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This is our home Teck operates five steelmaking coal mines in the Elk Valley which employ over 4,000 people. We raise our families in the valley, recreate in the mountains and care deeply about ensuring the environment is protected. That’s why we’re working with communities, government and First Nations to create the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan, which will maintain the health of the watershed for generations to come. To learn more and find out about future information events, go to www.teck.com/ElkValley


FERNIE, BRITISH COLUMB IA FERNIE, BRITISH COLUMB IA

Enjoy creative regional fare, Enjoy creative great wines & regional fare, friendly service. great wines & friendly service.

Memorable Dining & Memorable Luxurious Dining Rooms & Luxurious Rooms in the Heart of Historic Fernie

A neighborhood featuring APub neighborhood Fine Ales & Fernie’s Pub featuring best pub Fine Ales &menu. Fernie’s best pub menu.

in the Heart of Historic Fernie 742 Highway #3 Fernie 250.423.6871 742Tel: Highway #3 Fernie www.parkplacelodge.com Tel: 250.423.6871 www.parkplacelodge.com

Premium spirits, microbrews & Premium spirits, unique wines. microbrews & Open until 11pm. unique wines. Open until 11pm.

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

1-888-423-6855 1-888-423-6855

www.cornerstonelodge.ca

Quality Year-Round Accommodationwww.cornerstonelodge.ca at Fernie Alpine Resort. Ideal for weddings, family get-togethers, just getting away! Quality Year-Round Accommodation atorFernie 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, outBest on the mountain! Hotel rooms to doorvalue hot tubs & Corner Pocket restaurant. 3-bedroom suites + lofts. Indoor pool, outdoor hot tubs & Corner Pocket restaurant.

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CONTENTS 8 10 12 14 16 20 22 24 26 27 30 32 34 36 38 42 46 48 50 54 57 59 60 72 74 76

Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding Snowshoeing/Winter Walks Snowmobiling Catskiing Fernie Alpine Resort/Map Avalanche Rescue Dogs Island Lake Lodge/Map Fernie Wilderness Adventures Fernie Trivia What Makes Fernie Great Backcountry Touring Telemark Skiing Fernie Museum Arts & Entertainment Griz Days Nordic Skiing/Maps The Ghostriders Ice Time/Winter Parking Calendar of Events Things to Do Daily Fernie Library Fernie Souvenirs Advertisers Directory Community Listings Accommodation Fernie Map & Index

The Fernie Guide is published twice a year by: The Free Press, 342 2nd Avenue, Box 2350, Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0 Phone: 250-423-4666 All content is Copyright 2013/2014 and may not be reproduced without prior approval of the publisher. Art Director: Bonny McLardy Photographers: Jennifer Coulter, Henry Georgi, Kyle Hamilton, Kaitlyn Haarstad, Jamie Hide, Tamara Hynd, Matt Kuhn, Steve Lipinski, Paul McGrath, Bonny McLardy, Mike McPhee, Alex Millar, Jamie Miller, Steve Morrison, Sara Moulton, Phil Nord, Nicole Obre, Steve Short, Angela Treharne, The Free Press files, Aaron Whitfield, Bill Wilson Contributors: Tamara Hynd, Sara Moulton Sales Representative: Nicole Obre Publisher: Andrea Horton

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WELCOME to Fernie A

lthough every season in Fernie brings its own beauty and highlights, it is in winter that our little patch of paradise really shines. The beautiful scenery, boutique shopping and a strong arts and craft community can make it easy to forget that this quaint town has a long history of coal mining that continues to this day. With an average of 37 feet of annual snowfall covering the spectacular mountains that surround the valley, the major draw is our legendary powder and terrain. With a huge range of outdoor experiences to offer, the whole family can enjoy activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and much more. For those looking for more than just perfect powder on their winter vacation, Fernie will not disappoint. The historic downtown is home to great shopping, cafés and restaurants, while the local trails and Elk River provide excellent backdrops for walks and hiking. Weekly hockey games at Fernie Memorial Arena attract some of the most enthusiastic crowds you will find in junior hockey and, if that’s not enough, our annual winter festivals and celebrations create an even livelier atmosphere. We look forward to showing you everything that makes Fernie so special, and why so many people keep coming back! You’ve chosen the perfect place to visit, so get out and enjoy all Fernie has to offer. Photo: Alex Millar

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Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding From beginners to experts, there’s an abundance of options ranging from downhill skiing and boarding at Fernie Alpine Resort (www.skifernie.com), to catskiing with Island Lake Lodge (www.islandlakecatskiing.com) and Fernie Wilderness Adventures (www.fernieadventures.com).

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You can always tell a skier or snowboarder by the gleam in their eyes when the snow starts to fall.

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very centimeter is like a little piece of powder heaven. We get a lot of that in Fernie. With an annual snowfall of over 37 feet (1,110 cms) and a ski hill five minutes from town with ski-in ski-out accommodations at the ski hill base, Fernie is the place to explore during the ski season. Wax those two planks or board, get your goggles and your snorkel on a big cm day and carve sweet lines in the fluffy white stuff. Rolling Stone Magazine voted Fernie as the “Coolest ski town in North America” and locals know that last season there were 1,110 great reasons. There is lots to explore with various levels of terrain at Fernie Alpine Resort. Rated one of the top five resorts in Canada, Fernie Alpine Resort has 10 lifts, five alpine bowls with tree skiing and a vertical drop of 3,550 feet.

B A NG G i B BAGELS

Incredible lift access up to Polar Peak takes you up to an elevation of 7,050 feet boasting stellar views of the Lizard range to the north. Head to the Timber bowl for a warm up beverage in the Lost Boys Café with a view of the mountain bowls and the town of Fernie there is a variety of perspectives to savour. Safety is paramount and there is plenty of expertise at all of the local operators. There are plenty of high quality ski and board shops in town and on the hill to rent equipment or purchase styling extra layers.

mountain equipment specialists

Fresh Bagels, Coffee, Breakfast & Lunch Sandwiches

DOWNTOWN FERNIE 502 2nd Ave Open Daily 7 am-5 pm Photos: Kyle Hamilton

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Snowshoeing/ Winter Walks

If snowshoeing through deep drifts of snow is your idea of bliss, you have come to the right place. Fernie is renowned for its extraordinary amounts of champagne powder and enchanting scenery.

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With so many trails to explore and so much to see along the way you’ll never get tired - of the scenery at least!

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nowshoeing is becoming more and more popular and it’s no secret why. It’s an activity suitable for all ages and requires very little skill – if you can walk, you can snowshoe. Not only is it enjoyable, but it is good for you too. Snowshoeing burns three times more calories than walking and is a great way to improve your cardiovascular health. Alone or in a group, you can travel at your own pace, getting your entire body moving and all of your muscles working. You’ll barely notice how much exercise you’re getting! The laidback winter activity is a great way to experience Fernie’s extensive network of summer mountain bike trails while they’re covered in a blanket of snow. Soft, quiet steps float through powder as you follow glittering,

snow-covered trails and discover another side of Fernie. Strap on your shoes and head up to Island Lake Lodge for a beautiful walk around the lake. Book a tour with one of the many local guides, or try some discovering of your own up Coal Creek Road. Why not pack a picnic and take your pick of the mountains located just a few minutes out of town? Enjoy the serenity and amazing views found at Fernie Alpine Resort, Mt. Fernie, or Mt. Hosmer. Just remember to always let someone know where you are going and bring a map and compass. Pick up a copy of the Fernie Trail Guide and get snowshoeing! Rentals are available at the ski and board shops in town and at Fernie Alpine Resort. For information visit www.tourismfernie.com

Fernie Tightlines Lodge COME EXPERIENCE FERNIE Centrally located, Fernie Tightlines Lodge is the perfect choice for families, friends or groups getting together for a fishing trip, ski trip or just to have a weekend away. A unique character-filled lodge offering 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen and outdoor hot tub. The lodge accommodates up to 10 people.

BOOK TODAY! 1.877.423.4483 FernieTightlinesLodge.com Photos: Bill Wilson/Submitted, Free Press files

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Snowmobiling With plenty of terrain to explore, Fernie is the perfect launching pad for highpowered snowmobiling adventure. If you have your own sled, the Fernie Snowmobile Association can tell you about regional trails and local snowmobiling events. Rent a sled or book a guided tour but before you head out, it is strongly advised that you carry safety gear and have taken a course in avalanche safety. www.ferniesnowmobile.com

If you’re looking for a fun winter activity the whole family can enjoy, consider snowmobiling.

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he Fernie Snowmobile Association is encouraging all ages and abilities to bundle up and try out something a little different on the snow. With properly marked trails that are groomed up to three times a week, a new staging area with plenty of room to unload and snowmobiles available for rent with pick up and delivery as an option, there is no reason for beginners to miss out on the opportunity to experience the backcountry safely on a snowmobile. “Our Coal Creek trail is easily accessible, well maintained and it provides access to our new safety warm-up cabin,” said Paul Kramer, past

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President of Fernie Snowmobile Association (FSA). “After your stay at our new cabin, one can continue on utilizing our ‘new’ family friendly trail that provides safe access to the FSA’s other warm up shelter, the Wranglers Cabin. You don’t need to be a member to ride the trails, and you certainly don’t need to be an expert.” The FSA charges $15 to use the trails for nonmembers. Trail use is included if you are an FSA member. A trail map can be purchased at most of the FSA’s corporate sponsors, such as the Stanford Inn, Park Place Lodge, Smitty’s, Best Western Plus, 7-Eleven, and Ghostrider Motorsports on Shadow Road as well as other

Photo: Ghostrider Motorsports/Submitted


locations around Fernie. The map has numbers correlating with signs along the trail to help navigate your way. “It is really easy to follow the trail and there are also some great places to stop off and enjoy the scenery,” said Paul. “Firewood and a barbecue are provided at both locations for your enjoyment. The not-for-profit FSA has fun events throughout the winter to get people involved, such as the poker run and drag races during the annual Griz Days festivities, raising money for charitable causes. They also try to host monthly family oriented events.” Ghostrider Motorsports has FSA memberships on hand that can be purchased Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Membership fees, trail conditions, FSA events and a grooming schedule can all be found at www.ferniesnowmobile.com. Their corporate sponsors can also be found on FSA’s website. “It’s a lot of fun,” said Paul. “We want to encourage people to join the other 150 FSA members so they too can enjoy all that the FSA provides.” All sledders please be aware of active logging this winter down the Flathead Valley. Pay attention to the posted signs.

Trail Highlights Morrissey

Situated approximately 15 minutes south of Fernie. Offers a large staging area and joins the Coal Creek trail network. Reopened for this year.

Coal Creek

Easily accessible, head up to the Minnesota Flats from the Coal Creek staging area just east of town. This staging area can be used to access many ungroomed routes that push deep into the mountains to the east.

Hartley Pass

Another trail climbs up and over Hartley Pass from a staging area just a few minutes north of town. Note that chains may be required for vehicles hauling trailers into this area. Large trailers are not recommended as the access road is steep and single lane in many areas

SNOWMOBILE RENTALS www.ghostridermotorsports.com • Single & 2 Up Machines • Pick up & Delivery Service • Maps & Equipment Available

Call for Bookings

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Catskiing The concept of catskiing began over 30 years ago. Since then the sport has grown and expanded year after year. In the last 10 years this growth has accelerated, with the capacity increasing three-fold. With improvements in technology, cat-skiing now rivals heli-skiing in terms of both the quality and quantity of skiing it provides. For the experience of a lifetime call Island Lake Lodge or Fernie Wilderness Adventures.

