Patios for Every Occasion

Summer in Fernie is sweet. It can also feel rather short, after the lengthy months filled with all things pow. This is why it is very important to take advantage of being outdoors in the sun with friends and family for every occasion possible.

Morning Coffee. It is quite magical to watch the sun fill the valley while sipping a warm cup of coffee! Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to do just this! Victoria Ave is home to a variety of cafes who all provide fantastic options for this occasion. Visit Big Bang Bagels or the Valley Social for their unique wooden structures out front - people watching for days. For a more secluded feel, check out Freshies or Mugshots who both have patios out back. Beanpod offers a more old-school feel, with chairs and table on the sidewalk, making it a more social affair.

Enjoy a Meal. Why eat indoors for breakfast, lunch or dinner when you can be outside, basking in the warmth of summer and enjoying the scenery that surrounds Fernie? For breakfast, you definitely want to check out The Blue Toque at the Arts Station. This used to be the train station back in the day, so don’t be surprised when you hear the horn blasting just metres away! It’s part of our charm. Loaf also hosts a wonderful breakfast, with a wooden patio out front. Just down the street, Lunchbox offers a fresh and healthy menu for lunch, and of course a patio to enjoy it on. Around the corner, Inifnitea also has healthy options that your taste buds will enjoy, and side-street patio! As the day’s activities come to an end and dinner is on your mind, the sun is still out! The Asian restaurants have successfully responded to the demand for outdoor dining, with popular patio settings available at Yamagoya, The Curry Bowl, Sushi Wood, the Chopstick Truck and Tandoor Grill at the Stanford Inn along Hwy 3, and the Himalayan Spice Bistro in town. And of course you don’t want to miss out on the cajun-inspired cuisine at the Smokehouse at Red Tree Lodge and its outdoor setting, or the magical lighting and greenery available at the patio at Nevados downtown.

Apres. You’ve just finished a round of golf and are keen on a refreshment. Well, you’re in luck. The Fernie Golf Course’s Cast Iron Grill offers panoramic views of the valley and lovely evening sunshine and sunset! After a day riding the Elk Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort, you’ll also be happy to find Legends in the plaza has a well-placed patio for post-ripping pints. At the base of the Elk, you’ll find Cirque Restaurant and the Rusty Edge, both with patios facing the beautiful headwall at the hill. Riding or trail running in town? No worries! The Brickhouse, Northern, Parkplace Pub and Fernie all have fantastic patios and apres options, make sure to check out their weekly specials! And if fly-fishing is your main event today, the Bridge Bistro is perfectly positioned to continue watching and listening to the Elk River as the sunsets with a cold drink and snacks. 

The sun cycle in summer is something we definitely cherish. Of course we adore it in winter too, but with the days stretched out it’s as if we are present for it all… the rising sun, as it first hits the Lizard Range, Mount Fernie and Three sisters. The high sun, creating brightness, heat and energy. And my personal favourite, as the sunset creating a striking contrast between the mountains and skies. So now that you have been provided with the occasions and various options, get out there and make it happen!

Photo by Matt Kuhn Photography