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Tuesday • November 1, 2016

Travelling during the “off season” can be a great time to really get to know a place. With less visitors to contend with you may attend events where the locals are out enjoying their community, offering the opportunity to make connections that just might not happen in the busier tourist times.

Many of Fernie’s cultural events take place throughout the year so there are always things to enjoy and participate in, no matter what the season. This fall is no exception. Here are a few ideas of things to do in Fernie this fall.

The Fall Concert Series at the Arts Station attracts many amazing Canadian musicians and the small intimate setting of this community theatre allows for a lovely evening with other music enthusiasts and often an opportunity to meet the artist(s).

Also at the Arts Station, the last Thursday of every month is that month’s art show opening in the Gallery. Join local artists and the Fernie art community for an evening of wine, cheese and a gathering that always inspires interesting and stimulating conversation, surrounded by art in a variety of mediums.

Every two years, in the late fall the Arts Station hosts their Lantern Festival. Anyone interested in participating can attend lantern-making sessions hosted by local artists and volunteers at the Station. All the hand-crafted lanterns are showcased by their builders, with a parade through town, or as is the case this year, through an enchanted forest. On November 19th watch for this visually beautiful and magical event!

Many visitors speak of their experience of attending a Ghostrider hockey game while visiting Fernie. Hockey is, as in many small Canadian towns, a part of the fabric of life here and you won’t find more locals in one place at one time than at the Fernie Memorial Arena watching their team. The season starts in the fall and as it heats up the games attract many more visitors including the “Aussie” seasonal workers to the stands, making for an exciting and rambunctious sporting event sure to leave a lasting impression!

Literary events are a common thing in Fernie and fall is the beginning of our annual Booked! event at the Fernie Heritage Library. Author and local resident Angie Abdou hosts a Canadian author each month for an evening that includes music, food, wine, tea, and some excellent conversation around the author’s latest book. The evening usually includes a reading, book sales and signing. The library hosts a number of other events regularly for both children and adults all year long.

Every year the Canadian Ski Patrol hosts 'The Fernie Ski and Board Film Fest' to celebrate the coming of winter and as a fundraiser. On November the 5th this year, you can join excited skiers and boarders to watch the year’s best ski and board films on large format screen with professional sound. This event usually coincides with the Fernie Alpine Resort Ski Team’s ski swap (held during the same day) and is a great place to pick up excellent used gear for a good cause.

-Christa Moffat

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