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Fernie is a community that gives through the various organizations that are made up of volunteers. Without these volunteers Fernie would not be the community that it is today.

Fernie volunteers

AmbassadorWILD is an innovative program launched in May 2022 to support sustainable tourism and recreation in the Elk Valley by helping to take care of important nature-based locations; promoting safe and sustainable front and backcountry recreation; and collecting data for quality decision-making.

Columbia Basin Trust
Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. Partnering with residents and communities, we work toward social, economic and environmental well-being through a range of services, programs, initiatives and financial investments.

Elk River Alliance
The Elk River Alliance is a community-based water group that aims to connect people to the Elk River ensuring it is drinkable, fishable and swimmable for future generations. ERA envisions a watershed where well-managed human activities result in healthy ecosystems and a robust economy.

Elk Valley Adventure & Dirt Riders Society
The EVADRS was founded to promote, support and expand sustainable Adventure and Trail Riding in the greater Elk Valley area.

Elk Valley Bear Aware
Bear Aware is an initiative to reduce bear-human conflicts in residential areas through community-based education programs. Guided by the British Columbia Conservation Foundation, the program promotes practices that improve public safety and respect for wild bears. For more information call 250-423-3772 or email

Elk Valley Family Society
The EVFS is non-profit charitable organization. In partnership with BC Housing, they currently provide a number of housing programs offering different levels of support in Fernie and Sparwood.

Elk Valley Hospice
Elk Valley Hospice is a non-profit organization with a group of dedicated, passionate, trained volunteers serving the communities of the Elk Valley. They offer FREE support for those facing an end-of-life experience, their families and loved ones, as well as grief companioning. Call: 250-423-4453 Ext: 38109

Elk Valley Regional Land Trust
In 2019,the EVRLT was formed with the goal of preserving access to the lands of the Elk Valley for recreational and economic benefits for residents and visitors through the conservation of privately owned lands.

Emily Brydon Youth Foundation
The EBYF was created in 2006 with the goal of providing the youth of the Elk Valley opportunity and support through education, sport and the arts.

The Fellaship provides a safe and inclusive group for men to connect and support one another.

Fernie and District Search and Rescue
Fernie Search and Rescue is dedicated to assist those individuals who find themselves in emergency situations. Fernie SAR’s inception dates back to the early 70′s when several individuals formed a loosely organized group. In 1993 the group was reorganised to become an official society and over the years has completed numerous tasks.

Fernie Chamber of Commerce
A service organization dedicated to enhancing the economic future of Fernie & the quality of life for the residents. Members receive benefits & services that significantly enhance the financial situation of their operation. They also represent the business community with all levels of government. 250-423-6868

Fernie Community Fund
The Fernie Community Fund is a permanently invested endowment fund, held by the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies, to benefit Fernie and area.

Fernie Freestyle Ski Club
A group of dedicated Freestyle Athletes, Coaches and parents. Their programs are focused on athletes aged 6 to 17 who want to improve their Slopestyle, Mogul, Park, Big Mountain and Natural Terrain skiing in a positive, safe and supervised environment.

Fernie Friends for Friends
Friends for Friends helps individuals and families in Fernie who are going through cancer treatment and offers them financial and emotional support during this stressful time.

Fernie Heritage Strategy
The Fernie Heritage Strategy considers a deeper understanding of Fernie's heritage, from the distant past up to the present day. The strategy will identify and incorporate the broad historical context, community heritage values and historic places that have ongoing importance to Fernie-ites.

Fernie Heritage Trust Society
Preserving the built heritage and culture of Fernie and currently transforming the historic Knox United Church building into a community performing arts space.

Fernie Nordic Society
The Fernie Nordic Society is transforming cross country skiing in Fernie. With more than 200 members of all ages and backgrounds, including 80 kids, the primary goal of the Fernie Nordic Society is “to provide low cost winter fitness activity to it’s membership through high quality groomed trails and programming”.

Fernie Rod and Gun Club
The Fernie Rod and Gun Club is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the sports of shooting, archery, hunting, and fishing this includes, the enhancement of wildlife habitat. The club seeks to maximize hunting and fishing opportunities while encouraging a healthy and sustainable environment.

Fernie Rotary

Fernie Rotary
Fernie Rotary has supported local organizations and projects for over 100 years, including the Fernie splash park and bike park shelter, Fernie hospital and Rotary Park. Fernie Rotary welcomes members of all ages and from all walks of life.

Fernie Snowmobile Association
Fernie Snowmobile Assoc. was formed March 1st. 1990 and is a British Columbia Snowmobile Association (BCSF) member club. When you join our club you automatically become a BCSF member.

The Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club

Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club
The Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club operates three backcountry cabins and is an advocate for non-motorized backcountry access.

Fernie Trails Alliance
The FTA works towards maintaining trail access on Crown lands and private lands in the Fernie area.

Fernie Youth Soccer Association
Fernie Youth Soccer Association is a non-profit organization managed by volunteers that engage over 400 Fernie kids' in soccer programing, some for 12 months of the year. We always are needing volunteers, please feel welcome to join in the fun!

Ghostrider Adventure Camp Foundation
An organization that organize a one-week summer camp for children of the Elk Valley. For children aged 8-12 that would normally not have the opportunity to attend a residential summer camp.

Local Market
Providing a physical and online retail store that brings local people and local products together. Partnering with Local food producers to increase the amount of local food available in Fernie.

The Elk Valley Writers’ Guild
The Elk Valley Writers’ Guild part of the Fernie and District Arts Council, meets to share and critique our literary outpourings. Our informal, yet loosely structured meetings are fun – we usually have snacks and sometimes enjoy wine. Newcomers are welcome to visit/participate. For more information call 250-423-3814 email:

The Fernie Ghostriders Jr “B” Hockey Club
A group of 23 young men who give their heart and soul every game in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. The small Fernie Memorial Arena is a loud “Barn” when the Ghostriders take on the opposing teams. The Ghostrider’s hockey season is September to March.

Tourism Fernie
The official community travel and tourist information website. Local information from locals.

Twin Meadows Animal Rescue Society
A non-profit animal rescue based out of the Elk Valley. Their focus is to education, rehabilitation, rescue and adoption of local pets that need help. Their animals are local strays or surrenders.

Wild at Heart Forest School

Wild at Heart Forest School
Wild at Heart Forest School is a child-led, nature-based outdoor Forest School program for families in Fernie and Hosmer, BC. Contact:

Protecting the natural legacy of BC’s Southern Rockies. Wildsight works to protect the diversity of wildlife habitats, the wild lands, the air, the water and the quality of life of southeastern British Columbia. We work collaboratively with other groups, with businesses, and with governments to find solutions for environmental protection.

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