A Summer Visit to Fernie | British Columbia, Canada

Summer in Fernie is a hazy mix of relaxed patio days, breathtaking hikes and cultural curiosities. Explore 140 years of history in one of the Kootenay Rockies' most charming and energetic little towns.

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Fernie Museum | Fernie, British Columbia
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Fernie Museum | Fernie, British Columbia
Museum, Theatre, Interpretive Centre | Museum
Start at the Fernie Museum, located in the restored 1908 Home Bank building in the heart of Historic Downtown. Local information and interpretive historical displays on the ground floor, and an upstairs gallery with regular temporary exhibits. Historical walking tours are offered every weekend in July & August.

At the center of historic downtown the Fernie Museum and Visitor Information Center makes its home in the 1908 Home Bank building. For visitors and locals alike the Museum is the best source to learn about Fernie’s rich and dramatic history as…

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Polar Peek Books | Fernie, British Columbia
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Polar Peek Books | Fernie, British Columbia
Local Point of Interest | Unique Shopping
A delightful independent bookstore packed with local resource books, holiday reading and titles by local authors. Cards, stationery and lots of thoughtful toys and gifts.

Polar Peek Books, in historic downtown Fernie, is an incredible independent bookstore with a vast selection of Rocky Mountain titles and a quality vibrant section for pre-readers. With friendly staff and cozy atmosphere you will have a hard time…

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The Brick House
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The Brick House
Food or Drink | Restaurant
Historic Downtown Fernie is packed with unique eateries. Inside or outside on the patio at this restored former bank, the atmosphere is relaxed and the food and drinks are fresh and tasty. Drop by for a casual lunch or dinner any time. Live music every Thursday evening.

The Brick House Bar & Grill is a newer addition to Fernie's downtown nightlife and culinary experiences. This restaurant and lounge is housed in the historical 1909 Imperial Bank of Canada building. The bank operated in Fernie until 1963 after…

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Fernie C.P.R. Station | Fernie, British Columbia
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Fernie C.P.R. Station | Fernie, British Columbia
Museum, Theatre, Interpretive Centre | Visitor or Interpretive Centre
The former CPR Station is a unique Van Dyke heritage building in the centre of Fernie, now repurposed as the heart of arts & culture. Inside, you'll find a restaurant and a small gallery with monthly exhibits. Various workshops are offered throughout the year.

Authentically preserved mountain-style railway station now a community centre for the arts and live entertainment.

Built in 1908, the former C.P.R. station is the last survivor of a type designed specifically for the Crowsnest Route.…

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Island Lake Lodge | Fernie, British Columbia
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Island Lake Lodge | Fernie, British Columbia
Accommodation | Lodge or Resort
The sublime setting of Island Lake Lodge makes this a bucket list destination. As you arrive through the majestic old-growth Cedar forest, you are greeted by towering snow-clad peaks and glimpses of mountain meadows. Whether hiking, relaxing on the lake or enjoying the gourmet cuisine or spa facilities, this is a must-visit on any Fernie itinerary.

Visit an uncut remnant of an ancient interior rain forest in Cedar Valley. Old-growth western red cedar trees were spared by logging company executives who preferred a wilderness setting for their retreat at Island Lake Lodge. Now a resort,…

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Day 2

Elk River | British Columbia, Canada
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Elk River | British Columbia, Canada
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall
Explore the ribbon of blue that cuts through the Elk Valley. The cool, clear water flows from Elk Lakes high above Elkford and traverses 220km before finally spilling into Lake Koocanusa. In Fernie, the gentle flow is perfect for fly fishing, float trips, adventure paddle boarding and gentle riverside walks. White water trips are offered by Fernie operators on the Grade II-IV rapids below the Elko Dam, SW of Fernie.

The Elk River meanders through the Elk Valley of the Kootenay Rockies before meeting Lake Koocanusa, on the Montana and British Columbia border. This mighty freestone river is fed by the ancient Petain Glacier, nestled on the British Columbia and…

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Wapiti Music Festival | Fernie, British Columbia
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Wapiti Music Festival | Fernie, British Columbia
Festival or Event | Live Music or Theatre Event
On August 10-11 in Annex Park, the foot-stomping sound of fresh Canadian Indie will ring out at the annual Wapiti Music Festival. This event is a firm favourite on the Fernie Cultural Calendar and the central location makes it an easy addition to any itinerary.

Wapiti is Fernie's music Festival, situated in scenic Annex Park adjacent to the Elk River and within walking distance of Historic Downtown Fernie, Hotels & Restaurants. Featuring a fresh mix of the hottest Canadian Indie Music, the sound of…

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1 Fernie Museum | Fernie, British Columbia
2 Polar Peek Books | Fernie, British Columbia
3 The Brick House
4 Fernie C.P.R. Station | Fernie, British Columbia
5 Island Lake Lodge | Fernie, British Columbia
6 Elk River | British Columbia, Canada
7 Wapiti Music Festival | Fernie, British Columbia