day of riding where your legs are telling you to stop but you’re having too much fun so you do a few more laps even though your body is completely exhausted. Q. My preferred way to explore Fernie is... A. Tough one. I really enjoy the skiing and snowboarding at the ski hill. But I also love to get away from the chair lifts and spend time exploring the backcountry.

Q. No Fernie Winter is complete without...

Q. The best part about the Fernie community, in my opinion, is...

A. A trip to emerg. The staff there is great.

A. I think the best part about the Fernie

community is that there are people from all over the world colouring the community, whether they have come for a few days, a few weeks, a season or in a lot of cases years, they make this place special. Q. If I had to pick one way to spend an evening in Fernie, it would be... A. A great way to spend an evening is with a headlamp and some cross-country skis with a flask of scotch. Or at one of our many great restaurants with friends talking about the day skiing… the tequila at Nevados is a great way to get warm and loosen up sore muscles.

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WINTER 2015|16 › SHOPPING

WINTER FASHION BY CHANTEL VINCENT

DID YOU KNOW NOT EVERYONE IN FERNIE WEARS GORE-TEX, 24/7? THERE ARE PEOPLE WALKING THE STREETS IN FERNIE AS I WRITE THIS THAT WILL NOT SET A FOOT ON THE SKI HILL THIS WINTER. CRAZY? NO. FERNIE IS A SMALL TOWN THAT IS MADE UP OF TWO PARTS. 90% ACTION SPORTS AND 10% A CATCH ALL FOR ALL OTHER THINGS, IN WHICH THE FASHION INTERESTED USUALLY FALL. I HAVE ALWAYS FOUND MYSELF IN THE LATTER. ››› In high school, I was a theatre “nerd” but I like to fondly remember those years of Levi 501s and Adidas track jackets as my theatre superstar years. But no need to drift off the fashion file at hand here. This column is supposed to be talking Fernie fashion! What is Fernie fashion? What can we learn from Fernie’s fashion leaders? Number one, fashion has to have a weather functionality component. See Exhibit A. Number two, fashion in Fernie is “redneck chic.” See Exhibit B. And thirdly, the most important lesson, is that fashion is an expression of your individual style. Dress for yourself, or dress like the masses, it’s up to you.

Tip~ Want to wear something new and

you can’t figure out how to work it into your wardrobe? Type the description in Pinterest search and loads of ideas will reveal themselves. Thank you, fashion bloggers!

exhibit B

exhibit A

GIRL IN PLAID SHIRT

SOREL WOMEN’S BOOTS

A Fernie girl’s must have – wear plaid everyday, dressed up or down.

Stylish but fully functional winter boots.

SUGGESTED MUST HAVES FOR THE FASHION FOCUSED IN FERNIE: Vero Moda Parka: $120 at Freyja Lifestyle Sorel Boots: $150-$200 Ski Base

Pom Pom Toque: $30-$50 at almost every store!

Oversized knit sweater: $50-120 at Edge of the World Dex Poncho: $79 at No. 3

Graphic tops: $30-50 at Board Stiff and Giv’er Shirt Works

Blanket Scarves, the bigger the better: $30-$70 at Freyja Lifestyle

Satchel style bag, Matt and Nat: $120 + at Ghostrider Trading Chantel Vincent, who considers shopping a hobby, is the owner of Freyja Lifestyle Fashion in downtown Fernie.

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WINTER 2015|16 › SHOPPING LISTINGS

CATERING & EVENTS CLUBHOUSE RESTAURANT Located at the Fernie Golf and Country Club, the Clubhouse Restaurant is available for weddings, private groups, retreats and meetings. 250-430-7163

CP CATERING Offering food and service for any event including weddings, corporate events, family reunions and birthday parties. They are devoted to affordable and memorable experiences, with experience providing catering for up to 1200 guests. 250-423-7367

CLOTHING ELEVATION SHOWCASE Carrying lifestyle brands Loki Outwear, Kavu, Tasc Performance and Eagles Nest Outfitters, Elevation Showcase helps you to enjoy every aspect of your next adventure, or just hanging around the campfire with friends. 672 2nd Ave

FREYJA LIFESTYLE FASHION A mix of casual, trendy, functional and sometimes fun but ridiculous clothing. Since 2007 owner Chantel Vincent hand picks every item with Canadian made and designed in mind, a sharp eye for the Kootenay women with affordability of high importance. 602B 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 a selection of Fernie ware, toques, children’s hats, underwear, sunglasses and more. 672A 2nd Ave

GROW CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE Grow provides high quality toys that nurture development and provide enjoyment, and grows with families from pregnancy through infancy. They carry apparel, shoes, boots, car seats and prams, science kits, art supplies, puzzles, toys and more. 482 2nd Ave

HEMPIRE An expanding network of franchise retail boutiques specializing in skin care, stylish

and affordable eco-friendly personal and gift items including a wide range of clothing. 571 2nd Ave

Come by to peruse the amazing works of the multitude of talented artists found in Fernie. 572 2nd Ave

GROCERIES

FERNIE HOME HARDWARE

FERNIE BREWING CO. Looking for something to bring to that next dinner you’re attending? Fernie Brewing Company offers growlers (1.98L jugs of beer). Choose your flavour of choice, and refill at your convenience. 26 Manitou Rd RR5

FERNIE MOUNTAIN SPIRITS Located at Ghostrider Crossing adjacent to the Best Western, Fernie Mountain Spirits carries a wide selection of beer, fine wine and alcoholic beverages. 1641 7th Ave

THE GOOD EARTH Located in the heart of downtown, offers everything from organic, sugar-free, glutenfree, preservative-free products to natural supplements and dry cleaning services. Snacks, natural food and drinks available as well. 322 2nd Ave

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, as well as a full-service pharmacy and lottery ticket centre. Friendly service and knowledgeable staff. 441 2nd Ave

LE GRAND FROMAGE Le Grand Fromage offers specialty cheeses, spreads, crackers, cook books, merchandise, cured meats, fondue and raclette sets... basically anything cheese or that goes well with cheese! 672 2nd Ave

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

HOME & GIFTS

FERNIE ARTS CO-OP A collection of local artists display their talent in this popular location in downtown Fernie.

Offering everything you need at your home for comfortable indoor and outdoor living, alongside building supplies and services, paint and décor, heating, ventilation, hardware and plumbing. 300 Manitou Road

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, many Benjamin Moore paints to choose from, and a large selection of samples in their decorating centre. 391 1st Ave

POLAR PEEK BOOKS & 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.

QUALITY FOR LESS FURNITURE Looking to furnish your new condo or home in Fernie? Need a new bed for a good night’s sleep after days on the slope? Head to Fernie’s local furniture store where you can choose from a variety of great options and enjoy friendly and helpful service. 902 6th Ave

SPORTS APPAREL AND GEAR EDGE OF THE WORLD Carrying popular brands of snowboards and offering a full service repair shop. Brands include Lib Tech, Burton, Airblaster, Volcom, Gnu, Ride, K2, Thirty-Two, Vans, Slash and more. Also offering a selection of outerwear and clothing. 421B 2nd Ave

THE GEAR HUB With an abundance of second-hand gear and clothing for every season, 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

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ECO-BOUTIQUE | JEWELRY | UNCOMMON GIFTS | SMOKING SUPPLIES EARTH CONSCIOUS PRODUCTS | BEAUTIFUL GLASS NEW LOCATION 571 B, 2nd Ave., Fernie, BC 250.423.4144 | SHOP ONLINE at www.hempirecanada.com

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Movie Night Mondays

Spoken Word Wednesdays

Live Music Friday

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$10 Sunday Roast 6pm-9pm Everything you can imagine Locally Made Jewelry, Artwork & Costume Rental Located on 5th St downtown


WINTER 2015|16 › SHOPPING LISTINGS GHOSTRIDER MOTORSPORTS

THE QUEST

Fernie’s authorized dealer for Arctic Cat, Honda, Yamaha and Honda power equipment. Tune-ups to turbo’s, Klim snowmobile apparel, and current safety gear. “Competitive pricing, premium service” since 1999. Also offers snowmobile and power equipment rentals. 30 Shadow Rd

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.

THE GUIDE’S HUT

THE SKI BASE

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

Since 1967, the Ski Base has been an important part of the Fernie mountain scene. Offering locals and visitors quality service and equipment for all of their mountain needs along with a full service tuning department. 432 2nd Ave

MOUNTAIN HIGH SNOW PRO SKI RENTAL Maximize your vacation by using this service, specializing in providing the best ski and snowboard rental experience at the best possible price, at a time and location that’s most convenient to you, delivery or pick up at the Stanford Inn. 100 Riverside Way

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

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WINTER 2015|16 › FOOD AND DRINK

FOOD AND DRINK WE ARE SO APPRECIATIVE OF THE NUMEROUS FOOD AND BEVERAGE OPTIONS IN FERNIE, AND IMPRESSED BY THE BREADTH THAT IS AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND. HOW MANY TOWNS OF 5,000 PEOPLE HAVE SOME OF THE BEST JAPANESE, LATIN AMERICAN, ASIAN, VIETMANESE, AND INDIAN CUISINES, ALONGSIDE NOTABLE PUB FARE AND FINE DINING? AND, WE HAD BETTER NOT FORGET THE CAFÉS WITH THEIR GENEROUS PORTIONS OF HEALTHY BREAKFAST AND LUNCH. ONCE AGAIN, YOU FACE A CONUNDRUM – HOWEVER WILL YOU FIT IT ALL IN DURING YOUR STAY? BY COMING BACK FOR MORE, WE SAY. A TASTY SOLUTION.

GORD DEMANIUK

FERNIE BREWING COMPANY Gord Demaniuk first came to Fernie a little over four years ago to work at Fernie Brewing Company. “I had heard that they were looking for someone, and I was on the market for a new opportunity and the rest is history,” he remembers. Gord started about three weeks later, and the brewery has not stopped growing ever since. “I like to think I had a little something to do with it,” he adds. Gord has an extensive background in the industry, beginning with a summer job while in university in Saskatoon with Carling O’Keefe. From here he moved to Edmonton to work with Molsons, where he worked his way up to Assistant Brew Master. After these two companies merged, Gord moved on and started a microbrewery in Canmore, AB (Bow Valley Brewery). “We were a little ahead of the curve,” Gord says. “And unfortunately, ended up closing down.” He continued as a consultant to breweries until he discovered the little gem known as FBC. “I felt that FBC was a lot more. Murray is such a driven guy when it comes to marketing and sales, and production was going along really well. It seemed like all the pieces were here to become successful. I worked on the beers a little bit here and there. Now, we’re doing about 2.5 times the volume and have doubled the capacity of the brewery. It’s great being a part of a small family run business like this, so tied in with the community. And it’s interesting to see how in the last few years we have attracted so many visitors to our tasting and tap room from around the world. We are a part of the tourism draw. It’s been exciting to see this kind of growth of our business.”

