• Brown dried trees and vegetation line one side of the Elk River bank and tall conifer pines trees are clustered on the other side with the backdrop of the snow capped Rocky Mountains far in the distance. The Elk River in Fernie, BC on a winter day with brown and dried vegetation, barren trees and sturdy pine trees at the river's banks and snowy Rocky Mountains in the distance.
posted by: Fernie Stanford Resort on: April 30, 2014
Fernie has a beautiful and historic downtown area, which is one of the many reasons that visitors find it so charming. Some of the buildings that line our streets are more than 100 years old and offer a glimpse into our past as a mountain mining town.

Photo courtesy of fernie.com 

In the late 1800s, pioneer William Fernie discovered massive coal deposits in what came to be known as Crowsnest Pass – a high mountain pass deep in the Rockies. By 1900, the Crows Nest Pass Coal Company had been formed and the Canadian Pacific had arrived. The town was officially open for business!

In 1904, however, a massive fire demolished nearly the entire downtown core. In order to prevent such destruction from taking place in the future, the municipal government issued an ordinance that mandated the use of more fire-resistant building materials such as brick and stone. One of the unintended effects of this new bylaw was that it created a distinctive downtown look that is still evident today!

Fernie’s Post Office in 1909—now the site of the Fernie Heritage Library.
Photo courtesy of Fernie Heritage Library

One of Fernie’s most celebrated historic buildings is the Fernie Heritage Library.  This building is a wonderful example of the red brick architecture located throughout Fernie’s downtown. The Library regularly plays host to local literary and historical events and also houses the Pacific Rim Reference Room, which holds unique historical items such as encyclopedias that are exclusive to the library.  

If you want to come see what Fernie’s all about, then we invite you to stay with us at the Fernie Stanford Resort. We offer fantastic views, modern rooms, on-site dining, a 188-foot waterslide and more! Conveniently located between downtown Fernie and Fernie Alpine Resort, you’ll have all of the area’s best attractions at your fingertips!