Just over a century ago, populated seasonally by First Nations peoples, Fernie was a pristine wilderness. The region remained relatively untouched until the exploration of the Crowsnest Pass in 1873 by Michael Phillips. This discovery, and the sighting of outcroppings of coal, opened the region to the rest of the continent.
Check out The Fernie Museum for great gift giving ideas including 2014 Heritage Calendars, historic books including Backtracking - a great history of Fernie and area, and $5 and $10 dry mounted exhibit photos. We are open all through the holidays except Christmas and New Years.
The Fernie Museum is fully open with its new Main Hall exhibit and newly renovated building. Check out the Cover Story to learn more about the newly minted exhibit. The 2nd floor Gallery is also now available for gatherings, art shows, meetings and travelling exhibits. To learn more drop by the museum, open daily from 10-5.