Tag Archives: The Elk Valley

“A Hardy Town” Sculpture Unveiling Tomorrow

did you know - city of fernie news

Public Art Unveiling

June 1, 2018 (12:00pm – 1:00pm)

The City of Fernie, along with Artists Michael Hepher and Paul Reimer, will be officially unveiling “A Hardy Town” sculpture on June 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM at the Fernie Arts Station.  The public is invited to join in a short ceremony to unveil the artwork.

This piece was developed to commemorate the 1908 fire that devastated the community.  The artists’ focus was to showcase the strength of Fernie and the resiliency of the people who rebuilt the community. The funding stipulated that the art must commemorate a significant community story that has shaped the history of the city and the Great Fire of 1908 was chosen as a dramatic, defining moment for Fernie. “Our piece uses the idea of leaning forward.  Philosophically the leaning carries forward the metaphor of people depending on one another for support, their lives interlocking” Hepher stated.

A total of $50,000 in funding was received for the project through a joint application between the City of Fernie and the Fernie Museum to the BC Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada Grant Program. The grant required $10,000 of matched funds from the city, which was allocated from the Station Square Redevelopment Project, funded by the Resort Municipality Initiative.

The sculpture will be permanently installed at The Arts Station.


Wildsight Elk Valley AGM

Wildsight Elk Valley AGM Meet - Green Roof Tour, Potluck & Meeting Fernie

“Come join us on May 28 for the Wildsight Elk Valley AGM! Green Roof tour followed by a potluck and AGM. We are also seeking a treasurer and vice-president — if you are anyone you know is interested in joining our Board please contact Courtney at elkvalley@wildsight.ca.”

Fernie On Instagram : Fernie Pride Board

Fernie 2017 Excellence Award Nominations


fernie bc, maiden lake - flowers and mountains : beautiful

There are multiple categories for your nominations – Spirit of Fernie Award (a not-for-profit organization), Volunteer of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, New Business of the Year and so on. You can nominate using this survey until September 15th:



Family Safety Day 2017

Family Safety Day - Fernie Community Centre

Elk Valley Festival of Trees

Elk Valley Festival of Trees - Fernie Rotary Club

From Elk Valley Festival of Trees Facebook page:

“What is Elk Valley Festival of Trees about? Well the beautiful TREES!
This is a three week fundraising event that will become a must-see holiday tradition in the Elk Valley. We will proudly display 10 of the most dazzling Christmas Trees for all to admire this side of the North Pole. Open to the public, the festival invites visitors to browse through the holiday display and cast a ballot for their favourite tree.
Fernie Rotary’s goal is sponsoring this event is to raise a large amount of funding for multiple community organizations across the Elk Valley at one time.

How does Elk Valley Festival of Trees work?

A business sponsors a tree and chooses a local community organization/not for profit or charity to work with. Together with a Tree Designer, the business and the chosen community organization will decide on a theme for decorating the tree. They will all come together to decorate the tree.
The local community organization can raise a significant amount of funding through several ways:
1) a GRAND PRIZE – People’s Choice Award of up to $1000 (based on 10 trees sponsored) for the tree that receives the most votes.

2) For each vote a tree receives, the community group/not for profit/charity will receive $3.25.

3) During the three week period the trees will be part of a silent auction. Minimum bid will be $500 and 100% of the tree auction proceeds will go to the sponsored community organization.

*Funds raised in the Elk Valley will stay in the Elk Valley

Come out and enjoy the many events taking place during the Elk Valley Festival of Trees and vote to support the local community organizations/not for profits/charities!

Looking forward to seeing you there!”

Learning About Fernie – Geography, Elevation, Age, Our Flag and Motto, Robotics, Accommodation Industry

Did you know this about Fernie BC? Facts, Flag, Geography, Tourism

From Wikipedia and BC Stats I learned a few things about the City of Fernie:

1. geography of Fernie

Fernie is a city in the Elk Valley area of the East Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia, Canada, located on BC Highway 3 (also know as the Interprovincial or Southern Trans-Provincial) on the eastern approaches to the Crowsnest Pass through the Rocky Mountains, along the Elk River (the Elk River originates from the Elk Lakes near the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains).

The coordinates are: 49°30′15″N 115°03′46″W

2. How High Are We?

Our Elevation is: 1,010 m (3,314 ft)

To put that into perspective:
Victoria’s elevation is 23 m (75 ft)
Calgary’s elevation is 1,048 m (3,438 ft)
Winnipeg’s elevation is 238 m (781 ft)
Toronto’s elevation is 76 m (249 ft)
St John’s elevation is Sea Level 0–147 m (0–483 ft)

* High altitude is sometimes defined to begin at 2,400 metres (8,000 ft) above sea level.

3. Fernie’s Median Age

From 2008 – 41.1

4. Fernie’s Flag – gorgeous

We’re so minimalist. But I think I get what it’s trying to say…there’s coal in the shape of diamonds in the mountains and over to the right there are elk. But Shhh don’t tell anyone, Hunters don’t like their hunting spots exposed to anyone.

Fernie BC Flag
5. Our motto:

In montibus ad flumen” which translates to “In the mountains by the river“. Spot-on!

6. Robotics

Did you know Fernie is also home to The Fernie Seconday School Robotics Club, which travelled all the way to Atlanta Georgia for the world championships, the farthest distance travelled by a Fernie School team?

7. Tourism – Accommodation Industry

From my good friend in Victoria who works for BC Stats – “It seems like the Fernie area accommodation industry brings in just over $2 million every month in the peak (Feb/winter) season, compared to the other months. Here’s a summary of the information (covers the period January 2000 to July 2009)”:

Average (000s)
$ 1,689.10
$ 2,177.10
$ 1,958.30
$   583.10
$   360.50
$   448.70
$   783.90
$   906.00
$   621.67
$   351.89
$   237.89
$ 1,450.