April 2018 Business News

Active Living Massage
1622 7th Ave 250-430-7055

Active Living Massage, located within the Best Western Hotel in Fernie is proud to announce that Karina Ruffles is now a BC Registered Massage Therapist. Originally trained in the UK and now qualified to Canadian requirements, Karina brings over a decade of massage and injury rehabilitation experience to Fernie.

She knows that her Fernie community is extremely active and understands the pains that can come with being adventurous! As a keen sports enthusiast herself she knows all too well the frustrations that pain and discomfort can bring to an active individual. 

From minor injuries to the more complex, she has the experience and skill to help keep you active. To book go to activelivingmassage.ca. 
Brecan Interiors
13 Kutenai Road 778-519-1040

Brecan Interiors is now serving the Elk Valley communities with home interior needs. They represent reliable leading suppliers from fixture brands like Kohler, Delta, Moen, and Aquabrass or tiles from Daltile, StoneTile, Julian Tile and EuroTile. For kitchens, they deal with Merit Kitchens, Kekuli Bay and Cascade Crest Cabinets. Brecan supplies countertops in maple, laminate, quartz or granite. Flooring from Divine to Twelve Oaks, and appliances Electrolux through Frigidaire.

Brecan Interiors is now the exclusive dealer for Seally, Tempur-Pedic and King Koil mattresses in the Elk Valley and the exclusive Fireplace dealer for Regency, Enerzone, Kozy Heath and STUV, one of the premier fireplace brands in the world.    

Brecan Interiors has knowledgeable and experienced staff who are ready to help customers with any interior project, from design to installation. Located in the Ghostrider Industrial Park just off the highway, Brecan Interiors is open Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, weekends and evenings by appointment. Drop by and visit their showroom, call directly or email info@brecan.ca for more details.

First Tracks to Russia Slide Show
On Saturday, April 7 at 7:30pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, Sara and Deryk Yuill will be presenting their four-month voyage of over 2300 nautical miles sailing aboard First Tracks-a 44’ sailboat during the summer of 2017. With their six-year-old daughter, Emily they started the adventure near Glasgow, Scotland, sailed to the Orkney and Shetland islands, across the North Sea to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Russia, and Finland. Join them to experience the interesting history and natural beauty of sailing through this amazing region. 

Come early to the newly renovated Legion - check out the meat draw and stay late for a sneak peek of the soon-to-be-open Fernie Distillers next door. Jill Rutherford is one of the few female distillers in Canada and will soon be producing amazing “local spirits.”

Island Lake Lodge
Islandlakelodge.com 250-423-3700

Island Lake Lodge has been called one of the most unique and authentic places to stay in Canada by National Geographic Traveler Magazine. With more than 25 years of operations, Island Lake has gained a reputation for providing life changing experiences for both guests and staff alike. Island Lake was the recipient of the “2018 Employees First Award” at this year’s Tourism Industry Awards in Kelowna. Island Lake has always stated that “A great place needs great people.” With a unique culinary program, beautiful log lodges, full service spa, cat-skiing, biking, hiking, and views all around it’s a dedicated staff that make Island Lake a gem of the Canadian Rockies. Island Lake Lodge will be hosting a Summer Job Fair on April 12, 2-5pm at the Seniors Centre, 562 3rd Ave in Fernie. Bring a resume, meet the managers and be ready to experience Island Lake’s version of an “office with a view.”

l’Association Francophone Des Rocheuses Du Sud
Have you ever seen this logo in town? No, it’s not an Afro-Hair Association, but  your local Francophone Association! They organize events and activities celebrating Francophone Culture. They are very inclusive and welcome everyone. You don’t have to speak French, but you must love cheese and baguettes (and wine!). You might have seen some posters around town promoting the “Tiguidous” or the “Club Baguette.” These two youth groups meet once a week to play and practice their French at the CBAL office behind the town hall. The AFRoS also organize events for adults. The fifth edition of the FrancoFest will take place on May 25 at the Arts Station. Stay tuned for when tickets go on sale. If you want to learn more or if you want to make sure not to miss the events, join the “AFRoS Fernie” Facebook group.
Oasis Ranch

This secluded 240-acre ranch, homesteaded in 1962, is home to the Kootenays’ premiere source for humanely raised farm-to-fork pork and beef. Yvonne and Rick Miller, the second and third generation Mother/Son duo behind Oasis Ranch, alongside their partners, want you to experience the peace of mind that every omnivore deserves; knowing where their meat comes from, how it lived, was slaughtered, and who had a hand in the process. They are passionate animal caretakers with a desire to create a sustainable source of top-quality meats with minimal hands between farm and fork. 

Oasis Ranch offers direct sales of pork and beef packages with delivery to both to communities and homes within the East Kootenays. They also offer free farm tours, located 45 minutes south of Fernie.

The Zero Plastics Project
As part of a larger Wildsight reduction project endorsed by the City of Fernie, the Zero Plastic Project 
is advocating for the reduction of single-use plastic waste in our town.
In the next two months, Zero Plastics will be supporting businesses in their choice to reduce plastic bags and straws and are hoping the customers and clients of these businesses support them by giving a positive response. The plan is to: 
Offer alternatives to plastic bags and straws. Businesses interested in reducing plastic can find options at greenmunch.ca, aardvaarkstraws.com, and uline.com.
Offer suggestions and a format for how businesses can introduce this reduction to their public.
Accumulate information on where Fernie is in its plastic consumption now and track reduction over the next year.
Fernie is a proud mountain community that lives and sells an environmentally responsible culture. The goal of this project is to show visitors and citizens that our actions reflect our values.