March 2015 Business News

Canada Revenue Agency
THE CANADA REVENUE AGENCY hosts a volunteer income tax program to help families with an income under $40,000 and individuals with an income under $30,000 file their 2014 income tax. Volunteers will be available at the Fernie Heritage Library Saturdays from 1-4pm, and at the Seniors Drop in Centre Tuesdays from 1-4pm and Wednesdays 11am-2pm this March and April. All you need to bring is your 2013 T-1 and 2014 information slips. For more information call Terry at 250-423-4905 or Bill at 250-423-4758.

Fernie Childcare Society
THE FERNIE CHILD CARE SOCIETY (FCCS) is excited to announce that the Fernie Child Care Centre is relocating to the Max Turyk Building in March. This move will enhance the long-term sustainability of the FCCS within our community. In addition, the FCCS is looking forward to being co-located with other childcare programs, having access to a gymnasium, along with increased outdoor and green space. Special thanks to Columbia Basin Trust, along with all the local businesses and organizations, who have donated time and financial support to assist with this project. The FCCS would like to extend the invitation (children included) to the upcoming Open House and AGM on Tuesday, March 31 from 5-7pm. All are encouraged to check out the new space, meet with staff/Board members and enjoy some refreshments! Please visit for more information on programs.

Fernie Museum
HOW MUCH WORK DOES IT TAKE to get to the Olympics? Canada’s Beckie Scott started when she was 7 years old. The Fernie Museum and the Fernie Nordic Society invite you to an evening with Beckie Scott Saturday, March 7. This event, held at the museum, will be an opportunity to glimpse into Scott’s Olympic journey and share her ideas on volunteerism, grass roots support and the importance of access for all athletes, young and old, competitive or recreational. Tickets $30 are available online at, Fernie and at the Fernie Museum. Scott will also be spending the day with the skiers of the Fernie Nordic Society offering coaching clinics and helping the club officially open their Nordic trails. The Fernie Museum exhibit Olympic Spirit: Canada’s Sport Heroes, on display until March 28, features 12 portraits of Canadian Olympians, including Beckie Scott, who have led Canadian sports culture through the years.

Lizard Creek Lodge Spa

THE SPA AT LIZARD CREEK LODGE had its Grand Opening at the beginning of December. The Spa offers a full range of spa treatments from deluxe pedicures, sports and hot stone massage, and they are proud to partner with Eminence Organic, handmade organic skincare from Hungary. Shall and her team take a holistic and natural approach to every aspect of beauty. Originally from Wanaka, New Zealand, Shall studied to become an esthetician before moving to Australia where she graduated as a sports therapist and managed a five-star day spa. Situated at the bottom of the Elk Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort, The Spa @ Lizard Creek Lodge is the perfect way to unwind! For the month of March enjoy 20% off all Eminence Facials or a free 15 minute upgrade on a massage. To make a booking, phone 250-423-2057 or email

PARASTONE DEVELOPMENTS has launched Stage Two of its masterplanned community, Montane, Fernie. Now available for sale are eight home sites located one kilometre from Fernie’s historic downtown. Prices start at $149,000 and sizes of lots vary between approximately 0.13 acres and 0.5 acres. All home sites optimize views of the spectacular mountain scenery. “We’re thrilled to have released Stage Two,” says Simon Howse, general manager of Parastone and investor in Montane, Fernie. “The positive feedback we received from Stage One is an indication buyers appreciate the active mountain lifestyle we’re offering. Living a five minute walk from downtown and having an extensive trail network on your doorstep is hard to beat.” “We’re anticipating equally strong sales with our Stage Two release so if you’re interested in becoming part of an active mountain community, we recommend acting quickly.” Interested parties can register at www. to receive information on the upcoming sales events.

Tears & Gears Winter Wheezer THE FOURTH ANNUAL WINTER EVENT held by popular event organizer Fernie Tears and Gears is taking place this March 8 at the Fernie Provincial Park! In collaboration with the Fernie Nordic Centre, this event includes the traditional snowshoe and Nordic Ski legs, tackled either solo or on a team, alongside Nordic races for youth and a Racing Rocks event for the wee Nordic skiers. A fun event for the whole family, enjoy snacks and refreshments, amazing prizes by Tears & Gears generous sponsors, warm by the fire or in the recently finished Fernie Nordic Society warming hut, and take in the spectacular views of the Elk Valley while enjoying winter activities! For those not keen in taking part, there are volunteer opportunities available and of course opportunities to cheer. Register at - they hope to see you there.