Fernie, British Columbia - where small town charm meets adventure in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Fernie is a historic mountain town with its beginnings in 1887 thanks to prospectors such as William Fernie finding an abundance of coal in the valley. Today, grand historic buildings meld with contemporary design creating a charming and authentic community. Add an array of things to do and places to stay, Fernie has become a great travel destination for those seeking a real mountain town.
The jagged peaks of the Three Sisters, the prominent headwall of the Lizard Range, and the unique character of Mount Hosmer surround Fernie offering a level of spectacular beauty and pristine nature that confirms its place within National Geographic Society's Geotourism Crown of the Continent - and the narrow waist of the Rocky Mountains, where Alberta, British Columbia, and Montana meet, sprawling into one of the wildest, most diverse and intact ecosystems in the temperate zones of the world. Geotourism is defined as "tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place - its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents."