Tuesday • June 28, 2011
Nestled in the Canadian Rocky Mountains lies a mountain town growing in reputation not only for its skiing and snowboarding but its lifestyle, inspiring beauty, history and varied activities and festivals in summer.
The picturesque small community of Fernie, BC is completely encircled by the Rockies providing a backdrop of pure beauty, a story of adventure and perseverance and a playground of vast proportions. Founded in 1898 for the area’s coal and forestry resources, Fernie has become a unique travel destination. It is a melting pot of history, legends, mountain adventure, community spirit, cultural diversity, tourism and mining with a customary railway presence that adds a element of romance and nostalgia.
Fernie is complete with turn of the century buildings rebuilt from the ground twice after devastating forest fires in the early 1900’s; events deeply felt to have been due to the town’s old curse. A visit to Fernie isn’t complete without a tour of the Fernie Museum and historic downtown, which enlightens visitors with a sense of wonder and amazement amplified by the passion and humility of the residents.
From the pick-up trucks and mountain bikes that travel its streets, to the ski bums and guide shops that line them, Fernie’s distinct mountain culture is evident at every turn. Resident’s love for the mountains and the outdoors helped discover and build the wealth of recreational opportunities now available from world renowned skiing, catskiing and fly-fishing to exceptional mountain biking, snowmobiling, hiking, whitewater rafting and golfing.
For travelers most interested in culture, festivals and events, Fernie offers an endless catalog representing arts, sporting, community spirit, music, nature, markets and much more. This summer celebrate the art of writing at the Fernie Writers’ Conference, test strength and endurance by participating in the Furious 3, TransRockies, Porky Blue or Heiko’s Hellish Half, or relax and enjoy the Summer Downtown Socials, local art exhibits, theatre and concert productions, Mountain Market or the new Wapiti Music Festival.
Fernie attracts a diversity of travelers year-round. Families love Fernie for its ability to please the kids and the high level of quality time. Couples enjoy the romance of sharing unique experiences amongst spectacular scenery and luxury accommodations and dining. Gentleman can escape to the trails, rivers and fairways. The ladies can immerse themselves in nature, high-adrenalin activities, strolling downtown’s unique shopping and dining establishments or spending the day at one of the many exceptional spas.
Why is this place different? Unlike many destinations, you don’t feel like you’re part of a packaged experience – you take the day at your pace and do what you want to do. Here, you’re on Fernie time.