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Photo: Kyle Hamilton


Island Lake Lodge

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sland Lake Lodge Catskiing has been an industry leader for over 25 years. The magnificent peaks of the Lizard Range in the BC Rocky Mountains tower over 7,000 acres of bowls, valleys and gladed meadows. The deep, dry powder of Island Lake Catskiing has become a thing of legend. The luxurious wilderness lodges, fine dining, full service spa and high level of service put Island Lake in a league of its own. Epic ski terrain (larger than a ski hill but for only 36 guests!) combined with the legendary dry powder of the BC Rockies, results in an unforgettable catskiing experience. Family and women specific tours are available as well as dayskiing packages. This is a very comfortable and safe way to experience untracked powder in the backcountry and a “must do” for any skier or snowboarder. Come and experience the legend! Visit the downtown office for more information, 602A 2nd Avenue, 250-423-3700 or go to www.islandlakecatskiing.com

Fernie Wilderness Adventures

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hen it comes to winter, Fernie is known for its legendary dumps of snow with stunning mountain backdrops. For the skiers and snowboarders looking to have a unique experience, catskiing has become the hottest activity to spice up your mountain adventures. Established in 1986, Fernie Wilderness Adventures or aptly nicknamed “Fernie’s Deep White Secret” is fast becoming one of the most sought after experiences. They provide their clients an exceptional outdoor experience in a relaxed, casual atmosphere enjoying the snow and great Canadian Rockies. Located only 20 minutes out of Fernie, you can explore what all the hype is about. Uniquely offering single day catskiing, which includes lunch, beacons, safety briefing and a slideshow of the photos shot from your day, this is something that anyone from intermediate (comfortable on a blue run) to the expert powder hound can enjoy. For more information, 250-423-6704 or go to www.fernieadventures.com

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

www.PowderCatskiing.ca

877-423-6704 • 250-423-6704 New office location:

742 Lodge,Fernie, Fernie, BC 742Hwy Hwy3,3,Park Park Place Place Lodge BC. Photo: Mark Gallup

Photo: Mark Gallup

Skier: Bob Legasa

Skier: Bob Legasa

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Fernie Alpine Resort

oted the top resort in North America at the 2012 World Snow Awards, Fernie Alpine Resort continues to attract adventurers to its powder paradise.

Guest Services

Book your daytime or aprés-ski activities here. Lift tickets, ski and snowboard lessons/ specialty clinics/camps, snowshoe tours, kids evening activities...the list of fun goes on.

TELUS Winter Sports School

Group, private, and specialty clinics are available for all levels of skiers and boarders throughout the day.

First Tracks

TELUS Resort Kids Childcare

Sign up the night before a big storm and set the first tracks of the day with this early start program.

Lost Boys Café

Rental & Repair Shop

The TELUS Resort Kids Childcare is open daily throughout the ski season with half or full-day care for toddlers to pre-schoolers. Amazing alpine views from this spectacular on-mountain dining facility.

The Griz Bar

One of the best places for aprés ski since 1962. Live music on Saturdays and Sundays. Cool off with an ice cold Kokanee or warm up with a Mogul Smoker cocktail and nachos.

Slopeside Café & Deli

Need your Starbucks fix? Visit the Slopeside Café for a Starbucks coffee or cappuccino, and enjoy a variety of breakfast and lunch items.

Complimentary Mountain Tours

First time on the mountain? Get a tour of the mountain from a knowledgeable and friendly TELUS Winter Sports School tour guide.

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Slopeside Lodge

Located at the base of the mountain, stroll to the lifts in the morning and ski to your door in the evening. Reservations: 1-800-258-SNOW (7669) or www.skifernie.com.

The Rental Shop features high-quality HEAD rental equipment and offers skis, snowboards, powder and high performance skis, boots, helmets, cross country ski packages and snowshoes.

Sports Alpine Retail Shop

The Sports Alpine Retail Shop has top industry ski & snowboard brands, and everything that you need to enjoy your time on the mountain.

Mountain Pantry Grocery & Liquor Store Located in the base area, the Mountain Pantry can supply you with just about everything you will need for a fully stocked kitchen and bar! All FAR services can be reached at 250-423-4655.

Photo: Jamie Miller


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Avalanche Rescue Dogs While you’re enjoying the beautiful powder at Fernie Alpine Resort, you may spot a specially-trained Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) team at work. Take a moment to give thanks to our four-legged friends and their human teammates who are helping to keep us safe.

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Fer nie is fortunate enough to have four avalanche rescue teams on standby at all times.

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ach rescue team has completed extensive training over the course of at least two years. Prospective search dogs are selected between six months and two years of age, and are chosen based on a variety of personality attributes – including their willingness to have fun! “The initial stages of training includes lots of games of tug of war and hide and seek,”

explains Jennifer Coulter, who works with ‘Pika’ as a rescue team. “We make the search something that’s really fun for the dog… they start out searching for us in a pretty easy place, like behind a tree, then gradually the training builds up to finding something more difficult.” As the dogs become more focused on searching for human scent, an item (such as a sweater that has been slept on for a few days) will be buried under snow and then left overnight to minimize any other clues as to its whereabouts. The dogs’ keen sense of smell allows them to detect a nearby item and hone into an accurate location as the scent becomes stronger. They indicate where the item is by digging and, in a rescue situation, it is at this point that the handlers take over the search. In training, the dogs are rewarded with a game of tug of war after they have successfully found the item, which reinforces their willingness to complete the task. As with other working animals, it is important to respect the dogs by not approaching or petting them without checking with their handler first. Dogs can be easily hurt by edges on skis or snowboards, so if you see a team, remember that it’s best to watch from a comfortable distance. Training and demonstrations will be conducted over the season, so keep your eye out for the opportunity to see the dogs enjoying their work. Fernie Alpine Resort’s Rescue Dog Teams for 2013-2014: Jennifer Coulter & ‘Pika’ Steve Morrison & ‘Neko’ Forest Latimer & ‘Tarn’ Kirk Gutzman & ‘Digger’

Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog (CARDA)

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1 year of working:

2nd year of work:

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Island Lake Lodge Island Lake Lodge is celebrating their 25th anniversary of catskiing in 2013. Over the years Island Lake has been a mecca for snow sports media and gained a reputation as one of the premier backcountry lodges in North America.

The Bear Lodge

The Bear Lodge is where you will experience après ski. Each day after skiing enjoy hearty homemade soup and freshly baked breads, with your favourite beverage from a huge selection of beer and cocktails. After dinner in the Tamarack, return to the Bear Lodge for a game of pool, foosball or darts.

The Tamarack Lodge

The Tamarack Ski Lodge, built in 2005, boasts amazing views of the surrounding mountains. The eight deluxe guest rooms have spacious ensuite bathrooms with a soaker tub, shower and a combination of twin and queen beds. The lodge also includes a spectacular dining room, a state of the art kitchen and a wellness spa facility with an outdoor hot tub offering great views of the Lizard Range.

The Cedar Lodge

The Cedar Ski Lodge features eight deluxe rooms including spacious ensuite bathrooms with a soaker tub and shower, queen beds and a deck off each room including a workout gym with morning stretching classes and an outdoor hot tub with great views of the Lake.

Red Eagle Lodge

The Red Eagle Lodge, built in 1996, is a basic but cozy log cabin with two common areas including ensuite bathrooms with showers and an outdoor hot tub on the large front deck with great views of the surrounding mountains.

Fine Dining

Island Lake Lodge takes pride in their reputation of having the best cuisine in the

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business. While spending the day taking on the mountain, their chefs are planning and preparing a feast that will be the perfect ending to a perfect powder day.

Wine Library

Dishes are brilliantly matched with an extensive and eclectic wine list. Collecting great wines from California, the Okanagan, Europe and the new world, their 3,000-bottle cellar is a proud representation of the quality they offer their guests.

Massage and Body Treatments

After a great day of catskiing, let their professional staff ensure you feel your best for the next day on the mountain. They offer a variety of treatments that will appeal to skiers and non-skiers alike including: exfoliations, aromatherapy, foot care, and a number of massage traditions. Island Lake Health Spa features five treatment rooms, a wellness room with a deep Japanese soaking tub, retail boutique, and relaxation rooms. Winter Lunch and Dinners – On Fridays and Saturdays through the winter, guests can come up on a snowcat and enjoy the winter wonderland at the lodge. Enjoy lunch, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and or a spa treatment. Extended hours through the holidays will include: Dec 20 – Jan 4 (excluding Dec 25th). Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Winter Dinners including snowcat-ride up will be available Nov 29 – Dec 15. These are great for Christmas staff parties. Call for details - 250-423-3700 or visit www.islandlakecatskiing.com

Photo: Island Lake Lodge/Aaron Whitfield


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Fernie Wilderness Adventures

ernie Wilderness Adventures (FWA) Snow Catskiing was established in 1986 with one goal in mind; to provide their clients an exceptional outdoor experience in a relaxed, casual atmosphere while enjoying the snow of the Canadian Rockies. Situated in the mountains just south west of town, FWA has over 3,000 acres of terrain to begin your descent. FWA catskiing can be enjoyed by both powder veterans and first time backcountry skiers/snowboarders. Terrain is predominately glade tree skiing with occasional tree bands leading into open

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chutes suitable for advanced intermediate to advanced skiers or boarders. There is a lead guide who navigates the line down the mountain and a tail guide who points out the best lines and ensures that the group descends safely. Depending on the group and conditions of the day, you can expect to get 8-10 runs, which is approximately 10,000-12,000 vertical for the day. Skiable terrain is dependent upon current weather conditions, group ability and safety. As with any climate controlled activity some alterations to daily plans may be necessary to provide the safest experience possible for that day’s conditions. All of their

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guides are in constant contact with the office favourite beverage under the stars on the by way of radio and have avalanche and first large deck around the outdoor fire pit. An aid training. They strive to offer a professional, undisturbed sleep awaits you in one of the yet fun atmosphere. You will get the feeling on eight bedrooms, three of which have private the mountain that you are bathrooms. FWA lodge the first person ever to ski is truly an experience this terrain. If you are tired of its own. The lodge is Your trip includes: it is always an option to generator and solarA full day of sit out a run in the cat, up powered with cell phone front with the driver. service from the catskiing, use of parking lot. Fernie Wilderness their avalanche It will be hard not to feel Adventure Lodge transceivers, and a warmth, serenity and Fernie Wilderness hearty lunch, that is comfort during your stay Adventure’s charming in their lodge. served with a view, lodge awaits your arrival

Dining in the cat on poor in a beautiful wooded At FWA we believe in valley. The lodge keeps to weather days and serving and cooking a true unmarred mountain outside on nice days. “family style” food. Our experience but with a cozy chef never stops preparing feeling. It boasts a spacious quality, delicious food in vaulted ceiling living area vast quantities during your stay. We believe a with a solid wood dining table, where their plentiful hot breakfast is the only way to start guests can share stories and memories of the day. A nutritious hand-packed lunch is the day. presented to each guest to ensure regulated After an exhilarating day you can relax in high levels of energy. the authentic wood burning hot tub as a cool mountain breeze surrounds you. Enjoy your

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TRIVIA 1. When did Fernie’s ski hill first open? a) 1978 b) 1956 c) 1963 2. What mountain can the Ghostrider be seen on? a) Proctor Mountain b) Hosmer Mountain c) Three Sisters Mountain

3. What’s the name of the four sport race held every year at Fernie Alpine Resort? a) Snow, Water, Ice & Beer b) Powder, Peddle, Paddle c) Ski, Swim, Skip & Skate

4. Why do grizzly bears have humps? a) Water storage b) It’s a muscle that allows them to be a more powerful digger c) For hibernation 5. What year was the ski hill renamed Fernie Alpine Resort? a) 1980 b) 2002 c) 1997

6. In the Ghostrider legend what did the Indian Princess wear around her neck? a) A seashell necklace b) A coal bead necklace c) A diamond necklace

7. How many active coal mines are there around Fernie? a) 3 b) 8 c) 5

8. How much annual snowfall, on average, does Fernie receive? a) 20 feet b) 25 feet c) 37 feet

9. Which of the following are not native to the Fernie area? a) Bison and caribou b) Moose, elk, mule and white-tailed deer c) Grizzly and black bears 10. Who is Fernie’s own legendary mountain man? a) The Kokanee Sasquatch b) Heiko Socher c) The Griz 11. What mountain range does Island Lake Lodge call home? a) Banff Range b) The Lizard Range c) The Griz Range 12.

Who discovered coal in Fernie in 1897? a) Dave Thomas b) Gordon Campbell c) Michael Phillips

13. Which Olympic downhill skier is from Fernie? a) Nancy Greene b) Emily Brydon c) Kerrin Lee-Gartner

14. What is the name of the three peaks at Island Lake Lodge? a) Three Sisters b) Three Bears c) Three Eagles

Answers on page 28

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here do we start! Everyone knows that our winter wonderland has the best snow around, but make sure to experience all the other attractions and activities that the town has to offer. Enjoy a coffee or meal at one of our amazing cafĂŠs and restaurants, or visit downtown Fernie for boutique shopping at its finest. With a thriving arts scene and sports such as hockey and curling, Fernie really does have something for everyone.

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shot of the historic downtown or the Elk River. From the jagged peaks of the Lizard Range to the unique caricature of Mount Hosmer, the mountains offer a sharp contrast to the quaint coal mining and ski town at the base of Fernie. So take some time to gaze around and admire the beauty of Fernie.

Legends

You might have noticed that Fernie locals love a good story. Whether it’s an explanation for our awesome 37-feet of average annual snowfall or an eerie shadow that appears on the side of a mountain, Fernie has some legends that have become common knowledge of the town. The Ghostrider Although you won’t be able to see it at the moment, each sunny summer evening presents a shadow against the face of Mount Hosmer. Legend has it that in the early days of settlement, founder William Fernie noticed a necklace of black stones being worn by the daughter of a local tribal Chief. Fernie courted the young princess until he had learned the location of the stones – which were, of course, coal – at which point he promptly decided to stop seeing her. The tribe was furious, and their medicine woman placed a curse upon the valley. The town suffered from fire, flood and mining disasters, causing residents to fear that the curse was real. While a public ceremony officially lifted the curse in 1964, the ghost of the jilted princess on horseback with her father next to her still appears to this day.

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The Three Sisters Faced with a choice of three beautiful maidens to make his bride, a young Indian Chief was finding it difficult to come to a decision. The older Chiefs turned to the gods to help him, unaware that such indecision was considered a terrible sin. The young Chief’s punishment was to be turned into a mountain so that every day he would be forced to look at what he couldn’t have. The maidens were so grief-stricken that they prayed to be turned into mountains as well, to which the gods obliged. Today, as you gaze upon the Three Sisters and Proctor Mountain, it is the young maidens and the Chief that you see. The Griz Have you ever wondered why Fernie is lucky enough to get such great snow? According to legend, the answer is thanks to a massive mountain man who lives high above the ski village. You can read all about the Griz and the annual festival that honours him on page 38. Fernie Trivia answer from page 26

Answers: 1:c, 2:b, 3:b, 4:b, 5:c, 6:b, 7:c, 8:c, 9:a, 10:c, 11:b, 12:c, 13:b, 14:b Photos: Steve Short, Bonny McLardy, Free Press files


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Backcountry Touring Fernie is situated in one of the most scenic areas in North America. We are surrounded by boundless backcountry and if you know how to get around, checking out the backcountry is extremely rewarding. There are many hikes, routes, bowls and even cabins to check out. The avalanche threat in the Elk Valley is very real. If you don’t know how to negotiate the avalanche danger, stay inbounds until you receive some education and learn about avalanche hazards and backcountry safety. For information visit the Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club at www.fernietrails.com or backcountryskiingcanada.com.

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Nightlife and Dining

If you’re looking for a night out, winter in Fernie will not disappoint. From an intimate dinner with cocktails to a night of shots and live music, you’ll be able to find whatever atmosphere you’re in the mood for. Finish your day on the slopes with an après ski beverage on the mountain, then choose between one of the great restaurants at the resort or downtown. What are you hungry for tonight? Fernie offers a diverse selection of restaurants, from sensational sushi and curry to pizza, pasta, burritos, burgers, steak… you get the picture. No matter what you’re after, you’ll be able to find something that satisfies everyone’s tastebuds and budget. After your meal, you can choose to wind down with a quiet nightcap, or if you’re ready for a big night out, head down to one of the many lively nightspots. Follow the local and seasonal residents to find the ‘go-to’ place on any given night! Finally, Fernie understands that breakfast is the most important meal of the day when you’re shredding up the mountain. Baked goods, bagels and beverages are specialties of the numerous coffee houses and cafés in town, so be sure to visit and fuel up for the day ahead.

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Telemark Skiing Telemark skiing or “free heel skiing� is a versatile downhill skiing style that allows the freedom to ski both at the resort and in the backcountry. Unlike downhill skiing equipment the skis used for telemarking use bindings where the boot is attached only at the toe (similar to crosscountry skiis), allowing the heel to come up from the ski. Free heels allow for easy climbing and open possibilities for efficient touring. Looking to try something new, it may not be the easiest way down the mountain, but it sure can be fun! The possibilities are endless for your telemark adventure in Fernie, for information contact Fernie Alpine Resort, Fernie Wilderness Adventure or Island Lake Lodge.

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Shopping

Are you looking for some trendy new clothes or a special souvenir? Perhaps you left your toque at home, or maybe you want to buy the perfect gift for a loved one back home. With a huge range of boutiques and locally-made artisan stores alongside independent retail shops, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for in Fernie. Downtown Fernie is filled with small shops that specialize in their own unique items, from chocolate and candy to glass, sculpture and painted artwork. You can find the latest fashions in one of our boutique clothing stores, while our retail ski shops offer competitive prices and expert service for all your outdoor needs.

The People

Of course, none of the rest would be possible without the people who make it happen. Fernie isn’t just a resort town – the locals live here because they love the lifestyle and want to be part of it. From the liftie who helps you onto your first chair to the bartender who makes sure you’re not forgotten at last call, everyone in Fernie wants to make you feel welcome. Residents and visitors alike have the potential to be your new best friend, even if it’s just for the five minutes that you’re sharing the lift to the top of White Pass. Have a chat and discover what everyone else loves about our special part of the world!

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he Fernie Museum and Information Centre is a wealth of information to help find your way around the town and learn the history behind it all. Located on the corner of historical Victoria Avenue and Cox Street (491-2nd Avenue) museum staff will help you find your way. After five years of extensive planning and renovations, the Fernie Museum has been completely revamped to tell the history of Fernie. Display themes like “Work hard, play hard”, reflect how much and how little really has changed over the decades. You’ll find sensory experiences such as animal tracks you can touch and small boxes of wilderness smells and touch objects. There is inside information that locals would tell you like the local lore of the Ghostrider. Children and some adults will enjoy playing on the train table, crawling in the tunnel stomped with dinosaur foot prints or slowly opening the heavy original bank safe

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door to the new elevator. The Five Faces of Fernie exhibit is an audio and touch screen display which focuses on each of the lives of Fernie pioneers Grace (Arbuckle) Dvorak, Sydney Hutcheson, Michael Phillips, Annie Balayti and Tom Uphill. Five Fernie writers recreated their life stories in words and an award winning videographer from Banff created the onscreen content. The exhibit includes hand written letters from town name sake William Fernie to his sister dating back as far as 1880 back when mail was received only six times a year. These letters are detailed descriptions painting a picture of the life as a pioneer. There were hardy folks living in the province then as there are now. The second storey holds a gallery with various exhibits throughout the year and can be rented for various occasions. Between the old and the new, let the Fernie Museum and Info Centre help you find more to explore. Visit them at www.ferniemuseum.com

Photos: Courtesy of the Fernie and District Historical Society and Tamara Hynd


A bl a st f rom th e past History of coal mining in the Elk Valley More than 100 years ago, “black gold” was discovered by European settlers in the Elk Valley. When William Fernie (Fernie’s namesake), and his colleagues succeeded in getting a railway started in the late 1800s to access the area, the region boomed. Workers from all over the world flocked here, with hopes of finding a better life. They worked the mines at places like Coal Creek, Michel and Natal. Although these sites are now long abandoned, the remnants are still visible today. Coal provided the foundation for this area’s economy and society, and helped foster a truly unique local culture. Photo courtesy of the Fernie and District Historical Society, Miners at the Pit Mouth, Coal Creek, Fernie, BC 1907 For information visit the museum at 491 Victoria Avenue (2nd Avenue), Fernie www.ferniemuseum.com ~ email history@ferniemuseum.com or call 250-423-7016

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uelled by hot dry winds, one of Western Canada’s most devastating fires took only 90 minutes to destroy the whole of Fernie, a city of 4,000. Only 36 buildings survived, but thankfully fewer than 20 people died. Fleeing residents found refuge in the coal company office, clearings along the railway tracks and in the Elk River. Trains overflowing with terrified passengers charged through the flames allowing people to escape to Cranbrook, the unused coke ovens in Hosmer and a rocky clearing along the

Elk River. By the end of the day the fire had consumed Fernie and over 30 miles of forest in the Elk Valley. The longest lasting legacy of the 1908 fire is the building rules that were subsequently adopted. All permanent buildings in the business centre were to be constructed of stone, brick or concrete. The buildings erected in the years after the great fire of 1908 stand as a testament to Fernie’s determination to carry on and grow stronger in the face of adversity. Winter 2013/2014 - www.thefreepress.ca

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Arts & Entertainment

Whether you’re interested in fine arts, music, local crafts or just wanting to catch a movie, downtown Fer nie offers something to satisfy the cultural side in everyone.

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ernie is proud to have a bustling arts scene as well as a variety of entertainment for the whole family. Local artists showcase their work in the various shops along Main Street, including fine arts, jewellery, photography, glasswork and pottery as just a few examples. The Fernie Arts Co-op at 572 Second Avenue is operated by volunteers and is a great place to see artists from around the East Kootenay displaying their talents. The Arts Station boasts two art galleries, a 100-seat live performance theatre, studio spaces and meeting rooms, as well as a restaurant, making it an integral part of Fernie’s artistic culture. Visit the galleries, take a class or enjoy a coffee as you experience this lively space. See the calendar of events for a list of what’s on during your stay. The Fernie Heritage Library is a wonderful

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place to relax and unwind, with a large selection that will satisfy everyone in the family. They frequently run programs and events for residents and visitors, so be sure to check to see what is available. The Vogue Theatre has a colourful history spanning over 100 years, but these days it is home to the Elk Valley’s only movie theatre, specializing in indie films and family-oriented entertainment. Offering a frequently changing list of nightly screenings as well as weekend matinees, the Vogue provides a warm and cozy break from the ski hill. Rest your tired legs and enjoy some popcorn while watching a flick. Fernie regularly hosts well-known musicians from around the country and the world, with several stages in the bars around town. Every week offers great line-ups, so keep an eye out for which venue is featuring your new favourite artist.

