Best of Fernie 2021

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 2021

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

Gold: Summer

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Silver: Fall

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Bronze: Winter

Best Summer Activity 2021

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: Hiking

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Silver: Biking

Photo Credit: Krista Turcasso

Bronze: Golfing

Photo Credit: Raven Eye Photography

Best Bike Trail 2021

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: Lazy Lizard

Silver: Swine Flu

Photo Credit: Krista Turcasso

Bronze: Project 9

Photo Credit: Krista Turcasso

Best Winter Activity 2021

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

Gold: Skiing/Boarding

Photo Credit: Fernie Alpine Resort

Silver: Nordic Skiing

Photo Credit: Vanessa Croome

Bronze: Snowshoeing

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Best Place to Snowbike 2021

Fat Biking has become a popular sport during the winter months in Fernie, with regular snow grooming and trails upon trails to explore. Here are this year’s top three!

Gold: Montane

​Photo Credit: Troy Nixon

Silver: Fernie Alpine Resort

Bronze: Provincial Park

Best Hiking Trail 2021

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 2021.

Gold: Heiko's Trail

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Silver: Fairy Creek Falls

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Bronze: Goldilocks at Island Lake Lodge

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Best Area at Fernie Alpine Resort 2021

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 2021.

Gold: Currie Bowl

Photo Credit: OnTheSnow

Silver: Cedar Bowl

Photo Credit: MoreThanSkiing

Bronze: Lizard Bowl

Photo Credit: Krista Turcasso

Best Place to Snowmobile 2021

More and more people are travelling to Fernie with snowmobiles in tow. For those of you into this growing sport, here were your 2021 picks!

Gold: Coal Creek

Photo Credit: Raven Eye Photography

Silver: Harvey Pass

Photo Credit: Shantelle Weir

Bronze: Hartley Lake

Best Place to Nordic Ski 2021

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: Elk Valley Nordic Centre

Photo Credit: Raven Eye Photography

Silver: Fernie Golf Course

Photo Credit: Vanessa Croome

Bronze: Montane

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Favourite Indoor Activity 2021

On those rainy summer days or during a cold winter spell, Fernie takes its recreation indoors! Here are 2021's top three.

Gold: Yoga

Silver: Fitness Classes

Bronze: Swimming

Favourite Historical Building 2021

Walking through town, you’re faced with Fernie’s history at every corner when looking at one of the stunning, restored historical buildings. This is how you voted this year!

Gold: Fernie Courthouse

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Silver: Fernie Heritage Library

Bronze: The Arts Station/Brickhouse (Tie)

Best Method to Maintaining Balance/Cross Training 2021

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: Gym / Strength Training

Silver: Yoga

Bronze: Meditation

Best Fernie Gallery 2021

Fernie is an artistic community, full of individuals who are creating regularly. Not surprisingly, that has resulted in numerous gallery spaces! This year, you picked these businesses as Fernie’s Best Galleries.

Gold: Fernie Arts Co-op

Silver: The Arts Station

Bronze: H Squared Gallery

Best Source for Injury Prevention and Rehab 2021

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: Gym / Strength Training

Favourite Public Art 2021

Public art continues to grow in our community, with many murals, statues and outdoor instalments throughout town. This year, your picks are vibrant, community oriented and historical!

Gold: All Kinds of Beauty, Michael Hepher

Photo Credit: Michael Hepher

Silver: Royal Mural, Liam Monaham

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Bronze: Fernie Miner’s Walk, City Hall

Photo Credit: Tammy Bach

Best Fitness Facility 2021

When you like to play hard, it means you also might want to cross train to ensure you enjoy those recreational pursuits even more! Here are your picks for best fitness facility!

Gold: Evolution Fernie

Silver: Soar Studios

Bronze: Body Garage Fitness

Best Place to Shake Your Booty 2021

It's fun to shake your booty in Fernie, and with each year the booty-shaking opportunities only get better. Check out 2021's top three.

Gold: The Northern

Silver: The Fernie

Bronze: Griz Bar

Best Spa in Town 2021

We are so fortunate to have a plethora of options when it comes to pampering ourselves. Here are 2021's best spas!

Gold: Spa 901

Silver: Three Sisters Day Spa

Bronze: Island Lake Lodge Spa

Best Hair Studio 2021

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 2021!

Gold: Sparrow Hair

Silver: New Roots

Bronze: Society Jane

Best Go to Health Product Store 2021

Where do we pick up our vitamins, supplements and natural ingredients or products? Here are your picks for 2021.

Gold: The Good Earth

Silver: Healing Hollow

Bronze: Drift and Sonder

Best Place to Purchase Summer Gear 2021

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: Edge of the World

Silver: Straightline Bicycles

Bronze: Gear Hub

Best Place to Purchase Winter Gear 2021

You always need great gear when exploring the backcountry, especially during the cold, wet winter months. Here's Fernie's 2021 picks for the best places to get your winter gear.

Gold: Edge of the World

Silver: The Guide’s Hut

Bronze: Gear Hub

Best Fashion Hot Spot 2021

Fernie has turned into a great shopping destination, with unique stores offering something for everyone. From mountain casual to an evening out, here are 2021's top three fashion hot spots.

Gold: Coal Town Goods

Silver: Freyja

Bronze: Ghostrider Trading

Best Place for Kid’s Clothing, Toys and Gifts 2021

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 2021.

