Reigniting the Fernie Fire

In 1904 fire raged through Fernie and razed the entire downtown core to the ground. In 1908, fire took hold once again and destroyed the entire city in just 90 minutes but by 1910, Fernie was reborn in the beautiful brick and mortar that can be seen today. These days, we prefer to burn things up a little more creatively- whether it’s blazing a mountain trail on foot or wheels, firing things up on the greens or dancing with the fire spinners at Wapiti - Fernie’s Music Festival, August is one smokin’ hot month.

Posted by Rebecca Hall on Aug 16, 2011 in Community

The Apparel Oft Proclaims the Ski-Bum

I recently travelled back to Canada (though Montreal rather than beautiful BC this time) to attend an academic conference and, as per my last column, to feast on poutine, pierogies and other such Canadian foodstuffs I’d been craving of l

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Aug 16, 2011 in Community

Swing for Charity

There aren’t many people in Fernie who haven’t made it to the Fernie Golf & Country Club (FGCC) at one time or another. Whether for the love of golf or the love of beers on the deck, either way you’ve probably witnessed people on the fifth throwing their hands up in joy or throwing their putter into the water. However there are a few events a year where there is certainly no club throwing. There instead are only smiles, prizes and lots of excitable players dressed head to toe having a fabulous time.

Posted by Abi Moore on Jul 31, 2011 in Community

Pat Gilmar - Trail Pioneer

photo by Judy McMahon

I would wager a guess that most people in Fernie know Pat Gilmar, or at the very least know of him. Pat’s family has lived in the area for over a hundred years, and this is Pat’s 40th year as a miner in the Elk Valley – his roots are deep. Perhaps that’s why he spends so much time amongst the roots working on Fernie’s trail network! To say he has an immense appreciation for the environment he recreates and lives in is an understatement.

Posted by Fix on Jul 31, 2011 in Community

How to Save the World Part 1 - A treatise on compassion.

I know a father who every night before his children go to sleep whispers in their ear: your destiny is to save the world. I asked him if he thought that perhaps he expects too much from his children.

“We have to. Greatness can only be achieved by striving for the impossible.”

Since he spends much of his life on airplanes, lecturing around the world, one day his son had the insight to sit up and reply: “No Dad, my destiny is to save you.”

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jul 25, 2011 in Community

Claire McFee

Did you know that Fernie has a Water Smart Ambassador? Neither did I up until a month ago when Claire McFee posted some information on I was happily surprised, and even more surprised when I met Claire to learn more about her and this position. Why, you’re asking? Because she’s 24 years old, but don’t be fooled – she’s passionate, smart, and you’re going to be hearing from her this summer if your sprinkler is on all afternoon.

Posted by Fix on Jul 25, 2011 in Community

If Food Be the Food of Love

When people ask me if I miss any particular food from home (Ireland), I have to answer “no”. Similarly, I don’t have much of a response when asked about traditional Irish dishes. Colcannon (potato mashed with cabbage)?

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jul 08, 2011 in Community

Get Your Market On

photo by Abi Carswell

Posted by Abi Moore on Jun 30, 2011 in Community

July 2011

photo by Kyle Hamilton

Posted by Fix on Jun 30, 2011 in Community

Negotiating the Picky Eaters

Perhaps, because you are a good parent, you rush home, conscientiously prepare a meal that is fresh, and at least constitutes food, if not high nutrition.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jun 23, 2011 in Community

John and Adelaine Traverse

You’ve probably noticed the colourful children adorned in their soccer jerseys on their way to fields in May and June, have kids playing, or maybe you even coach a team or run a division! With nearly 400 kids involved in youth soccer each year, the breadth of its reach must be community wide. While there are numerous individuals yearly that get this league off the ground, it is John and Adelaine Traverse who have been at the helm for 13 years.

Posted by Fix on Jun 23, 2011 in Community

Relay Ralliers

photo by Ryan Frazer

Posted by Abi Moore on Jun 09, 2011 in Community

Taking the Metro Scoffers to the Cleaners

For reasons too convoluted to go into here, I recently had to take charge of a ski-hut full of mattress covers (or “metro scoffers”, to ape, not unkindly, the pronunciation of a Dutch girl in the group) and ensure they were washed, aired

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jun 09, 2011 in Community

Summer Socializing

I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.
~ L. M. Montgomery

If you’ve read Anne of Green Gables, this quote from the famous Canadian author doesn’t surprise you. The kindred spirits of this famous series often rejoice at summer’s fresh beginnings, holding hands as they run through the landscape of the famed Prince Edward Island.

Posted by Fix on May 29, 2011 in Community

Community at a Young Age

Starting a non-profit community daycare was not an easy task, and many Fernie community members logged a lot of volunteer hours to make it happen. Perhaps surprisingly, many of them didn’t require early childcare services.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Apr 23, 2011 in Community