Historic Walking Tour: The 1908 Great Fire

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On the surface, Fernie might seem like any mountain town: beautiful vistas, interesting shops, and abundant outdoor activities. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find there’s more to Fernie than meets the eye.

In 1908, the mines of the Elk Valley were booming. Fernie, as a thriving regional hub, had grown to a population of nearly 6,000 people from nearly every corner of the world. On August 1, 1908 tragedy again struck this mining community. In less than 90 minutes, the city of Fernie was consumed by a firestorm. Discover stories of heroism and loss, learn how the town rebuilt in just three short years and explore how this event has shaped Fernie as we see it today in this 90-minute walking tour.

Tour departs at 11am 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.

DETAILS
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


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