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Welcome to Fernie, BC by Krista Turcasso | 7


City of Fernie Spaces to Explore by Wynne Cairns The Changing Face of Snowmobiling by Nicole Matei Fat Biking 101 by Troy Nixon Winter at Fernie Alpine Resort More Than Just Skiing by Karen Pepper Backcountry Winter Safety by Simon Piney


Revitalizing Yoga Sequence by Michelle Thorne


Fernie’s Built Heritage - Then and Now by Rebecca Hall The Fernie Art Walk by Jackie Graham

SHOPPING | 46 FOOD AND DRINK | 49 Dining Guide | 50

WHERE TO STAY | 52 Accommodation Guide | 53

REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT | 55 Making the Move to Fernie by Todd Fyfe


Options for Sexual Health Clinic by Sue Clarkson

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Getting Here/Around Golf Club Nordic Trails Map FAR Multi-use Trail Map Elk Valley Nordic Centre Map Fernie Alpine Resort Map

Directory | 68 Fernie Map | 72

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Welcome, and thank you for choosing our sweet little mountain town as your winter escape. Fernie wouldn’t be the same without the seasonal visitors it attracts each year, something that has been accentuated this year as we all work our way through a global pandemic. While industry such as coal mining and logging have always been an integral part of our rich history and continue to be a significant economic force in the valley, tourism has also had an active role and is increasingly recognized and embraced by our community. So, just how did Fernie come to be? After ten years of raising money and building mines and the railway, William Fernie and

Colonel James Baker brought coal mining to the valley in 1897. Logging was quickly the second largest industry in the area, with logging camps employing hundreds. Over the following sixty years, Fernie was plagued with bad luck (mining accidents, devastating fires, the depression of the thirties), but in the 1960s it started to turn around with world coal markets revitalizing the economy and Fernie Snow Valley opening its doors and attracting avid winter enthusiasts from

around the world. From there, we saw the beginnings of key winter operators such as Island Lake Lodge and Fernie Wilderness Adventures diversify the market. The Fernie Ski Touring Club built trails and huts for ski touring access and adventures, and more recently, organizations such as the Fernie Nordic Society and the Fernie Trails Alliance have brought additional opportunities WELCOME continued on next page


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Founded in 1897 and incorporated as the City of Fernie in 1904. Location: Southeast corner of British Columbia, Canada, the only city-class municipality in Canada that is fully encircled by the Rocky Mountains. Just 45 minutes from both the Alberta and US borders. Population: 5,249 permanent residents with an additional 2,000 outside city limits and a substantial seasonal population in both winter and summer.


including extensive Nordic, Fat Biking, Snow Shoeing and Trail Running trails and grooming. Fernie has also seen private operations such as Montane groom trails for multi-use and Nordic skiing, and both Fernie Alpine Resort and Island Lake groom loops for the community as well. Yes, the options to explore the outdoors surrounding Fernie is extensive and impressive! While the outdoors is what likely drew you, there is much more to Fernie than champagne powder and type-two fun. The Historic Downtown of Fernie is perfectly situated, with panoramic views of the mountains and most notably the perfect oneshot view of the Lizard Range and Fernie Alpine Resort straight down Victoria Ave. These few blocks are home to unique shops, cafés, restaurants and art galleries and the inspiring local business owners behind

them creating a bustling shopping, culinary and cultural centre, alongside the Highway #3 corridor. Each and every one of these establishments has worked hard to ensure you have a safe and memorable experience while in Fernie. From QR code menus to online reservations and an extensive list of take out and online shopping opportunities, they have ensured that while your time in Fernie might be different, it will be one to remember. We hope your visit exceeds any expectations and leaves you planning your next trip before you’ve even stepped out of the valley. We can help with this, it’s what we’re here for. Visit ferniefix.com for additional resources and information on this amazing community, and pick up our monthly magazine (which is also available online).

Snowfall: Situated in the Elk Valley, Fernie has its own microclimate with approximately 360 cm of snow in town and 875 cm on the hill. Temperature: Average temperature is –11 C in the winter. The Griz: Fernie’s powder legend that points his musket to the clouds to promote snowfall from the skies. The Ghostrider: Located on Mt. Hosmer, a distinctive image of a horse and rider, best seen as the sun sets, but more noticeable in summer. Fernie Alpine Resort: Previously known as Fernie Snow Valley, is going into its 59th season! Catskiing: Fernie is home to Island Lake Catskiing and Fernie Wilderness Adventures, both known for their terrain and snowpack. Festivals: Fernie’s biggest winter festival is Griz Days, in honour of the Griz and the amazing champagne powder Fernie is known for typically held over the first weekend in March. Additionally, there is the Ski and Board Festival, Reel Canadian Film Festival, Fernie Mountain Film Festival, and Stoke Fest hosted by Shred Kelly held throughout the winter that round out the cultural feel of Fernie winters. Make sure to visit their websites as many of these events will be virtual or different in nature for 2021 due to COVID-19.



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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. Just when you think it can’t get any better, 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, winter running and Nordic skiing. You may be surprised to learn that your biggest challenge is how you choose to spend your time. Now, that’s an issue you can’t complain about!

Mark Ormandy Fernie Alpine Resort

I am the Director of Resort Administration and Summer Operations for Fernie Alpine Resort, sit on the board of Tourism Fernie and have proudly called Fernie home since 2005 where I live with my wife, Andrea, 2 girls, Adley 6, and Emmy 4, and 2 dogs, Maddy, a chihuahua of unknown age, and Barney, a 1 year old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. When I’m not at work, you can find me with my family, shovelling the driveway, or sneaking out to ski. I first came to Fernie in November 2000, and worked as a rental technician at Fernie Alpine Resort. I have been a permanent resident of Fernie since 2005 and became a Canadian citizen in 2010. After graduating university, the idea of 9-5 in a cubicle did not seem fulfilling. So I made my escape to the mountains and once I arrived, the town, the community, and the beauty of the valley took over. I never really set out to be a career ski bum. In my younger days I was mostly following the path of least resistance, relying on instinct to create my journey. So when I arrived somewhere that just felt right, I knew it was worth putting in the effort to make this place home. There has been a huge change in how we communicate, research, make decisions and purchase recreation opportunities. The internet and social media has driven these changes. Our market is increasingly well-educated and informed. The access to real-time information has changed the way people decide how to spend their recreation dollars. And while it’s continually evolving, I continue to enjoy everything about working


in recreation. Daily I have the opportunity to be part of an industry that brings so much enjoyment to so many people. The energy, the stoke levels after a good day, the challenges after a bad one, the excitement as our winter residents arrive in town each year. I could go on! I am excited to be part of the future of recreation in this valley. I am a big proponent of collaboration and open communication. My hope is to help create a long-term, sustainable tourism and recreation experience for generations to come. Q. In my option, the best part about Fernie winters is… A. Skiing, of course!

Q. I prefer to explore our legendary powder on…. A. Coffee and a great attitude. Q. My preferred way to spend an evening in Fernie is… A. All tuckered out after a busy day at the hill, a beer at home with my family and some good food. Q. Don’t leave town without… A. Sunglasses. Winters can be cloudy and snowy in Fernie, and it’s easy to forget there’s sun on the other side of the tunnel!





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City of Fernie Spaces to Explore BY Wynne Cairns


Nestled between rugged peaks and along cool waters, Fernie has long been considered among the world’s premier winter holiday destinations. With snowfalls of 30 feet or more, Fernie residents and visitors alike embrace the season by making the most of our vast outdoor playground. We are especially lucky to be able to enjoy our open spaces during these pandemic times and remain active year-round. Whether you’re looking for a low-key stroll or a heart pumping ride, we’ve got an outdoor space for everyone! Miner’s Walk

Learn about the geology and history of Elk Valley coal mining through interactive posts, educational panels and unique interpretive art, all part of the Fernie Miner’s Walk Exhibit located outside of City Hall. This location was the original headquarters of the old Crows Nest Pass Coal Company, and the exhibit is complete with picnic benches, seating and beautiful views. Railyard Dog Park

Take your furry friends for a walk in this volunteer-run, fenced, year-round off-leash dog park, located at 99 Ridgemont Avenue nestled in the trees just off downtown. We all love to enjoy the beautiful outdoors in winter, pets included!

Fernie Town Loop

ice rink was opened in 2017 thanks to generous donations from the Calgary Flames Foundation, the NHL, Canadian Arena Products, the Fernie Lions Club, and numerous community donors. As it is a natural ice surface, conditions fluctuate due to weather. The City of Fernie staff and volunteers monitor the rink daily and work hard to manage conditions and to keep the rink open for the community. Closures are posted on site, and there is no cost for dropin public skating.

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Part of Fernie’s extensive trail system in and around town, the Town Loop is a 14 kilometre loop that offers access to all other community trails. Connecting the Airport and the James White Park to the Annex and the Annex Park, and also tying into the Fernie RV Park trail network and the Golf Course Nordic trails, the Town Loop gently follows the Elk River through town and showcases some of the City’s most beautiful views. A must to walk, snowshoe, fat bike, or Nordic ski. Located adjacent to the Fernie Aquatic Centre, the Outdoor Community Rink is expected to be open again this winter for public skating. The NHL-sized natural

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The Changing Face of Snowmobiling STORY AND PHOTOS BY Nicole Matei

Ten months had passed since my snowmobile last saw daylight. But there I was, two hours back in the saddle weaving through a delicious technical treeline. Gluttonously feasting on a classic Fernie powder buffet. Stoked to be back at the table.

Then it happened; I zigged when I should have zagged, and lost momentum through the fir goalposts. Forgetting experience, panic set in. “Put the flipper to the gripper” (aka squeeze the throttle) I could hear my husband shout in my head. “It may not end well but at least the suspense will be over.” And so I found myself two months after having a baby, track chewing down like a hot knife through butter. Out of shape, out of practice, and out of luck. I was stuck… bad.

When you think snowmobiling, you probably envision muscled dudes in polyester one-piece suits high-marking alpine bowls on turbocharged rockets with names like ‘Thunder Cat.’ You certainly aren’t thinking about petite blonds or brunette moms. Sledding has undergone a tremendous evolution. According to a 2018 study, BC snowmobiling now contributes $299.2 million in annual economic output and provides important, diverse revenue chains for rural

communities like Fernie. Largely in part to the diligent work of the sixty-three snowmobile clubs across the province that provide supporting infrastructure and services. The Fernie Snowmobile Association organizes complex land use agreements, provides three day-use cabins, events, and 161km of regularly groomed trails that serve as gateways to endless riding opportunities. The level of organization, effort, and Snowmobiling continued on next page


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professionalism required to operate these not for profit societies challenges the concept of heedless riders on obnoxious machines. After no shortage of profanity, laughter, and encouragement, my gang helped boot-pack snow to support the track, cleared the belly pan, and leveraged our combined 400 lbs to ski pull and roll the sled free in a testament to brains over brawn. Within my small tribe are powertrain engineers, world-renown coaches, safety technicians, outdoor educators, and business owners. They all have two things

in common: they are women and they work behind the scenes driving this progression in the industry. We are not unique. Thirty percent of today’s riders are women, fuelled by advancements in technology and emerging ladies’ clinics. We are lured by the ability to define one’s own compass bearing and convene with Mother Nature on our own terms. In this sport, we show up for one another, challenging the social construct of women to compete, compare, or criticize. The face of snowmobiling is changing. This once male-dominated industry is welcoming our unique perspectives, skills, and dollars

to one of BC’s most important tourism and recreation sectors with open arms. Many local women are blazing their way in the backcountry, creating the fire, and sharing the stoke. After reading this, I hope there will be more. Sledding never looked so good and I can’t wait to see where we’ll go from here! Nicole Matei is a Director with the Fernie Snowmobile Association and a guide and Avalanche Educator with the Elk Valley Shepherds. ferniesnowmobile.com

“I had no clue what I was doing when I first started, but as soon as I hit that highway to Fernie, I would get so excited it was hard to contain it. Fast forward 10 years and that hasn’t faded! I’ve fallen back in love with the area and the locals. The terrain here has challenged me through years of progression and I’m always looking forward to seeing what the next hill has coming.” ~Krista Muncaster “The women I ran into along the way never cast a judgmental eye, but rather friendly faces and nods of acknowledgment that held something just a little bit more. Mountain sledding isn’t easy. The folks you meet along the way know that. There’s a great comradery in getting to each step along the way.” “The more people I met from the Fernie Snowmobile Association the more I realized what it takes to make this adventure happen. To make this terrain accessible. To make things more comfortable and safer. It’s taken great efforts for many years from numerous people with great generosity of their time, money, energy, and spirit.” ~ TL Kokot FERNIEFIX.COM | 19

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Fat Biking 101 BY Troy nixon


As I write this article there is snow softly falling on our mountain bike trails. The beloved Swine Flu, the epic Hypervent/Hyperextension loop and my favourite Red Sonja will soon be gone - erased by up to 10 metres of whiteness! Should this ‘legendary powder’ spell the end of your riding season? Well, it shouldn’t. We’ve been fat biking in Fernie for many years. Our Fernie fat biking community has gotten bigger and more organized with each year. We went from floundering on precarious single track to riding side by side on groomed trails. Our volunteers are the heart of this community and continue to go out and groom trails for all users in the middle of the night! Fat biking is a great outside workout which keeps that spin alive all year long. Slow, methodical and peaceful are just a few of the words that come to mind when riding through the quiet forest. Sure, I wouldn’t miss skiing Skydive or Snake Ridge on days when the avalanche guns ‘boom.’ But on those other days when the snow is a little ‘meh’ or I am pressed for time I am spinning those ridiculously large tires up a trail. Ride on.