Photo: Steve Short


Film in Fernie Indie Films Fernie

Fernie celebrates independent film-making from around the world brought to Fernie through Indie Films Fernie, a subsidiary group of the Fernie Arts Station. Monthly screenings through the fall and winter are presented at the Vogue Theatre on 2nd Avenue, on the first Monday of every month. www.theartsstation.com

The Banff Mountain Festival World Tour

The Banff Mountain Festival World Tour brings Banff to audiences around the globe. The program reflects the interests of their local audiences from a selection of films on exploration and adventure, culture and environment, and mountain sports. January 3 at the Vogue Theatre. www.banffcentre.ca

The Fernie Mountain Film Festival

The eighth annual Fernie Mountain Film Festival will be held at 7 pm on February 21, 22 & 23, 2014 at the Fernie Community Centre. In addition to the Festival Weekend, a special night dedicated to local filmmakers takes place on Thursday, February 20 at the Community Centre. The Fernie Mountain Film Festival is dedicated to filmmakers who spark awareness of mountain cultures, fragile environments, and the passion and perseverance of global explorers.. www.ferniefilmfestival.com

The Reel Canadian Film Festival

Returning for the sixth year the Reel Canadian Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the talent, skill and diversity that exists within the Canadian film industry. From artistic and dramatic short films and children’s films to full length feature films, the festival will present

an eclectic and compelling mix of drama, comedy, documentary and art films of every possible budget. January 17 to 19, 2014 will be a packed weekend with many opportunities to get your Canadian film fix. www.reelfilmfest.ca

Think Tank Cinema

Think Tank Cinema screens thought provoking movies and documentaries covering current social and environmental issues. Think Tank Cinema is back and better than ever - every third Wednesday from October thru May, 7 pm @ the Arts Station. Healthy, fair trade snacks and beverages as well as organic popcorn are available. This is the 6th season of this by donation film series. For details go to www.theartsstation.com

Upcoming Concerts Arts Station

601 1st Ave. - theartsstation.com Jazz - Run Stop Run Thursday, January 16 at 8 pm Modern Folk – Wilderness of Manitoba Tuesday, February 4 at 8 pm Folk – Christa Couture Thursday, February 20 at 8 pm Jazz – Melissa Lauren Wednesday, March 26 at 8 pm Comedy – Lorne Elliot Saturday, April 12 at 8 pm Blues – Peter Karp & Sue Foley Wednesday, April 16 at 8 pm

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661 2nd Avenue - clawhammer.ca Concerts: Cara Luft, Wednesday, February 4 Dan Frechette and Laurel Tomsen, Wednesday, February 19

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Griz Days F

ernie winters are renowned for their incredible amount of snowfall, which local legend attributes to an enigmatic and mysterious figure known simply as the ‘Griz’. Every year, the valley shows its appreciation and admiration for their hero through a weekend festival of parades, parties and powder! Locals and visitors alike will enjoy everything from sports races and tournaments to live music and fireworks, both at the ski hill and at various locations downtown. Griz Days offers something for everyone, so make sure you don’t miss out! Griz Parade – weaving through the streets of downtown, local businesses and community groups create elaborate floats to show off in honour of the Griz. Come out and watch them as they glide down historic Main Street. Dummy Downhill – budding engineers design imaginative unmanned contraptions that slide down the mountain with the aim of getting the biggest air. Visit Fernie Alpine Resort and watch as the poor dummies are pushed to

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their limits. Extreme Griz – perhaps the biggest honour in Fernie, to be crowned ‘Extreme Griz’ is to exhibit the best qualities of the town’s hero. Every year, men and women alike compete in contests such as bear riding, axe throwing, starting a fire and pancake eating. Cheer on the contestants and be sure to stick around for the Griz crowning ceremony. Finally, don’t forget to pick up your Griz Days pin. Wearing one of the collectible mementos will keep you from being locked in the Griz Jail by the Griz Sherriff and his deputies, plus you’ll be in the draw to win a cool $1,000 cash prize.

Photos: Paul McGrath, Angela Treharne


griz days festival marks 37th year Celebrations will run from Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 2. We know you love Fernie’s 37-feet of annual snowfall as much as we do, so join in and show the Griz your appreciation!

Legend of the Griz

In the cold and cruel winter of 1879, a baby boy was born high in the mountains in the cave of a grizzly bear. When the bear finally awoke, the two engaged in a frightening battle for food and survival, causing an almighty noise to echo down the valley. When locals went to investigate, they were amazed to see a young boy, adorned in bear skins, leaping from rock to rock up the mountain.

Many years later, an enormous man was spotted by skiers at the summit of a mountain, with the bristly coat of a bear wrapped around his 6-foot wide shoulders. On his head was a bear hat, pulled down to shadow his eyes. As the group of skiers watched in awe, the man pointed his giant 8-foot musket towards the sky and fired, causing snow to bucket down. The townspeople began showing their gratitude to Griz through an annual festival, and although there have been no further confirmed sightings of him, Fernie continues to enjoy the best powder and packed skiing conditions in the Rockies.

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8 REA to Come Back throughout the season, there is something for everyone. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you challenge yourself at the driving range, on the putting green, or playing a round of nine or 18-holes.

3) Aerial Park

1) Mountain biking

Mountain biking in Fernie is a favourite pastime for locals - you might even hear some say that they actually love the biking more than the powder! From beginner to expert, with an extensive network of trails in the area, every rider is sure to find their perfect trail. The Fernie Mountain Bike Club builds and maintains trails in and around Fernie, promoting a sustainable cycling community. Still looking for more trails? Check out Fernie Alpine Resort’s Lift Access Bike Park, just minutes from town. With expert singletrack to cruisey beginner runs and community trails, come and see for yourself why people love Fernie for the biking.

2) Fernie Golf and Country Club

A sport for the whole family, Fernie’s premier golf course offers an 18-hole championship course that challenges beginners and experts alike. With a host of tournaments offered

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4) Hiking

Fernie Alpine Resort’s Aerial Park provides an adventure for all. Find yourself in the trees making your way through an exhilarating course 60 feet off the ground! Try everything from traversing through tree bridges, rope climbing walls and ladders in the trees, to mid-air jumps and high wire acts, topped off with rapelling and mini ziplining!

With so much outdoor recreation at your doorstep, the only problem you will have is choosing which part of Fernie and its surrounding area you want to discover on any given day. The surrounding Rocky Mountains are mesmerizing and offer the perfect venue for guided, self-guided, or lift access hiking. Don’t forget to pack the camera as there is always plenty of wildlife to view like deer, elk, moose, birds of prey, and even black bears and grizzlies.

Photos: Steve Lipinski, Kyle Hamilton, Tamara Hynd and Courtesy of Fernie Golf & Country Club


ASONS k for Summer 5) Downtown Socials and Summer Markets

Every Sunday of the summer season, Fernie’s downtown area shuts down to traffic creating a pedestrian-only venue where families can enjoy shopping and outdoor entertainment. At the Mountain Market you can check out fresh produce from local growers, artisan products, crafts, and baked goods every Sunday, from Canada Day to Labour Day weekend in Rotary Park.

6) Getting married?

Summer is the time to say “I do!” and Fernie is a popular destination for couples wanting to tie the knot. Celebrate your special day in the mountains with spectacular scenery, a host of different activities for your guests, and the convenience of all the wedding services you will need to take the stress out of the planning. There are numerous venues available and Tourism Fernie can put you in touch with all the contacts you need. www.tourismfernie.com

7) Wapiti

Fernie’s very own outdoor music festival. Wapiti takes place every August and focuses on fresh Canadian Indie music. With a spectacular venue just steps from the Elk River, the two day festival provides a family friendly atmosphere, fun for the kids and the grownups alike. The refreshment tent offers our very own brew from Fernie Brewing Company, and the large area in front of the stage allows plenty of room for dancing and celebrating.

8) Demolition Derby

Bringing the summer to a close every year is Fernie’s Demolition Derby. It’s a day of fun for all age groups as spectators watch cars and trucks smash into one another with a vengeance. The last car running takes home the cash prize and the much coveted title. And don’t forget the powder puff, the event where women get to show the men how it’s done! Make sure you get out and cheer for your favourite car the Sunday before Labour Day! Winter 2013/2014 - www.thefreepress.ca

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Nordic Skiing You don’t have to be a downhill skier to enjoy winter in Fernie. From novice circuits to more advanced trails, Fernie has miles of Nordic ski trails to explore. Enjoy the amazing views from trails in town along the Elk River and the Golf Course or check out what Fernie Alpine Resort and Island Lake have to offer. There is something for everyone.

Fernie Golf Course

Maintained by the Fernie Nordic Society, the trails at the Fernie Golf Course are set for both classic and skate skiing. The majority of the eight kilometres of trail are flat and therefore are suitable for both beginner and intermediate skiers. Located right in town, it is easily accessed and can take anywhere from one to two hours, depending on which loops you choose. To learn more, or to become a member of the Fernie Nordic Society, visit www.fernienordic.com.

Island Lake Lodge

For those looking for more of a challenge, the road up to Island Lake Lodge offers a 12 kilometre climb up to the resort. Winding through old growth forest, the cat track offers gorgeous mountain views and several strenuous hill climbs. Once at the Lodge, there are additional trails around the lake. If you’d rather start your ski at the resort, they offer Winter Escape packages which include a return snowcat ride to the lodge, guided adventures, as well as a gourmet lunch. Reservations are a must, 250-423-3700.

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Fernie Alpine Resort

Fernie Alpine Resort offers over 10 kilometres of groomed trails for both skate and classic skiing. Overall the trails are suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers, however beginners will certainly enjoy the trail if they don’t mind walking up a steep climb now and again. These trails are consistently well groomed, and provide several loop opportunities with glimpses of the valley below. Rentals are available on the ski hill, 250-423-4655.

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Rail Jam

Commit 2 Pain Rail Jam originally started in 2004 in the alley of the Royal Hotel. Fast forward to 2014 and the competition is an integral part of the Griz Days festivities. Come out and watch skiers and boarders turn tricks, catch air and rip it up on a skate inspired snow park in the heart of downtown Fernie. www.commitsnowandskate.ca

Steve Short Photography http://steveshortphoto.shutterfly.com See catalogue at Stephanie’s Glass & Art on 2nd Ave., Fernie

From our Big Country Breakfast to our Traditional Clubhouse, there is something for everyone at Smitty’s Family Restaurant

2001 Hyw. 3 West Fernie 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

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he Fernie area and Elk Valley have an abundant amount of opportunities for people who enjoy ice fishing. A short drive from Fernie in either direction brings you to mountain lakes where a variety of species are available. Whether it’s fishing for Kokanee in Grave Lake, fishing for bass in Surveyors or Tie Lake or catching rainbows in Summit Lake, whatever your pleasure Fernie and the surrounding area can provide you with the ice fishing experience you’re looking for! For guided trips check out Fernie Wilderness Adventures at www.fernieadventures.com

• Free WiFi & Breakfast Snack • Hot Tub, Pool & Sauna

• Guest Kitchen & Laundry • Heated Boot Room & Ski Lockers

email: info@redtreelodge.com toll free: 1-800-977-2977 www.redtreelodge.com

Photos: Phil Nord

Body Products Healthy Snacks r Supe Foods Vitamins www.goodearthfernie.ca

For all your health needs! Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 6:00 322-2nd Ave, Fernie 250-423-7121

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The Ghostriders

Hockey is one of Canada’s favourite pastimes, and Fernie is proud to be home of one of the most popular and beloved teams in the Rockies – The Ghostriders.

THE FERNIE GHOSTRIDERS Junior B Hockey All games: 7:30 pm Fernie Memorial Arena December 6 7 14 20 28 30 January 3 4 10 25 30 31 February 7 9 15

Ghostriders vs Nelson Ghostriders vs Creston Ghostriders vs Castlegar Ghostriders vs Columbia Valley Ghostriders vs Kimberley Ghostriders vs Columbia Valley Ghostriders vs 100 Mile House Ghostriders vs Kimberley Ghostriders vs Revelstoke Ghostriders vs Columbia Valley Ghostriders vs Creston Ghostriders vs Beaver Valley Ghostriders vs Spokane Ghostriders vs Golden Ghostriders vs Columbia Valley

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fer nie’s hockey team Hockey fans know there’s only one place in town to be on game night: cheering on the Ghostriders at Fer nie Memorial Arena.

