Best of Fernie 2013

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!

Best Fernie Season 2013

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 Sport 2013

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

Best Winter Sport 2013

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

Gold: Skiing/Boarding

Silver: Snowshoeing

Bronze: Nordic Skiing

Best Bike Trail 2013

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: Southern Comfort

Bronze: Dem Bones

Best Hiking Trail 2013

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 2013.

Gold: Heiko’s Trail

Silver: Fernie Mountain

Bronze: Spineback

Best Area at Fernie Alpine Resort 2013

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 2013.

Gold: Currie Bowl

Silver: Cedar Bowl

Bronze: Easter Bowl and Lizard Bowl (tie)

Favourite Place to Snowmobile 2013

More and more people are travelling to Fernie with snowmobiles in tow. For those of you into this growing sport, here were your 2013 picks!

Gold: Coal Creek

Silver: Harvey Pass

Bronze: Hartley Pass

Best Place to Nordic Ski 2013

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: Island Lake

Silver: Golf Course

Bronze: Fernie Alpine Resort

Favourite Indoor Activity 2013

On those rainy summer days or during a cold winter spell, Fernie takes its recreation indoors! Here are 2013's top three.

Gold: Swimming

Silver: Yoga

Bronze: Exercise Classes

Best Method of Maintaining Balance/Cross Training 2013

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: Weight Training

Bronze: Swimming

Best Source for Injury Prevention and Rehab 2013

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: Physio Therapy

Bronze: Chiropractic

Best Spa in Town 2013

We are so fortunate to have a plethora of options when it comes to pampering ourselves. Here are 2013's best spas!

Gold: Spa 901

Silver: Trillium Day Spa

Bronze: Island Lake Spa

Best Hair Salon 2013

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 2013!

Gold: ET and Sparrow for Hair (Tied)

Silver: Blue Lime

Bronze: Mirror Images

Best Go to Health Product Source 2013

Where do we pick up our vitamins, supplements and natural ingredients or products? Here are our picks for 2013.

Gold: Cottonwood Tree

Silver: Overwaitea

Bronze: Good Earth

Best Place to Purchase Summer Gear 2013

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: Straight Line

Silver: Gear Hub

Bronze: Guide’s Hut

Best Place to Purchase Winter Gear 2013

You always need great gear when exploring the backcountry, especially during the cold, wet winter months. Here's Fernie's 2013 picks for the best places to get your winter gear.

Gold: Ski Base

Silver: Guide’s Hut

Bronze: Gear Hub

Best Fashion Hot Spot 2013

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 2013's top three fashion hot spots.

Gold: Freyja

Silver: Heaven Boutique

Bronze: Commit

Best Casual Wear Locale 2013

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 2013.

Gold: Freyja

Silver: Commit

Bronze: Board Stiff / Edge Of The World / Ski Base (three way tie)

Best Place for Kid's Clothing, Toys and Gifts 2013

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 2013.

Gold: Grow

Silver: Polar Peek

Bronze: Extra Foods

Best Jewellery and Accessory Hot Spot 2013

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

Gold: Freyja

Silver: Carosella

Bronze: Giv’er

Best Place to Spruce Up Your Home 2013

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: Canadian Tire

Silver: Green Petal

Bronze: Carosella

Best Place to Stock the Fridge 2013

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 2013

You'll need something to wash all that food down with! Here are 2013's top picks for beer and liquor purchases in Fernie!

Gold: Liquor Store

Silver: The Tipple

Bronze: Fernie Mountain Spirits

Best Place to Get Your Goodie Fix 2013

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 2013's top three!

Gold: Happy Cow

Silver: Beanpod and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (tied)

Bronze: Loaf Bakery

Best Cup of Joe 2013

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 2013.

Gold: Freshies

Silver: Mug Shots

Bronze: Beanpod

Favourite Place to Brunch 2013

A good bite to eat to start the day right! Here are Fernie's brunch picks for 2013!

Gold: Blue Toque

Silver: Big Bang Bagels

Bronze: Loaf Bakery

Best Burger in Town 2013

A good burger is essential, and we all have our go-to locales. These three received the most votes in 2013!

Gold: Brickhouse

Silver: The Northern

Bronze: Park Place Lodge Pub

Best Evening Dining Atmosphere 2013

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 2013's top three.

Gold: Yamagoya

Silver: Livery

Bronze: Brickhouse

Best Wine List 2013

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 2013.

Gold: Island Lake Lodge

Silver: Yamagoya

Bronze: The Livery

Best Beer Selection 2013

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: Curry Bowl

Silver: Brickhouse and Yamagoya (Tied)

Bronze: Fernie Cattle Co

Best Cocktail Menu 2013

Gold: The Livery

Silver: Yamagoya

Bronze: Brickhouse and Island Lake (tied)

Best Venue for Live Music 2013

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 2013.

Gold: Northern

Silver: Brickhouse

Bronze: Arts Station

Best Place to Shake Your Booty 2013

It's fun to shake your booty in Fernie, and with each year the booty-shaking opportunities only get better. Check out 2013's top three.

Gold: Northern

Silver: Royal

Bronze: Brickhouse and The Fernie (tied)

Best Ethnic Restaurant 2013

For such a small town Fernie has a surprising number and variety of ethnic restaurants. Get out and explore - here are your favourites from 2013.

Gold: Yamagoya

Silver: Mountain Tandoor

Bronze: Curry Bowl

Best Slice of Pizza in Town 2013

Pizza and burgers - staples in any town. These three establishments are your choice for pizza in 2013.

Gold: Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe

Silver: Loaf Bakery

Bronze: Just Pizza

Best Quick Food Fix 2013

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, 2013's people's choice.

Gold: Big Bang Bagels

Silver: Lunchbox

Bronze: Mugshots and Freshies - (tied)

Best Place to Send the Family 2013

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: Park Place Lodge

Silver: Best Western

Bronze: Stanford

Best Place to Send Friends on a Budget 2013

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 2013.

Gold: Raging Elk Hostel

Silver: Super 8 Motel

Bronze: Powder Mountain Lodge

Best Way To Spend $20 2013

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: Coffee and banger at Big Bang Bagels

Silver: Beanpod hot chocolate or coffee and chocolate

Bronze: Movie at the Vogue

Best Place For People Watching 2013

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: Downtown Fernie

Silver: Griz Patio

Bronze: Chairlift

The Social Event of the Year 2013

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 2013, that you won't want to miss in 2014!

Gold: Wapiti

Silver: Demo Derby

Bronze: Griz Days

Best Sport Event of 2013 2013

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: Wam Bam Dirt Jump Jam

Silver: TransRockies

Bronze: Fernie Tears & Gears

Best Reason for Living in Fernie 2013

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

Gold: The people/community

Silver: Outdoor recreational opportunities

Bronze: The beautiful scenery and mountains

Best Reason for Visiting Fernie 2013

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: Snow

Silver: The people and community

Bronze: Mountain biking

Best Fernie Saying 2013

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 2013.

Gold: 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.)

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

Bronze: Don’t like the weather? Wait five minutes.

Best First Date 2013

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: Yamagoya

Silver: Dinner and a movie

Bronze: Hike/bike/ski and dinner

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