Best of Fernie 2023

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 2023

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 2023

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

Photo Credit: Krista Turcasso

Silver: Hiking

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Bronze: Fishing


Best Winter Activity 2023

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: Snowshoeing / Nordic Skiing

Photo Credit: Vanessa Croome

Bronze: Skating / Hockey

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Best Bike Trail 2023

Mountain biking has grown exponentially over the last few years, especially with the increase of events taking place in Fernie. Fortunately local trail organizations keep 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: Eric's Trail

Photo Credit: Vanessa Croome

Best Hiking Trail 2023

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 2023.

Gold: Goldilocks at Island Lake Lodge

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Silver: Heiko's Trail

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Bronze: Fairy Creek Falls

Photo Credit: Vanessa Croome

Best Area at Fernie Alpine Resort 2023

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 2023.

Gold: Currie Bowl

Photo Credit: OnTheSnow

Silver: Cedar Bowl

Photo Credit: MoreThanSkiing

Bronze: Lizard Bowl

Photo Credit: Fernie Alpine Resort

Best Place to Snowmobile 2023

More and more people are travelling to Fernie with snowmobiles in tow. For those of you into this growing sport, here were your 2023 picks!

Gold: Coal Creek

Photo Credit: Raven Eye Photography

Silver: Harvey Pass

Photo Credit: Shantelle Weir

Bronze: Morrissey

Best Place to Nordic Ski 2023

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

Best Place to Snowbike 2023

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 Ridge

Photo Credit: Troy Nixon

Bronze: Mount Fernie Provincial Park

Photo Credit: Fat Bike Frank (Taken during a night ride during the 2023 Elk Valley Streak)

Favourite Indoor Activity 2023

On those rainy summer days or during a cold winter spell, Fernie takes its recreation indoors! Here are 2023's top three.

Gold: Fitness Classes

Silver: Weight Training

Bronze: Swimming

Favourite Historical Building 2023

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 / The Fernie Arts Station

Bronze: The Brickhouse

Best Fernie Gallery 2023

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

Favourite Public Art 2023

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

Gold: Dumpster Art Project

Photo Credit: Vanessa Croome

Silver: All Kinds of Beauty, Michael Hepher

Bronze: The Royal Graffiti Mural, Liam Monahan

Best Venue for Live Music 2023

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 2023.

Gold: The Northern

Silver: The Knox on 2nd

Bronze: The Arts Station

Photo Credit: Vanessa Croome

Best Place to Shake Your Booty 2023

It's fun to shake your booty in Fernie, and with each year the booty-shaking opportunities only get better. Check out 2023's top three.

Gold: The Northern

Silver: The Griz Bar

Bronze: The Central

Best Fernie Event 2023

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 2023, that you won't want to miss in 2024!

Gold: Wapiti

Silver: Griz Days

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Bronze: Wednesday Socials

Photo Credit: Vanessa Croome

Best Method to Maintaining Balance/Cross Training 2023

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 Source for Injury Prevention and Rehab 2023

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

Best Spa in Town 2023

We are so fortunate to have a plethora of options when it comes to pampering ourselves. Here are 2023's best spas!

Gold: Spa 901

Silver: Three Sisters Day Spa

Bronze: Island Lake Spa

Favourite Hair Salon 2023

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 2023!

Gold: New Roots

Silver: Sparrow

Bronze: Society Jane

Favourite Health Product Store 2023

Where do we pick up our vitamins, supplements and natural ingredients or products? Here are your picks for 2023.

Gold: The Good Earth

Silver: Save On Foods

Bronze: Eldho’s Independent Grocer

Best Place to Purchase Summer Gear 2023

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: Gear Hub

Bronze: Straightline Bicycles

Best Place to Purchase Winter Gear 2023

You always need great gear when exploring the backcountry, especially during the cold, wet winter months. Here's Fernie's 2023 picks for the best places to get your winter gear.

Gold: Edge of the World

Silver: Gear Hub

Bronze: Ski Base

Best Jewellery and Accessory Hot Spot 2023 2023

There are many choices when looking to pair a little bling or an accessory with your outfit of choice. Here are your top three faves in Fernie in 2022!

Gold: Coal Town Goods

Silver: Arts Co-op

Bronze: Freyja

Favourite Fashion Hot Spot 2023

Fernie has turned into a great shopping destination, with unique stores offering something for everyone. From mountain casual to an evening out, here are 2023's top three fashion hot spots.

Gold: Coal Town Goods

Silver: Fernie Arts Co-op

Bronze: Freyja

Best Casual Wear Locale 2023

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 for Kid’s Clothing, Toys and Gifts 2023

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 2023.

Gold: Grow

Silver: Polar Peek Books and Treasures

Bronze: Eldho’s Your Independent Grocer

Best Place to Spruce Up Your Home 2023

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: Canadian Tire

Bronze: Urban Settler

Best Place to Stock the Fridge 2023

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: Eldho’s Independent Grocer

Silver: Save on Foods

Bronze: The Local Store

Best Place to Get Your Adult Treats 2023

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: The Tipple Cold Beer & Fine Wine

Bronze: Spirits Cold Beer and Liquor (Park Place Lodge)

Best Place to Get Your Treats/Goodies 2023

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 2023's top three!

Gold: Le Bon Pain C'est La Vie

Silver: Beanpod

Bronze: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Best Cup of Joe 2023

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 2023.

Gold: Rooftop Coffee Roasters

Silver: Mugshots

Bronze: Freshies

Best Place to Brunch 2023

A good bite to eat to start the day right or maybe a late morning weekend snack. Here are Fernie's brunch picks for 2023!

Gold: Blue Toque

Silver: The Bridge Bistro

Bronze: Big Bang Bagels

Best Burger in Town 2023

A good burger is essential, and we all have our go-to locales. These three received the most votes in 2023!

Gold: The Brickhouse

Silver: The Northern

Bronze: The Pub Bar and Grill

Best Evening Dining Atmosphere 2023

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 2023's top three.

Gold: Yamagoya

Silver: Nevados

Bronze: Island Lake Lodge

Best Wine List 2023

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 2023.

Gold:  Bramasole

Silver: Island Lake Lodge

Bronze: Yamagoya

Best Beer Selection 2023

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 Fernie Taphouse / The Northern

Silver: The Pub Bar and Grill

Bronze: The Brickhouse / Yamagoya

Best Cocktail Menu 2023

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

Gold: Fernie Distillers

Silver: Nevados

Bronze: Yamagoya

Best Ethnic Restaurant 2023

For such a small town Fernie has a surprising number and variety of ethnic restaurants. Get out and explore - here are your favourites from 2023.

Gold: Yamagoya

Silver: Himalayan Spice Bistro

Bronze: Nevados

Best Food Truck 2023

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 2023.

Gold: The Chopstick Truck

Silver: Yama-2-Go

Bronze: Graffito Pizza

Best Pizza in Town 2023

Pizza and burgers - staples in any town. These three establishments are your choice for pizza in 2023.

Gold: Funky Goat Pizza

Silver: Graffito Pizza

Bronze: Fernie Pizza and Pasta

Best Quick Food Fix 2023

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, 2023's people's choice.

Gold: Big Bang Bagels

Silver:  Lunchbox

Bronze: Wendy's

Best Place to Send the Family to Stay 2023

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: Parkp Place Lodge / Snow Valley Lodging

Silver: Best Western

Bronze: Fernie Fox Hotel

Best Place to Send Friends on a Budget 2023

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 2023.

Gold: Mount Fernie Provincial Park

Photo Credit: Vanessa Croome

Silver: Fernie RV Park

Bronze: Raging Elk Adventure Lodge

Best Place for People Watching 2023

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 2023!

Gold: Downtown Fernie

Photo Credit: Raven Eye Photography

Silver: at Fernie Alpine Resort

Bronze: Wednesday Socials

Best Reason for Living in Fernie 2023

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

Gold: Community

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Silver: Lifestyle

Bronze: Access to recreation out your front door

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Best Fernie Saying 2023

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 2023.

Gold: Came for the winter, stayed for the summer

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Silver: The 20cm rule

Bronze: Fernie time (although there are many who are over this one!)

Best First Date 2023

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: Drinks at Fernie Distillery, Dinner at Nevados

Silver: Hike and dinner at Island Lake

Bronze: Dinner at Yamagoya and a movie at the Vogue Theatre

Best Place to Catch the Sunset 2023

Fernie is notorious for its magical sunsets. Here are your favourite places to catch the skies as the lights fade in 2023.

Gold: South Country / Koocanusa

Silver: The Boat Launch on the Elk River

Photo Credit: Christine Thompson

Bronze: Microwave Towers

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