MARK 11 PHOTOGRAPHY Gord recognizes that while the support locally is growing, “You can’t go into too many places without seeing our beer on tap!” it’s also an exciting industry to be in right now in Canada. Microbrews are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s impressive to see how FBC has made a name for itself nationally. “We just try to make the best beer we can possibly make, that’s our goal and hopefully we get recognized for it,” says Gord. “But at the end of the day, I just enjoy seeing people enjoying our beer.” Q. No Fernie winter is complete without…

Q. My preferred way to explore Fernie is… A. Walking, so you can take time to take everything in. Q. The best part about the Fernie community, in my opinion is… A. All the various activities available in Fernie for people of all ages. Q. If I had to pick one way to spend an evening in Fernie, it would be… A. A great movie at the Vogue, followed by dinner at one of our fine food and beverage establishments.

A. A clear, full moonlit night and, of course, lots of snow to play in.

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WINTER 2015|16 › FOOD AND DRINK

EMBRACE YOUR INNER FOODIE THIS WINTER IN FERNIE BY CHEF BARRIE ELLIOTT Winter brings with it a fresh nip in the air, a yearning for hot chai lattes, piping hot broths and heart-warming dishes that make the coldest of toes warm after a long day of getting radical on the ski hill or bombing down a cross-country trail. In the winter I always have soups, stews or roasts cooking in the kitchen accompanied by winter root vegetables like rutabaga, yams and parsnips. I like trying some Indian, Moroccan or Spanish flavours to spice up my next soup or stew. I believe it’s important to concentrate the culinary creativity in this town by sourcing and buying from local farms and connecting the farms to the local foodie community of Fernie. With food festivals and competitions, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and local fall fair. I want to see this town turn into a world-class culinary destination.

PIZZA AT LOAF FOR LUNCH | SUBMITTED PHOTO

We are lucky to have so many talented chefs and wonderful restaurants in this small town. Here’s a list of where to eat in Fernie along with some of my favourite dishes.

Did you know you have a taste bud call Umami? Umami may be the culinary new bud on the block of the 21st century. The term combines the Japanese characters for delicious and taste, and it’s the name for the fifth basic taste, after sweet, sour, bitter, and salty, an otherwise difficult-todescribe kind of savouriness associated with seared meats, miso soup, cheese, and tomatoes. To Western ears, the word is soothing and mysterious!

Nevados - Pork Arepa’s, a little corn cake stuffed with braised pork, pickled onions and avocado are a great little snack with one of their creative margaritas. Authentically homemade tortilla soup and fall-off-thebone, sweet and sour Tamarind ribs. Yamagoya - House salad has a nice mixture of agedashi tofu, daikon cucumber and kimchi with a creamy sesame seed dressing, Scallop Aburi – this is nigiri sushi where the fish is partially grilled (topside) and partially raw. And melts in your mouth. If miso soup won’t warm your toes, try the hot pot! Northern - Pickle burger hand pressed with deep fried pickle, white cheddar, bacon and dill aioli served with two sides! Spiced calamari is great to share with a jug of one of their cocktails, Northern rice bowls with

TACOS AT NEVADOS | SUBMITTED PHOTO chicken karaage or marinated beef is the perfect ski bum meal. Loaf - Amazing baked goods like sausage rolls, meat pies and breads, killer English breakfast and lunch specials. Rusty Edge – Hands down my favourite place to après ski on the hill with a large

variety of locally brewed Fernie beer. An amazing grilled cheese halloumi burger and one of their awesome thin crust pizzas. Curry Bowl - Mango shrimp curry with a sweet Thai coconut sauce, curried potato samosas with mint chutney. And a great selection of Thai beers.


MOROCCAN ELK POT ROAST 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 2 1/2-pound elk roasts 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 6 shallots 3 carrots 1 rutabaga 1 yam 3 parsnips 2 garlic cloves, smashed 2 tablespoons ground paprika 2 teaspoons ground cumin

FLAVOUR PROFILES SPANISH almonds anchovies capers chili coriander

BY CHEF BARRIE ELLIOTT cumin garlic olives paprika

cilantro cinnamon coriander couscous cumin

MUSHROOM, JALAPENO AND WHITE WINE SOUP 1 yellow onion 2 leeks 4 celery sticks

MOROCCAN chickpeas

Recipes

BARRIE ELLIOTT PHOTO

eggplant apricots almonds mint olives tomato

2 jalapenos 8 garlic cloves 15 cups sliced cremini or button mushrooms 3 cups white wine 4 cups chicken stock 500ml 35% cream Salt and pepper Method

INDIAN cardamom

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Chop all vegetables. Add olive oil and saute onions and garlic over medium heat until translucent in a big soup pot. Add jalapenos, leeks, celery and mushrooms saute for ten minutes. Add white wine and reduce by half then add chicken stock and cream simmer for 20 minutes and blend. Add salt and pepper to taste.

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 4 cups beef broth 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots 1/2 cup golden raisins 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint 1/2 cup toasted almond slivers Method Preheat oven to 325째. Heat olive oil in a large roasting pan set over medium-high heat. Sprinkle roast with sea salt and pepper. Sear roast in pan, about four minutes per side. Remove from pan, and place on a platter. Add all large chopped vegetables to pan, and cook, stirring constantly, about three minutes. Combine paprika, cumin, and cinnamon in a small bowl; add to vegetables, and cook, stirring constantly, about two more minutes. Add broth, and return roasts to roasting pan. Cover with lid, and bake 30-45min or until internal temperature 135째 for medium rare. Remove elk from pot, and place on a platter; tent with aluminum foil to keep warm. Add chickpeas to liquid, and place over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until chickpeas are warm. Stir in remaining ingredients. Slice elk into portions, and spoon liquid and vegetables over elk.

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WINTER 2015|16 › DINING GUIDE ASIAN Cedar Garden 1302 Hwy 3 250-423-3689 The Curry Bowl 931 7th Ave 250-423-2695 Kelvin’s Kitchen 1221A 7th Ave Hwy 3 250-423-3211 Pho Locoal 301 2nd Ave 778-519-5201

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

Licensed

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

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Boston Pizza 1622 7th Ave 250-423-2634

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Bridge Bistro 301 Hwy 3 250-423-3002

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Kelsey`s at the ski hill 250-423-2444 Max Restaurant 742 Hwy 3 250-423-6871 Smitty’s 2001 Hwy 3 250-423-3892

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COFFEE SHOPS & CAFÉS Big Bang Bagels 502 2nd Ave and 5369 Ski Hill Road 250-423-7778

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Crumbs Cakery & Café 562 2nd Ave 250-423-2006

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Freshies 562 2nd Ave

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Infinitea 501 1st Ave 778-519-5050 Loaf Bakery & Restaurant 641 2nd Ave 250-423-7702

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

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Lunchbox 561 A 2nd Ave 250-423-4500

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Mug Shots 592 A 3rd Ave 250 423 8081

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Slopeside Coffee & Deli 5339 Fernie Ski Hill Rd 250-423-4655

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Starbucks 1641 7th Ave

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McDonalds 1702 9th Ave 250-423-5380

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Tim Hortons 1701 9th Ave 250-423-7709

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Subway 441 Hwy 3 250-423-4400

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FAST FOOD A&W 1392 Hwy 3 250-423-4333 Dairy Queen 250-423-9297

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

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Lizard Creek 5346 Highline Drive 250-423-2057

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Fernie Cattle Co 561 Hwy 3 250-423-7498

INDIAN Mountain Tandoor 100 Riverside Way 250-423-5000

LATIN Nevados 531 2nd Ave 250-423-5566

PIZZA - EAT-IN, DELIVERY OR PICK-UP 2 for 1 Just Pizza 362 2nd Ave 250-423-9277

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Boston Pizza 1602 7th Ave 250-423-2634

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Bridge Bistro 301 Hwy 3 250-423-3002

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WINTER 2015|16 › DINING GUIDE PIZZA - EAT-IN, DELIVERY OR PICK-UP (CONTINUED)

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Elk Valley Pizza 592 8th Ave 250-423-0007

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

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The Brickhouse 401 2nd Ave 250-423-0009

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The Fernie 691 1st Ave 250-423-6444

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The Northern 561 2nd Ave 250-423-3075

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

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

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Loaf Bakery & Pizzeria 641 2nd Ave 250-423-7702

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

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

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

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Side Street Sweet Shoppe 661 2nd Ave 778-519-5009

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

STEAKHOUSE Fernie Cattle Co 561 Hwy 3 250-423-7498

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SUSHI Yamagoya 741 7th Ave 250-430-0090

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Beauty & Sleep... Guaranteed • Outdoor Hot Tub • Indoor Pool & Hot Tub • Fitness Room • Kitchenettes • Executive Suites • 100% Smoke-Free • Free Wi-Fi

Fernie Mountain Lodge Each Best Western hotel is independently owned and operated

• Banquet & Meeting Facility • Complimentary Breakfast • Boston Pizza • Liquor Store • Massage Studio • Car Rental • Pet Friendly

250-423-5500 Toll Free: 1-866-423-5566 www.bestwesternfernie.com


WINTER 2015|16 › WHERE TO STAY

WHERE TO STAY WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO ACCOMMODATION, YOU HAVE SOME CHOICES. YOU COULD CHOOSE TO SKI IN AND SKI OUT AT FERNIE ALPINE RESORT, OR WALK IN AND WALK OUT OF YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN TOWN. BOTH ARE FABULOUS OPTIONS, AND AT EITHER LOCATION THERE ARE NUMEROUS OPTIONS INCLUDING HOTELS, MOTELS, CONDOS AND HOUSES. IT’S REALLY JUST YOUR PREFERENCE AND THE TYPE OF TRIP YOU ARE PLANNING. LUCKILY IT’S A SHORT FIVE-MINUTE DRIVE FROM TOWN TO THE HILL AND SHUTTLES RUN REGULARLY. JUST REMEMBER, ACCOMMODATIONS BOOK QUICKLY SO RESERVATIONS AHEAD OF TIME ARE A GREAT IDEA.

