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Towns of the Canadian Rockies – Fernie

by K Gordon Schultz

Canadian Rockies Ski Town: Fernie, BC

Fernie is a really beautiful quaint little town. It is often perceived as ‘just a ski resort town’ but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, a lot of people come for the winter and end up staying for the summer. It is the kind of place that you can fall in love with set high in the Canadian Rockies. The protective mountains completely encircle the small, charismatic town and once you arrive, you are immediately comfortable. It is a four hour drive from Banff and interestingly only 8 hours from Seattle. You can fly into Cranbrook Canadian Rockies International Airport and you will only have an 80 minute drive from here.

It was the discovery of coal that led to the formation of Fernie but things have changed a lot since then. Over the years, it evolved into a Canadian Rockies vacation destination attracting people from all over the world for golf, skiing, mountain biking and whatever else tickles the fancy. The reason Fernie is such a great winter ski resort is the same reason; it becomes so good for nature enthusiasts during summer. Once that snow melts, you are faced with some of the most beautiful and challenging terrain in the world.

Fernie is quite different to the Alberta towns like Banff and Jasper. It is much quainter and has an undiscovered feel about it. The summers are warm and consistent so you can organize a hike followed by a picnic among stunning surrounds. The possibilities really are endless up in this beautiful Canadian Rockies town. A visit to Fernie simply must be considered!


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