Morrissey Ridge, Fernie, Photo Destination BC Kari Medig

Fernie

Fernie is a community that offers an abundance of outdoor recreation. Located on the edge of town is Mount Fernie Provincial Park with dozens of forested hiking trails. The mountains surrounding the area are all equally accessible from town, an interwoven trail network connecting the micro urban environment to the rocky reaches of the high alpine peaks and outstanding scenery and wildlife viewing. Nearby is Fernie Golf & Country Club – one of BC’s finest golf facilities. And flowing right through town is the Elk River with abundant water sports including fishing, tube floating and whitewater rafting. In the winter skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling attract many to this area.

A view from the mountain top near Fernie RV Resort.

Location

Located on Hwy 3 in the extreme southeastern corner of British Columbia, 31 km (15 mi) south of Sparwood and 42 km (26 mi) west of the Alberta/British Columbia border.

Fishing at the Fernie RV Resort.

A Step Back in Time

Coal was discovered in the Crowsnest area of Southeastern British Columbia more than 100 years ago by prospectors looking for gold. In 1897, William Fernie reported a major discovery which led to the formation of the Crows Nest Pass Coal Company. The mining community which emerged in 1897 was named Fernie, in honour of the miner whose efforts helped to establish the new industry.

Legend has it that William Fernie, founder of the city, met a tribe of Indians during one of his prospecting trips. He noticed one of the Indian chieftain’s daughters was wearing a necklace of shining black stones. Knowing that these stones were coal, William Fernie asked as to their source. The Indian Chief agreed to show Fernie where these had been found, upon condition that the prospector would marry the Indian maid. After learning the location of the coal deposits, William Fernie refused to marry the Princess. The Indian Chief was angered by this and he laid a curse upon the valley stating that it would meet with fire, flood, and famine.

As a reminder of the curse, the Ghost of Mount Hosmer can be seen each sunny summer evening on a rock face high above the city. The “ghost” is a spectacular shadow in the form of a rider on horseback.

The first fire which occurred in 1904 destroyed a large portion of the wooden business section of the city. The largest disaster, however, came on August 1, 1908, when a forest fire practically destroyed the city. Soon, the city was rebuilt. In 1916, disaster struck when the Elk River overflowed its banks and flooded the west sections of the city. The near famine conditions of the Great depression made the regions’ people believe the curse would never end.

On August 15, 1964, members of the Kootenai Tribes, headed by Chief Ambrose Gravelle, also known as Chief Red Eagle, assembled in Fernie for the ceremonial lifting of the Fernie Curse. Mayor James White made amends with the Chief by smoking the “Pipe of Peace” with Chief Red Eagle.

The mountains behind Fernie RV Resort.

Contact Information

Tourism Fernie

Fernie & Nearby Accommodations

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Golden Golf Club RV Park
Red Tree Lodge

Red Tree Lodge

Fernie

With a central location in Fernie, Red Tree Lodge offers 43 comfortable guest rooms and an informed staff to create an enjoyable and relaxing visit. At our hotel we provide a variety of amenities, including complimentary breakfast snack, free WiFi, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, guest kitchen ... Read more
Fernie RV Resort

Fernie RV Resort

Fernie

This resort is nestled beside the majestic Elk River in picturesque Fernie, BC. It offers current state of the industry facilities, services and is designed to accommodate a complete range of recreational vehicles from the smallest to the most sophisticated plus an area for tent camping. The resort ... Read more
Mountain Shadows Campground

Mountain Shadows Campground

Sparwood

Nestled in a cozy forested setting just minutes from Sparwood, Mountain Shadows Campground offers fantastic family-oriented camping. We offer a variety of 63 serviced sites, ranging from tent, trailer and RV sites. For your convenience and comfort, we provide full hookup with water, power and some s ... Read more
Fort Steele Resort & RV Park

Fort Steele Resort & RV Park

Fort Steele

Nestled in the heart of the Kootenay Rockies, Fort Steele Resort & RV Park is an ideal destination for guests wanting a relaxing and peaceful vacation. With endless recreational activities and wonderful weather, you will be returning year after year with the whole family. At our campground we have b ... Read more
Sunshine Houseboat Vacations

Sunshine Houseboat Vacations

Newgate

Maximum 6 People. Reduced rate of 50% for Seniors and persons with Disabilities (\*A person with disabilities is required to provide picture ID and must be designated as a Person With Disabilities under the BC Employment and Assistance Program). No reservations taken. Maximum length of stay 14 conse ... Read more
Mount Baker RV Park

Mount Baker RV Park

Cranbrook

Mount Baker RV Park is located alongside scenic Joseph’s Creek at 1501 1st Street South in Cranbrook, BC. The park is located within walking distance to downtown Cranbrook for convenient shopping and restaurants. We are close to the Cranbrook History Centre, Fort Steele Heritage Town and much more ... Read more
Cranbrook/St. Eugene KOA

Cranbrook/St. Eugene KOA

Cranbrook

Situated at the beautiful St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino surrounded by picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains, St. Eugene RV Park is a great destination for campers to enjoy the perks of resort amenities while sleeping in nature. The RV Park offers deluxe riverfront sites, both back-in and pull-t ... Read more
Elkford Municipal Campground

Elkford Municipal Campground

Elkford

A riverfront campground located right in town and within walking and driving distance to all community amenities and indoor/outdoor recreational opportunities. Elkford is a place where nature prevails; experience breathtaking views, trails, wildlife viewing and more! ... Read more
Skookumchuck Motel & RV Park

Skookumchuck Motel & RV Park

Skookumchuck

Nestled in the heart of the Rockies, Skookumchuck Motel & RV Park is a fantastic location for guests travelling or wanting to unwind in nature. Near the Kootenay River, our RV lots accommodate for smaller RVs, fifth wheels and trailers. Pull-thru sites and full hookups with 30 amp electric, water an ... Read more
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