CAITLIN BATES

FERNIE LODGING COMPANY I moved to Fernie with my partner three years ago looking for a ski change after spending the previous few years working long hours in advertising back in Australia. We wanted to find a quiet little town that hadn’t been taken over by Australians yet (good luck!) and had just planned to stay for the season but of course, were convinced to stay for a summer and haven’t left yet! I’ve worked at Fernie Lodging Company since I first arrived here, starting at the front desk and now working on the management team and handling the marketing and sales. I’ve definitely noticed changes in the industry in my time here. Summers are getting busier and more people are starting to recognize Fernie as a year-round destination but winter is still what we are known for. I think Fernie Lodging Company, and Fernie as a whole, learned a lot of lessons last season and I’m excited to see what this season holds as we really showcase everything there is to see and do in Fernie throughout the winter season. We have so much more than just the ski hill to offer, and as a community it’s important that we harness all the resources and talent in this town so that locals and visitors alike know that Fernie has something for everyone, all year round. I’d like to see Fernie keep evolving and diversifying whilst still retaining the charm and history that is ever present here. I love how just when you think we have every activity under the sun, something else pops up each season and there are always people willing to explore and try new things. This is such a special place and I feel lucky to be a part of this community.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Q. No Fernie winter is complete without… A. Cross-country skiing up to Island Lake or Birch Meadows… and Hot Dog Day! Q. My preferred way to explore Fernie is… A. On snowboard or chairlift. Q. The best part about the Fernie community, in my opinion is…

at the Arts Station, it is impossible not to keep yourself busy here and meet the most interesting people along the way. Q. If I had to pick one way to spend an evening in Fernie, it would be… A. Cross-country ski at the golf course, dinner at Nevados and a boozy tea and board games at Infinitea or a pint at the Elk.

A. I love how active this community is. From riding all day at the ski hill to having a cooking class at Infinitea or learning pottery

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Accommodation Types: B&B - B , Chalet - Ch, Condo - C, Hotel - H, Motel - M

WINTER 2015|16 › ACCOMMODATION GUIDE Facility Type

Restaurant

Hot Tub

Fireplace

Internet/ Cable

Kitchen/ Kitchenette

3

3

3

3

3

$136-$296

3

3

$65-$90

3

3

Rate/night

IN TOWN OR OUTSIDE FERNIE 901 Fernie 901-2nd Ave 250-423-2077

C

3

Beaver Lodge 562 5th Ave 250-423-5093

B

3

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

H

Barbara Lynn’s Country Inn 691 7th Ave 250-423-6027

H

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

B

3

The Central Hotel 301 2 Ave 250-423-7367

H

3

Creekside Bed & Breakfast 16 Elkview Cres. 250-423-7394

B

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

M

Elk View Lodge 888-733-7643

CH

Family B&B Suite 1701 Dicken Road 250-423-7492

B

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

H

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

B

Park Place Lodge 742 Hwy 3 250-423-6871

H

Pinnacle Ridge Elk Chalets Rivermount Place 250-423-2077

CH

Powder Mountain Lodge 892 Hwy 3 250-423-4492

M

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

M

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

H

The Ridge B&B 20 Ridgemont Ave 250-423-3170

B

3

Ski Inn Fernie 6B Alpine Trail Lane 250-423-7899

B&B

3

Silver Rock Condominiums 1500 Macdonald Avenue 250-423-2077

C

3

Snow Valley Condos 51 Ridgemont Drive 250-423-2077

C

Snow Valley Motel & RV Park 1041 7th Ave 250-423-4421

M

Stanford Resort 100 Riverside Way 250-423-5000

H & CH

Super 8 Fernie 2021 Hwy 3 250-423-6788

M

3

3

Tightlines Lodge 821 7th Ave 250-423-4483

CH

3

3

3

Travelodge Three Sisters 401 Hwy 3 250-423-4438

M

3

3

3

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

B

3

3

$195-$555 $100-$125

3 3

$75-$150

3

$59 +

3

3

3

3

$79-$189

3

3

3

$1350 (at full occupency)

3

3

$100

3

3

$470-$700/month

3 3

$99-$218

3 3

$470-$690/month

3

3

3

3

3

3

$129-$259

3

$395-$735

3

3

3

$80-$175

3

3

3

3

$27-$65

3

3

3

3

$89-$199

3

$150 +

3

$100 +

3

$165-$505

3

$205-$365

3

3

$79-$249

3

3

$149-$269

3

3 3

3

3

3

3

3

$98.88-$138.88 $395 $79-$159 $135-$150

3

Accommodation/Property Management Services Fernie Alpine Resort www.skifernie.com 1-877-333-2339 Fernie Central Reservations www.ferniecentralreservations.com 1-800-622-5007 Fernie Getaways www.ferniegetaways.com 1-888-423-6855 Fernie Lodging Company www.fernielodgingco.com 1-800-667-9911 Fernie Property Care www.ferniepropertycare.ca 778-519-5190 See ad on Pure Property Management 250-278-3463 page 72 RentinginFernie.com 1-877-661-9993 Tourism Fernie www.tourismfernie.com 1-877-933-7643

See ad on page 22

• Indoor Swimming Pool • Hot Tub & Sauna • Free Wireless Internet • Central Location • Minutes to Fernie Alpine Resort • 10% Discount at on-site Subway • Groups Welcome

• Free Local Calls • In-room Coffee & Tea • Fridge & Microwave in all rooms • 1 & 2 Bedroom Suites • Full Kitchens • 3-Bedroom Units • Cable TV

See ad on page 2

We represent Fernie’s largest and widest range of seasonal and long term rental properties. Choose from apartment condos, houses, townhouses for seasonal or long term rentals, unfurnished or furnished. By renting through a licensed property manager, you ensure your best interests are protected. All rentals are covered under the BC Tenancy Act so you are completely protected. Ready to be your home away from home.

250-423-4438 | 1-877-326-8888 401 Highway #3, Fernie BC www.travelodgethreesisters.com info@travelodgethreesisters.com

The Raging Elk Adventure Lodge

F E RN I E , BRI T I S H C O L U M B I A

Find us on

The perfect family retreat! Fully-equipped 1 & 2 bedroom suites. Indoor hot tub, gym, resort daycare & Kelsey’s Restaurant on the main level.

...beds from $27 + tax

See ad on page 76

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!

Spend a night not a fortune!

Memorable Dining & Luxurious Rooms

See ad on page 44

in the Heart of Historic Fernie

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Enjoy creative regional fare paired with great wines & friendly hospitality.

Private and family rooms with ensuites available

FREE PANCAKES AND COFFEE DAILY

See ad on page 70 Kodiak Lounge www.ragingelk.com

FREE WiFI

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

www.grizinn.com

Visit www.ferniegetaways.com for information on vacation specials & to book on-line!

• Outdoor Hot Tub • Indoor Pool & Hot Tub • Fitness Room • Kitchenettes • Executive Suites • 100% Smoke-Free • Free Wi-Fi

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

$4

+TAX

Home to Fine Ales & Fernie’s tastiest Pub-style menu. Pool tables, free WIFI & outdoor patio.

Offering premium spirits, unique microbrews & award-winning wines. Open until 11pm daily.

742 Highway #3 Fernie • Tel: 250.423.6871 www.parkplacelodge.com

PINTS

892 6th Avenue Fernie BC 250-423-6811

Best drink prices all season long

Hours: 7 days a week 4pm till late

“Fernie starts here!”

TM

on tap

Fernie’s best rental and property management solution.

Beauty & Sleep... Guaranteed

1-800-661-0118

See ad on page 50

See ad on page 64

Fernie Mountain Lodge Each Best Western hotel is independently owned and operated

• Banquet & Meeting Facility • Complimentary Breakfast • Boston Pizza • Liquor Store • Massage Studio • Car Rental • Pet Friendly

250-423-5500 Toll Free: 1-866-423-5566 www.bestwesternfernie.com

We’re fully licensed with complete in-house services  we put our property owners first. Don’t forget: ask us about our FREE housekeeping and hot tub services.

See ad on page 8

See ad on page 32

www.FernieCentralReservations.com l 250 423 2077 l 1 800 622 5007

See ad on page 80

ph: Christine Grimble, Henry Georgi, Liam Glass, Mark Eleven Photography & Vinco Mo


Accommodation Types: B&B - B , Chalet - Ch, Condo - C, Hotel - H, Motel - M Facility Type

Restaurant

WINTER 2015|16 › ACCOMMODATION GUIDE Hot Tub

Fireplace

Internet/ Cable

Kitchen/ Kitchenette

Rate/night

Ski in/Ski out

SKI HILL The Alders 35 Highline Dr 250-423-2077

Ch

3

3

3

3

$1145-$2295

Ski in/Ski out

Alpine Aerie 5267 Highline Dr 250-423-2077

CH

3

3

3

3

$695-$1605

Ski in/Ski out

Alpine Lodge Fernie 5291 Highline Drive 250-423-4237

B & CH

3

3

3

3

$135-$192

Ski in/Ski out

Bear Paw Lodges 5383 Highline Drive250-423-6878

CH

3

3

3

3

$199+

Beaver Tail Lodge 4507 Timberline Cres. 250-423-4439

B

3

3

3

$569-$899

Ski in/Ski out

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

CH

3

3

3

$750-$975

Ski in/Ski out

Black Diamond Chalet 5406 Boomerang Way

CH

3

3

3

$785-$1715

Ski in/Ski out

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

Ch

3

3

3

Cedar Ridge Condominiums 5388 Highline Dr 250-423-2077

C

3

$338.50

Ski in/Ski out

$529+

Ski in/Ski out

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

C&H

Currie Cabin 4520 Timberline Cres 250-423-2077

CH

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

H

3

3

3

First Tracks Lodge 5389 Boomerang Way, 250-423-6878

CH

3

3

3

3

$489+

Freeway Lodge 4527 Timberline Cres 250-423-2077

Ch

3

3

3

$415-$685

3

3

$795-$1375

Ski in/Ski out

3

3

3

$915-$1715

Ski in/Ski out

Glowing Embers 5209 Highline Close 250-423-2077

CH

Ingamo Lodge 5331 Highline Dr 250-423-2077

CH

Kimbers Timbers Fernie Alpine Resort 403-240-1769

CH

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

H&C

Grizzly Den Chalet 250-5398 Boomerang Way Heartland Hideaway 4564 Timberline Cres 250-423-2077

3

3

3

3

3

3

3 3

3

$216-$439

Ski in/Ski out

3

$455-$735

Ski in/Ski out

$86+

Ski in/Ski out

Ski in/Ski out

3

3

3

3

$750-$1250

Ski in/Ski out

3

3

3

3

$92-$563

Ski in/Ski out

CH

3

3

3

3

$745-$1145

Ski in/Ski out

CH

3

3

3

$575-$895

Ski in/Ski out

3

3

Holohike Haven 5275 Highline Dr 250-423-2077

CH

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

H&C

3

3

3

3

$645-$1005

Ski in/Ski out

3

$250-$875

Ski in/Ski out

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

CH

3

3

3

3

$494-$609

Ski in/Ski out

Polar Peak Lodges 4576 Timberline Cres. 250-423-6878

CH

3

3

3

3

$329+

Ski in/Walk Out

River Rock Lodge 5403 Highline Dr 250-423-6878

CH

3

3

3

3

$719+

Ski in/Walk Out

3

3

Snow Creek Lodge & Cabins 5258 Highline Drv 250-423-6878

H&C

Snowed Inn 5271 Highline Drive 250-423-3830

B & Ch

3

3

Spiral Lodge Chalet 4562 Timberline Cres 250-423-2077

CH

3

3

3

3

3

$149-$409

Ski in/Ski out

3

$75-$575

Ski in/Ski out

3

3

$535-$915

Ski in/Ski out

3

3

Spirit Lodge 5395 Boomerang Way 250-423-2077

CH

Stone Creek Condominiums 5423 Boomerang Way 250-423-2077

CH

Thunder Ridge Chalets 5304 Highline Drive250-423-6878

CH

3

3

3

Timberline Lodges 4559 Timberline Cresc 240-423-6878

C

3

3

3

$915-$1605

Ski in/Ski out

$315-$575

Ski in/Ski out

3

$349+

Ski in/Ski out

3

$139+

Ski in/Walk out

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Sharing Your Passion for Mountain Living Your Vacation Property Expert

Carol Cohen 250-278-0678

1602 - 9th Ave., Fernie BC Toll Free: 1.877.423.2001 Phone: 250.423.2000

carol@fernierealestate.com www.fernieresortrealestate.com

DISCOVER • BUILD • LIVE

Fernie’s sunniest mountain lots. A community within a community.