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Fat Biking Essentials 1. Obviously, a fat bike. Rent or borrow one first. Rentals are available in multiple places in the valley. Straight Line, Gear Hub, Guides Hut, Ski / Bike Base and Quest Fall Line Sports up at Fernie Alpine Resort can hook you up. 2. Helmet and eyewear. Wear a bike helmet with a lightweight toque or beanie. A buff is a good option in case it gets cold. For me, sunglasses work well but some friends wear goggles for the descent. 3. Layers, layers, layers! Merino wool is the best as it wicks the moisture away from your skin and can be worn several times before it needs to be washed. Try a merino layer with a 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 of the ride, 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. Overdressing is bad. 4. Footwear and pedals. I have been using 45North boots for a couple of seasons. They are the bomb and my feet haven’t

been cold since. Prior to this I wore merino socks, Shimano shoes and a Pearl Izumi overshoe on top. An alternative option is to use flat pedals and a wear a pair of winter boots. One big thing that has come around recently is heated socks and by golly… they are amazing. 5. Hands. Bar Mitts are so toasty that I have taken off my summer bike gloves while riding in the winter. I personally think they are a must for winter riding. Those 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 1. Critical mass dictates where the riding will be good. More riders and people with snowshoes mean that the trails get packed down, resulting in better riding! 2. Check your local bike shop for information on the best fat biking trails this winter. 3. Trailforks is a great resource to use in the summer and winter. Riders post conditions after the ride and can leave comments if the trail is good to go.

4. 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 they are all involved with the sport. 5. 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 photos. 6. In past, loops have been groomed at Fernie Alpine Resort, Montane, Ridgemont, Phat Bastard/Red Sonja, the City Loop… and as this guide goes to press, additional loops and trail maps are in the works! Stay up to date at ferniefix. com and tourismfernie.com. Above all else, get out and have fun. Remember, trails are multi-use and include snowshoers and trail runners. And less the ski hill, there is absolutely no fat biking on Nordic trails. Troy Nixon is an avid mountain biker, event organizer and the Chair of the Fernie Mountain Bike Club. bikefernie.ca



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Winter at Fernie Alpine Resort More Than Just Skiing by Karen Pepper


Connecting and enjoying time with friends in the outdoors has never been more important to our well-being as it has since the arrival of the global pandemic in 2020. The spring, summer and fall months were filled with camping, hiking, biking, fishing, rafting and river floats, and this has helped to keep our socializing safe and fun. Our small town and resort in the Canadian Rockies are fortunate to have the space and outdoor infrastructure to support all of these activities. Moving into the colder months, the need to socialize outdoors will likely remain a priority. So bundle up, put on a buff (face mask!) and let’s recreate in the snow. First, the obvious - winter and skiing/ snowboarding go hand in hand in Fernie. Whether resort lift-accessed or cat skiing and backcountry is your thing, you will find them available and abundant here. But there

are more ways to play in the snow – Nordic skiing (classic and skate), snowshoeing, winter trail running and winter fat biking, to name a few. Fernie Alpine Resort’s multi-use trail network is a great place to explore these other winter activities. A number of these trails are wide, groomed trails perfect for these recreational pursuits.

Trail Running (or snowshoeing) Double Creek Loop (approx. 3km) Difficulty Rating – moderate (blue)

A beautiful ‘singletrack’ treed loop with a great variety of terrain. Access the Double

Creek Loop trailhead via Parking Lot #4. After a good uphill, the trail rolls through a forest of Larch and Cedar trees. Look for large burntout logs, remnants of the early 1900 fires in the Elk Valley.

Snowshoeing (or trail running) Hobbits Trail / FAR Out / Honeybee / Phat Larry’s

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This beautiful route begins from the base area and gently winds uphill to the bottom of the Boomerang Chair on the wide, groomed Hobbits Trail. For an easy route, turn around and return to the resort base area on the same trail. You can also connect to several fun technical singletrack in this mini trail network – including FAR Out, Phat Larry’s, Honey Bee and Eville. These trails follow the contours of the mountain on moderate, smooth terrain through a forest of Balsam, Hemlocks, and Englemann Spruce.

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Nordic Skiing (classic/skate) and Winter Fat Biking Silk / Manchuria / Scandia Trails (approx. 5.5 to 10.5km) Difficulty rating – moderate (blue)

These multi-use trails are great for all activities mentioned in this article, and are dog friendly (please keep your furry friend on a leash). These wide trails are regularly groomed and track-set. Access the trailhead from Parking Lot #4. Starting with a fairly substantial uphill grunt, connect to the Silk/Manchuria/Scandia trails, which are full of rolling hills and surrounded by beautiful forest. With the figure eight route design, you can choose to do the small loop (approx. 5.5km) or the large loop (approx. 10.5km). Another great option for Nordic skiers is to connect from Fernie Alpine Resort’s trails to the Fernie Nordic Society (FNS) trail network. Accessible via the Hobbits Trail, Nordic skiers can enjoy a variety of wide groomed trails on the FNS trails and then loop back to the resort. Please note that a Fernie Nordic Society day or season pass is required on FNS trails. Visit page 67 for a map of the Fernie Alpine Resort Mulit-Use Trails. Wishing everyone a safe and fun winter exploring the outdoors around Fernie! Karen Pepper is the Marketing and Communities Manager at Fernie Alpine Resort, where she has worked for 19 years. skifernie.com




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Backcountry Winter Safety BY Simon Piney


More and more people visiting Fernie during the winter are drawn to spending time in the amazing backcountry, whether on skis/snowboards, snowshoes or a snowmobile. The current global health challenge is likely to increase further the numbers of people looking for socially-distanced recreation in the wilderness. While the experience can be one of the highlights of your time in Fernie, once outside controlled areas (essentially Fernie Alpine Resort), you are exposed to substantial avalanche risk. Fernie’s legendary deep powder and steep mountains can be fatal if not approached with respect. Fernie Search and Rescue (SARS) is operationally ready to respond 24/7 to winter emergencies, however it is better for everyone to minimize the need for our services. As such, here are some thoughts for anyone planning a trip to the backcountry. BACKCOUNTRY SAFETY continued on next page


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Make sure you are safe: 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 AvCan website (www.avalanche.ca)

Make sure you know the avalanche risk in your area. Read it all season, so you can track the trends, not just when heading out. Choose your partners well

Don’t go alone and don’t go with that guy bragging at the bar about secret stashes. 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. Take the gear, know the gear

You’ll each be taking a transceiver, shovel and probe. Attend a course and make sure you know how to use them; your life may literally depend upon it. Also, take enough gear to be comfortable if things go wrong and you’re stuck there for a while. There are lots of suggested gear lists available online. Calling for help

No-one expects to, but it happens, otherwise SAR wouldn’t exist. How will anyone know you need help? Will there be cell signal where you are? Are you taking a personal satellite

communicator? Whatever you do, don’t forget a Trip Plan. Not sure what that is? Check our website, there’s an online one you can fill in under “Outdoor Safety.”

If you need help: It doesn’t matter who you are or how well you planned your trip, sometimes things go so wrong that you need outside help. It could be gear issues, you could be lost, someone may be injured or someone may be buried. Companion Rescue

If some of your party are involved in an avalanche you must immediately begin a companion rescue, do not wait for SAR to arrive. If possible, get a member of the group calling for help at the same time. Calling for help

Dial 911 and ask for the RCMP and state that it is a backcountry emergency and you will need SAR. No cell signal, then poke your satellite communicator. Don’t have one of those? Then you will need to decide whether to wait on the Trip Plan to kick in, or send someone to raise the alarm. Never delay a call – it is better to stand down rescue teams than to delay the call until dark. First aid

Provide what you can with what you have. Keep injured people as warm as possible.

Be visible

It’s hard to spot people in bad weather in the snow, and even harder in trees. Consider means of improving your visibility; fires, waving jackets, reflecting mirrors if it’s sunny, stomp out an SOS in the snow, some people carry mini-flares. Secure the site

Most times we will be coming in via helicopter. People scattered all over the site, loose clothing or equipment blowing around will all make things a lot harder. Never approach the machine, it will often remain under power. We will come to you. Be patient

Emergency services never move as fast as those needing help would like; a wilderness setting adds significant challenges. A realistic timeframe from 911 to SAR onscene is 1-2 hours, longer if the avalanche conditions are high or it is night. We have to gather information from 911 agencies, make avalanche safety assessments, requisition specialized resources. You may see us fly over, come in close and then fly away, often so that we can assess and refine our rescue plan, sometimes so we can reconfigure for longline rescue. Above all, have fun, play safe and have a great winter. Simon Piney is Head of Fernie Search and Rescue, ferniesar.ca.


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Established in 1986 by Kim and Deb Sedrovic, Fernie Wilderness boasts over 3,000 acres with a variety of ridges and an elevation of over 7,150 ft for its skiing and boarding guests, alongside a lodge, hot tub, and homemade food. fernieadventures.com Island Lake Catskiing For nearly 30 years, Island Lake has been at the top of the list as a must-ski destination for every serious skier and boarder. Vast terrain with 12 metres of snow consistently makes for some of the best skiing in the world. Put your name on the list for day skiing this year and check out their site and social media for info on additional opportunities! islandlakecatskiing.com


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

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

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

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

Fernie Alpine Resort Regularly groomed and track-set, offering great terrain for both classic and skate skiing. These trails are open and free to the public with both short and longer options. Lessons, tours and rentals are available. Dogs permitted. skifernie.com

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS When you work and play hard, you need to make that extra time to take care of yourself. Fortunately, Fernie is a health and wellness sanctuary with an abundance of professionals set up to do just that. Relaxing spas, rejuvenating treatments, one-on-one sessions to prevent or treat injuries, classes to enhance fitness, cross train, or build strength with a plethora of online options and COVID procedures in place to ensure you can stay safe while balancing the adrenaline with the om.

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I was born and raised in Fernie, BC and my business partner Kelly Clark moved to Fernie in December of 1990. We have worked together for over 13 years, and collectively have over 30 years of experience as hair stylists. In April of 2019 we decided to pursue our dream of opening up our own salon in the Historic Downtown of Fernie. We have always been avid lovers of hair and the art and creativity that goes into every style, cut and colour and we knew this industry would feed the passion we have for it. It allows us to make real connections with so many members of our community, building long lasting relationships while doing what we love. Every decade has had its own hair trends and we are constantly learning new techniques, taking new classes and attending hair shows, it’s ever changing. Product companies are supporting Canadian owned businesses and are being more aware of the environment and creating products that work better on a constant basis.  Living in Fernie has allowed us to enjoy every element of working within the health and wellness industry. We have become a part of an amazing community where we can all support each other. A community where a genuine love of what we do and where we do it is shared.  Q. In my option, the best part about Fernie winters is…  A. How beautiful our town and mountains look with that evening glow of the city lights.


Q. I prefer to explore our legendary powder on…. A. Cross country skis. Q. My preferred way to spend an evening in Fernie is…

A. On a deck or around a fire, surrounded by friends and family. Making memories and having some laughs! Q. Don’t leave town without… A. Getting to know the people behind the many experiences you enjoy while here!


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Revitalizing Yoga Sequence by Michelle Thorne

Chances are, that if you live in Fernie, or are visiting this beautiful town, you have some degree of recreational enthusiasm. We are so lucky to be surrounded by mountains that offer endless opportunities to get outside and enjoy activities nearly year round.


As I am writing this, the weather is changing and snow is starting to fall. The excitement for winter is hovering in everyone’s minds. Now is the perfect time to establish and build upon a new routine of movement to complement those winter activities we are about to shift into. Keep your body and mind fresh and your soul happy! Slowing down and taking the time to relax and breathe deeply has been proven and is recommended as an exercise to help with mental clarity, stress reduction, and anxieties. Having a regular movement practice can unlock stiff joints and muscles, prepare you better for further strenuous activity and help with injury prevention and recovery.  Here are some of my go-to moves to reenergize the body, get the creaks and cracks out of the joints and warm up for the day ahead. To get the maximum benefit, give yourself a few minutes before you begin to move, to sit up on a cushion, close your eyes and focus on the long slow inhale, and the long slow exhale of your breath. Try and match the length of both the in and out breaths. If your mind starts to wander, bring your focus back to your breath. Equipment needed: Blanket, Cushion, Yoga Blocks (if you don’t have blocks, a stack of books or a couple soup cans will do the trick!)  Half Sun Salutation

Begin standing with your feet hip width apart. Pulling your core tight will tuck your pelvis and broaden your chest. Roll your shoulders back. On the inhale, raise your arms up overhead and on the exhale reach them over to the right. The in breath brings you back

HALF SUN SALUTATION through centre, and with the out reaching to the left. Complete two times and inhale your way back through centre line. With the next exhale, hinge from your hips and let your upper body fold forward, releasing the hands towards your mat or shins. Keep a nice deep bend in your knees, and work to pull your belly to your upper thighs. On your next inhalation, with a flattened back, lift your upper body half way up and release again into a forward fold. Flow through this three to five times. Twisted Forward Fold 

From the forward fold plant your right hand onto the mat in between and a bit in front of your feet. Use blocks to bring the floor closer if you can’t reach. Bending deeply through the right knee. Rotate your torso open to the left and place your left hand on your hip. Take five deep breaths here. Repeat on the opposite side, planting the left hand, bending the left knee and opening the torso to the right. Again take five breaths in this position.