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his Junior B team enjoy an extremely devoted local following, with the Fernie Memorial Arena frequently packed full on game nights. Whether you are a lifelong hockey fan or brand new to the sport, a visit to a Ghostriders’ game is a must-do activity during your stay in Fernie. Crowds are known for their enthusiasm and unwavering support for the team, as shown by the deafening celebrations following a home goal. Named after the shadowy local legend that appears on Mount Hosmer throughout the summer, the Fernie Ghostriders formed in 1991 as charter members of the Southern Division in the former Rocky Mountain Junior

Hockey League (RMJHL). Since then, they have played in the America West Hockey League (AWHL), where they were the 2000 champions, and the North American Hockey League (NAHL) before finally joining the Kootenay International Junior League (KIJHL) in 2004. They have finished at the top of their division seven times since joining the KIJHL and have won the League championship twice (2006/07 and 2007/08). So come on down and share in the excitement of cheering on our favourite team in a fun-filled environment for the whole family. Tickets and season passes are available at the arena or at Fernie Auto Parts.

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Ice Time

Looking for some ice time, look no further than the Fernie Arena, www. fernie.ca. If it’s skating you enjoy, lace up your skates and bring the whole family out to public skating. Figure skating lessons are available. Hockey in Fernie is great for all skill levels, with dropin Shinny hockey (see daily schedule page 54) and beer leagues there is no shortage of fun for all ages. Or why not try a truly “Canadian” experience - curling, drop by Fernie Curling Club for open ice night, no experience necessary. Email ferniecurling@gmail.com for drop-in and league information.

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eading out to play in the snow? Don’t miss out because your vehicle was parked improperly! The City needs your assistance in order to facilitate snow removal from the roadways throughout Fernie and particularly in areas with increased numbers of residents parking on public streets. From November 1 to April 15 inclusive, the following Winter Parking Regulations are in effect per Consolidated Streets and Traffic Bylaw #1400:

Alternate Parking

Alternate parking allows the plows to clear back snow to the boulevards on alternating days and continue snow removal operations after a snowfall. Remember both sides of the street will of course be plowed, and unfortunately cars parked on the street will be plowed in. Plowing operations generally start at 4:00 am and run until 4:00 pm so please be sure you are parked on the correct side of the street during these hours. Ensure your vehicle is parked correctly and avoid being towed! • NO parking permitted on Monday,

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Wednesday, Friday and Sunday on the south or east side of the roadway. • NO Parking permitted on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on the north or west side of the roadway. • Residents living in Ridgemont area and 15th Street (Hospital Road) please pay attention to posted signage. • Restricted parking in commercial areas as per posted signage. For information regarding a towed vehicle please call City Hall at 250-423-6817 Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Photo: Angela Treharne


Fernie Memorial Arena 250-423-4466 ext. 228 Fernie Aquatic Centre 250.423.4466 Facility Inquires 250.423.2245 CITY OF FERNIE www.fernie.ca LEISURE SERVICES

Indoor fun all winter long! Visit www.fernie.ca for public swim and skate schedules LEISURE SERVICES

Head to the Aquatic Centre for a swim or to soak in the hot tub, the arena for a skate or head to one of Fernie’s groomed trails for cross-country skiing. Visit www.fernie.ca to find out the swim and skate schedules and more information on Fernie’s cross-country ski trails.

Public and Lane Swimming Monday through Friday 6:30am-1pm & 3:30pm-8pm Saturdays & Sundays 2pm-8pm

Waterslide Hours Monday through Friday 4pm-6pm Saturday & Sunday 3:30pm-8pm

Public Skating Friday Evening 7pm-8:15pm Saturday Afternoon 2pm-3:45pm Saturday Evening 6:45pm-8:15pm Sunday Afternoon 2:15pm-4pm *Public skate may be cancelled due to special events, Ghostrider games and hockey tournaments

Free Public Skating Tuesday & Thursday 10:30am-11:15am

Adult Shinny Monday to Thursday 8:45am-10:15am

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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Fernie Ghostriders vs. Kimberley Dynamiters, 7:30pm Memorial Arena

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Friends of Opera, Simone Boccanegra by Verdi, 7pm Arts Station

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Gallery Opening, Deck the Walls, Annual Holiday Show/Sale, Runs to end of December, 7pm Arts Station

SKI BASE

Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR) Opens (conditions permitting)

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WeeFest, Local Talent, 8pm Arts Station

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Indie Film, 7pm Vogue Theatre

Fernie Ghostriders vs. Nelson Leafs, 7:30pm Memorial Arena

Workshops, classes... everything you can imagine!

EQUIPMENT FOR MOUNTAIN SPORTS

5th Street in The Royal

432 2nd Ave., Fernie, BC. V0B-1M0 Ph 250-423-6464 Fx 250-423-4919

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Monday- Tarot & Movies Wednesay- Spoken Word/ French Conversation Thursday- BeauTEA Night with Trillium, 6-8pm

Friday- LIVE MUSIC -7pm Saturday- 25% Off Tapas & $4 Wines Sunday- $10 Sunday Roast Dinner & $4 Wines

Photos: Mike McPhee, Free Press files


DECEMBER 4&18

Clawhammer Press, Intro to Letterpress Workshop, 5-9pm

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Clawhammer Press, Card Making Workshop, 10am-2pm

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Jingle Jam, 2-4pm Mugshots

20 Fernie Ghostriders vs. Columbia Valley Rockies, 7:30pm Memorial Arena

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Christmas Celebration, 2pm Heritage Library

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Shred Kelly, 7pm Arts Station

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Jingle Jam, 2-4pm Heritage Library

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B3 King Festive Jazz, 7pm Arts Station

Fernie Chamber Orchestra Winter Concert, 7pm Arts Station Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010, Finnish, R rating), 7pm Arts Station

Friends of Opera, LaBoheme by Puccini, 7pm Arts Station Carol Jam: The Ukulele Underground Circle, 2pm Heritage Library

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Community Christmas Show, 7pm Arts Station Jingle Jam, 2-4pm Beanpod

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Griz Kidz Ski with Santa/Photos with Santa at FAR

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Yule Create Kids Camp, 9am-noon Arts Station

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Fernie Ghostriders vs. Columbia Valley Rockies, 7:30pm Memorial Arena

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Griz Kidz Family New Years Eve Fun Event at FAR

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New Year’s Eve Griz Bar Party at FAR

Saturdays & Sundays: 3pm

WE ARE BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER. Sharper digital picture, master image 3d, 7.1 digital sound, new silver screens... a whole new movie watching experience.

COME SEE THE DIFFERENCE.

321 - 2nd Ave., Fernie, BC • 250-423-7111 www.ferniemovies.com

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Fernie Ghostriders vs. Beaver Valley Nitehawks, 7:30pm Memorial Arena

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Indie Film, 7pm Vogue Theatre

Modern Folk – Wilderness of Manitoba, 8pm Arts Station

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Fernie Ghostriders vs. Spokane Braves, 7:30pm Memorial Arena

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Gallery Opening, “Held” by Katherine Russell, 7pm Arts Station

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Fernie Ghostriders vs. 100 Mile House Wranglers, 7:30pm Memorial Arena

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Fernie Ghostriders vs. Kimberley Dynamiters, 7:30pm Memorial Arena

6 Indie Film, 7pm Vogue Theatre 10 Fernie Ghostriders vs. Revelstoke Grizzlies, 7:30pm Memorial Arena

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Kinky Rail Jam at FAR

Jazz – Run Stop Run, 8pm Arts Station

Pajama Party/Movie Night, 6-8:30pm Aquatic Centre

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Friends of Opera, Don Giovanni by Mozart, 7pm Arts Station

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Avalanche Awareness Days at FAR

Arts Film Series Screening, Arts Station Kokanee Snow Dreams at FAR

Fernie Ghostriders vs. Columbia Valley Rockies, 7:30pm Memorial Arena

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Fernie Ghostriders vs. Creston Valley Thunder Cats, 7:30pm Memorial Arena

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Gallery Opening, Jeanne Parker, 7pm Arts Station

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Helly Hansen Big Mountain Battle at FAR

9 Fernie Ghostriders vs. Golden Rockets, 7:30pm Memorial Arena 14

Pajama Party/Movie Night, 6-8:30pm Aquatic Centre

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Friends of Opera, The Bartered Bride by Smetana, 7pm Arts Station

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Fernie Ghostriders vs. Columbia Valley Rockies, 7:30pm Memorial Arena

20 Folk – Christa Couture, 8pm Arts Station 20-23 Jeep Junior Freeski at FAR 21 Fernie Skating Club Carnival, 7pm Memorial Arena

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Fernie Skating Club Carnival, 7pm Memorial Arena

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Gallery Opening, Lisa Martin, 7pm Arts Station

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Griz Days Parade (Festivities Begin)

MARCH

1-2 Griz Days Festivities 2 Griz Days Dummy Downhill at FAR 3 Indie Film, 7pm Vogue Theatre 7 Friends of Opera, Peter Grimes by Britten, 7pm Arts Station

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Pajama Party/Movie Night, 6-8:30pm Aquatic Centre

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Griz Kidz Winter Carnival at FAR

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Arts Film Series Screening, Arts Station

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Kokanee RETRO Weekend at FAR

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Jazz – Melissa Lauren, 8 pm Arts Station

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Gallery Opening, Flathead Wild Art Exhibition, 7pm Arts Station

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Cardboard Derby at FAR

APRIL 4

Friends of Opera, Iphigenia en Tauride by Gluck, 7pm Arts Station

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Pajama Party/Movie Night, 6-8:30pm Aquatic Centre

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Fernival – Main Band at FAR

Comedy – Lorne Elliott, 8pm Arts Station Fernival – Coca Cola Slope Soaker at FAR Winter Closing at FAR

Blues – Peter Karp & Sue Foley, 8pm Arts Station

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THINGS TO DO DAILY Mond a ys 6:30am to 1:00pm 8:30 to 9:15am 8:45 to 10:15am 1:00pm 3:30 to 8:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 7:00 & 9:00pm

Public Swim Aquatic Centre Active Fit Aquatic Centre Adult Shinny Memorial Arena Dominoes Seniors Drop In Centre Public Swim Aquatic Centre Bridge Seniors Drop In Centre Mahjong Seniors Drop in Centre Movie Time Vogue Theatre

Tuesd ays 6:30am to 1:00pm 8:45 to 10:15am

Public Swim Aquatic Centre Adult Shinny Memorial Arena 9:00 to 9:45am Aqua Blast Aquatic Centre 10:00 to 11:00am Kindergym Family Centre 10:00am to 1:30pm Crafts Seniors Drop In Centre 10:30 to 11:15am Gentle Fit Aquatic Centre 10:30 to 11:15am Public Skating Memorial Arena 11:00am to 6:00pm Heritage Library Open to Public 11:15am to 12:00pm Storytime (Ages 3-5 yrs) Heritage Library Afternoon Seniors League Play Curling Club 3:30 to 8:00pm Public Swim Aquatic Centre 7:00 & 9:00pm Movie Time Vogue Theatre 7:30pm Cribbage Seniors Drop In Centre

Wed ne s days 6:30am to 1:00pm 8:30 to 9:15am 8:45 to 10:15am 10:00 to 11:00am

Public Swim Aquatic Centre Active Fit Aquatic Centre Adult Shinny Memorial Arena Kindergym Holy Family Centre

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We d n e s days 10:30 to 11:15am

Free Public Skating Memorial Arena 11:00am to 6:00pm Heritage Library Open to Public 11:15am to 12:00pm Toddlertime (Ages 2 & under) Heritage Library 1:00pm Cribbage Seniors Drop In Centre 1:15 to 2:30 pm Skate & Shoot Memorial Arena 3:30 to 4:45 pm Lego Club & Board Games (Ages 6-10 yrs) Heritage Library 3:30 to 8:00pm Public Swim Aquatic Centre 6:30pm Mixed League Play Curling Club 7:00pm Dancing in the Legion Hall 7:00 to 9:00pm Adult (19+) Badminton Community Centre 7:00 & 9:00pm Movie Time Vogue Theatre

Thursday Morning

Little Sprouts; Kids in the EcoGarden (July & Aug.) 9:00am to 8:00pm Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre (June-Sept.) 10:30am to 11:15am Gentle Fit Fernie Aquatic Centre Photo: Free Press files


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10:30am to 7:00pm Chairlift in operation Fernie Alpine Resort (June-Sept) 1:00pm to 3:00 pm Summer Reading Club at the Fernie Library (July-Aug.) 6:30am to 1:00pm Public Swim Aquatic Centre 8:45 to 10:15am Adult Shinny Memorial Arena 9:00 to 9:45am Aqua Blast Aquatic Centre 9:30-11:30am MOMs Group Heritage Library 10:30 to 11:15am Gentle Fit Aquatic Centre 10:30 to 11:15am Public Skating Memorial Arena 11:00am to 8:00pm Heritage Library Open to Public 3:30 to 8:00pm Public Swim Aquatic Centre 6:00pm Youth Archery Elks Hall 7:000pm Drop In Curling (starting Jan. 9) 7:00 & 9:00pm Movie Time Vogue Theatre

2:00 to 8:00pm 3:00pm 4:00 to 6:00pm 6:45 to 8:15pm

F r idays 6:30am to 1:00pm 8:30 to 9:15am 9:00 to 11:00am

Public Swim Aquatic Centre Aqua Blast Aquatic Centre Adult Badminton Community Centre 10:00 to 11:00am Kindergym Family Centre 10:30 to 11:15am Gentle Fit Aquatic Centre 11:00am to 6:00pm Heritage Library Open to Public 11:15am to 12:00pm Storytime (Ages 3-5 yrs) Heritage Library Afternoon Seniors League Play Curling Club 3:30 to 4:45pm Word Play (Ages 11-13 yrs) Heritage Library 3:30 to 8:00pm Public Swim Aquatic Centre 7:00 to 8:15pm Public Skating Memorial Arena 7:00 & 9:00pm Movie Time Vogue Theatre 7:30pm Jitney Darts Legion 7:30pm Cribbage Seniors Drop In Centre

Sat urd ays 1:00 to 5:00pm 2:00 to 3:45pm

Heritage Library Open to Public Public Skating Memorial Arena

7:00 & 9:00pm

Public Swim Aquatic Centre Matinee Vogue Theatre Legion Meat Draw & 50/50 Public Skating Memorial Arena Movie Time Vogue Theatre

Su n d a y s 1:00 to 5:00pm 2:00 to 8:00pm 2:15 to 4:00pm 3:00pm 7:00 & 9:00pm

Heritage Library Open to Public Public Swim Aquatic Centre Public Skating Memorial Arena Matinee Vogue Theatre Movie Time Vogue Theatre

Indoor fun The Vogue Theatre: This beautifully renovated theatre has a video games arcade which can be booked for private functions or birthday parties. In addition to regular nightly showings, they also feature matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Check out their website www.ferniemovies.com. 321 2nd Avenue, 250-423-7111 The Fernie Museum: Learn more about Fernie’s rich history. The Museum has exhibits ranging from early coal production to the origins of skiing in the valley. Visit the museum at 491 Victoria Avenue (2nd Avenue), www.ferniemuseum.com or call 250-423-7016. The Aquatic Centre: Features a 6 lane - 25 metre sized competition pool complete with a one metre diving board and tarzan swing. A 15 metre leisure pool ranging from 0 depth to 1 metre with spray fountains. A 25 person hot tub kept at a balmy 104 degrees along with the most amazing view available from any hot tub. There is also a 15 person steam room. And lastly a 150 foot waterslide with its own run off lane. For more information call 250-423-4466 or visit www.fernie.ca The Fernie Library: The Fernie Library has a been a part of Fernie’s history since 1899. The library building was once the Fernie Post office and would be restored to its current grandeur during the mid-90s. Programs range from kid’s, teen’s and senior resources to ebooks and computer access. The library also host several special events throughout the year. Call 250-423-4458 or fernie.bclibrary.ca

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Tobogganing With all the activities to do in Fernie in the winter, there is one that has stood the test of time – people still enjoy the old standby – tobogganing. Pull out your sleds, crazy carpets and GT racers and find a pitch that looks steep and safe. Hop on your toboggan and slide away.

FERNIE

VISITOR INFORMATION

2 locations operated by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce

250-423-6868 Highway #3 Info Centre Located East of the City

Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Downtown Info Centre

At the Fernie Museum 2nd Avenue & 5th Street, Downtown Fernie

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Upcoming Events December 12:

Booked! Fernie Writers’ Series: Grant Lawrence

December 15:

Carol Jam: The Ukulele Underground Circle, 2pm

December 21:

Christmas Celebration: 2pm

February 12:

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hether you’re looking for an indoor activity for the kids or forgot to print some important travel documents, you’ll find what you need at the Fernie Heritage Library. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown at 492 3rd Avenue, the library provides a wide range of programs and services for residents and visitors alike. Sessions for toddlers and young children are offered throughout the week and provide a stimulating environment for growing minds. After-school programs provide an opportunity for school-aged children to learn a skill and participate in fun activities with new friends. All programs are free of charge but some require advance registration, so be sure to call in to check times and availability. Literature enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to join the monthly book club meetings, which are designed to help readers to fully utilize the impressive collection on offer. The library stocks audio books and electronic sources in

Photo: Sara Moulton

Booked! Fernie Writers’ Series: Timothy Taylor

May 2:

Booked! Fernie Writers’ Series: Gail Bowen

addition to their hard copy material, ensuring that there really is something for everyone. Keep your eye out for visits from authors throughout the season for the chance to learn from their expertise and ask questions. If you’ve been wanting to brush up on your computer skills or simply need to use the internet while you’re on vacation, the library is there to help. Computers are available free of charge for the public and a free Wi-Fi connection is available for those with their own device. Printing, scanning and photocopying services are all available through the main desk. Detailed information on the facilities and programs at the Fernie Heritage Library can be found at www.fernie.bclibrary.ca or by visiting their pages on Facebook and Twitter. The friendly staff will also be happy to help with information about joining a class or participating in one of the many activities on offer. Winter 2013/2014 - www.thefreepress.ca

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fer nie souvenirs Husky Station

Visit the Husky Station off Highway 3 for a variety of Fernie gifts and souvenirs. They have everything from ball caps and toques to clothing for kids and adults.

Fernie Chamber

Stop by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce for information, tips, and directions on all the fun things to do in town, and while you’re there, pick yourself up a one of a kind Fernie mug.

Island Lake Lodge

Get your copy of ‘Bears Above the Valley’ at Island Lake Lodge. Take the journey and discover superb photography in this breathtaking history of catskiing and snowboarding at Island Lake Lodge dating back to the late 1800’s.

Fernie Mountain Spirits

Pick up a case of Fernie beer brewed right here in town. With an ever growing selection you’re sure to find the right one for any occasion at Fernie Mountain Spirits.

NOTE: Whether you’re looking for an afternoon’s browsing in a beautiful setting, or for that specialty item, Fernie’s many stores and boutiques will have several unique souvenir choices.

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SHOPPING Enjoy an after noon browsing in beautiful Fer nie. Our many unique stores and boutiques are sure to satisfy your shopping desires. Ski/Bike Base

“Selling the game we play.” Since 1967 Ski Base has been a landmark in Fernie for the outdoor enthusiast. Located on 2nd Avenue, their seasoned sales associates can service your needs to get you on the slopes. They have all the top brands and everything you need to enjoy your time on the mountain. 432 2nd Avenue 250-423-6464 www.skibase.com

The Guide’s Hut

Mountain equipment and clothing. Fun and sporty toys. Rent touring skis, skins, splitboards, snowshoes and avalanche safety equipment. 671 2nd Avenue 250-423-3650 www.theguideshut.ca

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Mountain Pantry & Liquor Store

Located in the village, the Mountain Pantry at Fernie Alpine Resort can supply you with just about everything you are going to need for a fully stocked kitchen and bar. Enjoy the mountain while they do your grocery shopping! Simply indicate what items, varieties and quantities you need from their order list and just call or fax by 10:00 am. 5339 Ski Hill Rd 250-423-2431 www.skifernie.com

Nufloors Fernie

Nufloors Fernie can transform your home’s flooring the worry-free way, with the guaranteed workmanship of Nufloors Fernie flooring consultants and craftsmen. Our trained sales consultants and professional installers can help turn your house into the beautiful home you have always dreamed of! In addition to all types of flooring we also carry high quality Benjamin Moore Paint, Sikken wood finishes, wallpaper, and window coverings to complete your home décor. 391 1st Avenue 250-423-4314 www.nufloors.ca/fernie

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Fernie Mountain Spirits

Your local spirits specialists. For an exceptional selection of imported and local beer, wines from all around the world, and all your favourite coolers and spirits check out Fernie Mountain Spirits located next to Boston Pizza. Let their knowledgable and friendly staff help you choose the right beverage for your next event. 1641 7th Avenue www.bestwesternfernie.com 250-423-6522

Elk Valley Wine and U-Brew

Come in and discover how easy it is to make your own wine. We have an excellent selection of distinctive wine kits to choose from and an on-premise brew service to help make it easy. Great wine is yours to enjoy in four to eight weeks. Look for our ad and valuable coupon in this guide. 5923 8th Avenue 250-423-3530 www.elkvalleywine.com

Le Grand Fromage

At Le Grand Fromage we have a simple goal: to help people discover real cheese! We bring a wide variety of Canadian artisanal, small production cheeses to Fernie, as well as hard to find imported cheeses from across Europe. Come in and have a taste from right off the wheel to find the cheese that’s right for you. 672 2nd Avenue 778-519-5050 www.legrandfromage.ca

Ghostrider Motorsports

Ghostrider Motorsports is Fernie’s locally owned and operated factory authorized dealer for Arctic Cat, Honda, Yamaha and Honda power equipment. Tune-ups to turbos, Klim snowmobile apparel, 509, Smith Optics MX and the most current safety gear. “Competitive pricing, premium service” since 1999. 30 Shadow Road 250-423-9251 www.ghostridermotorsports.com

Spirits Cold Beer & Wine Shop Park Place Lodge

Whether domestic or imported our vast selection is guaranteed to satisfy a wide variety of pallets. Our specialty British Columbia wines have won awards around the world. We also offer a complete selection of premium spirits and liqueurs. Our knowledgeable staff are on hand seven days a week to assist you in your selection. 742 Highway #3 250-423-6871 www.parkplacelodge.com

Sports Alpine Boutique Fernie Alpine Resort

Head on over to the Sports Alpine Boutique and check out the great deals. They have all of the top brands and everything that you need to enjoy your time on the mountain. They also have great souvenirs and Fernie logo wear to take home for your friends and family. Fernie Alpine Resort 250-423-4655 www.skifernie.com

Gearhub

Gearhub Sports and Consignment offers Fernie’s broadest selection of mountain sports equipment and the best service experience. New, used, discount and consignment options appeal to a variety of price ranges. Ski, board, hockey, backcountry gear, rentals, the best skate sharpening and the valley’s most respected boot fitters are always there to help you out. Gearhub has won Fernie’s Best Business and Best Customer service awards for good reasons, come see what everyone is talking about. 401 1st Avenue 250-423-5555 www.gearhub.ca

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Salvation Army Thrift Shop

Our Thrift Store offers good quality used merchandise at a reasonable price and we use all funds available to fund community programs. We are open from Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm both for sales and donation drop offs. 741 2nd Avenue 250-423-4668 www.ferniesalvationarmy.ca

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RESORTS & TOURS Practicar Car & Truck Rentals

