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Best spots for al fresco dining in Fernie, BC

Dining al-fresco, or 'in open air', a term coined by the Italians, but undoubtedly enjoyed by everybody when the summer months hit our mountain town.

When the sun is out, what better way to break up the day of outdoor adventures, or city exploration than dining on one of the fabulous patios surrounded by Rocky Mountain views.

Check out our list of favourite spots for outdoor dining in Fernie, BC.

Bear Lodge Bistro at Island Lake Lodge

Island Lake Lodge is tucked away in the Cedar Valley a short drive from Fernie, yet the panoramic mountain vistas from the deck will make you feel miles away from anywhere. Enjoy a light snack, cold beverage and take in the valley views to reward your day of adventureing.

Fernie Brewing Company

This one is for all the beer lovers out there! The Fernie Brewing Company patio and tasting room is a short cycle or walk from town, and is home to a whole host of flavours and award-winning brews. 

Fernie Brewing Company also marks the finish line of the Trails to Ale Challenge for those who like to sweat out the calories before reaping the reward. Otherwise, if the thought of the 50km biking/running challenge sounds too much, we'd recommend going for the Cheers to Charity Flights where you can sample four FBC flavours guilt-free with all profits going to a local charity.

The Loaf

You're never short of choice for great patio seats along Fernie's Historic Downtown 2nd Avenue.

The Loaf began as a bakery providing freshly baked bread made from by hand from scratch using all-natural ingredients. It maintains that same philosophy with their Italian-influenced lunch and dinner menu.

The Brickhouse

The chic décor and trendy environment offer the taste of an urban setting in a mountain town. The Brickhouse offers a spin of pub favourites with a twist delivering local homemade cuisine all made with love.


Step into Nevados restaurant for a taste of Latin America. Their secluded patio is shaded from the summer head, and a perfect spot to try their specialty tapas, tacos, and tequila.

Himalayan Spice Bistro

As you walk by, you'll sense the fragrant aromas emanating from Himalayan Spice Bistro drawing to its doors. Their South Asian cuisine is created with the utmost love and attention to authentic flavours.

The Fernie Pub & Hotel

The Fernie Hotel & Pub has welcomed thirsty patrons since Fernie's early beginnings at the start of the 20th century.

Pub classics, seafood specials, and local craft ale all on offer at this historic venue.

The Rusty Edge

Find the Rusty Edge near the bottom of the Elk Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. End you day of hiking or biking by enjoying a cold brew on the patio or refueling with one of the menu highlights.

We recommened the Crunchy Fresh Salads, Rusty's Burger, BBQ Brats. There're also great eats options for kids.

Legends Mountain Eatery

Find Legends on the main plaza at Fernie Alpine Resort. It's popular throughout the summer with bikers and hikers stopping in looking for refreshments and a bite to eat.

Legends Mountain Eatery provides a relaxed atmosphere, with reasonable prices and generous portions. Families welcome!

Fernie Distillers

The Fernie Distillers have their craft dialled to perfection. Not only do their in-house created spirits make perfect gifts to take home, they also form the foundation of their exotic cocktail menu put together by their skilled bartenders.

The secluded backyard patio is positioned for maximum evening sun to enjoy their many creations.

The Bridge Bistro

The Bridge Bistro has Fernie's only Riverside Patio. It offers a stylish yet relaxed atmosphere with contemporary decor, friendly service, and great food. This is a great option for your whole family. Featuring rotisserie chicken and mouth-watering steaks.

The Pub at Park Place Lodge

After a big day of mountain biking or fly-fishing, the Pub Bar & Grill is the perfect gathering spot to share a few good laughs over beer & chicken wings.

Tasty Candian Classics include all your pub favourites for lunch and dinner including towering burgers, crisp salads, steak, and the new house special LGBT sandwich - Lettuce, Guacamole, Bacon and Tomato on toasted bread.

Cast Iron Grill Patio at Fernie Golf Club

Cast Iron Grill offers family-friendly homestyle dining with spectacular unobstructed views of the Canadian Rockies. The patio overlooks Fernie Golf Club, and is one of our favourite spots to catch the Ghostrider Shadow up on Mt Hosmer during the warm summer evenings.

Casual to eclectic, Fernie offers a dining experience to suit every taste and budget. Find the full list of dining options in Fernie in our food section.