Sit back, relax. It's time to watch the world go by.
What are you in the mood for? People watching, french fries, and friendly waves, or the smooth sounds of nature, a good book, and a mountain mojito? Find them here in Fernie, where summer patios are the place to be from dawn till dusk, May to October.
Historic Downtown is casual and laid-back. Patios line 2nd Avenue, offering a friendly place to hang out and enjoy a morning coffee to start your day, a tasty meal, or a space to just sit and chat with friends over a local beer or BC wine.
Fernie's cafe culture is a mainstay of the summer vibe where passing bikers drape themselves over railings to chat with friends inside. Do your own character analysis in Fernie's historic downtown as you meet, greet, and chat with Fernie's local population and visitors from around the globe. Bike racks flank most of the patios; there's no better spot to stop after a day on the trails to grab some liquid refreshment and brag about the day's conquests. Patios are not just for food — they feed the soul.
Fernie's downtown might be a patio-loving foodie's heaven, but there are even more to enjoy as you explore:
At Island Lake Lodge, the art of patio dining has been refined into an attraction all of its own. You'll pinch yourself when you see how affordable the lunch menu is, and with a food philosophy embracing wild, foraged, and local produce prepared with skill and care and served up under spectacular views, the Lodge could easily charge double for their delicious creations. Fresh and tasty options like the grilled salmon tacos range from $13-$19 and are available on the Bear Patio from 11am-5pm. For dinner, the patio at the Tamarack Dining Room has the most incredible view of the Three Bears Peaks, and on Wednesdays, a Wine Tasting Menu is available for $99 per person. This is a peaceful and inviting spot you'll want to savour.
Not to be outdone, Fernie Alpine Resort has some great options to tempt you off the trails. Take the chairlift to Lost Boys Cafe on weekends or holiday Mondays, and gaze down at the views of the valley far below from the wraparound patio. Grab a fresh panini to fuel up with before hitting the trails to take in the 360º views from the ridge. Back at the base, Kelsey's patio is the perfect place to enjoy a jug of ice cold beer and a platter of hot and tasty appies with friends after a day in the bike park.
Also at the resort, the large pool patio at Cirque at Lizard Creek Lodge is the perfect spot for an apres-hike cocktail or two after cooling off in the amazing Ice Bar. The large patio at The Rusty Edge has a funky, fun vibe and is great for groups and families.
Bridge Bistro and The Tandoor Restaurant & Grill have Fernie's only riverside patios, both popular spots in summer with locals and visitors alike. Fresh and tasty dining options at the Bridge Bistro include the house-made crab cakes or a Korean BBQ steak, a great way to spice up a warm summer evening. At the Tandoor, mouthwateringly authentic Indian Cuisine is on the menu - make sure to try the butter chicken with fresh naan bread.
For uninterrupted views of Mount Fernie and the Three Sisters, check out the patio at Pub Bar & Grill, with the best wings in town and jugs of Fernie Brewing Company's best brews, or The Clubhouse at Fernie Golf and Country Club where there's nothing to interrupt the tranquility except the occasional call of 'Fore!'.
For me, it's the patio at Yamagoya, where the servers bring a non-stop selection of the freshest sushi, sashimi, and exquisitely authentic fare. Japanese lanterns gently sway in the breeze, and the Lizard Range plays host to another glowing Rocky Mountain sunset. It's the perfect place to end a perfect day in our little version of patio paradise.
Local Destination Expert