Best of Fernie 2015

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!

Best Fernie Season 2015

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 2015

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: ​Biking  

Silver: Hiking

Bronze: Water Sports

Honorable Mention: Gold Photo Credit: Raven Eye Photography

Best Winter Sport 2015

Pretty standard, year after year although we have seen an increase in interest in nordic skiing and snowshoeing!

Gold: Skiing/Boarding

Silver: Nordic Skiing

Bronze: Snowshoeing

Honorable Mention: Gold Photo Credit: Fernie Alpine Resort Silver Photo Credit: Glenn Bond (Jan/16 Fernie Fix) Bronze Photo Credit: Doug Koran (http://www.ferniefix.com/article/snowshoe-fernie)

Best Bike Trail 2015

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: Project 9 

Bronze: Lazy Lizard

Honorable Mention: Silver Photo Credit: Raven Eye Photography Bronze Photo Credit: Fernie Flyers

Best Hiking Trail 2015

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 2015.

Gold: Heiko's Trail

Silver: Spineback

Bronze: Castle

Honorable Mention: Gold Photo Credit: Le-Ann Walker (http://www.ferniefix.com/article/nature-sites-see-summer-dies) Silver Photo Credit: Bob Spirko

Best Area at Fernie Alpine Resort 2015

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 2015.

Gold: Curry Bowl

Silver: Cedar Bowl

Bronze: Lizard Bowl

Honorable Mention: Gold and Bronze Photo Credit: Fernie Alpine Resort Silver Photo Credit: https://morethanskiing.wordpress.com

Best Place to Snowmobile 2015

More and more people are travelling to Fernie with snowmobiles in tow. For those of you into this growing sport, here were your 2015 picks!

Gold: Coal Creek 

Silver: Harvey Pass

Bronze: Morrissey

Honorable Mention: (Photo Credit: Raven Eye Photography)

Best Place to Nordic Ski 2015

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: Elk Valley Nordic Centre 

Bronze: Golf Course

Honorable Mention: Gold Photo Credit: Island Lake Catskiing

Favourite Indoor Activity 2015

On those rainy summer days or during a cold winter spell, Fernie takes its recreation indoors! Here are 2015's top three - including a two way tie this year!

Gold: Yoga

Silver: Swimming

Bronze: Skating/Hockey and Exercise Classes (TIE)

Honorable Mention: Gold Photo Credit: Leslie Prentice (Dec/15 Fernie Fix) Bronze Photo Credit: Evolution Fitness Fernie

Best Method of Mainting Balance/Cross Training 2015

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: Gym/Crossfit

Bronze: Meditation

Honorable Mention: Gold Photo Credit: Frances Cater Poorten Silver Photo Credit: Fernie Crossfit Bronze Photo Credit: Resorts of The Canadian Rockies

Best Source for Injury Prevention and Rehab 2015

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: Chiropractic

Bronze: Physio Therapy  

Honorable Mention: Gold Photo Credit: www.chopratreatmentcenter.com

Best Spa in Town 2015

We are so fortunate to have a plethora of options when it comes to pampering ourselves. Here are 2015's best spas!

Gold: Spa 901 

Silver: Three Sisters Day Spa

Bronze: Island Lake 

Best Hair Salon 2015

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 2015!

Gold: Sparrow for Hair

Silver: Lysh

Bronze: ET

Best Go To Health Product Source 2015

Where do we pick up our vitamins, supplements and natural ingredients or products? Here are our picks for 2015.

Gold: Good Earth

Silver: Healing Hollow

Bronze: Overwaitea

Best Place to Purchase Summer Gear 2015

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: Gear Hub

Silver: Ski Base

Bronze: Straight Line

Best Place to Purchase Winter Gear 2015

You always need great gear when exploring the backcountry, especially during the cold, wet winter months. Here's Fernie's 2015 picks for the best places to get your winter gear.

Gold: Ski Base

Silver: Gear Hub

Bronze: Commit

Best Fashion Hot Spot 2015

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 2015's top three fashion hot spots.

Gold: Freyja

Silver: No3

Bronze: Heaven Boutique

Best Casual Wear Locale 2015

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 2015.

Gold: Freyja

Silver: Heaven Boutique

Bronze: Commit

Best Place for Kid's Clothing, Toys and Gifts 2015

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 2015.

