What to Do in Downtown Fernie

Learn about this B.C. mining town’s heritage at the Fernie Museum, shop for winter wear at Freyja and kick back at The Valley Social Company coffee shop. 
 

Coal Town Goods

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.

clawhammer.ca

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 Fernieyou can pick up a map at the museum.

ferniemuseum.com

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.

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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.

healinghollow.com

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.

coaltowngoods.com

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.

freyjalifestylefashion.com 

Getting there: WestJet flies to Calgary 118 times a day from 24 Canadian, 12 U.S. and 13 international cities.