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  • Summer Historical Walking Tours
  • Saturday • July 22, 2017
  • 1:00 pm
  • In Town

Explore the Elk Valley's incredible history of mining and development.

The history of the Elk Valley is riddled with the cycle of boom and bust. Hosmer and Morrissey enjoyed a brief heyday before the mines were closed prior to World War I.  Coal Creek and Michel-Natal were the economic engines of the Elk Valley before the mines there too closed following World War 2.

Local historians will host each tour, providing insights and stories that will bring these coal mines and towns back to life.  

Tickets are $30, which include admission to the Fernie Museum and light refreshments on the tour.  Tickets are available online on the Museum's website or at the Fernie Museum.    

The tour will take place in all weather conditions. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking outside on slightly uneven ground. A weatherproof warm jacket and an umbrella are encouraged.

Summer 2017 Exploring the Ruins schedule, All tours depart from the Fernie Museum at 1pm:

  • Saturday, July 8: Coal Creek townsite, July 8, 4 hours
  • Saturday, July 22: Michel-Natal townsite, 4 hours;
    •  includes a stop at the Sparwood Museum.  Presented by the Michel Natal Sparwood Heritage Society.
  • Saturday, August 5: Morrissey mine and Carbonado/Morrissey townsites, 3.5 hours
  • Saturday August 19: Hosmer townsite and mine ruins, 3.5 hours;
    • includes a stop at the Hosmer Hall to review the Hosmer: Boom, Bust and War exhibit.
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  • The Fernie Museum, 491 2nd Ave, Historic Downtown Fernie