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Fernie Derrick

Akamina #1 was the first oil well drilled in BC. This was done in 1907 by the Royal Canadian Oil Company.

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Year of the Coal Miner

Imagine beginning your work day, every day, in pitch blackness. The only sounds you hear are those of your fellow workers…

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The Fernie Courthouse

The first Court House was simply a shack that used for less than one year. Then in April, 1899, the courts moved to a “grander” building which measured 28 feet square.

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Skiing in Fernie

In the early days, snow shoeing, tobogganing and skating were the winter sports most enjoyed by Fernie residents.

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The Fernie Fire of 1904

Fernie owes its existence to the start-up of the local coal mines in 1897 and the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1898.

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Days of the Rumrunners

There was a time in Western Canada when vanilla extract could only be obtained from a specially licensed druggist.

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Historic Downtown Fernie

It was one dramatic defining moment that brought about the architectural vista that one is presented with in downtown Fernie these days.

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Charm of the Town

For at least a hundred years, visitors and residents have admired the beauty of Fernie. They have come in search of a simpler life…

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History

Step into the past and discover Fernie’s rich history…

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About Fernie

Just over a century ago, populated seasonally by First Nations peoples, Fernie was a pristine wilderness.

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