Sit back, relax. It's time to watch the world go by.
What are you in the mood for? People watching, french fries and friendly waves or the smooth sounds of nature, a good book and a mountain mojito? Find them here in Fernie, where summer patios are the place to be from dawn till dusk, May to October.
Historic Downtown is casual and laid-back- patios fill 2nd Avenue, offering a friendly place to hang out and enjoy a morning coffee to start your day, a tasty meal or just sit and chat with friends over a local beer or BC wine. Fernie's cafe culture is a mainstay of the summer vibe- passing bikers drape themselves over railings to chat with friends inside. Do your own character analysis in Fernie's historic downtown as you meet, greet and chat with Fernie's local population and visitors from around the globe. Bike racks flank most of the patios- there's no better spot to stop after a day on the trails to grab some liquid refreshment and brag about the day's conquests. Patios are not just for food- they feed the soul.
Fernie's downtown might be a patio-loving foodie's heaven, but there's even more to enjoy as you explore. At Island Lake Lodge, the art of patio dining has been refined into an attraction all of it's own. You'll pinch yourself when you see how affordable the lunch menu is- and with a food philosophy embracing wild, foraged and local produce prepared with skill and care and served up under spectacular views, the Lodge could easily charge double for their delicious creations. Fresh and tasty options like the grilled salmon tacos range from $13-$19 and are available on the Bear Patio from 11am-5pm. For dinner, the patio at the Tamarack Dining Room has the most incredible view of the Three Bears Peaks, and on Wednesdays they offer a Wine Tasting Menu for $89 per person. This is a peaceful and inviting spot you'll want to savour.
Not to be outdone, Fernie Alpine Resort has some great options to tempt you off the trails. Take the chairlift to Lost Boys Cafe on weekends or holiday Mondays, and gaze down at the views of the valley far below from the wraparound patio. Grab a fresh panini to fuel up with before hitting the trails to take in the 360º views from the ridge. Back at the base, Kelsey's patio is the perfect place to enjoy a jug of ice cold beer and a platter of hot and tasty appies with friends after a day in the bike park.
Bridge Bistro and The Tandoor Restaurant & Grill have Fernie's only riverside patios, both popular spots in summer with locals and visitors alike. Fresh and tasty dining options at the Bridge Bistro include the house-made crab cakes or a Korean BBQ steak- a great way to spice up a warm summer evening. At the Tandoor, mouthwateringly authentic Indian Cuisine is on the menu - make sure to try the butter chicken with fresh naan bread. The Pub Bar & Grill has the best view of Mount Fernie and the Three Sisters along with the best wings in town and jugs of Fernie Brewing Company's best brews.
For me, it's the patio at Yamagoya, where the servers bring a non-stop selection of the freshest sushi, sashimi and exquisitely authentic fare. Japanese lanterns gently sway in the breeze, and the Lizard Range plays host to another glowing Rocky Mountain sunset. It's the perfect place to end a perfect day in our little version of patio paradise.
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