Fernie Historical Walking Tours


Discover the history and heritage that built the town we know and enjoy today. Join our knowledgeable local tour guides and explore Historic Downtown Fernie.

Cost: $10, includes admission to the Museum. Can be paid on arrival by cash, debit or credit card.

Reservations: Reservations are required due to Covid-19 protocols. Please call the Museum on 250-423-7016 during regular opening hours to book, or email info@ferniemuseum.com at least 24 hours prior to your preferred tour time.
Duration: Approx 1 hour on paved surfaces.


11AM: THE 1908 GREAT FIRE | On August 1st, 1908, a wildfire swept through Fernie, razing the town in just 90 minutes and causing over $5 million in property damage. The resulting building ordinances created the town that you see today.

1PM: FERNIE AT WAR | Far from the front, Fernie was still devastated by the impact of WWI. Many young men signed up and never returned, while local internment separated families and turned hardworking immigrant miners into convicts.

3PM: RUMRUNNERS! | When prohibition hit Canada, local entrepreneurs did a roaring trade transporting whiskey and other goods between Fernie and the Crowsnest Pass. Events came to a head on September 21, 1922 with a car chase followed by a violent shoot-out which led to a tragic end for Fernie’s bottle king and his young assistant. Canadian Prohibition was every bit as dramatic and deadly as you’ve seen in the movies. Don’t miss this true story of triumph and tragedy.

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