Best of Fernie 2012

This year, over 250 residents and visitors completed the Best of Fernie survey, voting for their Fernie Favourites in 2018. With so many amazing local businesses, activities and events, choosing becomes tougher each year with an increasing amount of tight races in all categories. Congratulations to this year’s winners, and thank you to everyone who participated. Remember to show your love to organizations and businesses by keeping your support and $ local!

Favourite Fernie Season 2012

One of the celebrated things about Fernie is its pronounced seasons, each holding a special place in our hearts.

Gold: Summer

Silver: Winter

Bronze: Fall

Best Summer Activity 2012

The number of summer activities is on the rise in this beautiful Valley, drawing numerous people to our community with a substantial increase in summer tourism year after year.

Gold: Mountain Biking

Silver: Hiking

Bronze: Water Sports

Honorable Mention: Water sports were so popular as an "honourable mention" last year we gave it its own... and it placed! Trail running is definitely gaining with each year, it will be interesting to see what happens in 2013!

Best Winter Activity 2012

Pretty standard, year after year although we have seen an increase in interest in ski touring and snowmobiling!

Gold: Skiing or Boarding

Silver: Snowshoeing

Bronze: Nordic Skiing

Best Bike Trail 2012

Mountain biking has grown exponentially over the last few years, especially with the increase of events taking place in Fernie. Fortunately the Fernie Trails Alliance keeps our network up to speed, maintaining and building all summer long to keep this recreational activity at its best!

Gold: Swine Flu

Silver: Dem Bones

Bronze: Hyper Extension

Best Hiking Trail 2012

Arriving at one of the many peaks surrounding this Valley, and taking in the awesome views is always a summer highlight. Here are your favourites from 2012.

Gold: Heiko's Trail

Silver: Mount Fernie

Bronze: The Three Sisters

Best Ski Area at Fernie Alpine Resort 2012

There are so many great options at the hill, but of course we all have our favourites... some secret! These three received the top votes in 2012.

Gold: Currie Bowl

Silver: Cedar Bowl

Bronze: Lizard Bowl

Favourite Place to Snowmobile 2012

More and more people are travelling to Fernie with snowmobiles in tow. For those of you into this growing sport, here were your 2012 picks!

Gold: Coal Creek

Silver: Harvey Pass

Bronze: Hartley Lake

Best Place to Nordic Ski 2012

Thanks to the Fernie Nordic Society, our classic and skate skiing options have grown over the last few years. Here are this year's picks.

Gold: Fernie Golf & Country Club

Silver: Island Lake

Bronze: Fernie Alpine Resort

Favourite Indoor Activity 2012

On those rainy summer days or during a cold winter spell, Fernie takes its recreation indoors! Here are 2012's top three.

Gold: Swimming

Silver: Yoga

Bronze: Skating/Hockey

Best Method of Maintaining Balance/Cross Training 2012

With so much biking, running, golfing, skiing and the like, our bodies sometimes need a little TLC. Here are the top three ways Fernie residents and visitors maintain balance.

Gold: Yoga

Silver: Swimming

Bronze: Weight Training

Best Method of Injury Prevention and Rehab 2012

Once in a while if we're not maintaining balance, we leave ourselves open to injury. Here are the three top ways we keep this at bay or work through any injuries that occur.

Gold: Massage Therapy

Silver: Physiotherapy

Bronze: Chiropractic

Best Fernie Spa 2012

We are so fortunate to have a plethora of options when it comes to pampering ourselves. Here are 2012's best spas!

Gold: 901 Fernie

Silver: Trillium Day Spa

Bronze: Island Lake Spa

Favourite Hair Salon 2012

Admit it - you only let that special hair dresser at your specific salon do your hair. We all have our favourites, here are the three that made the cut in 2012!

Gold: Sparrow for Hair

Silver: ET Hair Salon

Bronze: Blue Lime

Go to Health Product Source 2012

Where do we pick up our vitamins, supplements and natural ingredients or products? Here are our picks for 2012.

Gold: The Cottonwood Tree

Silver: The Good Earth

Bronze: Overwaitea

Best Place to Purchase Summer Gear 2012

The retail sector in Fernie is nothing short of amazing - you can literally find everything you need right here in this little town! Here are your picks for summer gear.

