December 2017 Business News

Elk Valley Festival of Trees

The Elk Valley Festival of Trees is an inclusive community celebration of holiday traditions that runs November 17 to December 3 at the Park Place Lodge in Fernie. The Elk Valley Festival of Trees is a registered not-for-profit organization and intends to unite the communities of the Elk Valley in the spirit of giving and celebration while providing for the needs of others and promoting local businesses and not-for-profit organizations. 

With each year the festival grows because of the amazing support of sponsors and communities. The committee would like to thank everyone who has supported the Festival including all of the volunteers, photographers, decorators, not for profit organizations, Mr and Mrs Claus, Fernie Rotary and the Park Place Lodge. Many new events are in the process of being planned for next year to make the Festival an even bigger event.

Visit ElkValleyFestivalofTrees on Facebook for more details or email

Fernie Mountain Bike Club - Race Team

A year ago, Tom Gibson and Mike Bragg brainstormed the idea of a Fernie mountain bike race team en route to Six in the Stix in Cranbrook. Neither imagined the success the team would go on to achieve in its inaugural year.

The objectives were to bring people together, encourage people to get into racing and have a good time in the process. All objectives were met with 34 team members, weekly group rides and a great showing at events. FMBC jerseys were seen on start lines all over Western North America and not only did the team take the start line but they also ended the season with top results.

Part of the success was due to the support from their sponsors. The FMBC Race Team would like to thank The Guides Hut, Super 8, Teck, Rooftop Coffee, Play it Forward Therapy, Fernie Property Care, SOAR Studios and Fernie Physiotherapy.

Visit or visit the FMBC Race Team on Facebook for further details or to get involved.

Not Just Pizza
362 2nd Ave

Located in downtown Fernie in Town Centre Market, Not Just Pizza offers an extensive selection of fresh and appetizing pizzas and non-pizza options. All food is made to order and baked in a deck oven. Dough and sauce is hand-made in small batches, including a gluten-free option. Catering to everyone from the hardcore carnivores to gluten and dairy free individuals, popular menu items include burritos, donairs, salads, wraps pizzas, and potato wedges.

This December, consider booking a pizza party for your holiday gathering. Not Just Pizza can cater any size, any time, anywhere in the Fernie area. With just 24-hour advance notice, you can sit back and enjoy the party. Or for those days off the hill with no dinner prep, enjoy their Pizza Happy Hour from 4-5pm or consider their Pizza Party Special – three large, two topping pizzas!

Visit for the full menu and more details.

The Royal
501 1st Ave

The best little dive bar in "the coolest town in North America" is now under new management with the same owners, Julie Comete and Dave Longshaw. Manager Jenn Johnson is responsible for booking acts and running operations at The Royal Hotel, which was erected in 1909.  

The Royal has a long history of owners, management, bands, DJ’s and clientele – everyone in Fernie surely has a favourite Royal memory. That dive-bar feel will remain, but changes include upgraded sound and lighting, some aesthetic renovations and a few additions to the beer, wine and liquor selections. This year, locals and seasonaires are encouraged to join the 100 Hour Dance Challenge, which provides a loyalty card including a drink upon entry, front of line access, no cover before 11pm and reduced cover for special events. Don’t miss their sixth anniversary celebrations: December 1 for a local band night and December 2 local DJ’s.