CALL TO DISCOVER YOUR LOT TODAY

866.232.1270 • www.alpinetrails.com


WINTER 2015|16 › REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT

REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT THE REAL ESTATE MARKET IS CONSISTENTLY STEADY IN FERNIE, WITH NEW PRODUCT COMING AND GOING. RECENTLY, DEVELOPMENTS HAVE BEEN THE BIG TOPIC. MONTANE, THE CEDARS, ALPINE TRAILS AND A FEW PRIVATE SUBDIVISIONS ARE POPULAR OPTIONS BEING CONSIDERED ALONGSIDE PURCHASING A HOME. WHILE SOME INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES ARE ATTRACTED TO THE EASE OF A MOVEIN READY PROPERTY, OTHERS ARE KEEN ON THE VERSATILITY AND EXCITEMENT OF BUILDING THEIR OWN HOME. WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING THIS CHOICE, AMONG OTHERS, YOU WILL BE IN GREAT HANDS AS FERNIE IS HOME TO EXPERIENCED AND PROFESSIONAL REALTORS AND CARPENTERS THAT CAN ASSIST THESE NAVIGATIONS. WHY NOT TAKE A LOOK WHILE HERE? YOU KNOW YOU’RE ALREADY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW YOU CAN MAKE IT WORK.

STEPHEN KNUDSEN ELEMENT HOMES

This will be my fourth winter in Fernie. My wife was raised in the Kootenays. She can hike a mountain and gut a fish, and I wanted the same upbringing for my two daughters. Professionally I also saw an opportunity in Fernie. The building sector has an amazing energy and is open to innovative construction and design. Scenic new developments such as Alpine Trails, Montane and The Cedars are raising the standard on mountain community growth and providing unique opportunities for local builders. Fernie is also small enough that you really get to know and trust the people you work with. I’ve been building homes for twelve years. My career started with large-scale commercial jobs at an architecture firm in Calgary. Four years of doing technical drawings and working alongside architects and contractors taught me a great deal about design and construction. Eventually I ventured out on my own, incorporating Element Homes in 2003. I have been very fortunate to be involved in some pretty cool projects in my career. The residential construction industry is in the midst of some big changes. 2015 saw the implementation of significant revisions to the BC Building Code. Homes are required to be better insulated and more air tight. Interior air quality is becoming more of a consideration, to the benefit of the occupants and the longevity of the home. It’s an exciting time to be working with clients, trades people, suppliers and local building authorities to come up with cost effective solutions to make homes more energy efficient. With energy costs on the rise and

KYLE HAMILTON PHOTOGRAPHY people becoming more aware of their carbon footprint, these new building codes are a good start in changing the way we build homes. Q. No Fernie winter is complete without… A. Over-headers, baby! Q. My preferred way to explore Fernie is… A. On anything that glides, slides or rolls.

Q. The best part about the Fernie community, in my opinion is… A. Designing and building interesting homes for great people with amazing local craftsmen. Q. If I had to pick one way to spend an evening in Fernie, it would be… A. Looping Mighty Moose with my wife and daughters.

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The Raging Elk Adventure Lodge ...beds from $27 + tax

Spend a night not a fortune!

100%

GMO FREE MENU

Private and family rooms with ensuites available

FREE PANCAKES AND COFFEE DAILY

www.ragingelk.com

FREE WiFI

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

Kodiak Lounge

$4

+TAX

PINTS

892 6th Avenue Fernie BC 250-423-6811

Best drink prices all season long

Hours: 7 days a week 4pm till late

“Fernie starts here!”

JOIN US THIS WINTER AT THE BRICKHOUSE A GREAT PLACE TO CHILL AFTER AN EPIC DAY ON THE SLOPES

• 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 • thursday jam night www.thebrickhousefernie.com

TM

on tap

401 2nd avenue 250.423.0009


WINTER 2015|16 › REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT LISTINGS

DEVELOPERS

AXIOM HOMES

Personalized, highly-refined modern homes are more accessible than ever through Turkel Design and Dwell prefab’s Axiom series. Designed for building and living efficiency and design flexibility, register for a free introductory webinar. www.modernprefab.ca

ELEMENT MOUNTAIN HOMES INC.

Since 2004, Element Homes has been dedicated to the highest of standards. Fully equipped to produce design concepts, development and building permit packages, and construction working drawings, and specialized in crafting custom homes. www. elementhomes.ca

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. www.elkrivermountainhomes.com

FERNIE HOME HARDWARE BUILDING CENTRE With its Home Installs and Beaver Homes & Cottages departments, Home Hardware

is equipped to help with detailed home improvements to helping you build the home you’ve always wanted. 250-581-1520

FERNIE VACATION PROPERTIES INC. Over 25 years experience of providing signature lodges, homes, timber frames, cabins and developments in Fernie, embodying the lifestyle of the area whether at the golf course or ski hill. www. fernievacationproperties.com

FERNIE CENTRAL RESERVATIONS

GRACELAND BUILDERS

FERNIE LODGING COMPANY PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

From large-scale, specialty homes to your next renovation or home addition, Craig MacKay and his crew at Graceland Builders are directly and personally involved at all times and successfully implement each client’s vision. www.gracelandbuilders.com

LWE BUILDERS

For the last fifteen years, LWE has been creating and updating homes and commercial properties. They’ve earned a reputation for creativity, quality and service while helping people realize their building dreams. www.lwebuilders.com

DEVELOPMENTS

TAKE-OUT / EAT-IN

Open until late • 1221A 7th Ave. Hwy 3, Fernie BC • Beside Remax

wifi available

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. www.fernielodgingco.com

FERNIE MOW & SNOW LAND CARE

Specializing in all kinds of land care for both residential and commercial clients, including landscaping, turf, spring and fall cleanup. They also offer bobcat services such as posthole auger, power sweeper, and mini hoe work. www.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 home owners, full time residents and multiple unit developments, no job is too small. www. ferniepropertycare.ca

THE CEDARS

GOLDSTAR CLEANING SERVICES

100 acres located at the base of Mount Fernie Provincial Park, nestled between the Elk and Cedar Valleys, the Cedars has 49 percent green space with the remainder as single family homes with the potential for townhouses and condominiums. www. thecedars.ca

250-423-3211

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. www.ferniecentralreservations.com

ALPINE TRAILS FAIRY CREEK

Introducing a rare selection of stunning mountain home lots in Fernie, BC starting from $170,000. Located alongside the slope of Mt. Proctor, they offer southwesterly views overlooking town, the Elk River and Fernie Alpine Resort. www.alpinetrails.com

Good food, good times Authentic Hong Kong Cuisine Spicy Thai Food Healthy, non-greasy and light!

is too small. Interior and exterior painting and staining. Residential and commercial applications. No obligation estimates available. www.elkvalleypainting.com

MONTANE FERNIE

The vision of Parastone Developments, Montane is designed for modern, mountain living with stunning mountain views. Each neighbourhood relates to its environmental features. Montane includes recreational living space. www.montanefernie.ca

HOME CARE AND SERVICES ELK VALLEY PAINTING

A professional, trustworthy and cost effective solution to your refinishing needs. No project

Independently owned and operated, Goldstar is the area’s leading provider of contract cleaning, servicing commercial clients, construction companies and customized service arrangements for individual homes. 250-423-4029

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

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. www.rentinginfernie.com

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• Indoor Swimming Pool • Hot Tub & Sauna • Free Wireless Internet • Central Location • Minutes to Fernie Alpine Resort • 10% Discount at on-site Subway • Groups Welcome

• Free Local Calls • In-room Coffee & Tea • Fridge & Microwave in all rooms • 1 & 2 Bedroom Suites • Full Kitchens • 3-Bedroom Units • Cable TV

2016

March 4- 6, 2016 Fun events happening all weekend long in Fernie BC

250-423-4438 | 1-877-326-8888 401 Highway #3, Fernie BC www.travelodgethreesisters.com info@travelodgethreesisters.com

FernieCHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Follow us on Facebook for up-to-date details: www.facebook.com/GrizDays/

Photography - Jewellery - Paintings - Stained Glass

Fernie

Featuring the works of 50 local artists

Adventures run 7 Days a Week.

572 2nd Ave. - 250.423.7044 www.fernieartscoop.com “fernieartscoop”

Prints - Art Cards - Woodwork - Pottery & more...

a tired dog is a happy dog! Tamara & Zac - 250.423.6695 info@happyhounds.ca www.happyhounds.ca


WINTER 2015|16 › REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT LISTINGS SCHNELL CARPENTRY 250.423.1665 Info@MowAndSnow.ca

German Master Carpenter, Andreas Schnell brings over 25 years of carpentry experience to Fernie and the Elk Valley. Specializing in landscape carpentry, custom carpentry, and renovations and finishing. Now offering radon testing and mitigation services! www. schnellcarpentry.ca

REALTORS

CAROL COHEN

Working with Fernie Real Estate, Carol has also been in resort real estate development for more than ten years. She is dedicated to helping her clients find their dreams with passion, honesty and integrity. www. fernierealestate.com

MELANIE MACKAY

Keeping you informed – from interest rates to closing costs, and everything in between. Melanie moved to Fernie in 1999 from Whistler and specializes in real estate sales and also offers property management. www.royallepage.ca

RYAN FRAZER

DEB TRAND

Having been an active member of the Fernie community for over ten years, Ryan has the local knowledge and experience necessary for all of your real estate transactions. www.propertiesinfernie.com

FERNIE REAL ESTATE COMPANY LTD.