Come down to the mat onto your hands and knees into tabletop position. Take the time to place the hands under your shoulders and the knees under your hips. On an in breath, starting with your tailbone, begin to curl it upwards as you let your belly drop toward the mat. Roll your shoulders back and behind and let the front of your chest open up. Lift your chin. As you exhale, starting again with the tailbone, tuck it under, arch your spine, push the mat away from you with your hands and knees, Tuck the chin to your chest. Repeat this sequence five times. Low Lunge

Arrive back in tabletop position. Step your right foot in between your hands and rise up onto your left knee. Tuck a blanket under the knee if it’s sensitive. Let your hips sink forwards and down on an exhale. Check your right knee is over top of your right ankle. Bring your arms to reach over head or to rest on the hips. Take five breaths here. Release, and repeat on the left again for five breaths. Reset back in tabletop. Downward Facing Dog 

Tuck your toes under and lift your hips up and back keeping your hands planted firmly on the mat. Keep a bend to the knees if there is too much sensation through the back of the legs. Pedal out the feet a few times each side before sinking the heels towards the mat. It’s ok if they don’t touch! Take 5 breaths in Downward facing dog. Dropping your knees down to the mat, let your legs come long and roll onto your back.

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Gather your knees into your chest to give them a big squeeze. Let both of your knees drop over to the right side to rest on the mat. If they don’t reach the mat, tuck a blanket under your knees. Let your arms come out to a T shape beside you, keeping both shoulder blades on the mat. If it feels ok for your neck, let your head turn to the left. Five breaths here. Use your hands to help release you from this twist and give your knees a hug in once more. Repeat by taking the knees to the left and the gaze to the right for five breaths.



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Place your left foot onto the mat, with its knee towards the ceiling. Crossing the right ankle overtop of the left knee, gather your left leg in towards your body giving it support behind the thigh with your hands. Take five breaths here. To release, unravel your legs, bring them mat width apart with your knees still bent, and windshield wiper them side to side. Repeat on the second side for five breaths. Supine twist

On your back, allow your body to fully relax, let your arms and your legs go wide. Slightly tuck your shoulder blades under your body, and let your head lie flat on the mat. Let your body absorb the movements just completed and return your breath to its normal, nonmanipulated state. Try to stay here for three to five minutes You don’t have to have experience with yoga to complete these moves. A common misconception about yoga is that you have to be flexible to do it. You don’t! Flexibility builds over time with a regular yoga or stretching practice. Just keep in mind that it doesn’t have to look perfect, it just needs to feel good within your own body and never move to the point of pain. We are all different shapes and sizes, I encourage you to explore what feels good for you! Have fun with it! Michelle Thorne is a 200HR Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga teacher at Soar Studios in Fernie. Find her classes and many others 7 days a week at soarstudiosfernie.ca



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

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

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

Health Products The Good Earth Located in the heart of downtown, offering organic, sugar-free, gluten-free, preservativefree products to natural supplements, gemstones and crystals and other gift items. Snacks, natural food and drinks available, along with a large selection of gluten/dairy free ice cream. 250-423-7121 IGS Pharmacy Fully equipped for all of your pharmacy needs, IGS also offers health and wellness products such as vitamins, baby products, homeopathic tablets, and more. Friendly and helpful service, call 250-423-4496 for details.

Massage and Esthetics King Fir Spa A revitalised space at Fernie Lodging Company up at Timberline Lodge on the ski hill, this all-encompassing spa offers

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

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

Elk Valley Physicians The Elk Valley Physician Group (EVPG) created social media pages during COVID-19 to help share accurate health and wellness information and to help the community access it easily, to stay informed, allow them to express opinions and enter into conversations discussions. Visit their page on FB and Instagram to stay up to date!

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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. You will also find the walls of many offices, shops, cafés and restaurants are enhanced with the talented work of local artists. It is great to see the arts and culture scene continue to grow and evolve, adding more colour and vibrancy to Fernie.

Tara Higgins H Squared Gallery

I arrived in Fernie April of 2000, looking for a ski town that had big snow without the Disneyland feeling of Whistler. Coming out of the video store on the Sunday of Labour Day weekend and looking up Second Avenue there wasn’t a single car and from there I was hooked. I would have taken a picture and sent it to friends in disbelief, but phones weren’t smart back then. The bug of the Arts and Culture industry bit me in middle school, doing the music for the school play. I went to university with the promise of ‘sensible’ degree in Environmental Management and had switched to Theatre Production by the end of the first semester. And life has been steeped in arts and culture in some form or another from then on. My first job in Fernie was to organize the Fernie Artwalk, which at the time took over businesses’ windows in town. I think we had 15 storefronts involved and it was a struggle to find enough artists to fill the windows. Arts and Culture in Fernie has come a long way since that summer of 2000. It is amazing to see the growing number of artisans filling downtown, I have always believed that there is art in everything and watching the artisan culture grow in Fernie and worldwide is very exciting. Being an artist has its ups and downs. The support of the people of Fernie and the visitors is amazing and very empowering. I am looking forward to the next chapter as an artist and business owner in Fernie, bringing Canadian artists and makers to


Fernie through showcasing their work and collaborating with them.

Q. My preferred way to spend an evening in Fernie is…

I hope Fernie continues to flourish as a town full of artists, artisans and makers drawn here because of the support and encouragement of our townfolk and visitors.

A. A couple of hot laps on skate skis around the winter trials on the Golf Course followed by dinner at Yamagoya.

Q. In my option, the best part about Fernie winters is… A. A mid week snowmageddon and catching a rope drop at the resort. Q. I prefer to explore our legendary powder on…. A. Skis doing Cedar laps when the upper traverse is closed.

Q. Don’t leave town without… A. Checking out H Squared Gallery, of course. And hitting the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. The volunteers at the Nordic Centre do such an amazing job grooming and track setting and you can pop into the warming hut in between laps and warm up in front of the fire.


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Fernie’s Built Heritage Then and Now by Rebecca Hall

The Heritage Walking Tour of Downtown Fernie begins at The Arts Station and follows a loop past some of Fernie’s most beautiful and significant architecture to finish at 901 Fernie, a faithful recreation of the former Fernie Secondary School which stood on the same spot. Pick up a copy of the walking tour at the Fernie Museum, Visitor Information Centre, or find it online at tourismfernie.com/history/historic-downtown. The tour continues past heritage bank buildings, the former Chinese Laundry, Isis Theatre, and Catholic Church. The tour also visits the Fernie Heritage Library – formerly, the Fernie Post Office and Customs Offices, and Fernie City Hall – the former Crow’s Nest Pass Coal Company Offices, one of Fernie’s oldest surviving commercial structures. It was here that Fernie’s citizens sheltered as flames razed the new city on August 1, 1908.

German brewmaster Albert Mutz G. H. Scott moved their two-year-old brewery from Fort Steele to Fernie in 1900 and built an impressive three-storey structure at a cost of $5,500. By 1906 the brewery had purchased the East Kootenay Bottling Company’s plant and added ‘aerated waters’ to their product line. Labels from the time show that they were brewing ales up to 16% ABV, the standard beer packed a powerful 8% punch.

The Great Fire

The 1908 fire was barely a blip in operations and a new four-storey brick building was formally opened on August 6, 1909. The company thrived for four decades until it was purchased by Interior Breweries in 1950 which closed plants in Fernie and Nelson in favour of a new operation in Creston in 1956. That was the end of commercial brewing in Fernie, until the Fernie Brewing Company was founded in 2003 by the Pask family. The new Brewery that we enjoy today was opened in 2007 and is part of Fernie’s new architectural heritage.

The Great Fernie of 1908 was the second of two major fires in Fernie at the start of the 20th Century. The first, in 1904, started in a bakery and destroyed much of the downtown commercial district. Undaunted, the community incorporated Fernie and quickly set about rebuilding their timber-framed structures. More impressive brick and stone buildings also began appearing. Then, as the heat of August arrived just four years later, so did the flames. This time, a wildfire swept through town and in just 90 minutes, $5M worth of property was destroyed. Freight, lumber, bridges, and businesses were also lost, doubling the total losses to Fernie. The historic buildings that we treasure today are largely thanks to the resulting ordinance from City Council, which decreed that all buildings within a ten-block section are constructed of fireproof material. Over the next four years, Fernie was rebuilt with many buildings completed by 1910. ‘Fireproof’ materials included rubblestone from the Elk River which can be seen on the Fernie Livery Building, imported red brick and slate as on the Fernie Courthouse, and Fernie’s own golden bricks from the Fernie Brick Plant in West Fernie, which survived the fire.

The Fernie Brewery, 1909

“The new Brewery that we enjoy today was opened in 2007 and is part of Fernie’s new architectural heritage.”

As restoration work begins on the 1912 Leroux Mansion and 1909 Royal Hotel, Fernie can be grateful that our built heritage – from then and now – will be preserved and cherished for years to come. We can only mourn the lost gems and hope we don’t lose any more.

The Fernie Brewery

Rebecca Hall is the Administrator at the Fernie Museum. To learn more about Fernie’s storied history, visit ferniemuseum.com.

Not so lucky was The Fernie Brewery, the first major structure to fall. Located at the base of Coal Creek in what was known as ‘Old Town,’ the Brewery was the site of the first stand against the fire.



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The Fernie Art Walk BY Jackie Graham

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Explore Fernie’s vibrant cultural community through the Fernie Art Walk, which leads you through town to a series of public art installations, galleries, studios, and shops. Art can tell the story of a place, of a time, and of a people. The art that dots Fernie’s Historic Downtown does just that. It tells the story of Fernie as a bright and energetic city in the Elk Valley, full of creatives who truly appreciate all that the landscape has to offer. Mt Hosmer





Explore Fernie’s art installations, Arena galleries and working studios on an art walk through Historic Downtown and beyond. Meet artists and artisans as they work. Discover their Fernie and brick inspiration from the charming rose-gold Golf Club Maiden to the surrounding heritage buildings peaks and forests. Lake Immerse yourself in the culture and personality of Fernie. For more information, pick up a copy of the Elk Valley Cultural Guide or visit elkvalleyculture.ca.

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Take a stroll through Historic Downtown and visit shops and galleries such as the H Squared Gallery, Fernie Arts Co-op, Studio 562, Brian Pollock Photography, Eye of the Needle, and Stephanie’s Glass and Art Studio, where you will often catch an artist at work. Discover their process and their inspiration, from the distinct architecture of downtown to the snowy mountain peaks that surround us. Get to know the makers who call this place home and spend their time adding to its cultural fabric. < To Island Lake Lodge

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Another public art piece in town is A Hardy Town, also by Michael HepherAnnex Park with Paul Reimer, which tells the Annex story of the 1908 Great Fire. It sits as an anchor to The Arts Station, the city’s cultural hub. A refurbished train station, The Arts Station is embedded with historical significance and currently houses a 100-person theatre, artist studio space, an independent restaurant, and a foyer gallery. It is a place steeped in history, that is home Mt Fernie to the people working to continue West Fernie weaving Fernie’s cultural identity.

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community’s interests, values, and inspiration through the work that is on display. Take this self-guided tour to explore a new angle of Fernie. Jackie Graham is the Program Officer with the Fernie and District Arts Council. Visit theartsstation.com to learn more about what’s on offer through the Arts Station.

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Begin with the postcardMt view of Fernie Proctor on the corner of 7th street and 2nd Three Sisters ave, where the historic buildings lead your gaze to a straight shot of Fernie Alpine Resort. On this corner, Michael Hepher’s All KindsAlpine of Beauty takes Trails pride of place. This piece, completed in the fall of 2019, depicts the hopes, Parkland Terrace dreams, and aspirations of Fernie. It offers a key to the iconography of the valley, and is a great introduction to the Fernie Art Walk.


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Colourful banners by local artists line streets in historic downtown Fernie and along Hwy #3 each year. New banners have been produced and updated annually since 2005.

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OUT OF THE BOX DUMPSTERS Fernie’s dumpsters have become works-of-art since 2014 and can be seen all around town. Visit theartsstation.com for info.

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Corner of 7th Street & 2nd Ave on the side of Beanpod. #ferniemuralproject A feature mural by Michael Hepher depicting the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Fernie.

