Explore our Fernie

Experience our Fernie & historic downtown just a short drive from Fernie Alpine Resort.

Fernie Arts, Shopping & Entertainment

After your day of adventure or for those looking for less active pursuits, Fernie offers a great variety of entertainment options. Keep in mind that Fernie’s historic downtown is only 5 km away from the Griz Inn and during ski season a regularly scheduled shuttle runs between Fernie Alpine Resort and the townsite.

  • Shopping. Fernie’s unique historical downtown core carries a full range of shops & services.
  • Fernie’s Historical Walking Tour.
  • Fernie Arts Station. Housed in a beautifully restored train depot, the station is the core of Fernie’s art community featuring local artisans, plays and live performances.
  • Dining. Establishments such as Park Place Lodge, Loaf, Nevados and Curry Bowl, are giving the community a well deserved reputation for unique dining experiences.
  • Bars & Nightclubs. In addition to the Pub, there are several other popular nightspots, many featuring dancing and live entertainment.
  • Fernie’s Vogue Theatre.
  • Fernie’s Indoor Aquatic Centre – complete with a great waterslide for the kids.
  • Ghostriders Junior Hockey.

Fernie History

Fernie is a community that is rich in heritage and history. The Ktunaxa used the valley for centuries as a hunting and transit territory until the discovery of coal in the 1890’s brought the first European settlers to the Valley. The formation of the Crowsnest Pass Coal Company and the arrival of the railway in 1898 made Fernie the centre of the valley. A small fire that started on April 29, 1904 in Richards General Store soon burned the business core of the company town to the ground. This led to the incorporation of The City of Fernie shortly thereafter. Four years later, a second and much more devastating fire ripped through Fernie leaving only 32 buildings standing.  Out of the ashes of that fire arose, as required by the new city, magnificent buildings of brick and stone. These buildings have stood the test of time with many of them still standing today as a solid reminder of Fernie’s past.

 

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Guest Testimonials

We have been here twice in 2016 so I am writing again because I really do love this place. First time was Spring, second time was for New Years. The front desk staff are always very friendly and helpful. I find the rooms are clean and tidy when we check in. Yes, the decor may be a little outdated, but to be honest this is kind of what we like about the place. It’s got a sort of charm to it. They have movies that you can rent downstairs at the front desk for no charge which we utilized this trip. The pool and hot tub area were nice and clean again and not that busy which was great since there was 5 of us. Love the loft as the kids have their own space that way with their own TV and DVD player and full sized bathroom. This is the only place that we like to stay when we go to Fernie.

Sherrie W, Okotoks, AB - Tripadvisor.com — 9 January 2017

We and the majority of guests for our daughter and son-in-law’s wedding stayed at the Griz Inn. It was good to be very close to the Rusty Edge where the reception was held. The different room configurations were great for friends and family and groups.The rooms were clean, comfortable and quiet. Lots of people enjoyed the hot tub. The Griz Inn worked well for us and the wedding guests. Thank you!

213dawn, Tripadvisor.com — 2nd June, 2016