Gold: Grow

Silver: Polar Peek Books and Treasures

Bronze: Salvation Army / The Green Petal

Best Place to Get Your Adult Treats 2021

Some enjoy a cold beer, chilled glass of wine, or a varietal of Cannabis after a day of work or play. Where were your favourite places to shop for these adult 'treats?'

Gold: BC Liquor Store

Silver: Fernie Brewing Company

Photo Credit: Fernie Brewing Company

Bronze: Stick and Stone Cannabis. Co.

Photo Credit: Stick and Stone Cannabis. Co.

Best Jewellery and Accessory Hot Spot 2021

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 2021's top three fashion hot spots.

Gold: Coal Town Goods

Silver: Fernie Arts Co-op

Bronze: Freyja

Best Casual Wear Locale 2021

Most days in Fernie, you need something comfortable, built for the current weather, that is also fashionable - we call it mountain casual!

Gold: Edge of the World

Silver: Freyja

Bronze: Coal Town Goods

Best Place to Spruce Up Your Home 2021

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: Interior Envy

Silver: Green Petal

Bronze: Canadian Tire

Best Place to Stock the Fridge 2021

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

Silver: Eldho’s Independent Grocer

Bronze: The Local Store

Best Place to Get Your Treats/Goodies 2021

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 2021's top three!

Gold: Le Bon Pain

Silver: Happy Cow

Bronze: Beanpod

Best Cup of Joe 2021

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 2021.

Gold: Freshies

Silver: Rooftop Coffee Roasters

Bronze: Starbucks

Best Place to Brunch 2021

A good bite to eat to start the day right! Here are Fernie's brunch picks for 2021!

Gold: The Blue Toque

Silver: The Bridge Bistro

Bronze: Big Bang Bagels

Best Burger in Town 2021

A good burger is essential, and we all have our go-to locales. These three received the most votes in 2021!

Gold: The Brickhouse

Silver: The Northern

Bronze: The Pub Bar & Grill

Best Evening Dining Atmosphere 2021

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 2021's top three.

Gold: Yamagoya

Silver: Nevados

Bronze: Island Lake Lodge

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Best Venue for Live Music 2021

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 2021.

Gold: The Northern

Silver: The Arts Station

Bronze: The Brickhouse

Best Wine List 2021

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 2021.

Gold: Island Lake Lodge

Photo Credit: Island Lake Lodge

Silver: Cirque Restaurant

Bronze: Yamagoya

Best Beer Selection 2021

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 Northern

Silver: The Brickhouse

Bronze: The Fernie

Best Cocktail Menu 2021

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

Gold: Fernie Distillers

Silver: Nevados

Bronze: Island Lake Lodge

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Best Ethnic Restaurant 2021

For such a small town Fernie has a surprising number and variety of ethnic restaurants. Get out and explore - here are your favourites from 2021.

Gold: Yamagoya

Silver: Himalayan Spice Bistro

Bronze: Nevados

Best Food Truck 2021

With even more culinary options available on the streets in Fernie, this new category covers those delicious street eats. Here's your top three picks for 2021.

Gold: The Chopstick Truck

Silver: Yama-2-Go

Bronze: Graffito Pizza

Best Pizza in Town 2021

Pizza and burgers - staples in any town. These three establishments are your choice for pizza in 2021.

Gold: Funky Goat Pizza

Silver: Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe

Bronze: Graffito Pizza

Best Place to Send Friends on a Budget 2021

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 2021.

Gold: Mount Fernie Provincial Park

Photo Credit: Vanessa Croome

Silver: Raging Elk Adventure Lodging

Bronze: Fernie RV Resort

Photo Credit: Fernie RV Resort

Best Quick Food Fix 2021

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, 2021's people's choice.

Gold: Big Bang Bagels

Silver: Lunchbox

Bronze: McDonalds

Best Place to Send the Family to Stay 2021

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: Snow Valley Lodging

Silver: Park Place Lodge

Bronze: Fernie Fox Hotel

Best Place for People Watching 2021

Fernie has an engaged community and draws many visitors who like to get engaged and enjoy the many things on offer here. But just where is the best place to take it all in? Here’s your votes for 2021!

Gold: Main Street / Downtown

Silver: Wednesday Night Social

Bronze: Fernie Alpine Resort / Chair Lift

Best Way to Spend Your Last $20 2021

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: Beer on the patio at FBC

Photo Credit: Fernie Brewing Company

Silver: Ice Cream at Happy Cow

Bronze: Beanpod hot chocolate / chocolate

Best Reason for Living in Fernie 2021

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

Gold: The People/Community

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Silver: Access to the Outdoors/Trails

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Bronze: The Lifestyle

Photo Credit: Krista Turcasso

Best Fernie Saying 2021

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 2021.

Gold: Giv’r

Silver: 20cm Rule

Bronze: Fernie Time

Best First Date 2021

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: Ski/Bike and Apres at Yamagoya

Silver: Fairy Creek Hike and beers at FBC

Bronze: Hike or bike and dinner at Island Lake Lodge

Best Place to Catch the Sunset 2021

Fernie is notorious for its magical sunsets. Here are your favourite places to catch the skies as the lights fades in 2021.

Gold: Microwave Towers

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Silver: On my deck

Bronze: Montane Hut

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