Krista Turcasso

Posted Apr 04, 2024 by Krista Turcasso

When I think about individuals in our community who have had a positive effect on our awareness and impact on the environment, Dawn Deydey is top of mind. Knowledgeable, passionate, dedicated and hardworking, I always walk away from our conversations energized and hopeful, which was definitely the case after this interview. 

Initially we met to discuss some exciting developments at the Eco Garden, namely a hydroponic farm, but as always I sat back in awe as I learned of the many environmental piles she has had and currently has a hand in, and how it all began.

Posted Apr 04, 2024 by Krista Turcasso

Five years ago, I was sitting in a Board Directed Session with the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) on Climate Change Impacts and Implications. I sat in silence, hanging on every word and feeling my core temperature rise alongside the trajectory of the global temperature on the chart before us. I swore everyone in the room could hear my heart beating and see the level of anxiety I was experiencing. It was a pivotal moment in my life. While I have always been environmentally conscious, I was now determined to be environmentally active. 

Posted Mar 07, 2024 by Krista Turcasso

Have you ever met anyone and thought, “Wow! They are so productive.” Like, you wondered how they got so much done, were still upbeat and positive, and able to function? Our Editor Krista has, and her name is Carolyn Doyle. As a fellow business owner in Fernie, and one of many female entrepreneurs in town, they have supported and worked with one another for over 15 years. 

Posted Feb 17, 2024 by Krista Turcasso

February is synonymous with love… whether we love it or we love to hate it, Valentine’s Day is right there. In the middle of the month, and it’s difficult to ignore. (If you’ve been anywhere near a grocery store since New Year’s, you know what I mean.) 

Posted Feb 15, 2024 by Krista Turcasso

As the first annual (hopefully?) Ponies and Planks Skijoring Fundraiser fast approaches, we asked one of the organizers, Simone Bourassa for some tips on how to make the most out of this great afternoon in Fernie!

First of all "and most importantly," she suggests having a really fun time! Knowing the following will help to make that happen:

Posted Feb 14, 2024 by Krista Turcasso

I love interviewing members of our community. Every month I get to uncover the many layers of some pretty amazing people as we chat for an hour or two and I wonder how I’ll fit it all in a two-page feature article. 9 out of ten times, I can’t! This was definitely the case with Dennis Staples. 

Dennis was born and raised in Quebec. His stepfather was in the military, so Dennis grew up as an army brat. After grade 6, their family relocated to Calgary which was a huge change for him. 

Posted Jan 18, 2024 by Krista Turcasso

Oh, 2024. What do you have in store? I know we (we as in the people who have the safety and comfort and privilege to do so) have the opportunity to make this year what we want (to a point). But doesn’t it feel a bit… selfish? It does to me. I have a need, a desire to do more. To show my girls this world is worth fighting for. To stand up, even when it’s uncomfortable and not popular. 

Posted Jan 14, 2024 by Krista Turcasso

Nordic skiing seems to grow exponentially with each year. Perhaps it's the growing Fernie Nordic Society, with nearly 1200 annual memberships and 1000 day use trail passes sold. Or it could be the numerous locations one can get out on Nordic skis.

Posted Jan 13, 2024 by Krista Turcasso

When you consider sports in a town like Fernie, mountain biking, hockey and skiing are likely what comes to mind. But this has changed. As Fernie has grown and evolved, so have the recreational opportunities for both kids and adults. People move to town, bringing with them their expertise and knowledge and they can’t help but get involved. Aidan Chudleigh is one of these individuals, who has been instrumental in turning Fernie into a swimming community. ​

Posted Jan 04, 2024 by Krista Turcasso

When you live in a mountain town that can have winter-like weather from as early as October to as late as April (sometimes May!), not much stops people from going outside to participate in the sports they enjoy. 

Which makes it pretty clear why Fat Biking, Trail Running and Snowshoeing have become such popular winter activities in Fernie.  

Posted Dec 07, 2023 by Krista Turcasso

Fernie is home to quite a unique and hands-on educational opportunity that is going into its 28th year, the Mountain Adventure Skills Training program (MAST) through the College of the Rockies. Originally developed and run by Brian Bell for its first 25 years, when he retired the reigns were passed on to a new Program Coordinator and Instructor –  Sarah Osberg. 