Park Place Lodge

Best Western PLUS Fernie Mountain Lodge

Island Lake Catskiing

The practical alternative for vehicle rentals and hire. Located in the Best Western Plus. We also have a daily winter shuttle service to the Calgary Airport. 1622 7th Avenue The Shuttle, 250-423 4023 www.airportshuttleexpress.com PractiCar, 250-423-6030 www.practicar.ca The BEST WESTERN PLUS Fernie Mountain Lodge, located close to all the amenities in Fernie, allows you to choose your accommodation from 95 luxurious guest rooms, including one-bedroom suites, executive suites and some rooms with convenience kitchenettes. 1622 – 7th Avenue, Highway 3 www.bestwesternfernie.com 250-423-6871

Fernie Wilderness Adventure

FWA Catskiing can be enjoyed by both powder veterans and first time backcountry skiers/ snowboarders. Terrain is predominately glade tree skiing with occasional tree bands leading into open chutes suitable for advanced intermediate to advanced type skiers or boarders. 742 Highway #3 1-877-423-6704 www.fernieadventures.com

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Just a few minutes walk from historic downtown Fernie, the Park Place Lodge invites you into a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, with all the comforts of home, and all the amenities of a first class hotel. 742 Highway #3 250-423-6871 www.parkplacelodge.com Island Lake Catskiing offers access to backcountry terrain with snowcats in order to ski or snowboard untracked snow. The inside of the snowcat has comfortable seats, a stereo system and enough food and drinks for the day. This is a very comfortable and safe way to experience untracked powder in the backcountry and a “must do” for any skier or snowboader. 602A 2nd Avenue 250-423-3700 www.islandlakecatskiing.com

Griz Inn Fernie Alpine Resort

Nestled in the heart of the Elk Valley, at the base of Fernie Alpine Resort, the Griz Inn is the perfect location for a winter adventure holiday in the Canadian Rockies. Make the Griz Inn your first choice for your Fernie vacation. 5369 Ski Hill Road 1-800-661-0118 www.grizinn.com

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Stanford Fernie Hotel Resort

The luxurious Stanford Fernie Hotel Resort, located in the quaint town of Fernie. They would be honoured to host your next exclusive getaway. This riverside lodge is nestled between the Rocky Mountains and boasts unparalleled views in every direction in addition to some pet friendly rooms. 100 Riverside Way 1-877-423-5600 www.ferniestanfordresort.com

Fernie Alpine Resort

Fernie Alpine Resort provides visitors legendary powder, uncrowded trails, mild climate, the best in aprés ski fun and much more! Visit Fernie Alpine Resort to Ski the Peak on the new Polar Peak Lift! Fernie receives up to 37 feet of snow in a season, and attracts a wide range of skiers and riders from around the globe. Delivering over 2,500 acres of skiable terrain, 142 named runs, five alpine bowls, state of the art snowmaking and grooming equipment, and an exceptional beginner’s area. 5339 Ski Hill Road 250-423-4655 www.skifernie.com

Travelodge Three Sisters

Complete with convenience, amenities, and great value for its guests; located in a valley surrounded by the Southern Canadian Rockies, every room at the Travelodge Three Sisters offers a unique and beautiful view. Just minutes from restaurants, shopping, Fernie Alpine Resort, cross country trails at Fernie Golf & Country Club, the Elk River and much more. 401 Highway 3 250-423-4438 www.travelodgethreesisters.com

Red Tree Lodge

The Red Tree Lodge offers comfortable, friendly and affordable accommodations in central Fernie. In-room amenities include fridge, microwave, coffee/tea maker and free WiFi. Free guest facilities include breakfast snack, hot-tub, sauna, indoor pool, guest kitchen, BBQ, laundry, 24-seat movie theatre, free DVD rentals, games room with pool table, foosball and darts; ski/board tuning room and ski/board/bike storage, conference facilities, pet friendly. 1101 7th Avenue 250-423-4622 www.redtreelodge.com

Tightlines Lodge

Fernie Tightlines Lodge is a unique characterfilled lodge in central Fernie, perfect for families and mature couples. Spacious, 3,300 sq. ft., with three floors, foyer, three decks and the top deck has a beautiful outdoor hot tub to relax after a day enjoying your favourite mountain activity. 821 7th Avenue 877-423-4483 info@fernietightlineslodge.com

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Cornerstone Lodge Fernie Alpine Resort

Whether you choose to soothe sore muscles in the hot-tub, enjoy a tasty meal in Kelsey´s Restaurant or the Slopeside Café downstairs, or just cozy up to a good book in front of the gas fireplace, Cornerstone Lodge is the ideal accommodation location to unwind and re-energize before your next day of adventure at Fernie Alpine Resort. 5369 Ski Hill Road 1-800-423-6855 www.cornerstonelodge.ca

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DINING/FOOD Big Bang Bagels

Big Bang Bagels makes fresh baked bagels from scratch! They also serve a classic breakfast bagel, smoothies, fresh sandwiches and coffee. Home of the famous “Big Banger” breakfast sandwich. Downtown Fernie (open daily 7 am-5 pm). 502-2nd Avenue 250-423-7778 www.bigbangbagels.com

Boston Pizza

Their exciting menu offers over 100 items to choose from, including gourmet pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches, and ribs. Perfect for families, friends, and open late daily. They even offer on-line ordering to make your take-out experience even easier! Highway 3, Best Western 1602 7th Avenue 250-423-2634 www.bostonpizza.com

Just Pizza

Two delicious pizzas - one low price. A Fernie classic for over 20 years, Just Pizza is just perfect for parties, family night or whenever you feel like pizza goodness. Call for pick-up or delivery. 362 2nd Avenue 250-423-9277

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Lizard Creek Lodge

Casual dining in a beautiful setting. Creative menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Monthly promotions, decadent five-course dinners, an extensive wine list and feature menus. Fernie Alpine Resort 5346 Highline Drive 250-423-2057 www.lizardcreek.com

Kelvin’s Kitchen

A family favourite in Fernie, Kelvin’s Kitchen serves authentic Chinese cuisine, spicy Thai food and healthy vegetarian dishes. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at this licensed establishment. A place you want to put your photo on the wall. Eat in and take out. 1221A 7th Avenue 250-423-3211

Smitty’s Family Restaurant

Smitty’s Family Restaurant in Fernie is particularly popular among families, seniors, and travellers. Smitty’s offers an awardwinning menu with a diverse product line, from their famous buttermilk pancakes, waffles, and omelettes to salads, sandwiches, steaks, and pastas. Smitty’s menu offers something for everyone. 2001 Highway 3, West 250-423-3892

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Le Grand Fromage

At Le Grand Fromage we have a simple goal: to help people discover real cheese! We bring a wide variety of Canadian artisanal, small production cheeses to Fernie, as well as hard to find imported cheeses from across Europe. Come in and have a taste from right off the wheel to find the cheese that’s right for you. 672 2nd Avenue 778-519-5050 www.legrandfromage.ca

Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe

Providing great tasting pizza for over 14 years, featuring homemade dough and hand blended sauces made fresh daily. Choose from 36 fresh toppings, nine sauces, and four styles of crust. Salads, panzarattis, wings, pizza bread and lasagna available. Take-out and delivery only. Like us on Facebook for chances to win giveaways and great deals. 592 8th Avenue 250-423-0007

Slopeside Coffee & Deli

Delicious deli menu and of course our fabulous line-up of hot specialty coffees! Open daily from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm. Fernie Alpine Resort 5339 Ski Hill Road 250-423-6871

Island Lake Lodge

Experience the winter wonderland at Island Lake Lodge. Take a 25 minute snowcat ride through old growth forest up to the picturesque lodge. Explore the lake trail on snowshoe or Nordic skis and have lunch in the famous Island Lake dining room. Add a spa treatment to your perfect winter day. Available Fridays and Saturdays through the winter season. Reservations required. 602 2nd Avenue 250-423-3700 www.islandlakecatskiing.com

Griz Bar

Fernie’s #1 place for aprés ski since 1962. Ice cold draft beer and daily drink specials or try the world famous “Aprés, Mogul Smoker”. Relax on the Kokanee Deck with a cold beer and a freshly grilled prime rib burger from their BBQ. Live music every Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 3 pm to 6 pm and Saturday evenings from 9 pm to 12 am. Fernie Alpine Resort’s only on hill pool and foosball tables. Fernie Alpine Resort 5339 Ski Hill Road 250-423-4655

Kelsey’s Bar and Grill

Kelsey’s is the perfect neighbourhood destination where you can come as you are and connect with the people who matter most to you. With pasta, seafood, pizza and more their passionate desire is to provide a superior dining experience for their guests in a relaxed, welcoming and fun environment. Fernie Alpine Resort 5339 Fernie Ski Hill Road 250-423-2444 www.kelseys.ca

Max Restaurant

Visit Max Restaurant for a wide selection of delicious meals. From simple to sophisticated, Max Restaurant is known for its creative menu, generous portions and warm mountain hospitality. Whether you visit for breakfast, lunch or dinner, our experienced staff will ensure that your dining experience is a pleasurable one. Park Place Lodge 742 Highway #3 250-423-6871 www.parkplacelodge.com

Elk Valley Wine and U-Brew

Come in and discover how easy it is to make your own wine. We have an excellent selection of distinctive wine kits to choose from and an on-premise brew service to help make it easy. Great wine is yours to enjoy in four to eight weeks. Look for our ad and valuable coupon in this guide. 5923 8th Avenue 250-423-3530 www.elkvalleywine.com

The Pub Bar and Grill

The Pub Bar and Grill offers a wide selection of delicious meals in a fun, relaxed environment. Refreshments served by some of the best staff Fernie has to offer makes the Pub feel like your own neighbourhood pub. Park Place Lodge 742 Highway #3 250-423-6871 www.parkplacelodge.com

Slopeside Coffee & Deli Fernie Alpine Resort

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NIGHTLIFE Whether you’re in the mood for a casual pint and dinner, or you’re ready to dance - it’s all here. Boston Pizza

Their exciting menu offers over 100 items to choose from, including gourmet pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches, and ribs. From pizza, pasta, wings & more, they have a variety of dishes for every occasion. Perfect for families, friends, and open late daily. They even offer on-line ordering to make your take-out experience even easier! Highway #3, Best Western 1602 7th Avenue 250-423-2634 www.bostonpizza.com

Boston Pizza’s Sports Bar

You’re among friends at this popular sports bar, perfect for unwinding after a day of adventure. A great selection of beers on tap, extensive bar menu and you can be sure the big game is always on. 1602 7th Avenue 250-423-2634

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Griz Bar

Fernie’s #1 place for aprés ski since 1962. Ice cold draft beer and daily drink specials or try the world famous “Aprés, Mogul Smoker”. Relax on the Kokanee Deck with a cold beer and a freshly grilled prime rib burger from our BBQ. Live music every Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 3 pm to 6 pm and Saturday evenings from 9 pm to 12 am. Fernie Alpine Resort’s only on hill pool and foosball tables. Fernie Alpine Resort 5339 Ski Hill Road 250-423-4655

Infinitea

Infinitea offers handmade teas and artisan coffee, daybeds and bean bag chairs, boardgames and books, a healthy house-made menu with vegan and gluten free options, boutique beers and local wines, locally made clothing/ jewelry/art, workshops and classes as well as live local and touring musicians. Infinitea is open to all ages and feels just like your living room. Open Wednesday – Monday noon-late. Book Infinitea for your special functions, we cater food and beverages to suit your event. 501 1st Avenue 250-430-7168

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Kelsey’s Bar and Grill

After a long day on the hill, come for the food and stay for the fun. Come as you are and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and a fully stocked bar. Fernie Alpine Resort 5339 Fernie Ski Hill Road 250-423-2444 www.kelseys.ca

Lizard Creek Lodge

Casual dining in a beautiful setting. Creative menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Monthly promotions, decadent five-course dinners, an extensive wine list and feature menus. Fernie Alpine Resort 5346 Highline Drive 250-423-2057 www.lizardcreek.com