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. www.sellingfernie.com

Deb Trand has expertise in management, sales, finance and marketing, and is passionate about the Fernie community and its recreational opportunities. She offers an honest and a skilled approach. www.propertiesinfernie.com Landscape Design and Installation Lawn Care • Snow Removal

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. www.fernierealestate.com

TODD FYFE

A full-service realty company that serves

Fernie All Ages

All Genders

All Orientations

Saturdays & Sundays: 3pm

Fernie Health Unit Inside Elk Valley Hospital 1501 5th Avenue Jan to Mar: Every Tuesday evening Apr to Dec: 1st & 3rd Tuesday evening 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Phone: 250-423-8274 For general sexual health info call 1-800-SEX-SENSE Clinical Services include: birth control education, low-cost contraception, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, Pap screening, pregnancy testing www.optionsforsexualhealth.org

The only way to see a film is inside a large movie theater with great sound, an amazing picture and comfortable brand new seats!! COME AND SEE THE DIFFERENCE. 321 - 2nd Ave., Fernie, BC • 250-423-7111

Join us on Facebook at Vogue Theatre Fernie BC

www.ferniemovies.com

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SHUTTLE & CHARTERS FERNIE, B.C. Calgary Airport Transfers guaranteed 5x a week! The Local Fernie "Powder Chaser" Ski Shuttle

UNTAIN HIGH O M

Charter Services Ski Resort Transfers

SHUTTLE & CHARTERS 250-423-5008 (Toll Free: 866-423-4555) info@mountainhighshuttle.com

LOOKING FOR WORK? NEED A RESUME? Let us help you stand out from the rest. All services are FREE. Call or drop in to find out more

250-423-4204

302 C 2nd Ave Fernie (Mon to Fri)

141 A Aspen Sparwood (Tues)

www.ekemployment.org The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Fernie Aquatic Centre 250.423.4466 Facility Inquires 250.423.2245 www.fernie.ca

Indoor & Outdoor Fun All Season Long!


WINTER 2015|16 › SERVICES

SERVICES THE NUMBER OF ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS COMMUNITY IS OUTSTANDING, AND THE INDIVIDUALS BEHIND THESE ORGANIZATIONS IMPRESSIVE TO SAY THE LEAST. FROM THE TRAILS BENEATH OUR CROSS-COUNTRY SKIS TO THE ANNUAL GRIZ DAYS FESTIVITIES, TO SAY WE ARE FORTUNATE IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. LIKE WE DISCUSSED IN OUR WELCOME, PEOPLE IN FERNIE ARE INVOLVED AND LIKE TO SUPPORT WHAT THEY LOVE. FROM THIS, THEY ARE ABLE TO ENJOY THEIR PASSIONS AND FEEL PRIDE FOR THE COMMUNITY THEY ARE SO INVESTED IN. TAKE A MINUTE TO BE THANKFUL FOR THIS ABUNDANCE, FOR IT IS WHAT MAKES YOUR STAY HERE SO OUTSTANDING.

PATTY VADNAIS

FERNIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I grew up less than three hours from Fernie on the southern Alberta prairie. I am, or at least I thought I was a prairie girl. So much so, my father pulled me aside before I moved to Fernie and said, “Are you sure you want to live in the mountains? It is going to be a lot different, the weather, the views.” It was a fair concern. I have been known to get claustrophobic in the mountains. But, I have been here for just over a year now and every day I look out my front window at Mount Fernie and think, this is great and every day feels like a holiday. Living in Fernie has allowed me to pursue a number of passions. From finally getting to work at a ski hill and being a ski bum (sort of), to helping others pursue their goals. I get to ski mid-week again; the last time I did that I was skipping class at Montana State University to go ski at Bridger Bowl. I get to teach at the College of the Rockies, to coach with the Elk Valley Dolphin Swim Club, and to support local businesses through my role with the Chamber of Commerce. Fernie has a lot to offer. I think we will see more people look for communities like Fernie when seeking work-life balance. From guided tours to our food and beverage offerings there is huge opportunity for the service sector to cater to locals and visitors looking to enjoy their time away from work. The sense of community here is growing as well. You just have to attend one of the local races or Wednesday socials. I am excited to be in Fernie and part of the community. I think as our service industry embraces this

V. CROOME PHOTO we will see more people come to Fernie to call it home for a day, a week, or a lifetime. This place sucks you in. Q. No Fernie winter is complete without… A. A full day of skiing ending with nachos and beer in the Day Lodge Bar.

Q. The best part about the Fernie community, in my opinion is… A. The diversity of people. I have met people here that have lived all over the world and they have come here because they love it here.

Q. My preferred way to explore Fernie is…

Q. If I had to pick one way to spend an evening in Fernie, it would be…

A. On foot wearing my Sorels, walking through the drifts and being able to walk pretty much any where you need to go.

A. Walking around town, house hopping to visit family and friends, enjoying good food, good beverage, and good conversation.

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Fernie

~VISITOR INFORMATION~

Two visitor centres to help you find all things Fernie

Call us: 250.423.4029 | www.goldstarservicesgroup.com

The perfect family retreat! Fully-equipped 1 & 2 bedroom suites. Indoor hot tub, gym, resort daycare & Kelsey’s Restaurant on the main level.

Hwy 3 Info Centre Located east of the City WINTER HOURS: December – April Monday – Friday 9am-5pm Saturday 9am-4pm CLOSED Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Good Friday

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!

Downtown Info Centre Located at the Fernie Museum 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

Visit www.ferniegetaways.com for information on vacation specials & to book on-line!

WINTER HOURS: December – April Monday – Sunday 10am-5:30pm CLOSED Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Good Friday

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WINTER 2015|16 › SERVICES

COMMUNITY SERVICES

FERNIE ARTS STATION

THE FERNIE HERITAGE LIBRARY

The hub of Fernie’s cultural scene, with two art galleries, a 100 seat theatre, craft and painting studio, pottery studio and workshop/ meeting spaces, there’s always something going on. www.theartsstation.com

Located in a beautifully restored building in downtown Fernie, the Heritage Library offers a variety of books on loan, public computer access, programs for kids, teens, study spaces and more. Fernie.bclibrary.ca

FERNIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

FERNIE MUSEUM

Whether you are looking for work or looking to hire, the Elk Valley Employment Centre is your one-stop shop for all your employment related needs, at no charge. Visit www. ekemployment.org/Elk_Valley for more details.

Servicing the business community of Fernie and providing information services to visitors and new residents, the Fernie Chamber and Info Centres are located at key locations (Hwy 3 and Downtown Fernie) and also have a comprehensive site. www.ferniechamber. com

The Fernie museum recently finished a fiveyear long project, renovating one of Fernie’s historic buildings, creating a first-class standing exhibit, creating on-going programs and outreach into the community, and it’s just the beginning. Visit www.ferniemuseum.com to learn more.

FERNIE ARTS CO-OP

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A volunteer organization that provides a venue for local East Kootenay artists to display and sell their work, the store features a wide variety of media, including original paintings, textiles, handmade jewellery, photography, pottery and fine art prints. www.fernieartscoop.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 here. www.ferniefix.com

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. www. teckelkvalley.com

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

ELK VALLEY EMPLOYMENT CENTRE

• COLD BEER • WINE • LIQUOR

• Extensive selection of wines including an awesome selection of hard-to-find boutique estate wines from B.C. • Super cold domestic, premium, & import beer • Spirits from around the world Ask us about our Rewards Points! Earn points and redeem for merchandise.

250-423-6522 / 1641 7th Avenue Conveniently located on Highway 3, beside Boston Pizza

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 9am-11pm, including holidays

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WINTER 2015|16 › GETTING TO FERNIE

GETTING HERE

Located in the southeastern corner of British Columbia, Fernie is situated near major hubs allowing quick and efficient access from anywhere in the world. 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, among others, easy.

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CAR RENTAL Practicar 1622 7th Ave 250-423-6030 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 & 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.

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AIR The Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) in Cranbrook has daily flights to and from Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on Air Canada, and daily flights to and from Vancouver on Pacific Coastal Airlines. There are also three direct flights per week from Edmonton, Alberta on Integra Air, and Pacific Coastal flies Cranbrook to Kelowna direct, Sunday to Friday.

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Carrying your passport is necessary when travelling between the US and Canada. Visit www.cbsa.gc.ca for information on border crossing. For road conditions visit www. drivebc.ca.

SHUTTLES Mountain High Shuttle and Charters provides transportation from Calgary Airport YYC to Fernie five times per week (Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday). Reservations can be made by booking online or calling the Mountain High Office. www.mountainhighshuttle.com Resort Tours operates a private charter Sprinter airport shuttle between Calgary and Fernie December through April. A direct and affordable option. They also offer a shuttle twice daily, five days a week between Cranbrook and Fernie as well as a private charter service. www.resorttours.ca The Shuttle runs shuttles between Fernie and Calgary, and Cranbrook and Fernie, email theshuttlefernie@hotmail.com or call 250-423-4023. You must book 48hrs prior to departure time.

GETTING AROUND TAXI SERVICES Operating 24 hours a day, Kootenay Taxi is a great way to get around Fernie. Taxis

can carry up to six people. Also offering a personal van service to both the Calgary and Cranbrook airports for up to six people. www. kootenaytaxi.com, 250-423-4409

BUS Located at 1561 9th Ave, the Greyhound Bus travels between Fernie and Cranbrook and Fernie and Calgary, among other destinations. Greyound departs for Calgary at 1:15am daily and 11:45am Friday through Sunday, and for Cranbrook at 4am daily and 2pm Thursday through Saturday. It leaves Calgary for Fernie at 8am or 11pm and Cranbrook at 12:20am daily or 10:30am Friday through Sunday. www.greyhound.ca, 250-423-5577

The Kootenay Carshare With a minimum six-month commitment, deposit and clean BC driver’s license, you can get access to a car and truck in Fernie, plus 22 other vehicles around the Kootenays, and hundreds of vehicles in Vancouver and Victoria. www.carsharecoop.ca or contact local coordinator Blair Crosby, Fernie@ carsharecoop.ca, 250-531-1004.

ELK VALLEY TRANSIT SYSTEM The Elk Valley Transit System facilitates travel between Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood. Transit picks up at three locations in Fernie: the Elk Valley Hospital, Fernie Community


Centre and College of the Rockies first thing in the morning, mid-day and evening, beginning at 8:30am through 5:30pm. There is also a South Country Loop, running through the Elk Valley and South Country communities on Thursdays twice a day. Health Connections provides transportation for medical appointments on 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 to facilitate Bike and Ride. $2.50 per ticket, or purchase a sheet of ten or a monthly pass. www.transitbc. com/regions/elk/?p=2.list, 1-800-933-0025 / 250-425-0025.