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For a more street-art, take the Fernie Art James White Walk Map and find all the painted dumpsters Park from the Out of the Box Dumpster Project. C at o Rd Local artists put their originalokspin on a dumpster. This project is an opportunity to take something mundane and make it beautiful. Look up as Riverside you wander to view the lamp-posts adorned with banners. Arts and culture can give you an inside The Cedars look into a community. You3can discover a

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532 2nd Ave | stephaniesglass.ca Working stained glass and sandblasting studio. Meet the artist, whose work has been exhibited worldwide and can be seen around Fernie. Paintings and featured art by other local artists. 7 FERNIE MUSEUM – MUSEUM, GALLERY & GIFT SHOP 491 2nd Ave | ferniemuseum.com the Permanent ‘This is Our Fernie’ exhibit on the ground floor tells the history of Fernie over the past 130 years. Rotating exhibits in gallery. Giftshop featuring heritage-inspired gifts and local works.

572 2nd Ave | FB: fernieartscoop Featuring art by over 60 local artists including jewellery, photography, paintings, textiles, pottery, sculpture and cosmetics. STUDIO 562 – GALLERY 562 2nd Ave | leannestothert.com of Leanne’s studio and gallery space features original paintings landscapes, animals and scenes of children playing.


532B 2nd Ave | brianpollock.ca Fine art photography gallery offering high-quality large-format photo printing. Original prints and framed artwork on display and for sale.


GALLERY & WORKSHOPS 260 5th St | fernieforge.ca Artisan gallery & working studio in a heritage building featuring metal work from Fernie Forge and others, plus fibre art, candles, glasswork and felting classes with Sandra Barrett. Blue Fern door. sculpture and other hand-crafted installations around the front 9 THE MINER’S WALK – SCULPTURE GARDEN At City Hall, 501 3rd Ave A charming and unique tribute to Fernie’s mining heritage. Smallby Jeff scale iron sculptures by Fernie Forge; The Face of the Miner De Boer; Interpretive Panels & gardens.


591 2nd Ave, entrance on 6th St | tarahiggins.com Featuring paintings by Tara Higgins and pottery by Kerri Holmes. New location coming Fall 2020 featuring more Canadian artists.


As you stroll, drop by Fernie’s coffee shops and boutique stores to find art-for-sale and unique local gifts. Locations include Gi’ver Shirtworks, Infinitea, Polar Peek Books & Treasures, Freshies, Coal Town Goods, Big Bang Bagels, The Green Petal and Ace Ferguson Pop-up Shop.

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Around Fernie there’s even more to discover including guerilla art by Aiden Lindsay, Liam Monaghan, and Milarkey behind The Royal and The Castle on First, and an entire house hand-painted by Troy Cook behind the Raging Elk Hostel.

A 60ft historical mural can be seen inside the TD Bank, and a variety of artisan glass windows both old and new, can be seen at several historical buildings. At the Court House, the century-old tribute to fallen soldiers by Emmanuel Hahn is appreciated as a work of art. Wildlifeinspired chainsaw carvings by Michael A. Penny can be found at his open-air studio on Hwy #3 in West Fernie. Visual Art by Kathy Stead on Ridgemont Drive and fine pottery by Sarah Pike on McDonald Ave are both open by appointment – see elkvalleyculture.com for details.

The idea? Kerri Throws the pottery pieces and Tara decorates them. This one off evening will also feature new pottery work from Kerri’s wheel and new paintings from Tara Alleyside, 762 3rd Ave (behind the Salvation Army)



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Cheers to another epic Winter in Fernie!


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


Personal, Friendly Service


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

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

Free Weekly Prescription Delivery Full Service Pharmacy Cosmetics • Fernie Souvenirs Hallmark Cards • Toys 441- 2nd Ave. Downtown Fernie Tel: 250.423.4511

winter 2020|21 › arts and culture listings


Après Cocktails


The Brickhouse Bar and Grill

Fernie Arts Station

Located in a beautifully renovated historic building in downtown Fernie, The Brickhouse offers a cool atmosphere with a lounge vibe, great food, and a 100% BC beer and wine list. 401 2nd Ave

A beautiful gallery space in a restored historical train station, the Arts Station hosts talented artists and their work regularly, with online options to view the artwork. Make sure to check whose work is on display while here this winter. 601 1st Ave

The Bridge Bistro Located just off the Highway next to the Elk River and West Fernie bridge, the Bridge offers a great environment to discuss today’s adventures with friends complete with a variety of beer on tap, BC wine, and great snacks. 301 Hwy 3

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

Griz Bar

• Featuring a 100% BC only wine list and beer on tap • Open 7 days a week, 11:30am to close • We follow COVID protocols, your safety is important to us • Check out our menu here:

After a day exploring the mountain at Fernie Alpine Resort, continuing the fun by hitting the Griz Bar is a must. Famous for its après, with a variety of beer on tap and their wellknown nachos. skifernie.com

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

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

Fernie Museum The Fernie Museum not only has an extensive permanent exhibit taking guests through Fernie’s unique and interesting past, it boasts a beautiful gallery space upstairs with rotating exhibits. 491 2nd Ave

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

Tasting Rooms Fernie Brewing Co Continually growing and in demand, FBC recently completed an extensive renovation including a beautiful tasting room! Located off Highway #3, enjoy a flight, raising funds for their Cheers to Charity campaign, purchase your beer for the weekend, or pickup some cool branded ware. 26 Manitou Rd.

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

thebrickhousefernie.com 401 2nd Ave, Historic Downtown Fernie • 250.423.0009 FERNIEFIX.COM | 47

winter 2020|21 › SHOPPING

SHOPPING While Fernie is petite in comparison to many mountain towns around the world, it is exceptional in its offerings. The eclectic boutiques lining the shopping core provide unique lines including BC and Canadian made items, as well as an enchanting outdoor shopping experience amidst the historic downtown… especially when large snowflakes fall from the sky. Strategically placed cafés and bars offer the perfect opportunity for respite and comparing finds. Take the time during your visit to enjoy the great shopping experiences in Fernie!

Ana Monroy

Ghostrider Trading Company I was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador, and moved to a city Thousand Oaks (North of Los Angeles, CA) for a couple of years before coming to Canada. I arrived in Fernie in May 2016 and was hired as a Livein-Caregiver for a family in town. Prior to my arrival here, they sent me a bag of goodies which included a copy of the Fernie Fix. I saw from the magazine that Fernie was surrounded by mountains, trees, and wild life – in El Salvador we don’t have much of that. In El Salvador I did spend some time in the “countryside,” but for me that was mainly horseback riding, walks and runs around a tiny small town, or on a beach. My first summer here I wore a thin sweater all of the time, and people wondered if I would survive my first Fernie winter. I had never seen snow! My first snowfall ever was here in town and I was super stoked, crazy winter arrived and I remember waking up one morning in February with over 93cm of snow. After gaining my Canadian Residency I worked as a Nanny for another wonderful family in town. I wanted to expand my skills and gain experience in a different work environment, so I decided to apply for an opening as a Sales Associate at Ghostrider Trading Company. I have always been interested in fashion (I studied graphic design back home but moved to the States and wasn’t able to graduate), and also love working with people. Just after I applied at Ghostrider Trading Company, non-essential businesses in Fernie were closed due to the Covid pandemic. It was hard seeing businesses that I liked


closed, and to see the effect it was having on the town in different ways. However it was nice to feel the support throughout the community, with everyone checking on one another. Once the stores re-opened in June, I began working at Ghostrider Trading Company. It is wonderful to be part of the Fernie family. Q. In my option, the best part about Fernie winters is… A. I would say going to the ski hill and enjoying the powder... I just skied once, but I loved it and survived! Q. I prefer to explore our legendary powder on…. A. I would like to snowshoe more this winter,

learn to ski and try at least once to ice fish and skate on a frozen lake and go on some snowmobile rides. Q. My preferred way to spend an evening in Fernie is… A. Given that my family is back in El Salvador, I enjoy spending time with my Latin/Canadian friends and family here in town – cooking, dancing and laughing warms my heart and makes it feel like home, or also going to a local bar/restaurant for food and drinks is always nice. Q. Don’t leave town without… A. Visiting us at Ghostrider Trading Company for some great clothes, footwear, and Fernie T-shirts, hats and hoodies!


winter 2020|21 › shopping listings


IGS Value Drug Mart

Giv’Er Shirt Works

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

For original designs printed in-house, one of a kind iron-ons and custom shirts, visit Giv’Er Shirt Works. They also carry an increasing selection of Fernie ware, toques, kids’ items, underwear, sunglasses and more and have an online store at giver-shirt-works.myshopify. com. 672A 2nd Ave

Groceries Earth’s Own Naturals Earth’s Own Naturals sells organically grown cannabis and accessories and focuses on educating people and improving quality of life. Their vision is to bring premiere cannabis products, culture and education to consumers with a spirited vibe and boutique experience. 502 2nd Ave

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). They also carry a variety of branded wear and items, including all the plaid you need in this mountain town. 26 Manitou Rd

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

The Good Earth Not only does the Good Earth provide preservative-free products, natural supplements, and a variety of snacks and natural food and drinks, it carries a very extensive gemstone and crystals collection along with other gift items. 601 2nd Ave

Happy Cow Ice Cream Located just off Hwy 3, this popular ice cream shop, locally made with natural ingredients, provides a surprising number of flavours available for a cone or pint to take home, as well as stunning cakes for every occasion. 561 Hwy 3

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

The Trites-Wood Fernie Museum Shop The Fernie Museum has a gift shop with an array of items for you to peruse, including books and calendars, memberships, jewellery, clothing and accessories. Named after the famed Trites-Wood Department Store once located next door. 491-2nd Ave

The Green Petal

Home and Gifts

The Green Petal first opened its doors in February 2010, and love to showcase the different, the unusual, the fun, the artsy and the elegant. They put that love into everything they fashion, “because design isn’t just about what we do, it’s who we are.” 424 2nd Ave

Coal Town Goods

Polar Peek Books and Treasures

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

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.

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

Sports Apparel and Gear The Gear Hub With an abundance of second-hand gear and clothing for sale 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

Fernie Hearth and Home

The Quest

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

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.

IGS Value Drug Mart IGS is more than a pharmacy, it carries a surprising number of items including arts and crafts items, costumes, gift cards, books and magazines, toys and gifts for children, materials for sewing and knitting, and much more. Make sure to stop in - you’ll find what you’re looking for and more! 441 2nd Ave

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


Pick-up or Delivery! 2016/’17/’18/’19

250-423-0007 ElkValleyPizza.com

Eatery. pub. Stage.

Open for Lunch + Dinner

Located at the griz inn, fernie alpine resort Family-friendly dine in or Take-out!

fresh•food•fast RUSTYEDGE.NET 778-519-5206 5369 Ski Hill Road, Fernie BC

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

winter 2020|21 › 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 have some of the best Japanese, Latin American, Asian, Vietnamese, 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. The comprehensive Dining Guide included in this section is sure to help you with the decision process.

Florence Desrochers Mug shots

I have always had a passion for eating. You can say it is my parents’ fault! I grew up in a family where there was always something cooking and always a good excuse to celebrate. I believe there is no better gift than a good meal and it always tastes better when shared with friends or family. So working in the food and beverage industry was more than natural for me. I have spent the last eight years working in various restaurants cooking, serving, cleaning and managing. Mostly in Montreal, but also around different towns in Canada. I did a little bit of everything: fine dining, breakfast, bar and casual dining places. However, my favourite has always been the little place where people go daily or weekly. I love having “regulars” that I can get to know. Therefore Mugshots was the perfect fit for me. This institution has been around for 20 years, almost older than me and I have a funny feeling that it still has many years to go.   I am still a newbie in town. I moved here last year just before the winter season. I came a few times for winter vacations and fell in love with the community, promising myself I would move here one day. At first, I didn’t know how long I was going to stay. But now that I am Mugshots’ new owner I feel like I just got into a long term relationship with Fernie… and I think we are a great match. We don’t know what the future will be and how our town is going to evolve. But I know what I fell in love


with: charming people, fantastic surroundings and a tonne of great local businesses.

