Downtown Fernie
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Paddleboarding on Island Lake (Dave Heath photo)

Paddleboarding on Island Lake (Dave Heath photo)

In a lush valley of ancient cottonwoods and giant Western red cedars, the historic and charming city of Fernie (pop: 4,892) beckons visitors to climb a little higher, stay a little longer, and relax a little more.

The heritage of over 100 years of coal mining is celebrated here alongside an active and creative arts community. Outdoor recreation is a way of life all year round with a network of trails rising from the banks of the beautiful Elk River into the upper alpine.

People come here for the powder – an average winter will dump almost 9m/29ft of the stuff on Fernie Alpine Resort. As the warmer months approach, Fernie comes alive with flower-trimmed downtown patios and guided and self-powered adventures and new possibilities are revealed. These include fly-fishing, hiking, river rafting and mountain biking

The historic downtown core is a charming, tree-trimmed boulevard of rose-gold brick and stone buildings, home to artists and artisans, cultural attractions, inviting coffee shops and independent boutiques and outdoor gear retailers.

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