POWDER CHASER SHUTTLE Need to get to the chairlift but don’t have a vehicle? The Powder Chaser operates daily 8am -11pm servicing downtown locations, local hotels, and Fernie Alpine Resort. www. mountainhighshuttle.com

phone:250.423.4023

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~ Fernie to Calgary ~ DAILY Best Western

Park Place/Red Tree

Griz Inn

Calgary Airport

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48 hrs advanced booking required for all bookings.

Minimums may apply. Cranbrook to Fernie/Fernie to Cranbrook available.

250-423-6030

fernie@practicar.ca 1622 - 7th Ave. Located at the Best Western Fernie

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WINTER 2015|16 › DIRECTORY RECREATION Adventure Tours

Adventure Source Tours www.adventuresourcetours.com, 250-423-3959 Alpine Enthusiasts 9820 King Street Hosmer 250-423-0564 Ascent Helicopters www.asentaerospace.ca 250-423-1443 Bellevue Mine www.crowsnestguide.com/ bellvuemine/ 403-564-4700 Big Big Horn Helicopters 431 Burma Road 250-423-4118 Bull River Guest Ranch www.bullriverguestranch.com 250-429-3750 Canadian Fly Fishing Services 1190 Hand Ave 250-423-3783 Canyon Rafting Company www.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 www.ferniebikeguides.ca Fernie Fly Fishing 2131 Highway #3 250-430-2334 Fernie Mountain Bike Guide www.ferniemountainbikeguide.com Fernie Nature Club naturebob@telus.net Fernie Wilderness Adventures 1281 7th Ave 250-423-6704 Happy Hounds - Outdoor Adventures for Dogs www.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 www.lostcreekangler.com 250-423-7561 Mountain High Adventures www.raftfernie.com 1-877-423-4555 Mountain Adventure Centre Fernie Alpine Resort 250-423-4655 Mountain High Travel & Tours 652 2nd Ave 250-423-6916 Mountain Pursuits 602A 2nd Ave 250-423-3700 Sacred Rides www.sacredrides.com 1-888-423-7849 Thunder Meadows Cabin – Guide’s Hut 671 2nd Ave 250-423-3650 Trit Trot Farms 4991 Hwy 3 250-423-6883 Whitefish Mountain Resort www.skiwhitefish.com Wild Nature Tours www.wildnaturetours.ca 250-423-3322

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 www.skifernie.com 250-423-4655 Fernie Nordic Society www.fernienordic.com 250-423-7324 Island Lake Lodge www.islandlakecatskiing.com 250-423-3700

Clubs and Associations

Fernie Curling Club www.ferniecurlingclub.com 250-430-7257

Fernie Flyers Cycling Club www.fernieflyers.com Fernie Ghostriders www.fernieghostriders.com Fernie Nature Club naturebob@telus.net Fernie Nordic Society www.fernienordic.com 250-531-0690 Fernie Mountain Bike Club www.bikefernie.ca Fernie Mountain Bike Guide www.ferniemountainbikeguide.com Fernie Skating Club www.fernieskatingclub.com Fernie Snowmobile Association www.ferniesnowmobile.com 250-423-6489 Fernie Tears & Gears www.fernietearsandgears.com Fernie Trails Alliance www.fernietrailsalliance.com Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club www.fernietrails.com

Events

Fernie Craft Fairs www.ferniecraftfairs.com 250-278-0667 Fernie Tears & Gears Winter Wheezer www.fernietearsandgears.com TransRockies Singletrack 6 www.singletrack6.com

Gear Repair

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 Mountain High Snow Pro Ski Rental 100 Riverside Way 250-278-3278 Ski Base 432 2nd Ave 250-423-6464 Straight Line Bicycle & Skis 461B 2nd Ave 250-423-3532 TopShelf Sports 5258 Highline Dr 250-423-7912

Gear Purchase or Rental

Board Stiff 542 2nd Ave 250-423-3473 Commit Apparel Ltd. 462A 2nd Ave 250-4232669 Edge of the World 421B 2nd Ave 250-423-9292 Gear Hub 401 1st Ave 250-423-5555 Ghostrider Motorsports 30 Shadow Rd 250423-9251 The Guides Hut 671 2nd Ave 250-423-3650 Mountain High Snow Pro Ski Rental 100 Riverside Way 250-278-3278 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 & Ski 461B 2nd Ave 250-423-3532 TopShelf Sports 5258 Highline Dr 250-423-7912

Elk Valley Communities

East Kootenay Kids www.ekkids.ca Elk Valley Employment Centre 302C 2nd Ave 250-423-4204 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

Indoors

College of the Rockies Indoor Climbing Wall 342 3rd Ave 250-423-4691 Crossfit Fernie 902 6th Ave 250-531-0240 Essential Yoga Studio 761 7th Ave 250-423-9672 Evolution Health & Fitness 1192 8th Ave 250-423-3344 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 Brewing Company 26 Manitou Road 250-423-7797 Fernie Heritage Library 492 3rd Ave 250-423-4458 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 & Info Centre 362 2nd Ave 250-423-7016 Fernie Old School Boxing 661B 2nd Ave 250-423-0272 Heaven Boutique 672c 2nd Ave 250-423-6652 Vitality Body & Mind 1561A 10th Ave 778-519-5019 Vogue Theatre 321 2nd Ave 250-423-7111

Snowmobiling

Fernie Snowmobile Association www.ferniesnowmobile.com 250-423-6489 Gear Hub 401 1st Ave 250-423-5555 Ghostrider Motorsports 30 Shadow Road 250-423-9251 Weir Boondocking www.weirboondocking.com 250-423-9034

Travel

Flight Centre Travel Associates Amy Hare 250-423-0910/Dee Hatina 250-423-1333 Mountain High Travel & Tours 652 2nd Ave 250-423-6916

Health and Wellness Animal Care

District of Fernie www.fernie.ca District of Elkford www.elkford.ca District of Sparwood www.sparwood.bc.ca

Happy Hounds www.happyhounds.ca 250-423-6695 Barkside Pets 1201 6th Ave 250-423-4332 Cathy Smith-Clark Dog Training 250-423-7257

City of Fernie 501 3rd Ave 250-423-6817 College of the Rockies 342 3rd Ave 250-423-4691

Jade River Healing Centre 901 5th Ave 250-423-7667 Happy Culture 571B 2nd Ave 250-919-7658

Info Services

Acupuncture

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WINTER 2015|16 › DIRECTORY Counselling Services and Consulting Evolve Ink Coaching & Consulting 571b 2nd Ave 250-423-6697 Fernie Counselling and Consulting www.ferniecounselling.com 250-423-2608 McDermid & McDermid Counselling Associates 10 Pine Cres 250-423-6785 Inside Out Fernie Wellness 571 B 2nd Ave www.ferniewellness.com

Chiropractic

Alpine Chiropractic 701 4th Ave 250-423-1452 Elk Valley Family Chiropractic 831 7th Ave 250-423-3003 Fernie Chiropractic 901 5th Ave 250-423-4800 Pure Life Family Chiropractic Silver Rock Condos 778-519-1122

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 www.mothernurturedoulas.com 250-946-6322 Rebecca Vaughan RMT 632 2nd Ave 250-423-2673 Tanya Malcolm www.tanyamalcolm.com 250-278-0666

Fitness Centres

Crossfit Fernie 902 6th Ave 250-531-0240 Evolution Health & Fitness 1192 8th Ave 250-423-3344 Soar Cycle Studio www.soarcyclestudio.com 250-423-1677 Vitality Body & Mind 1561A 10th Ave 778-519-5019

Hair Salons

Blue Lime Hair Co. 601 2nd Ave 250-423-4334 Brooke’s Mobile Hair 250-531-0124 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 Sparrow for Hair 1221 7th Ave 250-423-7175 Trish’s Hair Design 25 Aspen Cres 250-423-6770 Walter’s Hair Studio 591 2nd Ave 250-423-3320

Massage/Esthetics

Ajna Holistic 991 7th Ave 250-423-7615 Elaine’s Massage 561 Hwy 3 250-423-3603 Enchanted Esthetics www. enchantedestheticsfernie.com 250-430-1289 Fernie Massage www.ferniemassage.ca 250-423-0155 Fernie Mountain Massage Therapy Clinic 1571 2nd Ave 250-423-5522 Inside Out Fernie Wellness 571 B 2nd Ave Island Lake Spa www.islandlakecatskiing.com 250-423-3700 Jade River Healing Centre 901 5th Ave 250-423-7667

Jennifer Hutchinson Massage www. jenniferhutchinsonmassage.com 250-430-7575 Jeremy Grassick RMT 632 2nd Ave 250-423-3423 King Fir Spa 4559 Timberline Cres 250-423-6878 Laura Archibald RMT 1500 McDonald Ave 250-531-0084 Lizard Creek Lodge Spa 5346 Highline Dr 250-423-2057 The Massage Place 592 3rd Ave 250-423-9677 Nails and Spa 362B 2nd Ave 778-519-0909 No 3 522 2nd Ave 250-423-2181 Rebecca Vaughan RMT 632 2nd Ave 250-423-2673 Spa 901 901-2nd Ave 250-423-7722 Summit Massage 571B 2nd Ave 250-430-7244 Three Sisters Day Spa 472 2nd Ave 250-423-6395 Thunder Meadows Massage www.thundermeadowsmassage.ca Trillium Day Spa 632 2nd Ave 250-423-7774

Medical Clinics

Dr. Karley Denoon, ND 571 B 2nd Ave 250531-0154 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

Medical Services

Addiction Services 250-423-4423 Alcohol Anonymous 250-423-2131 Celebrate Recovery www.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 601 2nd Ave 250-423-7121 The Healing Hollow 472 2nd Ave 250-423-6800

Optometric

Pro Vision 492 2nd Ave 250-423-3346 Rocky Mountain Optometry 642 2nd Ave 250-423-4467

Pharmacies

Extra Foods (Pharmacy) 1792 A 9th Ave 250-423-3264 IGS Value Drug Mart 482 2nd Ave 250-423-4511 Overwaitea Foods (Pharmacy) 792 2nd Ave 250-423-4607 The Cottonwood Tree 602C 2nd Ave 250-423-8081 Good Earth Natural Alternatives 322 2nd Ave 250-423-7121

The Healing Hollow 472 2nd Ave 250-423-6800

Rehabilitation and Athletic Resources

Ahead of the Curve Physiotherapy www.aheadofthecurvept.com 250-423-3423 Cristallin Toullec – Osteopathic Practitioner 571B 2nd Ave 250-464-5839 Elk Valley Wellness Centre www.interiorhealth.ca 250-425-6212 Fernie Athletic Therapy & 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 www.fluidmotiontherapy.com 250-946-6722 Play it Forward Sports Thearapy www.playitforwardtherapy.com 250-430-1007 Sarah’s Active Rehabilitation 1192 8th Ave 250-423-9167