The Pub Bar and Grill

The Pub Bar and Grill is Fernie’s liveliest night spot where your entertainment is our first priority. Pool, Big Buck Hunter, and foosball are just a few of the games at the Pub. Watch all your favourite sporting events on our large screen TVs or enjoy free WiFi internet access. Reasonable prices and a large selection of

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refreshments served by some of the best staff Fernie has to offer, makes the Pub feel like your own neighbourhood pub. Park Place Lodge 742 Highway #3 250-423-6871 www.parkplacelodge.com

Vogue Theatre

At the Vogue Theatre they show all the latest films with the new state of the art digital projection and a games arcade which can be booked for your birthday parties or private functions. They also show matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Check out their website www.ferniemovies.com or look at page 37 for other film events the Vogue hosts. 321 2nd Avenue 250-423-3132 Movie Line 250-423-7111 www.ferniemovies.com

Ghostriders

For fast paced, action packed hockey come on out and cheer for the home team. See the Fernie Ghostriders home ice schedule on page 46 or visit the team’s website at: www.fernieghostriders.com

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HEALTH & WELLNESS Get ready to treat your body right. Fer nie has many establishments that will nourish your body and soul. Good Earth

Located directly across from the Vogue Theatre, we offer everything from organic, sugar-free, gluten-free, diet sensitive foods as well as safe body products, healthy treats, and an extensive variety of vitamins, herbs, and supplements. We LOVE Superfoods! Come for a visit or call for further information. 322 2nd Avenue 250-423-7121

Elk Valley Denture Clinic

With over 12 years of experience, you can trust Elk Valley Denture Clinic to attend to all your denture needs. Complete, partial and immediate dentures, emergency repairs, relines and sport mouthguards. After hours appointments are available and they have no charge for consultations. 302A 2nd Avenue 250-423-7236

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Dr. Karley Denoon

Dr. Denoon is a Registered Naturopathic Doctor who has an evidence based family practice in Fernie, BC. Dr. Denoon focuses on family health care ranging from prenatal care to geriatric care. Her approach to care ranges from botanical medicine, neutraceutical vitamin and mineral prescribing, acupuncture, chronic pain management through injection therapies, craniosacral therapy, intravenous repletion to pharmaceutical prescribing. Whether you are dealing with a chronic condition, looking for more support, or have been hit with a cold or flu, Dr. Denoon is happy to work with you to meet your health goals. 571B 2nd Avenue www.drdenoon.ca 250-531-0154

Fernie Memorial Arena

Whether you are new to skating or just want to come out for fitness and fun the Fernie Memorial Arena has time set aside for you including drop-in shinny hockey, public skating times and great Ghostrider hockey. See page 48 for more information. 991 6th Avenue 250-423-4466 www.fernie.ca

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Lizard Creek Spa

Whether your primary goal is to rid yourself of sore muscles or relax a tired and stressed body, let us know and we will customize your treatment. All massages come with a decadent hot towel applique. 5346 Highline Drive 250-423-2057 www.lizardcreek.com

Spa 901

This is your refuge. Find yourself relaxing in the outdoor hot pool, detoxing in the infrared sauna and experiencing the best Fernie has to offer in facials, massage, esthetics, and more. 901 2nd Avenue www.spa901.ca 250-423-7722 1-800-622-5007

Best Western PLUS Mountain Lodge

After a long day enjoy a relaxing massage or soak your cares away in our indoor/outdoor hot tubs or swimming pool. Take advantage of our modern fitness centre including aerobic machines and free weights. 1622 7th Avenue 250-423-5500 www.bestwesternfernie.com

Dr. Karley Denoon, ND believes you deserve to feel better, and get more out of your day to day experience.

Think of Dr. Denoon for: Naturopathic Medicine IV & Injection Therapies Holistic Counselling Physical Exams Acupuncture Lab Testing Women’s Health Downtown Location - House Calls Available

571b (upstairs) 2nd Avenue, Fernie 250-531-0154 ~ info@drdenoon.ca Book Online at DrDenoon.ca

Fernie Aquatic Centre

Fernie’s pool features a 6 lane - 25 metre sized competition pool complete with a one metre diving board and tarzan swing. A 25 person hot tub kept at a balmy 104 degrees offers the most amazing view of the Rockies. Relax in the 15 person steam room or get your heart pumping on the 150 foot waterslide with its own run off lane. 250 Pine Avenue 250-423-4466 www.fernie.ca

Island Lake Lodge Winter Lunch and Spa

If catskiing is not your thing, you can still experience Island Lake with a snowcat-ride up to the lodge, lunch and spa treatment. You can also go for a snowshoe or Nordic ski around the lake. Take time before or after your treatment in our solarium or outdoor room with hot tub and mountain views. Winter Lunch and Spa is available on Fridays and Saturdays. 602 2nd Avenue 250-423-3700 www.islandlakecatskiing.com Indulge in the exclusive fullspa experience without the exclusive full-spa expense. ~ 6,600 sq. ft. of luxury ~ Fireplace relaxation rooms ~ Outdoor hot pool ~ Infrared saunas ~ Couples massage room ~ Ufuro baths

GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE! Stay for an hour or escape for the day. 901 - 2 Avenue, Fernie, BC 250-423-7722 1-800-622-5007 www.spa901.ca escape@spa901.ca

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BUSINESS Renting in Fernie

Looking to rent in Fernie? Whether you’re working for the season, a first time traveller or you’re enjoying a well deserved, long-term holiday, Renting in Fernie has a range of properties to meet your needs. 250-423-2052 www.rentinginfernie.com

Fernie Real Estate

Make your move with the professionals at Fernie Real Estate. Visit them at www.fernierealestate.com or at their beautiful office at 1602 9th Avenue, just across from Tim Hortons. 1602 9th Avenue 250-423-2000 1-877-423-2001 www.fernierealestate.com

Todd Fyfe Personal Real Estate Corporation

Todd is one of Fernie’s top producing realtors, with a client database from all over the world. When you engage Todd as your advisor, expect a detailed and professional approach with your best interests being the number one goal. Email: todd@fernierealestate.com 1602 9th Avenue 250-423-8989 www.fernierealestate.com

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Fernie Central Reservations

Ask their agents anything about our local amenities and services and make sure your holiday is managed by people who live in Fernie. Fernie Central Reservations is your one stop call centre to book any Fernie property. 1-800-622-5007 www.ferniecentralreservations.com

Fernie Chamber of Commerce

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is a service organization that is dedicated to enhancing the economic future of Fernie and the quality of life for the residents. Members of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce are provided access to a number of benefits and services designed to help their business prosper. 102 Commerce Road 250-423-6868 www.ferniechamber.com

Teck

Teck is the largest employer in the Elk Valley with over 3,700 employees at five steelmaking coal mines, making it the world’s secondlargest seaborne exporter of steelmaking coal. Teck is committed to responsible, sustainable mining and in 2011 donated $2.7 million to Elk Valley causes through its local community investment program. www.teck.com

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Mike McPhee Photography

Over the last 20 years Mike McPhee has had over 1,000 photos published in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, books and brochures. He has also shot about 60 weddings and will help document your special day with a unique style. 250-423-0622 www.mikemcphee.com

Steve Short Photography

Steve has over 20 years in the photography business and is an established writer. You may have seen his work in National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, Rolling Stone, Backpacker, and a variety of other publications. steveshortphoto.shutterfly.com

Kyle Hamilton Photography

Kyle Hamilton Photography is a Fernie-based photographer specializing in modern and creative weddings, portraits, events, and action photos. As well as providing Fernie’s only custom framing services. www.kylehamiltonphotography.com

The Free Press

Elk Valley

Delivering the news to the Elk Valley since 1898. Covering local news events and stories

with over 7,000 copies distributed weekly. 342 2nd Avenue 250-423-4666 www.thefreepress.ca

Jamie Hide Photography

If you are looking for someone to photograph your wedding or another event, to take pictures of your property or business, or capture you or your family at this moment in the journey, call Jamie Hide Photography. 250-430-1605 www.jamiehide.com

Carol Cohen

Carol Cohen’s love of the mountain lifestyle make it easy for her to help people find their special dream in the Fernie area. “The best part of my job is seeing clients’ vision of the life they want here and showing them the perfect place,” says Carol. “It is so easy to share everything that Fernie has to offer and allow them to see themselves living the mountain lifestyle.” 1602 9th Avenue 250-423-2000 carol@fernierealestate.com

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COMMUNITY LISTINGS

City Contacts

City of Fernie 501- 3rd Avenue, Fernie 250-423-6817 www.fernie.ca Fernie Leisure Services (Aquatic Centre) 250 Pine Avenue, Fernie 250-423-4466 www.fernie.ca Fernie Memorial Arena 991 6th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-4466 ext. 228 www.fernie.ca Fernie Community Centre 901 6th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-2245 www.fernie.ca

Arts and Culture Fernie District Historical Society 491 2nd Avenue, Fernie 250-423-7016 www.ferniemuseum.com

Fernie Arts Station 601 1st Avenue, Fernie 250-423-4842 theartsstation.com Fernie & District Arts Council 601 1st Avenue, Fernie 250-423-7773 theartsstation.com Fernie Arts Co-op 572 2nd Avenue, Fernie 250-423-7044 www.fernieartscoop.com Fernie Ghostriders Hockey 250-423-4153 www.fernieghostriders.com Fernie Public Library 492 3rd Avenue, Fernie 250-423-4458 fernie.bclibrary.ca

Other Ser vices

The Free Press 342 2nd Avenue, Fernie 250-423-4666 www.thefreepress.ca Canada Post Office 491 3rd Avenue, Fernie 250-423-7555

Business Clubs

Fernie Chamber of Commerce 102 Commerce Rd. Fernie 250-423-6868 www.ferniechamber.com Tourism Fernie 542B 2nd Avenue, Fernie 250-423-2037 www. tourismfernie. com

Emergency (911)

RCMP 1302 5th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-4404 Fernie Fire Department 692 3rd Avenue, Fernie 250-423-4226 Elk Valley District Hospital 1501 5th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-4453 Photos: Kaitlyn Haarstad, Free Press files

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96 km 105 km 290 km 303 km 69 km 183 km

Transportation The Shuttle

Offering daily shuttle service between Calgary Airport and Fernie
(winter season only) Fernie to Cranbrook /Cranbrook to Fernie by advanced booking. Requires 48 hours advance booking prior to departure (3 person min). Located at the Best Western Plus ph. 250-423-4023 email: theshuttlefernie@hotmail.com www.thefernieshuttle.com Mountain High Shuttle

Churches

Offers chartered shuttle services from Calgary and Cranbrook along with a local shuttle and private charters. ph. 250-423-5008 email: info@mountainhighshuttle.com www.mountainhighshuttle.com

Knox United Church 201 2nd Avenue, Fernie 250-423-6010 Salvation Army 721-726 2nd Avenue, Fernie 250-423-4661 Trinity Lutheran Church 691 4th Avenue, Fernie 250-417-5016 Trinity Pentecostal Tabernacle 1361 8th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-4114 Holy Family Parish 521 4th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-6127 Mountainside Community Church 1622 10th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-4112 www.mountainsidechurch.ca Christ Church Anglican 591 4th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-6517

The Fernie Connector/Resort Tours

Visitor Info Centres

The pick-up and drop-off locations for the Greyhound Bus in Fernie is at the Husky gas station and Smitty’s Restaurant, 2001 Hwy. #3 ph. 250-423-3892 www.greyhound.ca

Downtown Fernie Location 491 2nd Avenue, Fernie 250-423-7016 Highway 3 Location 102 Commerce Rd., Fernie 250-423-6868

Twice daily shuttle departs at key times, five days per week during the ski season between Cranbrook Airport and Fernie. ph. 1-800-361-3602 email: info@resorttours.ca www.fernieconnector.com Kootenay Taxi

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