The Arts Station is the hub of Fernie’s cultural scene, featuring a foyer art gallery, 100-seat theatre, craft, painting, and pottery studios, and workshop/meeting spaces.
In response to the COVID-19 situation, The Arts Station building is closed to the public until further notice, however, the organisation is still operating and you will find lots of opportunities via the Arts Station website to engage in the Fernie arts.
The Arts Station is the centre for arts in Fernie hosting concerts, art exhibitions, dramatic performances, and workshops. Rental space is available for the community and visiting performers, and the station is also home to a diverse and vibrant community of fine artists.
Stroll along the platform or enjoy a bite in The Blue Toque Diner, an independent restaurant, offering Canadian comfort food five days a week.
Visit the website for current information, program registration and to see what's on.
HISTORY OF THE ARTS STATION:
The former Canadian Pacific Railway Station was built around 1908, after Fernie’s second fire. When railways ruled the world of transportation and communication, it was the center of intense activity. The dilapidated building was gifted to the city of Fernie by CPR, and thanks to an overwhelming volunteer force, in 1986 it was moved a few meters from its original site, renovated, repainted and refurbished, as the new home for the arts in Fernie.
The original lobby is a gallery, the ticket office is a restaurant, the baggage room is a 100-seat theatre, the upstairs apartment is a multi-purpose workshop, meeting room and craft studio. The Arts Station is the home of Fernie & District Arts Council.
See inside the Arts Station on Google Tour: