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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Kootenay Rockies > Fernie

Fernie is located 29 km (18 miles) south of Sparwood and 103 km (64 miles) east of Cranbrook on Hwy 3, "The Crowsnest Hwy."

Elk River
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.

Fernie Alpine Resort
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.

Destination Point
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.

Beautiful Stone Architecture
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.

Heritage Buildings
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.

Trendy Businesses
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.

Trans-Canada Trail
Fernie has some great walks with trails including the Trans-Canada Trail which meanders along the Elk River and through Annex Park.

Fernie Perimeter Trail
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.

Recreation around Fernie
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 Golf Fernie.

Elk 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.

Fernie 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.

Bear Country
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.

Information on Fernie






Fernie, BC Map
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Fernie Alpine Resort
Fernie Alpine Resort


Fernie Court House
Fernie Court House


Downtown Fernie
Downtown Fernie


Elk River
Elk River


Fernie Mountains
Fernie Mountains


Mount Hosmer
Mount Hosmer


Holy Family Catholic Church
Holy Family Catholic Church


BC Hydro in Fernie
BC Hydro

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