October 2018 New Business

Elk Valley Snow Avalanche Workshop

Fernie is hosting its first Elk Valley Snow Avalanche Workshop on November 10, welcoming avalanche professionals and recreationalists for discussions and presentations on winter backcountry topics. Vendors and operators will also be demonstrating the latest in equipment and services.

The seminar is a lead-in for the International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW) taking place in Fernie, October 4-9, 2020. Held bi-annually in North America and Europe, Fernie will be in the world-spotlight as over 1000 snow science researchers and practitioners from across the globe unite here to share experiences and ideas, merging theory and practice.

The Elk Valley Snow Avalanche Workshop will be held at Traynor Hall at the Fernie High School with lunch and coffee available for purchase. An apres social at the Cast Iron Grill provides opportunities to network and meet backcountry partners. Tickets are by advanced sales online only. For more information, or to register, please visit evsaw.com.

Fernie Volleyball Club

The Fernie Volleyball Club is preparing for the upcoming season. This non-profit organisation founded in early 2017 has a mission to promote, develop and administer volleyball to the youth of the Elk Valley and South Country. The club participates as part of the Volleyball Alberta competitive indoor club season and has sent local teams to Regional, Provincial and National Tournaments.

Along with supporting its competitive teams, the organisation hosted a successful four-day Summer Camp where 47 players learned and had a ton of fun. This fall, they are offering an entry-level learning experience for those in grades 4 and 5. The new program is called SmashBall and introduces kids to the key skills of volleyball in a dynamic game that focuses on the spike.

Competitive club team registration will be in early December which runs from January to May. Follow the Fernie Volleyball Club on Facebook and visit the website for details.

Kid’s Cafe
1622 10th Ave

Do you have a kid that loves bouncy castles and having fun with other kids? Join the new program, Kid’s Café Thursday mornings anytime between 9:30 and11:30 am at Mountainside Community Church.

Bouncy castles will be set up inside, and your kid(s) can play while parents and guardians enjoy good coffee and an opportunity to connect with other parents in the community.This program is free of charge, and everyone is welcome.Parents or caregivers must be present with their children.

Tourism Master Plan

Tourism has been called the gateway to rural economic development and is a significant economic sector in Fernie. More than any other industry, tourism requires collaboration and partnering amongst local, regional and provincial organisations as well as local citizens, business groups, non-profits, and operators. Done right, tourism brings many benefits to communities; doing it right requires planning and governance for success.

A community-based tourism master plan is a document informed by the community and provides an opportunity for all stakeholders to identify a vision that supports broad community outcomes, understand and address issues and opportunities, allocate resources to pursue actions in the short/med/long term, and to set a path for success.

Fernie is in the starting phase of developing a plan with community engagement taking place between September and November. The plan is expected to be complete by April 2019 with a presentation at the Tourism Fernie AGM in March.

For more details please visit the website.