Q. My preferred way to spend an evening in Fernie is…

Q. In my option, the best part about Fernie winters is…

A. Having some friends over for dinner. I love cooking.

A. All the excitement around the snow. 

Q. Don’t leave town without…

Q. I prefer to explore our legendary powder on….

A. Just don’t leave town. If you really have to go, stop at Mugshots and grab a to-go panini.

A. My Snowboard. However, I just got a pair of skis for the upcoming season. Ask me the same question next year.


winter 2020|21 › dining Guide ASIAN

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


Family Oriented


Cedar Garden 1302 Hwy 3 250-423-3689





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









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





Boston Pizza 1622 7th Ave 250-423-2634





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






Infinitea 501 1st Ave 778-519-5050





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











Bridge Bistro 301 Hwy 3 250-423-3002

The Loaf 641 2nd Ave 250-423-7702 Lunchbox 561 A 2nd Ave 250-423-4500 Smitty’s 2001 Hwy 3 250-423-3892 The Bistro at Park Place Lodge 742 Hwy 3 250-423-6871












Freshies 601 2nd Ave




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




Mug Shots 592 A 3rd Ave 250 423 8081









Big Bang Bagels 502 2nd Ave 250-423-7778

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


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


Starbucks 1641 7th Ave










Wildflower Café 761 7th Ave 250-423-9672


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




McDonalds 1702 9th Ave 250-423-5380




Tim Hortons 1701 9th Ave 250-423-7709







Subway 441 Hwy 3 250-423-4400





Fernie Cattle Co 561 Hwy 3 250-423-7498





Smokehouse 1101 7th Ave 250-423-4622





Cirque Restaurant 5346 Highline Dr. 250-423-2057

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





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





LATIN Nevados 531 2nd Ave 250-423-5566





Luchadora 531 2nd Ave 250-423-5566





winter 2020|21 › dining Guide PIZZA - EAT-IN, DELIVERY OR PICK-UP

Meal Type


Family Oriented










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



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










The Brickhouse 401 2nd Ave 250-423-0009




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




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




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




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



The Loaf 641 2nd Ave 250-423-7702




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




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




T, L



Le Grand Fromage 672 2nd Ave, 778-519-5050 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 581 2nd Ave, 250-423-2680




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







Fernie Cattle Co 561 Hwy 3 250-423-7498


SUSHI Sushiwood 1221 7th Ave, 778-519-5255









Yamagoya 741 7th Ave 250-430-0090


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LizardCreek.com 250.423.2057

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


742 Hwy #3, Fernie | 250-423-6871

SkiFernie.com | 250.423.4655


Personal, Friendly Service


Ideal for weddings, family get-togethers, or just getting away!

Though this season is a little different, our pow and amazing terrain are the same! Visit our website or give us a call and sign up for our standby and dayskiing lists. Better yet - get your bubble together for a full cat of 10. This season it’s your turn!

islandlakelodge.com 1.250.423.3700 Follow: @islandlakelodge

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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

• Featuring a 100% BC only wine list and beer on tap • Open 7 days a week, 11:30am to close • We follow COVID protocols, your safety is important to us

Quality Year-Round Accommodation at Fernie Alpine Resort.

• Check out our menu here:

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

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441- 2nd Ave. Downtown Fernie Tel: 250.423.4511

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

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

Pick-up or Delivery! 301 Hwy 3 | 250-423-3002 2016/’17/’18/’19

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

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250-423-0007 ElkValleyPizza.com

Open for Lunch + Dinner

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

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Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert & Drinks

Specials & more online: thebridgebistro.com Follow us:


winter 2020|21 › 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, houses and Air BnB. 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 necessary to avoid disappointment!

Ryland Nelson

is now not the only reason tourists visit Fernie, in fact, it is secondary.

I arrived here 35 years ago. As I was finishing high school I got a job with a property management company that managed most of the newly built homes at the ski hill. Checking hot tubs, general maintenance, running garbage and laundry around and doing whatever was necessary to make sure visitors to Fernie had an enjoyable stay.

With occupancy rates increasing, and complete sellouts becoming more and more common, Fernie is long overdue for new accommodation developments. High end hotels with all the services, convention centres, boutique hotels, more short term rental designated condo developments, and of course seasonal worker accommodations to service all of it. If Fernie wishes to continue to grow it’s tourism, these developments need to happen sooner than later.

fernie bnb

After completing an education in Tourism Marketing I moved back to Fernie to start Fernie’s first direct booking platform which was ahead of its time. Then I took up a position with Wildsight for a career in large landscape protection around Fernie for 10 years. During this time I was able to purchase a condo at Riverside and soon turned the lock off into an “Airbnb” which was more successful (and a lot more work) than I ever imagined. Eventually neighbours started asking me if I could help them run airbnb’s and Ferniebnb was born and has quickly grown to now be supporting one of the largest selections of accommodations in Fernie! Since I first started looking after hot tubs nearly 20 years ago, depending on how you look at it, either hardly anything has changed, or a lot has changed. We have more or less the same accommodations we had nearly 20 years ago, however the way it is managed, and how it can be booked has come a long way. Probably the biggest change in this industry is that Fernie is becoming much more of a year round destination. No longer is there an 8 month “off season”. Tourists visit Fernie year round for all it has to offer. The Ski Hill

I enjoy working in the tourism sector because I love Fernie and I want visitors to enjoy it as much as I do! Q. In my option, the best part about Fernie winters is… A. Skiing! Q. I prefer to explore our legendary powder on…. A. Fat Skis! Q. My preferred way to spend an evening in Fernie is… A. Hot Tub and sleeping to prepare for the next day of skiing!


Q. Don’t leave town without… A. Procuring locally-made products at Beanpod, Distillers, SocoSoaps and the Brewery.

winter 2020|21 › accommodation Guide IN TOWN


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

The Alders 35 Highline Dr 250-423-2077

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

Alpine Aerie 5267 Highline Dr 250-423-2077

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

Alpine Lodge Fernie 5291 Highline Drive 250-423-4237

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

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

The Central Hotel 301 2 Ave 250-423-7367

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

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

Black Diamond Chalet 5406 Boomerang Way

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Currie Cabin 4520 Timberline Cres 250-423-2077

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

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

Silver Rock Condominiums 1500 Macdonald Avenue 250-423-2077

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

Snow Valley Condos 51 Ridgemont Drive 250-423-2077

Glowing Embers 5209 Highline Close 250-423-2077

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

Ingamo Lodge 5331 Highline Dr 250-423-2077

Super 8 Fernie 2021 Hwy 3 250-423-6788

Kimbers Timbers Fernie Alpine Resort 403-240-1769

Tightlines Lodge 821 7th Ave 250-423-4483

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

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

Grizzly Den Chalet 250-5398 Boomerang Way


Heartland Hideaway 4564 Timberline Cres 250-423-2077

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

Holohike Haven 5275 Highline Dr 250-423-2077

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

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

Elk View Lodge 888-733-7643

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

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

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

Stanford Resort 100 Riverside Way 250-423-5000

Snow Creek Lodge & Cabins 5258 Highline Drv 1-800-667-9911 Snowed Inn 5271 Highline Drive 250-423-3830



Elk Horn Cabin



10th Annual



SkiFernie.com | 250.423.4655


742 Hwy #3, Fernie | 250-423-6871

Spirit Lodge 5395 Boomerang Way 250-423-2077


National Building Excellence winner. New homes available Summer 2021.

fernievacationproperties.com | Sales@fernieproperties.com

A perfect accommodation for families or couples looking to experience all that Fernie has to offer.

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

Property Services and Nightly Rental Management in Fernie for 30 years

• 3300 sq ft self contained lodge • Walking distance to restaurants • 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Full kitchen and living area • Outdoor hot tub with mountain views

Personal, Friendly Service

Specializing in management to maximize rental income of each property for every owner.



Property services • Hot tub servicing Home inspections • Commercial laundry and linen Remodelling and design project management

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

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

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


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LizardCreek.com 250.423.2057

250-423-4483 Toll-Free 1 (877) 423-4483 info@kootenayflyshop.com 821 7th Ave., Fernie, BC Book online at kootenayflyshop.com

441- 2nd Ave. Downtown Fernie Tel: 250.423.4511


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Fernie’s Leader in Short Term Rentals Renting in Fernie and Property Management.

This Season It’s Your Turn

Proud to offer Fernie’s largest long-term and seasonal rental inventory

In-Town or at the Resort.

Heidi Berry


Owner/Broker All In Property Management LTD.

Short Term Rental Division

250-423-2077 or 800-622-5007 • 20 years of experience • 24/7 emergency monitoring • Competitive commission rates

Enhanced COVID Cleaning Protocols

• Fernie’s only in-house cleaning and laundry service • Maintenance/hot tub services

• Experienced marketing • Accounting & reporting • The highest nightly return

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• One stop shop for property owners and tenants including housekeeping, building maintenance, hot tub service, security checks, lawn care, snow removal and more.

rentinginfernie.com Long Term Rental Division

250-423-2052 or 877-661-9993

• Over 20 years experience in rental • Licensed and governed by the management. Real Estate Council of BC to protect your investment. • Offer professional, hassle free service to property owners. • 24/7 emergency monitoring to ensure quality service for you the owner and your tenant.

Thunder Ridge Chalets 5304 Highline Drive 1-800-667-9911

Though this season is a little different, our pow and amazing terrain are the same! Visit our website or give us a call and sign up for our standby and dayskiing lists. Better yet - get your bubble together for a full cat of 10. This season it’s your turn!

islandlakelodge.com 1.250.423.3700 Follow: @islandlakelodge

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

Accommodation/Property Management Services

Fernie Central Reservations Renting in Fernie

Stone Creek Condominiums 5423 Boomerang Way 250-423-2077

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vacation@fernielodgingco.com | 1.800.667.9911 | fernielodgingco.com PH: Mark Eleven, Spencer Francey & Matt Kuhn

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Fernie Central Reservations

Spiral Lodge Chalet 4562 Timberline Cres 250-423-2077

142 Trails. 2500+ Acres.

Craft Beer • World & BC Wine Speciality Liquer • Shop Online

Cheers to another epic Winter in Fernie!

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



REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT The real estate market continues to be strong in Fernie, with new product coming and going quickly. While some individuals and families are attracted to the ease of a move-in 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, developers, builders, and trades professionals who can assist in the process. Why not take a look while here? We know you’re already thinking about how to make Fernie home or a second home…

Ashley Williams Sheepdog Construction

I first came to town on the Greyhound bus in the winter of 2001. Seeing the snow cones sitting on top of the fence posts as the bus drove the highway from Sparwood to Fernie made me realize I had found my Shangri-la. A stint of living the dream and supervising at ski school was ended abruptly with my first mortgage payment. Luckily, I worked with Karen Pepper and through this connection I was able to persuade Ian Larsen to give me a job at LWE. 15 years later, here I am! My business partner, Thomas Wilson grew up in Yellowknife before moving south. He finished his Architectural Technologist diploma in Calgary in 2008 before starting his Carpentry Apprenticeship. After finishing his apprenticeship he decided to chase his dream of skiing full time and move to Fernie. Unfortunately, life had other ideas and Thomas had to get behind the computer screen and put his pouch back on. Thomas and I are yin and yang but do share a few similarities. Firstly, we both love Sheepdogs…Secondly, we truly love building “cool” stuff. One of the unique things about building in Fernie is you never build the same thing twice. Being warrantied builders means continued education. This process has highlighted just how well the contractors and sub-contractors in Fernie build in comparison to the rest of the province. A philosophy that is demanded by Fernie’s environment and weather.


Sheepdog’s wish is for sustainable growth whilst still undertaking the “cool” projects. We hope our grandchildren will get to enjoy the mountains and the snow, as much as we have! Sheepdog takes a great amount of pride in the team that we have and the work that our crews produce. Q. In my option, the best part about Fernie winters is… A. Ash - faceshots! Thomas - The seven minute drive to the hill.

Q. I prefer to explore our legendary powder on…. A. Ash - A snowmobile with my skis on the back. Thomas - Anything that slides. Q. My preferred way to spend an evening in Fernie is… A. Ash - getting ready for an adventure the following day. Thomas - Sitting around a fire. Q. Don’t leave town without… A. Ash - Knowing when you’re coming back! Thomas - What he said.


