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Fernie is located in the Elk Valley of the East Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. Completely surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Fernie is a small, historic mountain town with modern-day lifestyle and adventures.

Cool, small-town charm: Fernie’s funky main street with its turn-of-the-century brick buildings framed by postcard-perfect mountains provides this rugged and unpolished little town with a unique charm.

Mountain culture: From the pick-up trucks and mountain bikes that travel its streets, to the ski bums and guide shops that line them, Fernie’s distinct mountain culture is evident at almost every turn.

Stunning scenery: Fernie is a magnificent outdoor setting from which to experience the beauty and majesty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Authentic and real: Fernie is a casual, comfortable, and laid-back place where a local community still thrives. A community first, destination second, Fernie is not a packaged experience for the mass-market tourist.

Adventurous and outdoorsy: Fernie is a place where adventure-seekers, mountain enthusiasts and outdoor lovers of all kinds come to experience the stunning natural surroundings and range of fresh-air activities.

Down-to-earth: Fernie’s residents are humble, honest, natural and welcoming, with a resiliency that stems from their hard-working roots.

Enduring history: Fernie has a rich history that is alive and thriving to this day.

Community-minded: Fernie’s people work together for the betterment of their town, its residents and its visitors. They take pride in their community and welcome visitors who share their values.

More Fernie Facts:

  • Founded in 1898, incorporated as a 'City' in July, 1904. Read more about Fernie's History.
  • Coal mining and forestry industries settled and built Fernie
  • Year-round population: 5,249 (almost doubles during ski season)
  • Town elevation: 1,010 metres (3,314 ft)
  • Longitude: 115'03'43"W  Latitude: 49'30'29"N. View maps of Fernie.
  • Fernie climate has of four distinct seasons and enjoys temperate mountain weather
  • Fernie is famous as a powder town with over 30 feet of snow annually during the winter season (Nov-Apr). Fernie is a world-class ski & snowboard destination.
  • Local prominent mountain ranges and peaks include Lizard Range, Three Bears, Mt. Fernie, Three Sisters, Mt. Procter, Mt. Hosmer, Castle Mountain and Morrissey Ridge.
  • The Three Sisters mountains (a.k.a. Mt. Trinity) are not to be confused with those of the same name in Banff, Alberta. Fernie's Three Sisters are named for a First Nations' legend.
  • Mt. Hosmer is home to the Ghostrider shadow, which comes from a great Fernie legend. The Ghostrider shadow only appears in late afternoon/early evening during the spring, summer and fall.
  • Fernie's time zone is Mountain Standard Time (UTC-7), summer (UTC-6) for MDT
  • Closest communities to Fernie are Sparwood (30km) and Elkford (65km) to the north, and Cranbrook (96km) to the west
  • Fernie is located 70km / 43 miles west from the Alberta border and 68km / 42 miles north of the United States border
  • Distance from Vancouver 941 km / 585 miles
  • Fernie lies on the banks of the Elk River, a 220km / 137 mile river originating from the Elk Lakes near the Continental Divide in the Rockies. The river is well known for fly fishing, rafting and other river sports.
  • Explorer David Thompson travelled along the Elk River in 1811 and called it the Stag River. The river was labeled Elk River on John Palliser's 1857-1858 map
  • The Elk Valley is home to five large open-pit coal mines owned and operated by Teck Coal Ltd. The closest one to Fernie is located near Sparwood.

External Fernie Fact Links:   Wikipedia    Community Statistics    City of Fernie website


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    • Rolling Stone magazine named Fernie 'Coolest Town in North America' in 2000
    • Fernie Alpine Resort was named 'MJ Approved' by Men's Journal in 2013
    • Included within the 'World's 25 Best Ski Towns' by National Geographic in 2012
    • Island Lake Lodge: Stay List 2010 National Geographic Traveler Magazine "One of the most unique and authentic places to stay in Canada."