About Fernie

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Enjoy Your Stay

Fernie, the legendary ski town, star of numerous ski movies, is nestled in the heart of the Powder Highway in British Columbia. If this is your first trip, you’re in for a treat, it’s just like you imagined, lots of super cool red brick buildings with funky stores full of inspirational décor items to the latest and greatest gear, to perfect restaurants and friendly local bars and pubs. The Fernie vibe is unique, and you’ll soon feel right at home. 

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Historic Downtown

Fernie’s downtown is recognizable from its many red brick buildings that were constructed after the Great Fire of 1908. Fernie city council decreed that any structure within ten blocks be built of fireproof materials when rebuilding from the massive blaze. And thus, downtown Fernie was reborn from the ashes. Many of the historic buildings still stand and showcase unique architecture from the early 1900s. Numerous buildings have since been restored and now house a wonderful combination of shops, restaurants, and attractions for you to explore.

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Endless Choices

The activity options are endless in Fernie, ranging from CAT or heli-skiing to fly fishing to gourmet dining. The small-town charm that Fernie has combined with its resident’s adventurous, community-minded spirit makes it an excellent destination to discover in the Canadian Rockies. Surrounded by picturesque mountains, Fernie offers many accommodation options, including chalets, lodges, bed and breakfasts, hotels, cabins, and even a few yurts.

Displaying The Arts

Fernie is home to a diverse local arts and culture scene. If you look up while wandering downtown Fernie’s 2nd Avenue, you will see banners on the light posts. Annually since 2005, Fernie has selected 40 works of art to turn into banners to provide a welcoming and colourful display

Popular Spots

Fernie Arts Co-op

This volunteer-run art gallery is in downtown Fernie and provides a place for local artists to display and sell their work. Members of the co-op take turns running the store.

Fairy Creek Falls

A gentle four-kilometre hike takes you through the forest and deposits you at the base of Fairy Creek Falls.

Maiden Lake

Located on the edge of town, Maiden Lake is a great location to spend an afternoon swimming, biking, or skating.

Fly Fishing

Elk River has gained a reputation for its abundance of Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Bull Trout. Try your hand at fly fishing to experience these fish for yourself!

Tours in Fernie

This winter, stay in a fairytale cottage on your way to Fernie BC. Take your family for a rejuvenating retreat, where you can unwind, explore scenic trails, and conquer the slopes.
Look no further than Fernie, B.C. for some of the best lift accessed mountain biking in Canada. Spend your two days riding any of the 37 primarily trails from Green to Double Black.
The legendary Fernie Alpine Resort awaits your next turns! Choose from five delicious bowls filled with deep, tasty powder. Ski Fernie for 2 Full days and 2 night accommodations available all winter.

Staff Suggestion

Build Your Own Fernie Tour

Let’s make a trip that’s uniquely yours! You decide how long, which activities, number of inclusions, everything. Start planning now and make your dream trip a reality.

Featured Attraction: Fernie Alpine Resort

Fernie Alpine Resort is a winter playground for skiers and snowboarders of every level and is well known for an abundance of powder snow each season! The resort boasts five vast alpine bowls – Currie Bowl, Timber Bowl, Siberia Bowl, Lizard Bowl, and Cedar Bowl. The resort turns into a mountain biking and sightseeing destination during the summer.

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Did You Know?

You can find Painted Turtles on the banks of lakes and rivers near Fernie. About a 30-minute drive from downtown Fernie, Surveyor Lake is a popular spot for turtle-spotting. This turtle species can grow up to 27 centimeters long (10 inches)!

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Still Have Questions?

Sometimes it’s just easier to talk to someone. Give us a call and lets discuss how we can create your unique experience.