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Fernie is located along Highway 3 in the southeast corner of British Columbia, Canada. MAPS

BY AIR:

Calgary International Airport (YYC)

  • Approximately 300km from Fernie (3.5-hour drive)
  • Direct international flights arrive regularly from around the globe; the primary choice for international travellers.
  • Scheduled airport shuttles depart throughout the winter. All major car rental agencies and charter bus services available.

Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC)

  • Located near Cranbrook/Kimberley, BC. 115km (approx 70 minutes drive) from Fernie.
  • Daily scheduled flights arrive from Calgary and Vancouver with other regular flights from around BC.
  • Charter shuttle and rental car services are available. 
  • Airlines flying in and out of Cranbrook YXC include Air Canada, Pacific Coastal and Westjet

Glacier Park International Airport (FCA)

  • Located in Kalispell, Montana in the United States, a great option for US travellers.
  • Kalispell is only a two-hour drive to the south of Fernie, across the USA Roosville Border Crossing - open 24hrs.
  • Daily flights from numerous US cities and airlines.
  • Rental Cars & Charter Shuttle Services are available.

Spokane International Airport in Washington is a 4-hour drive from Fernie providing another option for travellers.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) 

  • Located in western BC, on the coast, with regular international flights from around the globe - a good choice for travellers from Asia/Pacific, with regional flight service to YXC.
  • Approx 11-12 hour drive from Fernie.
  • Flight time from Vancouver to Calgary or Cranbrook is approximately 1.5 hours.

Airfare, winter airport shuttles and car rentals can be booked with your lodging and activities by calling Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Agents at 1-800-258-7669 within North America, or by calling 1-403-209-3305 from other international locations.

For information on Canada Border Services & for travellers not from Canada please visit www.cbsa.gc.ca.

BY BUS/AIRPORT SHUTTLE PROVIDERS:

Scheduled Winter Ski Shuttles from YYC Calgary Airport:

As of October 2018, Greyhound no longer stops in Fernie and Fernie is not currently on any long-distance bus service routes.

BY CAR:

Fernie is situated on Highway 3 (Crowsnest Pass Highway) that travels east to west from Alberta to BC. Highway 3 is the easiest and safest of all the highways going through the Rocky Mountains. However, always check and ask about driving conditions during the height of the winter season between November to March. The drive along Hwy 3 is beautiful and if you are coming from Calgary, consider including Hwy 22 south to Hwy 3 for an added scenic route.

Using Hwy 3, Fernie is only a 30-minute drive from the Alberta border and an approximate 40-minute drive from the USA border. See driving distance chart below.

For road conditions visit www.drivebc.ca

CAR RENTAL PROVIDERS:

Calgary International Airport (YYC)

  • The Rental Car Centre is located on the Departures Level across the roadway from the Domestic Terminal. It can also be accessed by the elevator lobby across the Arrivals Roadway.

Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC)

Glacier Park Internationa Airport (FCA)

  • AvisBudgetHertz, and National have office locations next to the baggage claim area in the terminal of Glacier Park International Airport.

There are no car rental agencies located in Fernie. 

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING

Fernie has two free charging points:

  • City of Fernie/Fernie City Hall 
    501 3rd Ave
    Sun Country CS-90 providing 69A @ 229V
    Open 24hrs/Free Parking
  • Red Apple
    1102 6th Ave (Hwy #3)
    Nema 14-50 240V
    Open 24hrs/Free Parking (sign says 1 hour - ask management if you need longer)
  • Fernie RV Resort
    2001 6th Ave 
    Overnight RV Park - charges apply: 80 x Nema 14-50 & 4 x Wall Sockets

The next nearest locations to Fernie are:

  • To the East, along Hwy #3 SPARWOOD - 2 Locations:
  • Sparwood Chamber of Commerce
    141 Aspen Drive, Sparwood, BC
    1 x FLO Station J1772 - Level 2 Charging Station
  • Centennial Square
    Downtown Sparwood, BC
    2 x FLO Stations: CHAdeMO & CCS/SAE
  • To the East, along Hwy #3: Lost Lemon Campground
    1905-1913 111th St, Coleman, Alberta
    4 NEMA 14-50 PAY PARKING Stalls

  • To the West, along Hwy #3: Jaffray Pump & Pantry
    1950 Hwy #3, Jaffray, BC 
    Free Parking - FLO Station: 1 CCS/SAE plug-in, 1 CHAdeMO plug-in

FINDING A RIDE:

If you are travelling solo or on a low budget you may be able to find someone who can give you a ride for free or for the price of gas. Best way to connect with them is to post a notice on fernierideboard.com or Fernie Ride Share on Facebook. Use at your own risk.

 

GETTING AROUND FERNIE:

LOCAL SKI SHUTTLE - between Town/Hotels and Fernie Alpine Resort:

The local #FernieStoke Ski Shuttle operates in the winter during the day and with limited evening service between Fernie Alpine Resort and the town of Fernie for the season. Cost is $4 per rider each way.

Approximate Driving Times in good conditions:

  • Cranbrook, BC - 1 hr
  • Kimberley, BC - 1.25 hrs
  • Whitefish/Kalispell, Montana - 2 hrs
  • Calgary, Alberta - 3 hrs
  • Spokane, Washington - 4.5 hrs
  • Banff/Lake Louise, Alberta - 4.5 hrs
  • Edmonton, Alberta - 6.5 hrs
  • Seattle, Washington - 9 hrs
  • Vancouver, BC - 11.5 hrs


Closest Major Airports:

  • 1 hour 15 min drive from the Canadian Rockies International Airport (Cranbrook, British Columbia)
  • 3.5-hour drive from the Calgary International Airport (Calgary, Alberta)
  • 2-hour drive from the Glacier Park International Airport (Kalispell, Montana)
  • 4-hour drive from the Spokane International Airport (Spokane, Washington)
  • 11-hour drive from Vancouver International Airport (Vancouver, BC)
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  • Fernie Facts & Info
    • Fernie is a 3 hour drive south-west from Calgary, Alberta
    • During the ski season there are scheduled shuttles from YYC Calgary Airport and charter services from YXC Cranbrook Airport
    • Fernie is a 30 minute drive from the Alberta border and a 40 minute drive from the USA border
    • Fernie is a 2 hour drive north of Kalispell, Montana