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Fernie BC's Accommodations, Tours, Dining and Weather

The beautiful Elk Valley is the "Gateway" to southeast British Columbia and at its heart is the most vital part - the mountain community of Fernie, B.C. A community long steeped in a history rich in Indian legends and coal mining, Fernie has found new growth and vitality through tourism and by virtue of the spectacular location and surroundings. Fernie's spectacular mountain setting, nestled in the majestic Canadian Rockies, could remind you of Banff, Alberta, long before commercial development (though this is rapidly changing). The popular tour ski resort town offers a unique opportunity for both the visitor and those interested in relocating - untouched natural beauty offering year round adventures with a legacy of heritage buildings that lend character and quaintness to the town.

Fernie's economy has always been tied closely to the resource extraction industries, particularly mining. Although, there are no mines located right at Fernie, it serves as a bedroom community to the coal mines in the area with about half of the population associated with mining. The remaining business base is in visitor services (accommodators, restaurants, etc.), community services (financial, legal, government services, health services, repair services, entertainment, etc), retail services, and construction trades. Over the past few decades the tourism industry has grown steadily providing many amenities to locals and visitors. As a result, the city certainly doesn't fit the traditional "mining community" perception. Fernie accomodations.

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The growth on the tourism front is currently very rapid. In May of 1997 the ski area (Fernie Snow Valley) was sold to the Lake Louise Group (now Fernie Alpine Resort). Over the past few years Fernie has seen an acceleration in the development of new subdivisions in town and on the ski hill, and if all developers are able to see their plans fully completed Fernie alone will gain around 2,000 new housing units. These numbers don't take into account infill and reconstruction in the existing subdivisions, or development at the ski area. To put things in perspective, Fernie currently has about 2500 housing units. In addition to the residential construction Fernie is also experiencing a significant amount of commercial activity. A number of buildings are undergoing extensive renovations to restore the heritage component of the structures and there are large increases in the numbers and types of businesses starting up in Fernie.

Winter is a bustling time in Fernie as visitors flock to Fernie Alpine Resort to experience some of the best natural powder in North America. Though still relatively unheralded on the international stage, the resort is immensely popular tour with skiers and snowboarders that are 'in-the-know'. With over 29 feet of average snowfall, a vertical drop of 2,811 feet, and 107 trails across 5 alpine bowls on more than 2,500 acres of skiable terrain, Fernie Alpine Resort easily rivals the best ski resorts in Canada. New on-hill accommodation makes for one of the Canadian Rockies' premier ski-in, ski-out vacations. Sleigh rides, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skating, and ice fishing are just a few of the other activities available in winter.

Summer in Fernie is considerably more subdued than the Rocky Mountain National Park towns like Banff and Jasper. popular tour summer activities include hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, rafting, horseback riding, ATV tours and Kids Camps. Fernie's network of river systems can take rafters and kayakers from wet and wild whitewater to a more relaxed meander downriver. River travel offers a fantastic way to check out Fernie's wildlife and best biodiversity. Fernie's hikes offer something for everyone - from gentle, sheltered forest trails to dramatic mountaintop ridges. The immediate area in and around Fernie hosts a network of well-maintained trails. One of the first things you notice upon arriving in Fernie is the emerald water of the Elk River. The Elk and its many tributaries offer a world-class mecca for fly fisherman and the backcountry offers some great alpine lakes for the float tube enthusiast. Enjoy excellent fishing for a variety of species from Bass to Brook, Rainbows, and Cutthroat Trout.

There is one golf course in Fernie, though it is often overlooked by golfers who prefer the Columbia Valley and Kimberley areas for the greater variety of courses provided. A scenic and affordable par 70 layout, Fernie Golf and Country Club is certainly worthy of consideration for travelers with the golfing itch. Fernie will soon welcome a second world-class 18-hole golf course to the community. The Ghost Rider Golf Resort is set to evolve over the course of several phases and is set to feature a host of five-star amenities including a driving range, hotels, spas, an activity center, restaurants and bars, as well as single, multi-family and high-density housing.

After a hard day at play, Fernie now offers travelers exceptional comforts and amenities for great sleeps and great eats.

From rustic log cabin getaways nestled in the Canadian Rockies to five-star luxury hotels, Fernie has accommodations for every taste and budget. Both in town and on the ski hill, Fernie offers a wide range of bed and breakfasts, condos, chalets, hostels, RV parks, campgrounds, motels, hotels and lodges. While rooms are generally available at a moments notice, the winter season can book out very early so be sure to plan accordingly.

Fernie has quickly become an exceptional dining destination, offering up a mouthwatering variety of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. From family eats to world-class intimate dining, Fernie has progressed into one of the best dining destinations in the BC Rockies. The nightlife in Fernie has also become more vibrant in recent years so be sure to ask a local where the best nightspot is if you're in the mood to party.

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          Fernie's Recommended Sights ,Attractions, Hikes, Activities:

          • Fernie Historical Museum

          • Ski Fernie Alpine Resort

          • Fernie Court House

          • Whitewater rafting on Elk River

          • FIS World Cup in January

          • Golf Fernie Country Club

          • Fernie Arts Station in CPR Railway Station

          • Walk Fernie Loop Trail

          • Island Lake Lodge

          • Horse drawn sleigh ride around town

          • Fernie Alpine Resort

          • Heritage Walking Tour

          • Fly Fishing in Elk River

          • Mountain Bike at Fernie Alpine Resort

          • Hike Mt Proctor, Fairy Creek Falls

          • Cat-skiing / Snowboarding
          Additional Resources about the Fernie, BC area:

            Parks Canada - Waterton National Park
            Akamina - Kishinena Provincial Park
            Fernie Chamber of Commerce
            Town of Fernie Official Website

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