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Plan ahead and know before you go. Be safe. Be kind.

Winter season starts next month and we all want winter to be enjoyable. Respect the new provincial health guidelines, read on for details.

As of 4pm MST Thursday, November 19th, the BC Government has implemented new restrictions up until December 7th.

View images of a sample of local businesses with safety top of mind.

Here’s what we’re doing to protect you when you come to Fernie and to ensure a positive experience:

  • All activity operators, accommodators, restaurants, shops, and stores have implemented and posted provincially approved guidelines for safety and cleaning to keep staff and visitors healthy. Ask businesses directly on how they are helping to keep you safe.
  • Mandatory masks in indoor spaces (except when eating or drinking), some exceptions apply.
  • Signage at businesses and around the community will help provide information and guidelines.
  • Ski Well Be Well - Canadian Ski Council Best Practices for Ski Resorts this season. Also, view Fernie Alpine Resort COVID-19 updates
  • Visit our COVID-19 specific web page for regular updates: tourismfernie.com/news/coronavirus-covid-19

Here’s what we’re asking of you to help keep locals and other visitors safe, and to ensure a positive experience for everyone:

Interested in a 'Fernie' branded mask?  $13 each. Contact Us for more details.

Before arriving in Fernie:

  • Know before you go. Visit TourismFernie.com for regular updates, call the Visitor Centre or contact individual businesses for details specific to your trip.
  • Plan to make SMART decisions:
    • S - Stay home or self-quarantine if you are not feeling well
    • M - Measure your physical distancing (6 ft from those outside your family or travelling/household unit). No private parties.
    • A - Appropriate behaviour is essential. Take responsibility for your actions. Wash your hand frequently, cough into your sleeve, wear a mask in public indoor spaces.
    • R - Respect others and protocols. Accept that there are new ways of travelling, doing businesses and participating in activities which are all put in place to keep us ALL safe. Be kind, do not judge and do not discriminate. Adhere to local signage.
    • T - Together we will beat COVID-19 through SMART decisions
  • Book activities in advance. Make reservations for lodging. Call restaurants to confirm availability or take-out options.
  • Bring as much of your own supplies and groceries with you if possible to limit large numbers and line-ups in local small grocery stores, liquor stores etc
  • Fernie is a small community with limited supplies.  We encourage visitors to bring their own personal protective equipment such as hand sanitizer, gloves and masks.
  • If you have been sick in the week prior to travelling or have a cough, flu-like symptoms - reschedule your trip. Our businesses have flexible cancellation policies.

While in Fernie:

  • Please adhere to physical distancing (6 feet) between anyone outside of your family or travelling unit. 
  • Wear a mask in public indoor spaces.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • If you or someone in your travel unit begin to feel unwell stay in your place of lodging, call 811 and follow the directions by the provincial health authorities. You may be required to either return to your place of residence or to be tested locally for COVID-19 which has an approximate turn-around time of 48 hours.
  • Be kind, respectful and have patience with others. Please read and adhere to signage. We are all in this together and our community and businesses are working under specific guidelines and very unique circumstances to ensure your safety while providing a quality experience and product.
  • COVID-19 safety guidelines have reduced the number of customers businesses can cater to at any given time. Many businesses have times when they are busier vs less busy within a given day or day of the week. Consider calling ahead to confirm the best times so you may be serviced more quickly.
  • Contact restaurants and stores to check on current hours and how busy they may be. Most offer take-out, delivery and/or pick-up services.
  • Help keep our first responders safe and hospitals able to handle all needs by playing safe and staying within your limits as you explore and partake in adventures in our amazing area.
  • Keep your dog on leash throughout town, on community trails and in local parks.  There is an off-leash dog park in town off 13th Street just past the Recycle Depot.

Questions? Our website has tons of information to get you started.  For more details contact individual businesses directly or call the Fernie Visitor Centre staff at 1-778-519-0748 or by email at info@tourismfernie.com. When you arrive in town, the staff at the Fernie Visitor Centre, located on Hwy 3 east of town, open Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm, will be available to help answer any of your questions.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your courtesy. We look forward to having you in Fernie!

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