Yoga & Pilates

The Castle on 1st www.thecastleonfirst.com Essential Yoga Studio www.essentialyogastudio.com 250-423-9672 Evolution Health & Fitness www.evolutionhealth.ca 250-423-3344 Heather Ivany Yoga www.heatherivanyyoga.com King Fir Spa and Wellness 4559 Timberline Cresc. 250-423-8215 Vitality Body & Mind 1561A 10th Ave 778-519-5019 Yoga Netra www.yoganetra.com

SHOPPING Art Studios

Angela Morgan 598 2nd Ave Decoro Portrait 592 3rd Ave 250-423-3023 Fernie Arts Co-op 572 2nd Ave 250-423-7044 Fernie Arts Station 601 1st Ave 250-423-4842 Fernie Museum 491 2nd Ave 250-423-7016 Brian Pollock Photography 532B 2nd Ave 250-430-7114 Kyle Hamilton Photography 341C 3rd Ave 250-423-0904 Raven Eye Photography 871 7th Ave 250-430-1097

Fashion, Apparel, & Accessories

The Bargain Shop 1101 Hwy 3 250-423-3484 Board Stiff 542 2nd Ave 250-423-3473 Commit 462A 2nd Ave 250-423-2669 Edge of the World 421B 2nd Ave 250-423-9292 Elevation Showcase 672 2nd Ave 250-423-3328 Elk River Guiding Company 791 7th Ave 250-423-7239 Essential Yoga Studio 761 7th 250-423-9672 Fernie Golf & Country Club Pro Shop 2 01 Fairway Drive 250-423-7773 Freyja Lifestyle Fashion 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


WINTER 2015|16 › DIRECTORY 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 Infinitea 501 1st Ave 250-430-7168 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 Poison Apple 1221C 7th Ave 250-423-5948 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 Straightline 461B 2nd Ave 250-423-3532 Trillium Day Spa 632 2nd Ave 250-423-7774

Groceries

7-Eleven Food Store 1261 Hwy 3 250-423-7662 Ann’s Your Independent Grocer 1792 A 9th Ave 250-423-3264 Back Country Meats & Sausage 1091 Hwy 3 250-423-6656 Barkside Pets 1201 6th Ave 250-423-4332 BC Liquor Store 792 2nd Ave 250-423-6006 Crumbs Cakery 562 2nd Ave 250-423-2006 Elk Valley Wine & U-brew 592 8th Ave 250-423-3530 The Cottonwood Tree 602C 2nd Ave 250-423-8081 Fas Gas Plus 621 Hwy 3 250-423-3275 Fernie Meat Market & Deli 512 5th Ave 250-423-4212 Fernie Mountain Spirits 1641 7th Ave 250-423-6522 Good Earth Natural Alternatives 322 2nd Ave 250-423-7121 Happy Cow 561B Hwy 3 250-423-8381 Le Grand Fromage 692B 2nd Ave 778-519-5050 Loaf Bakery 641 2nd Ave 250-423-7702 Mountain Pantry Grocery & Liquor 5339 Ski Hill Rd 250-423-2431 Multi Menu Pet Store at Your Door 7420 3rd Ave, Hosmer 250-423-3959 Save On Foods 792 2nd Ave 250-423-4607 Spirits Cold Beer & Wine Store 742 Hwy 3 250-423-6871 Tipple Cold Beer & Fine Wines 792 2nd Ave 250-423-3012

Home, Garden & Gifts

Barkside Pets 791 2nd Ave 250-423-4332 Beanpod 691A 2nd Ave 778-519-5008 Bisaro Woodworking 792 3rd Ave 250-423-7329 Canadian Tire Ghostrider Crossing 1791 9th Ave 250-423-4222 Clawhammer Letterpress 661 2nd Ave 250-946-6400 Cotton Tree Quilt Shop 581 B 2nd Ave 250-423-3358 Fernie Arts Co-op 572 2nd Ave 250-423-7044 Fernie Blossoms and Blooms 250-423-1486 Fernie Exchange New & Used Pawnbrokers 1501 9th Ave 250-423-6625

Fernie Fireplace 24B Manitou Road 250-423-4216/9127 Ghostrider Trading Company 661 2nd Ave 250-423-5541 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 Le Grand Fromage 6 92B 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 & Treasures 592 2nd Ave 250-423-3736 Quality For Less Furniture 902 6th Ave 250-423-3433 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 581A 2nd Ave 250-423-2680 The Source 362A 2nd Ave 250-423-3527 Snow Valley Spa & Leisure 1541 9th Ave 250-423-3370 Stephanie’s Glass & Art 532 2nd Ave 250-423-3944 Side Street Sweet Shoppe 661 2nd Ave 778-519-5009

Professional Services

Claris Media 841 7th Ave 250-423-4062 Fernie Mow & Snow www.mowandsnow.ca 250-423-1665 Fernie Puppy School 250-423-7257 Goldstar Cleaning 1591 10th Ave 250-4234029

Sports & Lifestyle

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 & 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 Asian

Cedar Garden Grill and Wok 1302 Hwy 3 250-423-3689 The Curry Bowl 931 7th Ave 250-423-2695 Kelvin’s Kitchen 1221A 7th Ave 250-423-3211 Pho Locoal 301 2nd Ave 778-519-5201

Butcher Shop

Ann’s Your Independent Grocer 1792 A 9th Ave 250-423-3264 Back Country Meats & Sausage 1091 Hwy 3 250-423-6656

Fernie Meat Market 512 5th St 250-423-4212 Save On Foods 792 2nd Ave 250-423-4607

Casual Dining

The Blue Toque Diner 601 1st Ave 250-423-4637 Boston Pizza 1602 7th Ave 250-423-2634 Bridge Bistro 301 Hwy 3 250-423-3002 Kelsey’s 5339 Ski Hill Rd 250-423-2444 Smitty’s Family Restaurant 2001 Hwy 3 250-423-3892

Catering Services

The Clubhouse Restaurant padrian@skifernie.com 250-423-9777 CP Catering www.enjoyfernie.com Iron Creek Catering www. ironcreekcatercompany.com

Coffee Shops & Cafes

Beanpod 691A 2nd Ave 778-519-5008 Big Bang Bagels 502 2nd Ave and 5369 Ski Hill Road 250-423-7778 Crumbs Cakery 562 2nd Ave 250-423-2006 Freshies 632 2nd Ave 250-423-3833 Infinitea 501 1st Ave 250-430-7168 Loaf Bakery & Restaurant 641 2nd Ave 250-423-7702 Lost Boys Café Timber Chair, FAR 250-423-4655 Lunchbox 561A 2nd 250-423-4500 Mug Shots Bistro 592 3rd Ave 250-423-8018 Slopeside Coffee and Deli Fernie Alpine Resort 250-423-4655 Starbucks 1641 7th Ave 250-423-3681

Fast Food

A & W Restaurant 1392 Hwy 3 250-423-6344 Dairy Queen 1610 McDonald, Hwy 3 250-423-9297 McDonalds 1702 9th Ave 250-423-5380 Tim Horton’s 1701 9th Ave 250-423-7709 Subway 441 Hwy 3 250-423-4400

Fine Dining

Fernie Cattle Co 561 Hwy 3 250-423-7498 Island Lake Lodge www.islandlakecatskiing. com 250-423-3700 Lizard Creek Lodge 5346 Highline Dr 250-423-2057 Max Restaurant 742 Hwy 3 250-423-6871

Indian

Mountain Tandoor at Stanford Inn 100 Riverside Way 250-423-5000

Latin

Nevados 531 2nd Ave 250-423-5566

Pizza, delivery or pick-up

Boston Pizza 1602 7th Ave 250-423-2634 Bridge Bistro 301 Hwy 3 250-423-3002 Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe 592 8th Ave 250-423-0007 Fernie Pizza & Pasta 1221 7th Ave 250-423-4231 Just Pizza 2 for 1 362 2nd Ave 250-423-9277 Loaf Bakery & Restaurant 641 2nd Ave 250-423-7702

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WINTER 2015|16 › DIRECTORY Pub Fare or Casual Dining

The Brickhouse 401 2nd Ave 250-423-0009 Bridge Bistro 301 Hwy 3 250-423-3002 The Fernie Hotel & Pub 691 1st Ave 250-423-6444 The Northern 561 2nd Ave 250-423-3075 The Pub Bar & Grill 742 Hwy 3 250-423-6871 The Rusty Edge 5369 Ski Hill Road 778-519-5206

Specialty

Beanpod 691A 2nd Ave 778-519-5008 Crumbs Cakery 562 2nd Ave 250-423-2006 Happy Cow 561B Hwy 3 250-423-8381 Le Grand Fromage 692B 2nd Ave 778-519-5050 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 581 A 2nd Ave 250-423-2680 Side Street Sweet Shoppe 661 2nd Ave 778-519-5009

Steakhouse

Fernie Cattle Co 561 Hwy 3 250-423-7498

Sushi

Yamagoya 741 7th Ave 250-430-0090

AFTER DARK 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 Kodiak Lounge 892 6th Ave 250-423-6811 Nevados 531 2nd Ave 250-423-5566 The Pub Bar & Grill 742 Hwy 3 250-423-6871 Royal Canadian Legion #36 551 1st Ave 250-423-6606 Yamagoya 741 7th Ave 250-430-0090

Clubs

The Central 301 2nd Ave 250-423-3343 The Fernie Hotel & Pub 691 1st Ave 250-423-6444 The Northern 561 2nd Ave 250-423-3075 The Royal 501 1st Ave 250-946-5395

Live Music

The Arts Station 601 1st Ave 250-423-4842 Clawhammer Letterpress 661 2nd 778-519-5010 Infinitea 501 1st Ave 250-430-7168 Loaf Bakery & Restaurant 641 2nd Ave 250-423-7702

Movie Theatres

Vogue Theatre 321 2nd Ave 250-423-7111

WHERE TO STAY B&B

Alpine Lodge 5291 Highline Dr 250-423-4237 Beaver Lodge 562 5th Ave 250-423-5093 Birch Meadows Lodge 4485 Hwy 3 South 250-423-4236 Castle Creek B&B 12 Cedar Bowl Dr 250-423-8014 Creekside Bed & Breakfast 16 Elkview Cres 250-423-7394

