These are a Few of our Favourite Things
One thing you should be prepared for during your time here is to continually be pleasantly surprised. By the effortless champagne powder. By the friendly, knowledgeable residents. By the variety and diverse nature of the recreational opportunities. By the ways in which you can unwind and recharge. And last but most certainly not least, by the calibre of the culinary experiences and locally-produced libations on offer.
To help you in your journey, here are just a few of our favourites. We highly recommend getting out there and tantalizing your tastebuds to ensure you uncover your own hidden gems, as this list is but a wee sample of Fernie’s best!
The perfect place to start is Fernie Brewing Company. Located just off Highway 3, this brewery has a beautiful tasting room and offers flights allowing you to try up to five different beers. Started by a local family, FBC has enthusiastic staff and is very involved in the community. The flights are part of their “Cheers for Charity” campaign, raising money for various organizations in town each month.
Coffee more your thing? Lucky for you, we have two roasting establishments! Beanpod roasts small batches in-house alongside their extravagant and divine chocolate making. Just down the street on Second Avenue, you will find Rooftop Coffee Roasters and their new new cafe and tasting room. What is really cool about both Beanpod and Rooftop is that they are family owned and run. Rooftop actually began with the son (who was still in highschool) and his passion for coffee.
Looking for something a tad stronger? Just around the corner on First Avenue you’ll find Fernie Distillers with one of the few female distillers in Canada. A beautifully renovated space with very knowledgable staff, an enticing cocktail menu and bottles of their small-batch No. 9 Mine Vodka, Fernie Fog Liqueur and Prospector Gin for sale awaits you.
On to food. Wow, this is really tough! Let’s go by time of day.
It’s first thing in the morning, and you’re looking for something quick before heading out on an adventure. Big Bang Bagels it is! We love the Mr. Fernie with spinach and sprouts… but you can always have bacon instead! For the slower-paced or those recovering from a night out, you can’t go wrong with the Blue Toque located in the historic Arts Station. Try the Huevos del Carmen. Delish. Looking for something more traditional? Max Restaurant at the Parkplace Pub will deliver.
On to lunch. When at the hill and looking to give those quads a break or feed the mini rippers to ensure they can do a couple of more laps on the Deer Chair or Mighty Moose, you have some options. The Rusty Edge boasts large booths with fantastic views of the mountain, (great for those night-skiing evenings when your kids are hot-lapping and you’re enjoying a quiet pint indoors). Our kids love the pizza (just cheese, mom!), and so do we! Try The Angelica. In town? Head to Lunchbox, where the wraps and bowls are fresh and fast. Tip - you can turn any wrap into a bowl by having it served over rice! My go-to is the Gringo, and the kids enjoy the A-Z Platter. On cold, winter days I also tend to order whichever curry is on!
The evening has arrived, time to unwind and have fun. For apres at the hill, the Griz Bar is THE place to be. Re-hash the day’s lines over a cold pint and make sure to order the nachos. Looking for a more relaxed environment? Try the Cirque, and order the mussels and a crisp glass of BC white. In town, the Bridge Bistro is where we typically go with the kids and the Heritage Rotisserie Chicken makes you feel right at home! You might even consider the “Ultimate Meal” after a big day of adventure, Ribs and Chicken with all the sides. Yamagoya is also a family favourite, ordering the gyoza upon arrival to satisfy those hangry chicklets. I love the Toro Aburi Nigiri (I don’t suggest introducing your kids to this one, folks), and any one of the Ramen bowls is a sure thing on a cold winter’s day. For a date night, we enjoy Nevados! Start with the Patacones and a bowl of the Tortilla Soup, follow with Baja Pescado and Jerk Chicken Tacos. Tip: you can put your name on the wait list, and hit up a pub for an appetizer while you wait! The Northern (wings), Brickhouse (truffle fries) and the Fernie Pub (potato skins) are just a few steps away. The Curry Bowl is also a regular with us, and they know our order well. One Pad Thai and one Bombay Chicken Curry, please! For a more quiet and intimate setting, don’t forget about Infinitea! The tapas and cocktail menus make this a great place for sharing.
For the late night snacks, try Fernie Pizza and Pasta or Elk Valley Pizza. Both offer items beyond pizza, and deliver to your door!
Last but not least, dessert! Fernie is home to the absolutely wonderful and naturally-created Happy Cow, loved by all ages and tastes. One daughter loves the Raspberry Sorbet, the other straight up Vanilla. Personally, it’s all about the homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches. Did you know you can now decide which ice cream to use in said sandwich? Yes, please!
Photo by Vanessa Croome