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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Industries: mining, logging
1009 metres (3310 ft.)
Fernie is serviced by commercial bus lines. Highway 3 is well
maintained, major highway going east to Alberta or west to Cranbrook.
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
- Powder 8 Competition
- Powder-Pedal-Paddle Race
- Spring Ski Festival
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.
Fernie Visitor Info Centre
Hwy. 3 and Dicken Rd., Fernie, BC V0B 1M0
Telephone: (250) 423-6868