Fernie is located in the south east corner of British Columbia, the most westerly province of Canada. Situated right in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Fernie is famous for it's spectacular views, ski hill and powder. The Lizard Range just outside the town is used as a ski resort in the winter months between December and April, and for mountain biking in summer.
The town of Fernie is completely surrounded by mountains making the views stunning no matter where you are or in which direction you look. Fernie is full of history and legend of the founding of the town and it's eventual development into a skiing and snowboarding paradise. It's well worth reading up on Fernie's history with both the library and museum having a wealth of information on the subjects of the fires and floods, along with that of the Griz and the Ghost rider.
Fernie Alpine Resort is located a few km out of the town, about a 5 minute drive. A regular ski bus picks up from various places around the town, including the Riverside resort located between downtown Fernie and Fernie ski hill. There are also 2 hitching spots, one in town and one at the alpine resort, there are plenty of willing drivers happy to pick up some fellow skiers or snowboarders.
The nightlife in Fernie consists of a varied pub scene with bands and DJ's catering to a variety of tastes. The majority of the bars positioned along 1st or 2nd avenue, although Highway 3 also has a few hotel bars including the popular hang out aptly called 'The Pub'. Another popular pastime is watching the local junior hockey team, the Ghostriders who play throughout the autumn and winter at the ice rink, also on Highway 3. Fernie Canada is a popular place with a huge tourist population throughout the winter season with both international and Canadian visitors. Due to this be sure to book ahead as accommodation in Fernie is limited.
Fernie has plenty to keep everyone entertained both on and off the slopes, but remember to respect the locals. They have a lot to put up with when the tourists invade their little piece of paradise.
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