Secondary Suite Division

Blue Spruce



Landscape Maintenance

Landscape Design and Construction

Hot Tub Sales and Maintenance

(250) 423 1665

(250) 278 2583

(250) 423 3370

13 Kutenai Road, Fernie


Making the Move to Fernie by Todd Fyfe

Each season has its unique advantages in Real Estate. While listing a property for sale in the winter typically sees a less crowded market with little competition, we are seeing some new trends emerge as more purchasers have taken to online property searches due to the pandemic. Potential home buyers are now actively looking, no matter the season, so as we head into another exciting winter season, it’s as good a time as any to be listing or looking to buy.  Maybe you have been dreaming about purchasing that quintessential Fernie property, and now, with the current mortgage rates remaining at historical lows, owning in this incredible mountain community may be closer than you think. HSBC Canada led the trend earlier this month when it announced a five-year fixed default-insured mortgage for 1.99%, the lowest rate ever for a five-year fixed at the time. Despite the restrictive conditions, these low rates will provide a significant boost to the BC housing market.   The Kootenay Association of REALTORS® (KAR) also reported a 52.4% rise in sales this past fall compared to 2019. “Realtors® in the region have adapted well to changing market scenarios and have been quite successful in minimizing the impact of the pandemic. We are sitting on the cusp of a major transition in our daily lives but real estate buyer behaviour in the Kootenays appears to be unaffected,” says KAR President Tyler Hancock. For Single Family listings in Fernie, we saw active listings drop as low as 32 available units with an average selling price of $686,744 which is a 3% increase in price compared to last year. As of October 8, 2020 sales volume is up 9% but remains hampered by the low available inventory. Along with this, there were seven sales over one million this yearto-date which represents a whopping 250% increase in sales over one million dollars as compared to the same period in 2017. Our Luxury sales are certainly no comparison to towns like Canmore or Whistler, but trending is beginning to show a migration to Fernie with more disposable income for housing. Affordability in the Elk Valley is challenging for buyers and renters looking to live right inside


the City limits of Fernie due to the abundance of employment and lifestyle amenities. Fortunately the combined inventory from surrounding areas such as Sparwood, Hosmer, Elko and Jaffray balance the over-all cost of single family housing and provide options for most buyers in the valley. If you’re thinking about making the move, here are a few things to remember: • Have a clear idea of the must-haves for this property. How do you want to use it? What is the big motivating factor for this move? • Become familiar with the market. Your Realtor® can help you with this even if you’re thousands of kilometres away. They can keep you up-to-date on new property listings that meet your criteria. • Decide if you want to use your home as a second home, investment property, or your primary home. This will be especially important for determining your cost of

purchasing if you are financing part of the property, as well as determining any zoning or tax implications. • Get pre-approved for financing. A good lender will help you determine what you can afford. In our fast moving market, having that pre-approval in place will go a long way in establishing your ability to complete the transaction. Real Estate is staying positive in the current economic recovery, and despite the lower inventory, we are seeing lots of excitement in Fernie, with more buyer confidence, and unique opportunities to enter the market. Whether you’re a current resident of Fernie, or looking to make the move from another place, now is a great time to look at your options and to find the perfect place to call “home.” Todd Fyfe is the owner/operator of Fernie Real Estate and a passionate real estate agent. Fernierealestate.com





Creek Stone Fine Homes is a boutique home builder and renovator. Offering a concierge style service to every client ensuring they are given the care and attention they deserve. Passionate about making dream homes a reality, contact them today! creekstonefinehomes.com

Deb’s expertise is in management, sales and marketing. She previously worked with a developer in Fernie for 14 years, and also has experience as a sub-mortgage broker. Skilled, honest and creative with a positive attitude. 250-423-1471

Creek Stone Fine Homes

Elk River Mountain Homes

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

Fernie Vacation Properties Inc.

Deb Trand

Fernie Real Estate Company Ltd.

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

Jacqueline Fieldhouse

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. fernievacationproperties.com

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

Greendoor Construction

Loralee Thomas

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

LWE Builders

LWE design, manage, build new, renovate and restore. A local, full-service building company, LWE is a 2017 Georgie Award Winner for Best Certified Custom Home and Best Custom Home. They also won Best of Houzz 2015 for Design. lwebuilders.com

Noresca Inc. - Structural Engineering

They provide a customer-based experience in structural engineering and architectural drafting – from renovations to log homes. Serving the Kootenay’s and those looking to build the dream to live the dream. Call Robert at 250-531-7364 or 403-973-0899.

Pacific Homes

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

Born and raised in Fernie, Loralee feels privileged to work in the town she knows and loves. Whether you are looking to buy or sell, allow Loralee the opportunity to earn your trust and service your needs while exceeding your expectations of what your realtor can and should do for you. ferniehomes.com

Miriam Lieshman

Miriam made Fernie home in the spring of 2007 and spent many years working with the Fernie Alpine Ski Team before beginning her real estate career. She loves Fernie and watching her young sons grow up here, and enjoys helping people make their Fernie dreams a reality. 250-423-1625

Ryan Frazer

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

Todd Fyfe

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. fernierealestate.com


Home Care and Services Blue Spruce Landscapes

Blue Spruce Landscapes provides signature landscaping designs and construction services to Fernie and the East Kootenay Region including plants, trees and horticulture, paving stones and patios, decorative outdoor lighting, irrigation, fire pits, water features, fencing, decks and more. bluesprucelandscapes.ca

Fernie Central Reservations

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

Fernie Hearth and Home

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

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

Fernie Lodging Company Property Management

general contracting and supplying equipment with the ability to supply aggregate from their own pit. foothillssilva.com

Goldstar Cleaning and Laundry Services

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

Renting in Fernie

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

Snow Valley Spas

An award winning hot tub dealer serving Fernie and the entire Elk Valley region, with a wide selection of Sundance Spas, accessories and services. Visit them at their new location at 12 Kutenai road. ferniehottubs.com

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

Fernie Mow and Snow Land Care

Working with homeowners, condo associations, absentee landlords, commercial businesses, retailers and other organizations to ensure they can function during the winter months. Offering snow removal of paths, driveways, roads, stairs, roofs, patios and more. mowandsnow.ca

Fernie Property Care

www.foothillssilva.com office@foothillssilva.com FERNIE, BC

250-423-2050 or 250-423-8934

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

Foothills Silva Culture

Founded in 1991, Foothill’s background is in forestry, logging, road-building, reclamation and site preparation. More recently, they offer


Committing to Safety on and Off-site At Teck, safety is a core value and we believe in everyone going home safe and healthy every dayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even outside of work. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we continue to support the Avalanche Canada South Rockies Field Team, who collect backcountry snow data in the Elk Valley and Crowsnest Pass for the detailed South Rockies avalanche report. Check the conditions before you set out at www.avalanche.ca

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SERVICES The number of community-focused organizations in this community is outstanding, and the individuals behind these organizations impressive to say the least. From the trails beneath our Nordic-country skis to the numerous special events that pepper the calendar, to say we are fortunate is an understatement. These organizations exist because of the hard work and dedication of the people in Fernie, who 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.

Brad Parsell WorkBC Centre

I first moved to Fernie with my girlfriend Averil in the fall of 2013 and took a ski bum job as a housekeeper at one of the on-mountain lodging companies. We were only supposed to stay here for that one ski season, but after a bit of travelling around Canada in 2014 we decided to make Fernie our home. We love winter here a lot, but summer and fall really sealed the deal for us! As time went on I leaned into my management education and experience, and worked my way up through different roles in the local tourism and accommodation industry including front desk manager, housekeeping manager, and marketing – eventually becoming the General Manager of Fernie Lodging Company. After being in that role for a few years and serving on the board of Tourism Fernie, I accepted the role of Executive Director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce in April 2019. Even in the relatively short seven years we have been in Fernie, the tourism and hospitality industry has exploded here – particularly in the non-winter months. Working in the service industry myself I have seen firsthand the excitement of visitors, how much they love it here, and the economic benefits tourism brings to our valley. I have also witnessed the pinch points – the lack of a stable year-round workforce, scarcity of attainable housing for frontline workers, and challenges placed on our local environment. In my role collaborating with other local community groups and industry, I enjoy the challenge of helping find that balance for Fernie’s future between the long-term sustainability of the place we all love, and future economic development for our region.


Q. In my option, the best part about Fernie winters is…

snowshoeing in the back country more and more these days.

A. How close you are to the ski hill and other outdoor activities. You can be on the slopes doing turns in less than 15 minutes after making the call.

Q. My preferred way to spend an evening in Fernie is…

Q. I prefer to explore our legendary powder on…. A. Usually on my 2005 K2 Public Enemy skis (literally the worst powder ski – I’m a hopeless hip hop fan!), but I really enjoy

A. Enjoying too many mescalaritas at Nevados with good company! Q. Don’t leave town without… A. Exploring Fernie’s amazing Historic Downtown and all it has to offer.


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Options for sexual health clinic by sue clarkson

There is no doubt about it – things are weird in 2020! Navigating the world while trying to keep ourselves healthy feels like a full-time job. Masks are not only a way to keep safe, but also a fashion accessory. Hand sanitizing, physically distancing and frequently washing our hands are now a way of life and the best way to keep ourselves COVID free. Fernie will likely look a little different this winter but one thing that hasn’t changed is the need to access health care. Sexual health has been deemed an essential service because being able to access birth control and STI testing/treatment are critical to health and well-being. Options for Sexual Health remains open throughout the pandemic with specific guidelines in place to ensure the safety of clients, staff, and volunteers. Staff and volunteers are required to stay home when they are sick. All clients are screened for COVID-19 prior to entering the hospital.

Conversations about STIs and COVID can be part of your negotiation and boundary setting!

Our top public health officials have offered suggestions about how to reduce transmission of COVID while having sex – including having sex through a barrier (ie. Glory holes!) and wearing masks. We want to encourage folks to keep themselves safe, and recognize that during COVID it may not be the time in our lives to find new romantic or sexual partners. But if it is, the most important thing is to recognize consent is STILL at the forefront. It’s okay to create boundaries. Just like in pre-COVID times, knowing your own and your partner’s risk factors for transmission is really important.

www.fernie.ca letstalk.fernie.ca email: letstalk@fernie.ca


The Fernie Options for Sexual Health Clinic is open every Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm Jan-March and the first and third Tuesday of each month in April – Dec. It is located in the Elk Valley Hospital. We provide comprehensive sexual health services – all ages – all genders – all orientations. Drop in only – no appointments. More information can be found at optionsforsexualhealth.org. If you have sexual health needs, rest assured, we are here for you and will continue to be throughout the duration of the pandemic! Sue Clarkson is a Sexual Health Educator and RN Supervisor with Opt, a Childbirth Educator, and an RN with the Healthy Pregnancy Outreach Program.

Fernie Counselling & Consulting Specializing in Child and Family Care, Play Therapy and EMDR Therapy

Join the conversation at letstalk.fernie.ca CITY OF FERNIE BRITISH COLUMBIA

We’re listening! The City of Fernie is committed to full, inclusive community engagement and we want to make it easy for you to participate.

Photo credit: Tourism Fernie

Help shape the projects that impact you by registering and contributing your ideas and questions. We will listen to what you say, take your opinions into account, and report back to you on how community input contributes to City projects.

For more information and FAQs, visit letstalk.fernie.ca/why-engage

Services Include Family Law Mediation, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, Anxiety & Depression, Trauma & Loss, Stress Reduction, Grief, Self-Esteem, Eating Disorders, ADHD, Abuse Issues, Crisis Trauma Response

Cheryl Hulburd MSW RSW CPT RPT (Certified Play Therapist) EMDR CERTIFIED



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Fernie Chamber of Commerce


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

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Servicing the business community of Fernie and providing information services to visitors and new residents, the Fernie Chamber and Visitor Info Centre are located on Highway 3, just as you enter town. The Chamber also has a comprehensive site. ferniechamber.com




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



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

Organizations Fernie Arts Station

Fernie Visitor Info Centre

Located on Highway 3 heading east out of town

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. theartsstation.com



Monday - Saturday 9am to 5pm

25 YE A R S

We are here to help with all your visitor questions and a great range of Fernie souvenirs!

1993 - 2018




www.ferniechamber.com/ visitor-information-center

592 2nd Ave., Fernie • 250-423-3736 info@polarpeekbooks.ca

102 Commerce Road 778-519-0748


Check out our new website! POLAR PEEK BOOKS AND TREASURES

Fernie Mountain Bike Club The Fernie Mountain Bike Club is a memberbased, mountain bike club that organizes events, clinics, and in general shares the “stoke” when it comes to mountain biking in Fernie. Watch for unique events and weekly rides taking place this winter - visit fmbc.ca.

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

Fernie Trails Alliance The Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA) is an umbrella organization representing all trail users and its member clubs, the Fernie Mountain Bike Club, Stag Leap Running Co, Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club and Island Lake. The FTA ensures land use agreements are in place, a trail building/amendment process is followed, and funding streams are available to ensure Fernie’s non-motorized trails are accessible and well-maintained. fernietrailsalliance.com

Work in Fernie New this year, Work in Fernie is a workforce attraction website and online job board created and administered by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce. Find long-term and seasonal jobs, businesses for sale, and resources in the community. workinfernie.com


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Getting Here

Located in South-eastern British Columbia, Fernie is situated near major hubs allowing quick and efficient access from anywhere in the world. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a three-hour drive from Calgary, Alberta, five-hour drive from Spokane, Washington, two-hour drive from Kalispell, Montana and a one-hour drive from Cranbrook, British Columbia, all home to international airports. Shuttles, buses, car rentals and transit make travel to and from these locations easy.

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From Calgary, Alberta: Follow Deerfoot Trail south to Marquis of Lorne Trail (Hwy 22 and 2). Follow the Marquis of Lorne Trail west to Hwy 22. Follow Hwy 22 south to Hwy 3, Take Hwy 3 westbound to Fernie. From Banff, Alberta: Follow the TransCanada Highway 1 west to Hwy 93. Follow Hwy 93 south to Hwy 3, and take Hwy 3 eastbound to Fernie.

Getting Around Taxi Services Operating 24 hours a day, Kootenay Taxi carries up to six people with room for luggage and gear and offers a personal van service to both the Calgary and Cranbrook airports. Kootenaytaxi.com, 250-423-440

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Car Rental

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




The Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) in Cranbrook has flights to and from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on Air Canada and Pacific Coastal every day except Saturday, and to and from the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) via Pacific Coastal on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. West Jet offers flight between Cranbrook and Calgary International Airport (YYC) daily. YXC is open daily from 9:15am to 5:30pm.

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Lake Louise

Looking for a ride?

The Fernie Ski Shuttle

Check out the Fernie Ride Share page on Facebook or the Kootenay Ride Board website - kootenay.ride-share.org.

