Category Archives: Living Local

Fernie Rezoning Lizard Creek

Fernie Development

A message from Keya White:

Good morning world.

If you know me via facebook primarily, you know (a) I very rarely update my status unless it involves an upcoming event and (b) rarely update my cover photo(s). So here’s the event in my opinion you and especially Elk Valley residents need to know about.

As you may or may not have heard there is currently a proposal to rezone two properties that border my parents’ acreage in Fernie to allow for 2.5 acre lots and 8 single family dwellings (aka a subdivision.) The RDEK Planning Department has advised against allowing for this, as has the City of Fernie and the Ministry of Transport has concerns about increased traffic/highway safety issues too. It goes against the Elk Valley Official Community Plan (OCP) and numerous policies and wishes outlined in it by the residents who live in the area. And yet it has been approved unanimously by the RDEK board at the first two readings and there is only one more to go.

Today, Wed. May 24th there is a public hearing at 7pm at the Fernie Family Centre (beside Catholic Church.) Whether or not you can attend, if you have a few spare minutes today please write a quick note to those in the position to make a decision on this important issue. Click here (https://secure.wildsight.ca/lizardcreek) for addresses and a form you can fill out with your own letter/concerns. Thanks so much to all those who have already done so.

In my opinion this issue is about thinking globally and acting locally… Lizard Creek is an incredibly significant wildlife corridor in the southern Elk Valley and if we lose it to housing/development it is a major loss for the southern BC Rockies and the province/Canadian Rockies too. With so many other rural residential properties available in Fernie right now (The Cedars, Timberlanding, Montane, Burma Road Estates, Riverside and Alpine Trails to name a few) there is plenty of land available to those looking for it. These areas should be fully developed before we consider moving into the undeveloped outlying wilder areas that make Fernie so special to both those who live and visit here.

Thanks for listening, taking the time to write our elected officials with your own views and maybe see you at the meeting tonight. Have a great day.

Fernie Artography Call For Entries

Laura Nelson Painting for Fernie Artology

Call to Artists (by Fernie Museum)

This call to artists is for the upcoming Fernie Artography exhibit at the Fernie Museum, the third of four exhibits being presented as part of the Canada 150 Cultural Series by the Fernie Museum and the Fernie Arts Station.

Fernie Artography explores the human and natural landscapes in and around Fernie that help define the psyche of who we are as a community, including buildings, abandoned buildings, streetscapes, cultural landscapes, human landscapes (your backyard, garden, community parks, paths/trails, etc), and natural landscapes (mountain vistas, rivers, forests, and valleys). Read more here.

My Favourite Day Of The Year – Community Yard Sale Day!

yard sale, garage sale day in Fernie BC - Community wide.

Wildsight is taking on the community yard sale day this year. If you’re interested in it, the updates are happening here (Facebook page) but here are the basics: “The Community Yard Sale is back and set to take place Saturday June 3rd from 9AM to 1PM! All individuals, families, organizations and businesses in Fernie are encouraged to take part. The registration fee is $20.00, and all funds raised will go towards Wildsight Elk Valley Projects.”

Speaking of Wildsight, their AGM is happening:

Wildsight Elk Valley Branch AGM

Last Day To Swim In Fernie Until July 4th

did you know - city of fernie news
(from city of fernie’s website)

Annual Pool Closure Starts May 6, 2017 (All Day)

This year’s annual maintenance shutdown for the Aquatic Centre runs from May 6- July 4th, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience during this disruption of services.

The Aquatic Centre office will be open for summer swim lesson registration June 27, 2017 to June 30, 2017 from 8:00am – 2:00 pm. Weekly summer swim lessons will begin on July 10, 2017.

For further information call 250-423-4466.

Wildsight Shares

Wildsight Elk Valley branch offers a share shed with a nice list of shared items, which makes perfect sense because you don’t need to buy everything. I am certainly not going to buy an apple press. Couldn’t this be expanded to the whole community because there are things we need once in a while, such as a hedge trimmer, but could I borrow one instead? I certainly don’t dehydrate fruits very often and if I did want to, I could contact Wildsight.

If anyone needs a large 100 year old paper cutter, don’t worry about it, just contact me and you can use mine.

Tool Share Itoolsharenventory

1 – push mower
3 – apple press
1 – apple picker
5 – recycle bins
1 – smoker
2 – large juice jugs
1- coffee thermos
1 – backyard campstove
1 – dehydrator
1 – watering can
Assorted Outdoor Dishes

For more info, check out their website.

Did You know : March Break Leisure Services Schedule

did you know - city of fernie news

From City of Fernie’s website:

“It’s Spring Break!! Leisure Services has activities to keep everyone busy! Check out the Spring Break Schedules for the Aquatic Centre and the Fernie Arena to find out what’s on offer.”

Griz Days Schedule

Girl Days. It’s kind of a big deal in these parts. And this is the 40th Griz Days! Fernie has endless events scheduled from March 3rd to 5th. It’s almost too much. You gotta just pick something here and there and be alright with missing the rest.

You can find a detailed schedule on Tourism Fernie’s website:

Griz Days on Fernie Tourism 2017 - Yukon Blonde, Parade, Craft Fair, Schedule