Gold: The Gear Hub

Silver: Straightline

Bronze: The Ski Base

Where to Purchase Winter Gear 2012

You always need great gear when exploring the backcountry, especially during the cold, wet winter months. Here's Fernie's 2012 picks for the best places to get your winter gear.

Gold: The Gear Hub

Silver: The Ski Base

Bronze: Commit

Fashion Hot Spot 2012

The Fernie has turned into a great shopping destination, with unique stores offering something for everyone. From mountain casual to an evening out, here are 2012's top three fashion hot spots.

Gold: Freya

Silver: Heaven Boutique

Bronze: Commit

Casual Wear Locale 2012

Looking for something more on the chill side? Here are the "people's choice" for the best places to pick up casual wear in Fernie for 2012.

Gold: Freyja

Silver: Giv'er Shirt Works

Bronze: Heaven Boutique

Best Place for Kid's Clothing, Toys and Gifts 2012

Yes, you can find everything you need for the kids in your life in Fernie! With a growing little person population, and plenty of little people visitors, the shopping sector has really stepped up. Here are your top picks for 2012.

Gold: Grow

Silver: Polar Peek Books and Treasures

Bronze: Extra Foods

Jewellery and Accessory Hot Spot 2012

There are numerous options when looking for something to add to your outfit, these three had the most votes this year!

Gold: Carosella

Silver: Freyja

Bronze: Giv'er Shirt Works

Best Place to Spruce Up Your Home 2012

With so many renovations and home building projects going on in and around Fernie, it's not surprising that we have some great options!

Gold: Green Petal and Canadian Tire - it's a tie!

Silver: Carosella

Bronze: Home Hardware

Best Place to Stock the Fridge 2012

Whether visiting or living here, you need a good source of energy to keep up with your recreational pursuits. Fortunately, there is a plethora of shopping opportunities available to help keep the fridge stocked!

Gold: Overwaitea

Silver: Extra Foods

Bronze: Cincott Market

Best Place to Stock the Liquor Cabinet 2012

You'll need something to wash all that food down with! Here are 2012's top picks for beer and liquor purchases in Fernie!

Gold: BC Liquor Store

Silver: The Tipple Cold Beer & Fine Wine

Bronze: Fernie Mountain Spirits

Best Place to Ger Your Goodie Fix 2012

Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, it's difficult to turn down the amazing goodies offered at a variety of shops, cafes and stores in town. Check out 2012's top three!

Gold: Loaf Bakery and Cafe

Silver: Happy Cow

Bronze: 7-11

Best Cup of Joe 2012

Finding a great cup of coffee in Fernie is far from difficult. With numerous locally run coffee shops, each with its own flavour, it's easy to find your favourite. Here are the three that received the top votes in 2012.

Gold: Freshies

Silver: Fernie Tea & Coffee House

Bronze: Loaf Bakery

Favourite Place to Brunch 2012

A good bite to eat to start the day right! Here are Fernie's brunch picks for 2012.

Gold: The Blue Toque

Silver: Big Bang Bagels

Bronze: Loaf Bakery

Best Burger in Town 2012

A good burger is essential, and we all have our go-to locales. These three received the most votes in 2012!

Gold: The Brickhouse and The Northern

Silver: The Fernie

Bronze: The Parkplace Pub

Best Evening Dining Atmosphere 2012

When it comes to the evening portion of your Fernie experience there is a range of options. Many of the restaurants are known for their ambient nature, an outing in itself. Here are 2012's top three.

Gold: Yamagoya

Silver: The Brickhouse

Bronze: Loaf Bakery and Cafe tied with The Central Local House

Finest Wine List 2012

BC has some of the world's greatest wines, and we are lucky to have Fernie restaurants highlighting many on their wine lists. Here are the three menus that made the cut in 2012.

Gold: Island Lake

Silver: Yamagoya

Bronze: Lizard Creek Lodge

Coolest Beer Selection 2012

Certain cuisines would just not taste the same without a complementary beer, and there are many restaurants and bars in town that go the extra mile to ensure this perfect match is available... sometimes making it quite a difficult choice!

Gold: The Curry Bowl

Silver: The Northern

Bronze: The Brickhouse

Best Cocktail Menu 2012

When you're on the town it's nice to "mix" it up - literally. Here are Fernie's people's choice of cocktail menus!

Gold: The Brickhouse

Silver: The Northern

Bronze: Island Lake

Best Venue for Live Music 2012

With a variety of entertainment opportunities, we thought it only fair to break up the categories this year especially with the growing popularity of jam nights, big bands, trios and singer/songwriters. Here are Fernie's best live music venues in 2012.