A partnership between the City of Fernie, Fernie Alpine Resort, Tourism Fernie and the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, the Fernie Ski Shuttle operates daily with pick up and drop off locations throughout town and at the hill. Cost is $4/one way, a 10-Ride Booklet for $35, or a seasons pass for $299 - available at Guest Services at FAR. Kids five and under ride free with a paying adult. Call Guest Services at 250-423-2435 for more details.

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

The Fernie Shuttle The Fernie Shuttle provides group transportation between from the Calgary International Airport and the Canadian Rockies International Airport (Cranbrook) throughout the winter season. The Calgary schedule is daily, while the Cranbrook route requires 72hr advanced bookings. 250-423-4023

Lessons Available We are offering lessons once again this year! Visit our Adult Lessons page to explore the options for private, semi-private and multi-week sessions. Lessons are available most weekdays and run out of the Nordic Centre. The Fernie Nordic Society offers exceptional crosscountry skiing groomed for skate and classic skiing at two beautiful locations: Elk Valley Nordic Centre and Fernie Golf and Country Club.

Season or Day Passes Season membership and day trip passes are available for sale. Scan the QR code with your phone camera to purchase a season membership!


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

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RESPONSIBILITY CODE There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the slopes, always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe outdoor experience.


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Always stay in control. You must be able to stop, or avoid other people or objects.


People ahead of you have the rightof-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.


Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.


Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.


If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.


Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.


Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.


Keep off closed trails and closed areas.

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You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through use of alcohol or drugs. You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.

Know the Code - Be Safety Conscious It is Your Responsibility


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Adventure Tours

Ascent Helicopters ascenthelicopters.ca 250-423-1443 Backcountry Cabins fernietrails.com Bellevue Mine crowsnestguide.com/ bellvuemine/ 403-564-4700 Canyon Rafting Company canyonraft.com 250-423-7226 Elk River Guiding Company 791 7th Ave 250-423-7239 Fernie Alpine Resort Ski Hill Rd 250-423-4655 Fernie Adventure Centre - Fernie RV Resort 2001 6th Ave 844-343-2233 Fernie Bike Guides ferniebikeguides.ca Fernie Nature Club bentley@ucalgary.ca Fernie Wilderness Adventures 1281 7th Ave 250-423-6704 Island Lake 602A 2nd Ave 250-423-3700 Kootenay Fly Shop 821 7th Ave 250-423-4483 Lost Creek Angler Lostcreekangler.com 250-423-7561 Mountain High Adventures raftfernie.com 1-877-423-4555 Mountain Adventure Centre Fernie Alpine Resort 250-423-4655 Mountain High Shuttle and Charters mountainhighshuttle.com Mountain High Travel and Tours 652 2nd Ave 250-423-6916 The Fernie Shuttle thefernieshuttle.com Wild Nature Tours wildnaturetours.ca 250-423-3322


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

Nordic Skiing

City of Fernie fernie.ca 250-423-6817 Fernie Alpine Resort skifernie.com 250-423-4655 Fernie Nordic Society fernienordic.com 250-423-7324 Island Lake Lodge islandlakecatskiing.com 250-423-3700 Montane Nordic Skiing montanefernie.ca

Clubs and Associations

Elk Valley Gymnastics elkvalleygymnastics.ca Fernie Ghostriders fernieghostriders.com Fernie Judo Club 891 Mt Washburn St. Fernie Nature Club bentley@ucalgary.ca Fernie Nordic Society fernienordic.com 250-531-0690 Fernie Mountain Bike Club bikefernie.ca Fernie Skating Club fernieskatingclub.com Fernie Snowmobile Association ferniesnowmobile.com 250-423-6489 Fernie Tennis Community tennisfernie.com Fernie Trails Alliance fernietrailsalliance.com Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club fernietrails.com Stag Leap Running Co. stagleaprunning.com

Gear Repair

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

Gear Purchase or Rental

All In Skier Services 5369 Fernie Ski Hill Rd. 250-430-1696 Board Stiff 542 2nd Ave 250-423-3473 Commit Apparel Ltd. 462A 2nd Ave 250-4232669 Edge of the World 421B 2nd Ave 250-423-9292 Elk River Guiding Company 791 7th Ave 250-423-7239 Gear Hub 401 1st Ave 250-423-5555 Ghostrider Motorsports 30 Shadow Rd 250-423-9251 The Guides Hut 671 2nd Ave 250-423-3650 Kootenay Fly Shop 821 7th Ave 250-423-4483 The Quest Ski & Snowboard Rentals 5258 Highline Dr 250-423-9252 The Ski Base 432 2nd Ave 250-423-6464 Sports Alpine Ski and Sports Boutique Fernie Alpine Resort 250-423-4655 Straight Line Bicycles 461B 2nd Ave 250-423-3532

Elk Valley Communities

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

Info Services

City of Fernie 501 3rd Ave 250-423-6817 College of the Rockies 342 3rd Ave 250-423-4691 East Kootenay Kids ekkids.ca Fernie Chamber of Commerce 102 Commerce Rd 250-423-6868 Fernie Heritage Library 492 3rd Ave 250-423-4458 Fernie Leisure Services 250 Pine Ave 250-423-4466 Fernie Museum 362 2nd Ave 250-423-7016 WorkBC Centre - Fernie 302C 2nd Ave 250-423-4204 Work In Fernie workinfernie.com


Body Garage Fitness Inc. 1502 9th. Ave bodygaragefit.com College of the Rockies Indoor Climbing Wall 342 3rd Ave 250-423-4691 Elk Valley Gymnastics 902 6th Ave elkvalleygymnastics.ca Elk Valley Pilates 1101-A 2nd Ave elkvalleypilates.com Essential Yoga Studio 761 7th Ave 250-423-9672 Evolution 1192 8th Ave evolutionfernie.com

Fernie Aquatic Centre 250 Pine Ave 250-423-4655 Fernie Arts Co-op 572 2nd Ave 250-423-7044 Fernie Arts Station 601 1st Ave 250-423-4842 Fernie Heritage Library 492 3rd Ave 250-423-4458 Fernie Leisure Services 250 Pine Ave 250-423-4466 Fernie Memorial Arena Highway 3 250-423-2254 Fernie Mountain Fitness and Athletics 902 6th Ave 778-519-7348 Fernie Museum 362 2nd Ave 250-423-7016 Fernie Old School Boxing 661B 2nd Ave 250-423-0272 Soar Studios 461 1st Ave soarstudios.ca Vogue Theatre 321 2nd Ave 250-423-7111

Nordic Skiing

City of Fernie fernie.ca 250-423-6817 Fernie Alpine Resort skifernie.com 250-423-4655 Fernie Nordic Society fernienordic.com 250-423-7324 Island Lake Lodge islandlakecatskiing.com 250-423-3700 Montane Nordic Skiing montanefernie.ca


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


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

Health and Wellness Animal Care

Barkside Pets 1201 6th Ave 250-423-4332 Cathy Smith-Clark Dog Training 250-423-7257 Happy Hounds happyhounds.ca 250-423-6695 K-Nine Excursions knineexcursions.ca 306-216-7298 Pet Tech Care 250-278-PETS Pampered Paws Kennel 4991 Hwy 3 pamperedpawsfernie.com Tanglefoot Vet 1161 7th Ave 250-423-2620


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

winter 2020|21 › directory Wild Heart Therapies and Pharmacy wildhearttandf.ca/acupuncture/ 250-531-0154

Counselling Services and Consulting

Alpine Pathways Psychological Services alpinepathwaypsychology.com Cristallin Toullec - Life Coaching 250-464-5938 Evolve Ink Coaching & Consulting 571b 2nd Ave 250-423-6697 Fellaship Mens Support Group fellashipmensgroup@gmail.com Fernie Counselling and Consulting ferniecounselling.com 250-423-2608 Foundry - Youth Mental Health Facility foundrybc.ca McDermid & McDermid Counselling Associates 10 Pine Cres 250-423-6785 Olivia Griffioen Registered Psychologist oliviagriffioen.com Snow Valley Counselling Ltd. 862 3rd Ave 250-531-0048


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


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

Society Jane 601 2nd Ave 250-423-5965 Sparrow Hair 641 7th Ave 250-423-7175 Walter’s Hair Studio 591 2nd Ave 250-423-3320


Active Living Massage RMT activelivingmassage.ca 250-430-7055 Elaine’s Massage 561 Hwy 3 250-423-1511 Enchanted Esthetics enchantedestheticsfernie.com 250-430-1289 Esthetics by Danielle Emery 571 2nd Ave 403-700-9374 Fernie Massage, RMT ferniemassage.ca 250-423-0155 Fernie Mountain Massage Therapy Clinic 1571 2nd Ave 250-423-5522 Jeremy Grassick RMT 632 2nd Ave 250-423-3423 King Fir Spa 4559 Timberline Cres 250-423-6878 Lift Integrated Health, RMT 592 3rd Ave 250-423-9677 Neve Spa at Lizard Creek Lodge 5346 Highline Dr 250-423-2057 Rebecca Vaughan RMT 632 2nd Ave 250-423-2673 Roberta Milne RMT 522 8th Ave. 250-278-0537 Spa 901 901-2nd Ave 250-423-7722 Stephanie Hanson, BC RMT 901 5 Ave. 250-423-3423 Summit Massage, Kristen Miller RMT 571B 2nd Ave 250-430-7244 Three Sisters Day Spa 472 2nd Ave 250-423-6395 Thunder Meadows Massage thundermeadowsmassage.ca

Medical Clinics

Fitness Centres

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

Hair Salons

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

Doula Services

Rachel Cline Mothernurturedoulas.com 250-946-6322 Rebecca Vaughan RMT 632 2nd Ave 250-423-2673 Tanya Malcolm Tanyamalcolm.com 250-278-0666 Body Garage Fitness Inc. bodygaragefit.com Elk Valley Pilates 1101-A 2nd Ave elkvalleypilates.com Evolution Fernie 1192 8th evolutionfernie.com Fernie Mountain Fitness and Athletics 902 6th Ave 778-519-7348 Fernie Fitness 561 Hwy 3 250-531-1004 Soar Studios 461 1st Ave Soarstudios.ca ET Hair Studio 462 2nd Ave 250-423-4813 Lysh Hair Salon 461A 2nd Ave 250-423-5001 Mirror Images Hair Studio 991 7th Ave 250-423-7615 New Roots Hair Co. 661 C 2nd Ave 250-423-8066 No 3 522 2nd Ave 250-423-2181

Medical Services

Natural Food and Supplies

The Cottonwood Tree 602C 2nd Ave 250-423-8081 Good Earth Natural Alternatives 592 3rd Ave 250-423-7121 The Healing Hollow 472 2nd Ave 250-423-6800 Mountain Fuel 522 2nd Ave 250-423-2181

Wild Heart Therapies and Farmacy 561M Hwy 3 250-531-0154


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


Kevin’s Independent Grocer (Pharmacy) 1792 A 9th Ave 250-423-3264 IGS Value Drug Mart 482 2nd Ave 250-423-4511 The Cottonwood Tree 602C 2nd Ave 250-423-8081 Good Earth Natural Alternatives 592 3rd Ave 250-423-7121 Save On Foods (Pharmacy) 792 2nd Ave 250-423-4607 Wild Heart Therapies and Farmacy 561M Hwy 3 250-531-0154

Rehabilitation and Athletic Resources

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

Yoga and Pilates

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

Arts and Culture Bars/Lounges

BP’s Lounge 1602 7th Ave 250-423-2634 The Brickhouse 401 2nd Ave 250-423-0009 The Bridge Bistro 301 Hwy 3 250-423-3002 The Central 301 2nd Ave 250-423-2077 Cirque Restaurant 5346 Highline Dr 250-423-2057 Fernie Distillers 531 1st Ave ferniedistillers.com The Fernie Hotel and Pub 691 1st Ave 250-423-6444 The Griz Bar, Fernie Alpine Resort Skifernie.com


winter 2020|21 › directory Kodiak Lounge 892 6th Ave 250-423-6811 Nevados 531 2nd Ave 250-423-5566 The Northern 561 2nd Ave 250-423-3075 The Pub Bar and Grill 742 Hwy 3 250-423-6871 Royal Canadian Legion #36 551 1st Ave 250-423-6606 The Rusty Edge 5369 Ski Hill Road 778-519-5206 Yamagoya 741 7th Ave 250-430-0090

Cultural Venues

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

Live Music

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

Tasting Rooms

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

Movie Theatres

Vogue Theatre 321 2nd Ave 250-423-7111


Art Studios

Brian Pollock 532B 2nd Ave 250-430-7114 Clawhammer Letterpress clawhammer.ca 250-946-6400 Decoro Portrait decoroportraits.com 250-423-3023 Eye of the Needle 260 5 St. 250-423-0412 Fernie Arts Co-op 572 2nd Ave 250-423-7044 Fernie Arts Station 601 1st Ave 250-423-4842 H Squared Gallery 598 2nd Ave 250-423-1975 Kyle Hamilton 341C 3rd Ave 250-423-0904 Stephanie’s Glass and Art 532 2nd Ave 250-423-3944 Studio 562 - leannestothert.com

Fashion, Apparel, and Accessories

Board Stiff 542 2nd Ave 250-423-3473 Coal Town Goods 562 2nd Ave 250-423-0949 Commit 462A 2nd Ave 250-423-2669 Edge of the World 421B 2nd Ave 250-423-9292 Element 7 Nine (by appointment) element7nine.com Elk River Guiding Company 791 7th Ave 250-423-7239 Essential Yoga Studio 761 7th 250-423-9672 Fernie Brewing Company 26 Manitou Rd 250-423-7797 Fernie Golf Club Pro Shop 201 Fairway Drive 250-423-7773 Freyja Kootenay Boutique 602B 2nd Ave 250-423-0713

Gear Hub 401 1st Ave 250-423-5555 Giv’ Er Shirt Works 672A 2nd Ave 250-423-6615 Ghostrider Trading Company 661 2nd Ave 250-423-5541 The Green Petal 421C 2nd Ave 250-423-4486 Grow Children’s Boutique 482 2nd Ave 250-423-4769 The Guide’s Hut 671 2nd Ave 250-423-3650 Hempire 571 2nd Ave 250-423-4144 Kootenay Fly Shop 821 7th Ave 250-423-4483 Mark’s Work Wearhouse Ghostrider Crossing 1791B 9th Ave 250-423-3695 No3 522 2nd Ave 250-423-2171 Odyssey 692 2nd Ave 250-423-5620 The Red Apple 1101 Hwy 3 250-423-3484 Ski Base 432 2nd Ave 250-423-6464 Salvation Army 741C 2nd Ave 250-423-4661 Sports Alpine Ski and Sports Boutique Fernie Alpine Resort 250-423-4655 Straight Line Bicycles 461B 2nd Ave 250-423-3532


7-Eleven Food Store 1261 Hwy 3 250-423-7662 Back Country Meats and Sausage 1091 Hwy 3 250-423-6656 Barkside Pets 1201 6th Ave 250-423-4332 BC Liquor Store 792 2nd Ave 250-423-6006 The Cottonwood Tree 602C 2nd Ave 250-423-8081 Earth’s Own Naturals 502 8th Ave 778-481-5425 Fas Gas Plus 621 Hwy 3 250-423-3275 Fernie Brewing Company 26 Manitou Rd. 250-423-7797 Fernie Distillers 531 1st Ave ferniedistillers.com Fernie Meat Market 512 5th Ave 250-423-4212 Fernie Mountain Spirits 1641 7th Ave 250-423-6522 Good Earth Natural Alternatives 592 3rd 250-423-7121 Happy Cow 561B Hwy 3 250-423-8381 Kevin’s Your Independent Grocer 1792 A 9th Ave 250-423-3264 Le Grand Fromage 692B 2nd Ave 778-519-5050 Local Store 882 2 Ave 250-423-3322 Mountain Pantry Grocery and Liquor 5339 Ski Hill Rd 250-423-2431 The Red Apple 1101 Hwy 3 250-423-3484 Save On Foods 792 2nd Ave 250-423-4607 Spirits Cold Beer and Wine Store 742 Hwy 3 250-423-6871 Stick and Stone Cannabis Co. 891 7th Ave 250-423-8718 Summit Cannabis Co. 1161a 7th Ave 778-519-7711 Tipple Cold Beer and Fine Wines 792 2nd Ave 250-423-3012

Home, Garden and Gifts

Barkside Pets 791 2nd Ave 250-423-4332 Beanpod 691A 2nd Ave 778-519-5008 Canadian Tire Ghostrider Crossing 1791 9th Ave 250-423-4222 Coal Town Goods 562 2nd Ave 250-423-0949 Element 7 Nine (by appointment) element7nine.com Elk Valley Furniture Studio 441C 2nd Ave 250-423-0560

Fernie Arts Co-op 572 2nd Ave 250-423-7044 Fernie Hearth and Home 24B Manitou Road 250-423-4216/9127 Fernie Home Hardware Building Centre 300 Manitou Rd. 250-581-1520 Ghostrider Trading Company 661 2nd Ave 250-423-5541 The Good Earth 592 3rd Ave 250-423-7121 The Green Petal 421C 2nd Ave 250-423-4486 H Squared Gallery 598 2nd Ave 250-423-1975 The Healing Hollow 472 2nd Ave 250-423-6800 IGS 441 2nd Ave 250-423-4496 Interior Envy 441 2nd Ave 250-430-7883 Le Grand Fromage 692B 2nd Ave 778-519-5050 No 3 522 2nd Ave 250-423-2171 Nufloors 391 1st Ave 250-423-4314 Polar Peek Books and Treasures 592 2nd Ave 250-423-3736 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 581A 2nd Ave 250-423-2680 Snow Valley Spas 13 Kutenai Road 250-423-3370 The Source 362A 2nd Ave 250-423-3527 Stephanie’s Glass and Art 532 2nd Ave 250-423-3944 Trites and Wood Mercantile - Fernie Museum Gift Shop 491 2nd Ave 250-423-7016 The Urban Settler 701 2nd Ave 250-423-0820

Professional Services

Claris Media clarismedia.com 250-423-4062 CP Catering enjoyfernie.com 250-423-7367 Goldstar 1591 10th Ave 250-423-4029 Teck Resources teck.com

Sports and Lifestyle

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

Food and Beverage See Dining Guide on page 50

Where to Stay

See Accommodation Guide on page 53

Real Estate and Developments Developments

Bossio Road Properties 250-423-1148 Burma Road Estates BurmaRoadEstates.com The Cedars thecedars.ca 250-423-8989

winter 2020|21 › directory Fernie Golf Estates ferniegolfestates.com 1-866-423-6873 Montane Fernie montanefernie.ca 250-423-4136 Timber Landing skifernie.com 250-278-0678


5Gen Construction 5genfernie.ca 250-423-1317 Black Pine Builders blackpinebuilders.com 250-423-3999 Brecan Homes ferniebcgeneralcontractor.ca 778-402-6370 The Cedars thecedars.ca 250-423-2000 Creek Stone Fine Homes creekstonefinehomes.com 877-789-2173 Element Homes elementhomes.ca Elk River Mountain Homes elkrivermountainhomes.com 250-423-4229 Fernie Contracting ferniecontracting.com 250-423-1871 Fernie Vacation Properties fernievacationproperties.com 250-423-6878 Fernie Wood Finishing ferniewoodfinishing.ca 250-423-1981 Graceland Builders gracelandbuilders.com 250-423-8858 Green Door Construction greendoorconstruction.ca 250-423-0960 Lindal Homes elkrivermountainhomes.com 250-423-4229 LWE Builders lwebuilders.com 250-423-3100 McGiver Woodworks mcgiverwoodworks.ca 250-946-6116 Noresca Inc. noresca.ca 403-973-0899 Pacific Homes pacific-homes.com Parastone Developments Ltd. parastone.ca 250-423-4136 Rigby Built Construction rigbybuilt.com 250-423-0984 Schnell Carpentry schnellcarpentry.ca 250-946-6881 Shoesmith Construction shoesmithconstruction.com 250-423-7045 Sheepdog Construction sheepdogconstruction.com 250-423-1593 S2 Builders s2builders.ca 778-519-7700

Property and Home Care

Blue Spruce Landscapes 250-278-2583 Fernie Central Reservations ferniecentralreservations.com 250-423-2077 Fernie Hearth and Home ferniehearthandhome.com 250-423-4216 Fernie Lodging Company Property Management fernielodgingco.com 800-667-9911 Fernie Mow and Snow Land Care mowandsnow.ca 250-423-1665 Fernie Property Care 802-A 2nd Avenue 779-519-5190 Foothills Silva Culture foothillssilva.com 250-423-1868 Goldstar Cleaning and Laundry 1591 10th Ave 250-423-4029 Noresca noresca.ca 250-531-7364 Renting in Fernie rentinginfernie.com 1-800-622-5007 Snow Valley Spas 13 Kutenai Rod 250-423-3370


Deb Trand homesinfernie.com Fernie Real Estate Company fernierealestate.com Jacqueline Fieldhouse soldinfernie.com Loralee Thomas ferniehomes.com Miriam Lieshman fernielistings.com 250-423-1625 Ryan Frazer propertiesinfernie.com Todd Fyfe fernierealestate.com 250-423-2000

Community Services Churches

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


Alcohol and Drug Counselling 802 B 2nd Ave 250-423-4423 Canada Post Office 491 3rd Ave 250-423-7555 Celebrate Recovery 1622 10th Ave 250-423-4112 City Hall 501 3rd Ave 250-423-6817 College of the Rockies 342 3rd Ave 250-423-4691 Drive 99.1 FM 250-423-4449 East Kootenay Addictions Services Association 802 2nd Ave 250-423-4423 Elk Valley District Hospital 1501 5th Ave 250-423-4453 Emergencies 911 Fernie Aquatic Centre 250 Pine Ave 250-423-4466 Fernie Arts Station 601 1st Ave 250-423-4842 Fernie Arts Co-op 572 2nd Ave 250-423-7044 Fernie Chamber of Commerce 102 Commerce Rd 250-423-6868 Fernie Community Centre 901 6th Ave 250-423-4466 Fernie Family Centre 521 4th Ave 250-423-6127 Fernie Fire Department 692 3rd Ave 250-423-4226 Fernie Fix Magazine ferniefix.com Fernie Free Press 342 2nd Ave 250-423-4666 Fernie Heritage Library 492 3rd Ave 250-423-4458 Fernie Memorial Arena 991 6th Ave 250-423-2254 Fernie Museum 362-B 2nd Ave 250-423-7016 Interior Health interiorhealth.ca 250-420-2442 RCMP 250-423-4404 Women’s Resource and Drop In Centre 691A 4th Ave 250-423-4687 WorkBC Employment Centre C-302 2nd Ave 250-423-4204 Work in Fernie workinfernie.com


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


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


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


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Fernie Lodging Company

skate park

bike park ato

Timberline Lodges

King Fir Spa

aquatic centre Cok

Griz Inn

Snow Creek Cabins

2nd ave

Max Turyk

Cornerstone Lodge

7th st

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Elk River


Rusty Edge

Rotary Park

James White Park

4th st

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The Cedars

Fernie Alpine Resort




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Elk Valley Nordic Centre



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Teck Coal


To Whitefish

Heiko's Mount Fernie Trail



Alpine Trails

Annex Park

Ave Park

Fernie Counselling and Consulting

Prentice Park

Mow & Snow Snow Valley Spas

Elk River Mountain Homes

Fernie Hearth & Home


7th ave wy 3 13th st

Chamber of Commerce/ Visitor Info Centre

Elk River


Fairy C

Parkland Terrace

To Fairy Creek Falls and Mt. Proctor Trail

Maiden Lake

Hosmer Hiking Trail

Hartley Lake Rd - To Heiko’s Trail Dicken Rd LWE Builders/ Pacific Homes

Blue Spruce Landsacpes

Fernie Brewing Company

To h is



The Bridge Bistro


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Earth’s Own Naturals Elk Valley Pizza

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Sparrow Hair



Fernie Adventure Centre


Happy Cow

Fernie Golf and Country Club

rotary park

Fernie Wilderness Adventures


Parkplace Lodge


Spirits Beer & Wine Store

7th Street

4th Street



Downtown Fernie

2nd Avenue

aquatic centre

skate park

bike park


public washrooms




theatre info centre developments aquatic centre other

hospital firehall rcmp ambulance medical office

city hall courthouse post office banks church

schools library arena/curling community centre art station

food and beverage retail accommodation service real estate office

8th Avenue Fernie Property Care

Evolution Tightlines Lodge

Loralee Thomas Miriam Leishman Deb Trand

7th Avenue

Todd Fyfe

Jacqueline Fieldhouse

Fernie Real Estate Renting in Fernie

Ryan Frazer

Fernie Central Reservations

highway 3

To historic downtown from Highway

The Pub

memorial arena

ce Lodge

community centre

curling rink

6th Avenue



13th Street

9th Street


f.s.s. i.d.e.s.

3rd Avenue

8th Street

city hall

7th Street

6th Street

post office

5th Street

detailed view

4th Street

Downtown Fernie

3rd Avenue college

Vogue Theatre




Brickhouse Noresca

Green Petal


Gina Rino Summit Massage Lunchbox


Three Sisters Day Spa

Dr. Kahane

Big i Bang B Bagels


Island Lake Lodge Office

P Fernie Distillers

< to the aquatic centre

2nd Avenue

Polar Peek

Soar Studio

< to Mountain View (the Airport)

Giver Shirts

Coal Town Goods

Gear Hub Claris Media/ Fernie Fix

fire hall

Good Earth

arts station

1st Avenue

Country Club >

Options Clinic

to Fernie Golf and





This Season Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Your Turn

Though this season is a little different, our pow and amazing terrain are the same! Visit our website or give us a call and sign up for our standby and dayskiing lists. Better yet - get your bubble together for a full cat of 10. This season itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your turn!

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