Gold: Grow

Silver: Polar Peek

Bronze: Ann's Independent Grocer/Green Petal

Best Accessory Hot Spot 2015

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

Gold: Freyja

Silver: Fernie Arts Co-op

Bronze: Heaven Boutique/Green Petal

Best Place to Spruce Up Your Home 2015

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: The Green Petal

Silver: Home Hardware

Bronze: Canadian Tire

Honorable Mention: Bronze Photo Credit: TarjanGroup.com

Best Place to Stock The Fridge 2015

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: Save on Foods (Overwaitea)

Silver: Ann's Independent Grocer

Bronze: The Good Earth

Best Place to Stock The Liquor Cabinet 2015

You'll need something to wash all that food down with! Here are 2015'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 2015

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 2015's top three!

Gold: Happy Cow

Silver: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Bronze: Beanpod

Best Cup of Joe 2015

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 2015.

Gold: Freshies

Silver: Mugshots

Bronze: Beanpod

Favourite Place to Brunch 2015

A good bite to eat to start the day right! Here are Fernie's brunch picks for 2014!

Gold: Blue Toque

Silver: Big Bang Bagels

Bronze: Mugshots

Best Burger in Town 2015

A good burger is essential, and we all have our go-to locales. These three received the most votes in 2015!

Gold: The Brickhouse

Silver: The Northern

Bronze: Park Place Lodge Pub

Best Evening Dining Atmosphere 2015

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 2015's top three.

Gold: Yamagoya

Silver: Nevados

Bronze: Fernie Cattle Co.

Best Wine List 2015

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 2015.

Gold: Island Lake Lodge

Silver: Fernie Cattle Co

Bronze: Lizard Creek Lodge

Best Beer Selection 2015

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: Nevados

Bronze: The Northern

Best Cocktail Menu 2015

Enjoying a beverage after a day at work, with friends or apres ski, these restaurants offer a selection of choices.

Gold: Nevados

Silver: Yamagoya

Bronze: Island Lake Lodge

Best Venue for Live Music 2015

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 2014.

Gold: The Northern

Silver: Infinitea

Bronze: The Arts Station

Best Place to Shake Your Booty 2015

It's fun to shake your booty in Fernie, and with each year the booty-shaking opportunities only get better. Check out 2015's top three.

Gold: The Northern

Silver: The Royal

Bronze: The Fernie

Best Ethnic Restaurant 2015

For such a small town Fernie has a surprising number and variety of ethnic restaurants. Get out and explore - here are your favourites from 2015.

Gold: Yamagoya

Silver: Nevados

Bronze: Mountain Tandoor

Best Slice of Pizza in Town 2015

Pizza and burgers - staples in any town. These three establishments are your choice for pizza in 2015.

Gold: Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe

Silver: Fernie Pizza and Pasta

Bronze: Loaf

Best Quick Food Fix 2015

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, 2015's people's choice.

Gold: Big Bang Bagels

Silver: Lunchbox

Bronze: Mugshots

Best Place to Send the Family 2015

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: Lizard Creek Lodge

Best Place to Send Friends on a Budget 2015

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 2015.

Gold: Raging Elk Hostel

Silver: Snow Valley Motel

Bronze: Powder Mountain Lodge

Best Way to Spend $20 2015

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: Nachos and Beer at the Griz Bar

Silver: Ghostriders Hockey Game

Bronze: Big Bang Bagel and Coffee

Honorable Mention: Silver Photo Credit: Mo.fo Photography

Best Place for People Watching 2015

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: Patio or Bench on Second Ave in Downtown Fernie

Silver: Griz Bar Patio

Bronze: Chairlift at Fernie Alpine Resort

Honorable Mention: Silver and Bronze Photo Credit: Fernie Alpine Resort

The Social Event of The Year 2015

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 2015, that you won't want to miss in 2016!

Gold: Wapiti

Silver: Demolition Derby

Bronze: Griz Days

Honorable Mention: Bronze Photo Credit: Festival Seekers

Best Sport Event of 2015 2015

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: Fernie Ghostriders Hockey

Bronze: Fernie Tears & Gears/Demolition Derby

Honorable Mention: Silver Photo Credit: Mo.fo Photography

Best Reason for Living in Fernie 2015

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

Gold: The People

Silver: The Beautiful Scenery

Bronze: The Lifestyle

Best Reason for Visiting Fernie 2015

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: The Mountains

Silver: The People

Bronze: Recreational Opportunities

Best Fernie Saying 2015

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 2015.

Gold: Came for the winter, stayed for the summer

Silver: Fernie Time

Bronze: No friends on a powder day

Best First Date 2015

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: Bike/Hike/Ski and Dinner Out

Silver: Dinner at Yamagoya

Bronze: Movie at the Vogue Theatre

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