One of the celebrated things about Fernie is its pronounced seasons, each holding a special place in our hearts.
Best of Fernie 2016
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 Summer Sport 2016
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.
Honorable Mention: Gold Photo Credit: Raven Eye Photography
Best Winter Sport 2016
Pretty standard, year after year although we have seen an increase in interest in nordic skiing and snowshoeing!
Honorable Mention: Gold Photo Credit: Fernie Alpine Resort Silver Photo Credit: Island Lake Lodge Bronze Photo Credit: Tourism Fernie & Henry Georgi
Best Bike Trail 2016
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!
Honorable Mention: Gold Photo Credit: Tourism Fernie Silver Photo Credit: Rad Bike Bronze Photo Credit: Crank Fernie
Best Hiking Trail 2016
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 2016.
Honorable Mention: Gold Photo Credit: Mike McPhee
Best Area at Fernie Alpine Resort 2016
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 2016.
Honorable Mention: Gold Photo Credit: OnTheSnow Silver Photo Credit: MoreThanSkiing Bronze Photo Credit: Fernie Alpine Resort
Best Place to Snowmobile 2016
More and more people are travelling to Fernie with snowmobiles in tow. For those of you into this growing sport, here were your 2016 picks!
Honorable Mention: Gold & Silver Photo Credit: Raven Eye Photography
Best Place to Nordic Ski 2016
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.
Honorable Mention: Gold Photo Credit: Tourism Fernie Silver Photo Credit: Jesse Bell Bronze Photo Credit: Island Lake Lodge
Favourite Indoor Activity 2016
On those rainy summer days or during a cold winter spell, Fernie takes its recreation indoors! Here are 2016's top three.
Best Method to Maintaining Balance/Cross Training 2016
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.
Honorable Mention: Silver Photo Credit: Evolution Fitness Fernie Bronze Photo Credit: Tourism Fernie
Best Source for Injury Prevention and Rehab 2016
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.
Honorable Mention: Gold Photo Credit: Thunder Meadows Massage Bronze Photo Credit: Advantage Chriopractic
Best Place to Get Your Sweat On 2016
Whether it's raining, snowing or even nice outside, sometimes you just need to sweat it out! Here are the top three in this new category!
Honorable Mention: Silver Photo Credit: Essential Yoga Studio Bronze Photo Credit: Soar Cycle Studio
Best Spa in Town 2016
We are so fortunate to have a plethora of options when it comes to pampering ourselves. Here are 2016's best spas!
Best Hair Salon 2016
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 2016!
Honorable Mention: Gold Photo Credit: Smalltown Social
Best Go to Health Product Source 2016
Where do we pick up our vitamins, supplements and natural ingredients or products? Here are our picks for 2016.
Honorable Mention: Silver Photo Credit: Kootenay Biz
Best Place to Purchase Summer Gear 2016
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.
Best Place to Purchase Winter Gear 2016
You always need great gear when exploring the backcountry, especially during the cold, wet winter months. Here's Fernie's 2016 picks for the best places to get your winter gear.
Honorable Mention: Bronze Photo Credit: Yellowpages.ca
Best Fashion Hot Spot 2016
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 2016's top three fashion hot spots.
Honorable Mention: Gold Photo Credit: Freyja
Best Place for Kid's Clothing, Toys and Gifts 2016
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 2016.
Best Accessory Hot Spot 2016
There are numerous options when looking for something to add to your outfit, these three had the most votes this year!
Honorable Mention: Bronze Fernie Arts Co-op Photo Credit: Smalltown Social
Best Place to Spruce Up Your Home 2016
With so many renovations and home building projects going on in and around Fernie, it's not surprising that we have some great options!
Honorable Mention: Gold Photo Credit: Tarjan Group Bronze Photo Credit: Kootenay Biz
Best Place to Stock The Fridge 2016
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!
Honorable Mention: Gold and Silver Photo Credit: Kootenay Biz
Best Place to Stock The Liquor Cabinet 2016
You'll need something to wash all that food down with! Here are 2016's top picks for beer and liquor purchases in Fernie!
Honorable Mention: Bronze Photo Credit: Colliers International
Best Place to Get Your Goodie Fix 2016
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 2016's top three!
Best Cup of Joe 2016
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 2016.
Honorable Mention: Bronze Photo Credit: Smalltown Social
Best Place to Brunch 2016
A good bite to eat to start the day right! Here are Fernie's brunch picks for 2016!
Honorable Mention: Silver Photo Credit: Big Bang Bagels Trip Advisor
Best Burger in Town 2016
A good burger is essential, and we all have our go-to locales. These three received the most votes in 2016!
Best Evening Dining Atmosphere 2016
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 2016's top three.
Best Wine List 2016
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 2016.
Best Beer Selection 2016
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!
Honorable Mention: Bronze Photo Credit: LWE Builders
Best Cocktail Menu 2016
Enjoying a beverage after a day at work, with friends or apres ski, these restaurants offer a selection of choices.
Best Venue for Live Music 2016
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 2016.
Honorable Mention: Gold Photo Credit: Matt Kuhn Photo
Best Place to Shake Your Booty 2016
It's fun to shake your booty in Fernie, and with each year the booty-shaking opportunities only get better. Check out 2016's top three.
Best Ethnic Restaurant 2016
For such a small town Fernie has a surprising number and variety of ethnic restaurants. Get out and explore - here are your favourites from 2016.
Best Food Truck 2016
With even more culinary option available on the streets on Fernie, this new category covers those delicious street eats. Here's your top three picks for 2016.
Best Slice of Pizza 2016
Pizza and burgers - staples in any town. These three establishments are your choice for pizza in 2016.
Honorable Mention: Bronze Photo Credit: Tourism Fernie
Best Quick Food Fix 2016
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, 2016's people's choice.
Best Place to Send The Family 2016
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.
Best Place to Send Friends on a Budget 2016
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 2016.
Best Way to Spend $20 2016
You all had some fabulous ideas on the best way to spend $20 in Fernie. Here are the three that received the most votes.
Best Place for People Watching 2016
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!
The Social Event of 2016 2016
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 2016, that you won't want to miss in 2017!
Best Sport Event of 2016 2016
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.
Best Reason for Living in Fernie 2016
There are so many reasons for living in Fernie, but these three keep making the cut year after year.
Best Reason for Visiting Fernie 2016
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!
Best Fernie Saying 2016 2016
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 2016.
Best First Date 2016
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!