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  • Flying to Fernie over the Rockies

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

ARRIVING BY AIR:

Calgary International Airport (YYC) is approximately 300km from Fernie with direct international flights from around the globe and is the primary choice for international travellers from Eastern Canada, the US and Europe. Scheduled airport shuttles depart throughout the winter to take you quickly and comfortably to your lodging in Fernie.

The Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) near Cranbrook, BC is just 115km (approx 1 hr 20 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. 

Another close option lies in Kalispell, Montana in the United States. Kalispell is only a two hour drive to the south of Fernie, across the USA border (Roosville Border Crossing - open 24hrs). The Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) in Kalispell receives daily flights from numerous US cities and airlines. Rental Cars & Charter Shuttle Services are available.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) recieves international flights from around the globe. Connecting flights to Cranbrook and Calgary are available throughout the day. Flight time from Vancouver to Calgary or Cranbrook is approximately 1.5 hours. See below for drive times.

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 travelers not from Canada please visit www.cbsa.gc.ca.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE PROVIDERS:

Scheduled Winter Ski Shuttles from YYC Calgary Airport:

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 of 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.

View area regional road map.

For road conditions visit www.drivebc.ca

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

A local 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.

Finding a Ride:

If you are traveling 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 Elk Valley Garage Sale on Facebook. Fernie is also serviced by Greyhound Buslines, servicing all cities in North America.

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