Gold: The Northern

Silver: The Brickhouse

Bronze: The Royal

Best Place to Shake Your Booty 2012

It's fun to shake your booty in Fernie, and with each year the booty-shaking opportunities only get better. Check out 2012's top three.

Gold: The Northern

Silver: The Royal

Bronze: The Fernie

Favourite Ethnic Restaurant 2012

For such a small town Fernie has a surprising number and variety of ethnic restaurants. Get out and explore - here are your favourites from 2012.

Gold: Yamagoya

Silver: Mountain Tandoor

Bronze: Curry Bowl

Best Pizza in Town 2012

Pizza and burgers - staples in any town. These three establishments are your choice for pizza in 2012.

Gold: Loaf Bakery

Silver: Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe

Bronze: The Central Local House

Best Quick Food Fix 2012

More often than not you're on the go in Fernie, whether you're on your way to your next adventure or heading to the office. Here are great options when you're short of time, 2012's people's choice.

Gold: Big Bang Bagels

Silver: Lunchbox

Bronze: Freshies

Best Place to Send the Family 2012

People are going to want to visit you in Fernie - period. Here are great options to send family members or those looking for somewhere cozy to spend the nights.

Gold: Parkplace Lodge

Silver: The Best Western

Bronze: Red Tree Lodge

Best Place to Send Friends on a Budget 2012

For those visitors on more of a budget, looking for someplace other than your couch, here are three options that received the most votes in 2012.

Gold: The Raging Elk Hostel

Silver: Super 8 Motel

Bronze: Snow Valley Motel

Best Way To Spend $20 2012

You all had some fabulous ideas on the best way to spend $20 in Fernie. Here are the three that received the most votes.

Gold: A BIg Bang Bagel and cup of coffee.

Silver: Burger and beer night at The Northern

Bronze: Catch a movie at the Vogue Theatre

Best Place For People Watching 2012

Let's face it - people watching is a great way to pass the time... and you all have some interesting locations for viewing purposes. Here are your top three!

Gold: Any patio or window seat in downtown Fernie.

Silver: The plaza at Fernie Alpine Resort

Bronze: At a Fernie Ghostriders Hockey Game

The Social Event of the Year 2012

Events of all types are on the rise in Fernie, thanks to the many volunteers and organizations putting the time and effort into putting them on. Here are the hot items of 2012, that you won't want to miss in 2013!

Gold: Wapiti - Fernie's Music Festival

Silver: Fernie Lion's Club Demolition Derby

Bronze: The Griz Days

The Best Sport Event 2012

Not surprisingly Fernie is host to numerous sport events and races, many which have put Fernie on the map for a recreational haven. Here are hot events that took place last year.

Gold: The TransRockies Mountain Bike Stage Race

Silver: The Wam Bam Dirt Jump Jam

Bronze: Fernie Tears & Gears

Best Reason for Living in Fernie 2012

There are so many reasons for living in Fernie, but these three keep making the cut year after year.

Gold: Community

Silver: The great outdoors

Bronze: The lifestyle

Best Reason for Visiting Fernie 2012

Same thing, there are so many reasons to come and visit Fernie and its surrounding area! The list is truly extensive, but here are the top three votes we received this year. You'll just have to come experience it for yourself to discover the rest!

Gold: Skiing or Boarding

Silver: Mountain Biking

Bronze: The community

Best Fernieism 2012

There are many "isms" in Fernie that one must truly learn and get on board with... some more than others (seriously, the 20cm rule should be law). Here are your top choices for 2012.

Gold: The 20cm Rule (As in, if it snows 20cm businesses have the right to close to enjoy fresh powder!)

Silver: Fernie Time (As in, perpetually late.)

Bronze: No Friends on a Powder Day (As in, don't expect people to wait for you when mass amounts of white fluffy stuff is falling and fresh lines are awaiting.)

Best First Date 2012

Love seems to bud in Fernie... maybe it's the amazing trails, or sick powder, or abundance of new faces that arrive each and every year. Regardless, here are some great ideas for that first date on the town!

Gold: Head for a bike ride or ski, and follow with dinner at Yamagoya.

Silver: Go for a hike at Island Lake, and complete the day with dinner at the lodge.

Bronze: Enjoy a movie at the Vogue Theatre.

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