Take a stroll with the Fernie Museum's interpretive guides this summer and discover tales of conflict, courage and criminal behaviour.
Duration: Approx 1 - 1.5 hours
Schedule: Every Saturday and Sunday from July 9th to August 28th.
Tickets: $10; includes Museum & Gallery admission.
Reservations: Reservations are not required (but are welcome) for 11am & 3pm tours. **1pm tours must be prebooked - call or email to book by 4pm on the day prior.**
Tours follow paved footpaths. Please come prepared for changing weather conditions - sunscreen, sunglasses, rain jacket, umbrella, bug spray & water are recommended.
11AM: THE GREAT FIRE
On August 1st, 1908, a wildfire swept through Fernie, razing the town in just 90 minutes and causing over $5 million in property damage. The resulting building ordinances created the town we enjoy today.
1PM: FERNIE AT WAR - By advance reservation only; call or email to book
Far from the front, Fernie was still devastated by the impact of WWI. Many young men signed up and never returned, while local internment separated families and turned hardworking immigrant miners into convicts.
When prohibition hit Canada, local entrepreneurs did a roaring trade transporting whiskey and other goods between Fernie and the Crowsnest Pass. Events came to a head on September 21, 1922 with a car chase followed by a violent shoot-out which led to a tragic end for Fernie’s bottle king and his young assistant.