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Fernie Welcomes Visitors & COVID-19 Local Updates

Friday • July 3, 2020

Explore Fernie...Now. Fernie welcomes visitors including out-of-province visitors, but safely.

BC has been successful in flattening the curve, let's ensure we keep it that way. The BC Government announced the start of Phase 3 as of 2:00pm June 24th, this includes allowing inter-provincial travel. BUT, we must all travel SMART and be respectful of local safety and business procedures.  Tips on planning your visit to Fernie, BC this summer. See full and current list of what's open below.

While in town drop by the Visitor Centre on Hwy 3 on the east side of town open daily over summer from 9am-5pm.

Fernie businesses have already reopened with provincial level guidelines in place to ensure the health and safety of their staff and customers. Activity operators such as Fernie Alpine Resort, Island Lake Lodge, local rafting, golfing and fishing guide companies are already open. Experiencing the outdoors is a positive and supported activity for well-being as a whole and supports physical distancing (2 metres) requirements.

Please expect and respect the new safe ways of experiencing Fernie this summer.  We all love to travel and explore, and tourism is a very important industry for our community, so please feel free to contact us in your trip planning.  Our website is continually being updated as information is updated on each business and how they are operating, but please reach out to them directly.

CURRENT LIST of local businesses that are open, closed or have adjusted hours and online/pick-up purchase options - as of 11:30am, July 3rd. Have a local update to this list? Email: or call 1-250-423-6868.

Shop local additional links:  The Fernie Collective |  Downtown Fernie Missing Fernie? Bring Fernie to your Home

BC's Dr Bonnie Henry's 8 Key Principles Going Forward

TRAILS & Parks: All trail users must adhere to the trail guidelines found here.

  • Mt Fernie Provincial Park is open for day-use and camping, however the BC Parks system is giving preference to BC residents this season. More details.
  • Ridgemont Trail Network is open, please read these details from Parastone Developments on what Ridgemont trails are open specifically.
  • Local City owned parks and trails in Fernie are open. This includes the skateboard park, dirt jump park, Rotary Park Playground, fields and disc golf course. Dogs must be on a leash on City trails even in off-leash areas, except the off-leash area on 13th Street. Public washrooms are now open.
  • Other trails such as Montane, Mt Proctor etc are open.
  • Visit Trailforks for on-going trail updates and closures.

Camping, ORV use restricted in Koocanusa Area 30 minutes west of Fernie - spring & summer

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre located on Hwy 3 on the east side of town is currently open. They can also be reached at 1-778-519-0748 or message us by email or messenger.

BC COVID-19 Tracker

Local Business Information & Support - Updates from the Fernie Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Government Support for Individuals & Businesses

BC Government Support for Individuals & Businesses

Elk Valley COVID Support Team

Update from the Elk Valley Doctors

CDC's instructions on making DIY face coverings

About the Coronavirus.

Self-Assessment Tool

What is Social Distancing

To ensure the stop of spreading any cold, flu or viruses, including COVID-19: Wash your hands regularly, stay home or away from others when not feeling well, if feeling unwell call 1-833-784-4397 or see a doctor, cover your mouth and nose when you cough/sneeze, don't touch your face with uncleaned hands.

Below are links to more details that are being updated at least daily.

National News CBC

BC Centre for Disease Control

HealthLink BC

Government of Canada Public Health

Additional Local/Regional Information Sources:

City of Fernie

Fernie Fresh Food Share

Salvation Army Fernie - Facebook Page

Regional District of East Kootenay

Interior BC Health Authority

Regional News Source E-Know


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