Last updated January 22, 2023
Breakfast is widely known as the most important meal of the day and in Fernie, we take that old adage seriously.
Before heading out for a day of adventure, fuel up with fresh sustenance for a day on the mountains, trails or river, earning your turns, or snowshoeing through the forests. No matter the season of the year, here are a few of Fernie's options to get you set for whatever the day ahead might hold.
We get it; today food is just a means to an end. You want your fuel and you want it fast. Well, luckily even if that is the case you don’t have to sacrifice flavour and quality for convenience.
Miner's Mud is a mobile cafe open bright and early from 6 AM to 1 PM all year round. They serve organic coffee and fresh baked goods (Gluten-Free options are usually available).
Big Bang Bagels is a Fernie staple serving up the likes of the Big Banger and the Mr. Fernie, both hugely popular breakfast bagel options to sustain you for a day of outdoor fun. Both are loaded with eggs, meats, cheese, and veg, and served on a freshly baked bagel of your choice, veggie options are available too! If you’re in town, we recommend taking the time to savour your bagel in the rustic downtown location. BTW - might as well grab another lunch bagel to go, they pack well!
Mugshots is a popular breakfast place where locals and visitors come together to enjoy tasty coffee and a selection of breakfast options. If you do have a little extra time, make sure to have a seat and enjoy the homely atmosphere.
Freshies Cafe is just around the corner from Mugshots. A pleasant little cafe with spacious outdoor seating in summer, serving excellent coffee and a selection of breakfast sandwiches and fresh baked goods.
The Bridge Bistro, located alongside Highway #3, is perfectly positioned just over the Elk River and en route to many of Fernie adventure locations. So, not only do you get great views while you eat, but it is right on the community walking trail - perfect for a tranquil before—or—after brunch stroll. But before we even start thinking about exercise, let’s talk food: benny’s with house-made hash browns, frittatas, and skillet breakfasts are just some of the tasty fare you’ll be choosing from. Meanwhile, the modern but comfy interior may beckon you to settle in for a Caesar.
If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then what is brunch? Can we just call it a tie? For those who prefer a more leisurely morning, before joining the crack of noon club, The Loaf is the spot for you. Centrally located and serving breakfast & brunch from 10 am. Get cozy with buddies or girlfriends over a delicious meal & maybe even a glass of mimosa.
The Art Station draws a lot of attention to passer-byers with its unique and historical-looking aesthetic. What was once a train station platform filled with mineworkers heading out on shift is now an outdoor dining space for the Blue Toque Gastro Diner. Their east-facing patio has an unobstructed view of Fernie Ridge and gets a good chunk of morning light. This also means you can sip on mimosa in the warm sun whilst spoiling yourself with something from their internationally-inspired breakfast menu.
Craving a classic brunch feast in a homely setting? Pop by The Taphouse, newly renovated sports pub with a cozy atmosphere and 20 TV screens playing the sports you want to watch and hear. Brunch available on weekends only.
For those who consider coffee breakfast, we’re not here to judge; and we suggest a trip to Roof Top Coffee Roasters. The beans are roasted in-house for all their unreal coffee offerings. Situated in the heart of downtown, the modern interior invites you to have a seat and enjoy your morning cup of joe. Do yourself a favour and grab one for now and one for later.
Starbucks and nothin' else, please! For diehard Starbucks fans, Fernie has you covered. A quick stop off the highway and your craving will be met, along with excellent customer service and tasty breakfast snacks to go.
Once you are fueled up for your adventure, all there is left to do is enjoy your day! Share all the highlights with #Ferniestoke.
--Local blogger Liz Craig
And for even more great options, visit our cafes and restaurants listings