When it’s time to head for the snow-covered hills, Fernie Alpine Resort offers some of Canada’s finest peaks. Ski the resort’s champagne powder, then take time to explore this small mountain city’s main street
Visit Clawhammer Press
A working letterpress studio and art gallery, Clawhammer Press is open every Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Check out the 1916 letterpress and drawers filled with rows of wood and metal hand-set type, and pick up a limited-edition poster.
Explore Fernie Museum
Explore this mining town’s heritage at Fernie Museum. Learn about a curse thought to have caused two fires just four years apart (the latter destroying the entire city), view artifacts from the museum’s 10,000-strong collection and take a self-guided walking tour of Fernie—you can pick up a map at the museum.
Stop for coffee at The Valley Social Company
Passionate about quality coffee, Dan Whillans actually won a café in the B.C. town of White Rock by describing his café-running skills for an essay contest in 2016. He brought that café’s inventory back to Fernie and opened The Valley Social Company. Kick back at this cozy spot with a flat white and a side of waffles.
Be restored at Healing Hollow Essential Oil Co.
After giving it your all on the slopes, rejuvenate your sore and tired muscles at Healing Hollow Essential Oil Co. Try the store’s #takethepeak essential oil blend—add some to a diffuser or apply a few drops to a lava stone-encased diffusing necklace.
Accessorize at Coal Town Goods
Enter Coal Town Goods through a door just off 2nd Avenue to find an eclectic treasure trove of handcrafted, mostly Canadian-made goods, such as laser-cut wooden necklaces, acrylic photo earrings and leather tote bags.
Shop for winter wear at Freyja
Wrap up in functional, mountain-chic fashion such as oversized knit sweaters, snug leggings and that all-important toque—a Fernie winter staple—at Freyja. Rally four or more friends and book an indulgent after-hours shopping party complete with wine and cheese.
Getting there: WestJet flies to Calgary 118 times a day from 24 Canadian, 12 U.S. and 13 international cities.
Three Days in Golden, B.C.
Just a three-hour drive west of Calgary, the town of Golden is located in a large valley in southeast British Columbia, flanked by the Columbia Mountains to the west and the Canadian Rockies to the east. Visit before winter's end to ski at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, eat at the mountain-top Eagle's Eye Restaurant and walk with wolves at Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre.