Fernie, British Columbia

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Fernie Part of the BC Adventure Network. Over a million web site visitors annually !

Named after William Fernie, who was instrumental in developing the area's coal mines, the community grew up along the new railway in the broad, sheltered Elk Valley.

Legend has it that William Fernie jilted the daughter of the Indian Chief. The Chief than hexed the town and everything in it. Since that time, the residents have endured a major mine explosion, fires and floods. In 1964, Chief Red Eagle of the Tabacco Plains Band lifted the curse on Fernie.

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Population: 5,044

Main Industries: mining, logging

Elevation: 1009 metres (3310 ft.)

Access: Fernie is serviced by commercial bus lines. Highway 3 is well maintained, major highway going east to Alberta or west to Cranbrook.

Recreation Facilities & Activities: hiking, mountain biking, trail riding, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, downhill & cross-country skiing, golf course.

Local Attractions: Fernie's Snow Valley Resort, Historic Walking Tour, Fernie's Golf and Country Club, Historic Oil Derrick and Drilling Equipment, Fernie & District Historical Museum, Ghost Rider

January - Powder 8 Competition

April - Powder-Pedal-Paddle Race

May - Spring Ski Festival

Accommodations: Fernie offers a variety of hotels & motels in town. In the surrounding area, there are a number of condominiums, ski lodges, hotels, and RV parks near the ski hill. Also a provincial park is located west of town.

For Information:
Fernie Visitor Info Centre
Hwy. 3 and Dicken Rd., Fernie, BC V0B 1M0
Telephone: (250) 423-6868



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