Elk View Lodge 3934 Cokato Rd 1-888-733-7643 Fernie Bed & Breakfast Association www.fernielodging.com Family B&B Suite 1701 Dicken Rd 250-423-7492 Old Nurses Residence B&B 802 4th Ave 250-423-3091 Parkside B&B 54 Mt. Proctor Ave 250-423-7578 The Ridge B&B 20 Ridgemont Ave 250-4233170 Snowed Inn 5271 Highline Dr 250-423-3830 Twisted Timber Guest House 9 Alpine Trail Cres 250-423-6425 Ski Inn Fernie 6B Alpine Trail Lane 250-946-5999

Booking Services

Fernie.com 250-423-5535 Fernie Alpine Resort 250-423-4655 Fernie Central Reservations 1-800-622-5007 Fernie Lodging Company 4559 Timberline Cres 250-423-6878 Fernie Getaways www.ferniegetaways.com 250-423-6855 Renting in Fernie www.rentinginfernie.com 1-877-661-9993 Tourism Fernie www.tourismfernie.com 1-877-933-7643

Chalet

The Alders 35 Highline Dr 250-423-2077 Alpine Aerie 5267 Highline Dr 250-423-2077 Alpine Lodge Fernie 5291 Highline Dr 250-423-4237 Bear Paw Lodges 5383 Highline Dr 250-423-6878 Black Bear Chalet 24 Timberline Cres 250-423-5023 Black Diamond Chalet 5406 Boomerang Way 250-423-2077 Cabin in the Woods 4720 Alpine Way 250-423-2077 Canadian Powder Tours 1410 McDonald Ave 250-423-3019 Currie Cabin 4520 Timberline Cres 250-423-2077 Elk View Lodge 3934 Cokato Road 1-888-733-7643 First Tracks Lodge 5389 Boomerang Way 250-423-6878 Freeway Lodge 4527 Timberline Cres 250-423-2077 Glowing Embers 5 209 Highline Close 250-423-2077 Grizzly Den Chalet 5398 Boomerang Way 250-423-2077 Heartland Hideaway 4564 Timberline Cres 250-423-2077 Holohike Haven 5275 Highline Dr 250-423-2077 Ingamo Lodge 5331 Highline Dr 250-423-2077 Kimbers Timbers Fernie Alpine Resort 403-240-1769 The Lodge at Fernie 4502 Timberline Cres 406-756-7714 Polar Peak Lodges 4576 Timberline Cres 250-423-6878

Spiral Lodge Chalet 4562 Timberline Cres 250-423-2077 Spirit Lodge 5395 Boomerang Way 250-423-2077 Tightlines Lodge 821 7th Ave 250-423-4483

Condo

901 Fernie 901 2nd Ave 250-423-2077 Cedar Ridge Condos 5388 Highline Dr 250-423-2077 Cornerstone Lodge 5369 Fernie Ski Hill Rd 250-423-6855 The Griz Inn 5369 Ski Hill Rd 250-423-9221 Lizard Creek Lodge & Condominiums 5346 Highline D­­­r 250-423-2057 River Rock Lodge 5403 Highline Dr 250-423-6878 Silver Rock Condos 1500 Macdonald Ave 250-423-2077 Snow Valley Condos 51 Ridgemont Dr 250-423-2077 Snow Creek Lodge and Cabins 5258 Highline Dr 250-423-7669 Stone Creek Condos 5 423 Boomerang Way 250-423-2077 Timberline Lodges 4559 Timberline Cres 250-423-6878

Hotel

Barbara Lynn’s Country Inn 691 7th Ave 250-423-6027 Best Western Fernie Mountain Lodge 1622 7th Ave 250-423-5500 The Central Hotel 301 2 Ave 250-423-7367 Fernie Hotel & Pub 691 1st Ave 250-423-6444 Fernie Slope Side Lodge 5339 Ski Hill Road, Fernie Alpine Resort 1-866-633-7643 The Griz Inn 5369 Ski Hill Rd 250-423-9221 Island Lake Resort www.islandlakecatskiing.com 250-423-3700 Lizard Creek Lodge & Condominiums 5346 Highline D­­­r 250-423-2057 Park Place Lodge 742 Hwy 3 250-423-6871 Red Tree Lodge 1101 7th Ave 250-423-4622 Snow Creek Lodge and Cabins 5258 Highline Dr 250-423-7669 Stanford Resort 100 Riverside Way 250-423-5000 Travelodge Three Sisters 401 Hwy 3 250-423-4438

Motel

East Kootenay Motel Ltd. 1302 Hwy 3 250-423-9266 Powder Mountain Lodge 892 Hwy 3 250-423-4492 Raging Elk Hostel 892 6th Ave 250-423-6811 Snow Valley Motel & RV Park 1041 7th Ave 250-423-4421 Super 8 Fernie 2021 Hwy 3 250-423-6788

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENTS Developments

901 Fernie www.901fernie.com 250-423-9204 Alpine Trails www.alpinelivinggroup.com 1-866-232-1270


Burma Road Estates www.fernielistings.com 250-423-1921 The Cedars www.thecedars.ca 250-423-8989 Fernie Golf Estates www.ferniegolfestates.com 1-866-423-6873 Timberline Lodges www. fernievacationproperties.com 1-866-423-6873 Montane Fernie www.montanefernie.ca 250-423-4136

Developers/Builders

Alpine Trails www.alpinetrails.com 866-232-1270 Axiom Homes www.modernprefab.ca The Cedars www.thecedars.ca 250-423-2000 Element Homes www.elementhomes.ca 250-423-8749 Elk River Mountain Homes www.elkrivermountainhomes.com 250-423-4229 Fernie Home Hardeware Building Centre 300 Manitou Rd. 250-581-1520 Fernie Vacation Properties www. fernievacationproperties.com 250-423-6878 Graceland Builders www.gracelandbuilders.com 250-423-8858 Green Door Construction www.greendoorconstruction.ca 250-423-0960 Lindal Homes www.elkrivermountainhomes. com 250-423-4229 LWE Builders www.ferniebuilders.com 250-423-3100

Property and Home Care

Elk Valley Painting www.elkvalleypainting.com 250-430-3853 Fernie Central Reservations www.ferniecentralreservations.com 250-423-2077 Fernie Lodging Company Property Management www.fernielodgingco.com 1-800-667-9911 Fernie Property Care 802-A 2nd avenue 779-519-5190 Mow & Snow Land Care www.mowandsnow.ca 250-423-1665 Nufloors 391 1st Ave 250-423-4314 Goldstar Cleaning 1591 10th Ave 250-423-4029 Renting in Fernie www.rentinginfernie.com 1-800-622-5007 Schnell Carpentry www.schnellcarpentry.ca 250-946-6881 White Ladder Painting www.whiteladderpainting.com

Realtors

Carol Cohen 1602 9th Ave 250-278-0678 Century 21 Maximum Realty 1361B 7th Ave 250-423-4113 Deb Trand 1241 7th Ave 250-423-1471 Fernie Real Estate Company 1602 9th Ave 250-423-2000 Melanie Mackay 561 A Hwy 3 250-423-1800 Re/Max Elk Valley Realty 1241 7th Ave 250-423-4444 Royal Lepage East Kootenay Realty 561A Hwy 3 250-423-4644 Ryan Frazer 1241 7th Ave 250-531-0303 Todd Fyfe 1602 9th Ave 250-423-8989

COMMUNITY SERVICES Churches

Anglican Church of Canada Christ Church 541 4th Ave 250-423-6517 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 Trinity Lutheran Church 691 4th Ave 250-426-7564 Trinity Pentecostal Tabernacle 1362 8th Ave 250-423-4114

Resources

Alcohol and Drug Counseling 802 B 2nd Ave 250-423-4423 Backside Tours www.backsidetours.com 250-427-5571 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 250-423-4449 East Kootenay Addictions Services Association 802 2nd Ave 250-423-4423 Elk Valley District Hospital 1501 5th Ave 250-423-4453 Elk Valley Employment Centre C-302 2nd Ave 250-423-4204 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 Curling Club 991 6th Ave 250-430-7257 Fernie Family Centre 521 4th Ave 250-423-6127 Fernie Fire Department 692 3rd Ave 250-423-4226 Fernie Fix Magazine www.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/Visitor Info Centre 362-B 2nd Ave 250-423-7016 Interior Health www.interiorhealth.ca 250-420-2442 RCMP 250-423-4404 Women’s Resource & Drop In Centre 691A 4th Ave 250-423-4687

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

WINTER 2015|16 › DIRECTORY Organizations Advocates for Local Living www.allfernie.ca Elk River Alliance www.elkriveralliance.ca 250-423-3322 Elk Valley Bear Aware www.bearaware.bc.ca 250-423-6406 EK Kids www.ekkids.ca Emily Brydon Youth Foundation www.emilybrydon.com 250-423-4782 Fernie Arts Co-op www.fernieartscoop.com 250-423-7044 Fernie Chamber of Commerce www.ferniechamber.com 250-423-6868 Fernie Childcare Society www.fccs.ca 250-423-3313 Fernie Curling Club 991 6th Ave 250-430-7257 Fernie & District Arts Council www.theartsstation.com 250-423-4842 Fernie & District Historical Society www.ferniemuseum.com 362 2nd Ave 250-423-7016 Fernie District Search and Rescue 102 Commerce Road 250-423-8366 Fernie Mountain Bike Club www.bikefernie.ca Fernie Nature Club naturebob@telus.net Fernie Ride Board www.fernierideboard.com Fernie Skating Club www.fernieskatingclub.com Fernie Skiing Heritage www.fernieskiingheritage.ca Fernie Trails Alliance www.fernietrailsalliance.com Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club www.fernietrails.com Lions Club 250-423-6335 Rotary Club www.fernierotary.org 250-423-7016 Salvation Army 741C 2nd Ave 250-423-4661 Tourism Fernie www.tourismfernie.com 250-423-2037 Wildsight 891 2nd Ave www.wildsight.ca 250-423-3322

Schools

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 www.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’Association francophone des Rocheuses du sud www.afros.ca L’école Sophie-Morigeau 44 Mount Washburn 778-519-1115

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THREE SISTERS

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Annex Park

Elk River

LWE Builders

Fernie Brewing Company

Goldstar

Prentice Park

Maiden Lake

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Hosmer Hiking Trail

Hartley Lake Rd - To Heiko’s Trail

Dicken Rd

Elk River Mountain Homes / Axiom

7th ave Hwy 3 13th st

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EXPANDED DAYS! Every Thursday - Sunday through the winter. Snowcat ride and Lunch - $69 pp (spa extra) Extended Holiday Hours - Friday Dec 18th â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saturday Jan 3rd (Closed on Dec 25th) Children 50% off (4-12). Little ones (0-3) FREE! Reservations required

Ski Touring

Available upon request. Check our website or call for details and pricing. If you are interested in being on our Catski standby list, visit our website to sign-up.

islandlakecatskiing.com 1.250.423.3700

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Fernie Fix Winter Guide 2015  

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