Historical Summer Walking Tours in beautiful downtown Fernie.
Allow time before or after your walking tour to explore the Museum. The building itself is an important example of Fernie's beautiful architechture and features the permanent exhibtion: 'This is our Fernie', Visitor Information Centre and an airy exhibtion gallery on the 2nd floor featuring special exhibits & events. Public washrooms are available on each floor.
Historical Walking Tours
On the surface, Fernie might seem like any mountain town: beautiful vistas, interesting shops, and over 90 accessible hiking and biking trails. But if you dig a little deeper, you will discover a rich and dramatic history.
Join one of our knowledgeable local guides for a 90 minute walking tour of historic downtown Fernie. Explore the stories of movers and shakers, rumrunners, devastating fires, coal mining disasters and legends of a Ktunaxa curse and discover how these people and events have helped to shape Fernie as we see it today.
Our guides will also share the inside scoop of where to find the right memento, a perfect latte or a great place to eat in our community. We endeavor to make your stay in Fernie, whether long or short, a truly memorable experience.
- Saturdays in July & August - 2016 schedule TBC
- Tours depart at 11am and last approx 90 minutes.
- Adults $10, Family $25.
- Purchase tickets in advance online or at the Museum.
IN THE EXHIBITION GALLERY:
- October 13 2016 to February 13 2017 - HOSMER: BOOM, BUST AND WAR
The exhibit traces the history of Hosmer from its establishment in 1906 as the one of only two coal mining communities in the Elk Valley not owned and operated by the Crow’s Nest Pass Coal Company to its near demise following the closure of the mine in 1914 to its life as a hamlet today. At its peak, over 1,200 people called Hosmer home. The exhibit also examines how the beginning of World War I further drained the remaining population, both with men signing up with the 54th East Kootenay Battalion and “enemy aliens” being taken to an internment camp located in another Elk Valley ghost town, Morrissey.
- March 3 to May 30 2017 - THIS IS FERNIE
From the earliest days of the daguerreotype in the mid-1850s, photographic portraiture has helped to commemorate events such as graduations or weddings, or to mark personal milestones. Kyle Hamilton, a local photographer, has sought to document the every-day face of Fernie from 2015 to 2017 by capturing Fernie residents (full time and part time?) in portraits taken in the midst of daily life, whether they have lived in Fernie for a lifetime or five minutes.