Fernie is located 29 km (18 miles) south of Sparwood
and 103 km (64 miles) east of Cranbrook
on Hwy 3, "The Crowsnest Hwy."
Situated alongside of the Elk River, Fernie is a community that
has a very clean environment and a lifestyle geared towards the
outdoors. Golf courses, mountain biking, hiking, fishing and wildlife
viewing, Fernie is like a dream.
For outdoor lovers, the first thing that comes to mind is the ski
hill. Located on a large bluff overlooking the town, Fernie Alpine
Resort is home to some of BC's best powder snow. The mountain offers
great skiing and boarding with a variety of great runs.
Fernie Alpine Resort is so good that Fernie has become a real destination
point with plenty of hotels, condo rentals, restaurants and entertainment
available throughout the town.
Fernie has a lot of old brick and stone prevalent throughout the
architecture in the old part of town. This historic part of town
is situated off of Hwy 3 over the Elk River towards the east.
Here you will find some grand old heritage buildings, a lot made
by incorporating rock and beautiful wood together. A few notable
heritage structures include - the Fernie Court House building, Holy
Family Catholic Church and the local BC Hydro office.
There are also some trendy businesses, cafes and curio shops located
here making it quite a friendly place. One favourite restaurant
you might want to visit is called the Brick House Bar & Grill.
Fernie has some great walks with trails including the Trans-Canada
Trail which meanders along the Elk River and through Annex Park.
There is Coal Reek Heritage Trail which combines with a network
of other trails to form a perimeter trail that circles Fernie. Planned
trails in the future include one up Castle Mountain which will provide
some excellent views of the area.
There is so much more to do in Fernie besides skiing and boarding.
The Elk River has some excellent fishing, hunting is very popular,
snowmobiling, some cool mountain bike trails and golfing at the
Valley Provincial Park
Close to Fernie are also some unique areas to view such as Elk Valley
Provincial Park towards Sparwood and then Elkford,
Lake Koocanusa near Elko or the Flathead River area by travelling
the forestry roads in from Corbin and up Coal Creek.
in the Future
Fernie's resort-based economy is going forward with a new Greg Norman-designed
golf course called Blackstone. More condominiums are planned at
Pinnacle Ridge Resort near the Elk River. Island Lake Lodge is expanding
its world-class powder skiing resort now making it one of BC's best.
Fernie Alpine Resort rated in North America's top ten resorts is
only going to get better with more lifts, runs and facilities being
added in the future.
Just remember if you are enjoying the countryside around Fernie,
please remember this is Bear Country as is the rest of BC. Try to
avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel
comfortable with bears around. There is also the possibilities of
encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe and practice
good outdoor wildlife procedures.