Rich in heritage and history, Fernie's roots are in the coal mining industry, Fernie came into being in 1898 when the railroad came through the valley. Formal incorporation took place in 1904, the same year a fire raged through the city, nearly wiping it out.
Four years later a second fire left Fernie with only thirty-two buildings. Out of the ashes arose a new city, one built of brick and stone. Many of these buildings still stand today giving Fernie a true heritage legacy. Extensive renovations are underway to restore and preserve key heritage buildings in the town.
Fernie still serves as hometown to the coal mines in the area with about half the population associated with mining. The remaining business base is in visitor services, community services, retail and construction.
Over the past few decades tourism has grown steadily, providing many new amenities to locals and visitors.
Fernie Alpine Resort
Fernie Snow Valley was originally established in 1966. In 1997 the Lake Louise Group took over operation of the ski resort and renamed it Fernie Alpine Resort. Since 1997, the resort has undergone significant expansion including expanded terrain, improved lift capacity as well as increased lodging, dining and guest services in the base area. The resort currently operates as part of Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.