On the surface, Fernie might seem like any mountain town: beautiful vistas, interesting shops, and abundant outdoor activities. Dig a little deeper and discover the stories of tragedy and triumph.
Fernie entered the First World War in 1914 with optimism and a sense of national pride. Five years later, it emerged having experienced staggering losses and multiple controversies that threatened to tear the community apart. Fernie was profoundly affected by conflicting impulses of labour, loyalty, and ethnicity.
Demands for internment of enemy aliens, resistance to prohibition and moral reform, the consequences of natural and man-made disasters, the unprecedented banning of recruitment, and the western labour revolt were all issues that contributed to a war-time experience for Fernie that was more dramatic and more revealing of underlying tensions than that of any other Canadian community. This walking tour features several buildings and places that figure prominently into this story.
Tour departs at 1pm from the Fernie Museum. Get tickets here.
SUMMER WALKING TOUR SCHEDULE
11am – The Great Fire of 1908
1pm – Fernie at War
3pm – Rum Running and the Whiskey Six
Every Saturday & Sunday June 8 – September 1, plus first Monday in July, August & September.
Tours last approx 90 minutes and include admission to the Museum and Gallery. Tours will take place in all weather conditions.
Please wear appropriate footwear for walking outside on slightly uneven ground. A warm weatherproof jacket and an umbrella are encouraged.
PRICE: Non-members: $10 Members: $8.50