Posted Dec 07, 2023 by Krista Turcasso

For some reason, this Disney short always has me in tears. Olaf has so much empathy for Elsa and Anna when they realize they have no family traditions, that he decides to head off into the community to learn how others celebrate – what their family traditions are, and to share that with Elsa and Anna. Of course, it is Olaf so it goes completely sideways and he feels as though he has ruined everything. 

Posted Nov 08, 2023 by Krista Turcasso

Tennis in Fernie has become an increasingly popular sport for all people and all ages, and it’s really because of the passion and perseverance of one very hard working woman – Lucy Harrup. Lucy’s efforts were recently recognized by Tennis BC, awarding her with the Community Coach of the Year through her role as head coach of Fernie Sports Co. 

So, just how did she get here?

Posted Nov 07, 2023 by Krista Turcasso

Sometimes I feel alone in my sadness as fall comes to an end. There are so many excited people around, and it deters me from expressing how I truly feel. So here it is, winter is awfully cold, wet and long! I said it. 

Posted Oct 14, 2023 by Krista Turcasso

This October, I am feeling extremely grateful. Recently our family took a big Fernie ‘break’ to visit extended-family and explore new places. It was a month-long adventure, made possible through support from our families, friends, co-workers and let’s be honest… renting our home while we were away. 

Posted Sep 08, 2023 by Krista Turcasso

This August we attended our 11th Wapiti Music Festival. Yes, we have been to every one… even when our kids were wee. The cool mountain air and mix of music and chatter lulled them into the deepest sleeps they had experienced as infants, and we wished it could be Wapiti every day! 

Posted Aug 03, 2023 by Krista Turcasso

Emma Stevens is the owner of Untamed, a clothing company in beautiful Fernie, creating flattering and wearable art.

“I got tired of not finding anything cool, flattering, and long to wear with tights,” says Emma. “So, I started making and designing everything myself out of super soft bamboo fabric, and yes! They all have pockets. My creations are for busy women who want it all - comfort, convenience, and to look and feel good. We deserve it!”

Posted Jul 19, 2023 by Krista Turcasso

The first time I ever played disc golf was in Fernie. I was home from University for the summer, and new friends took me for a round. I had no idea what disc golf was, and when we parked outside of a private residence on Anderson Road, I was quite confused and then quite impressed that someone would create such a wonderful community asset and allow people to play for free. 

Posted Jul 14, 2023 by Krista Turcasso

“Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.”
— C. Day Lewis

Posted Jun 10, 2023 by Krista Turcasso

Many in our community know of Megan Lohmann… the mom, the volunteer, the organizer, the Nordic ambassador, the environmentalist. But it is unlikely most know the depth of her passion and the impact she has had on our community and beyond through her dedication and hard work. 

Posted Jun 09, 2023 by Krista Turcasso

Today Fernie awoke to cloudy skies. It’s May, and imagining a smoky summer is rather depressing. I have already been feeling deflated after last week’s decision by the RDEK to allow the rezoning of a beautiful piece of land between Fernie and the ski hill. Environmental stress is compounding, which I think is inevitable if we are staying in tune and doing our part to advocate for the future of our children and this planet. 

Posted May 25, 2023 by Krista Turcasso

My partner is from Ontario and often talks about cottage country. I get it – it’s absolutely beautiful. I spent a week on a tiny island within the Thousand Islands and while I enjoyed it, I found after day two I was in need of space, silence and movement (it must be the mountain girl in me). Fortunately, not far from Fernie we have our own cottage country that offers the best of both worlds - the South Country! 

Posted May 18, 2023 by Krista Turcasso

This June 17 -25, the Special Olympics World Games are taking place in Berlin, Germany with thousands of athletes competing together in 26 sports. So, just what is the Special Olympics?

Posted May 08, 2023 by Krista Turcasso

Spring has long been thought of a time of rebirth. A time of hope, playfulness, fresh air and childlike wonder. 

In our family, my siblings and I have birthdays in spring as do my daughters and niece. So, it truly has always been a time of celebration. This year I have deeply ruminated on this, as spring has also become a time of tremendous loss. Our nana, who passed while we awaited our sweet Maria. Our mummu, as we celebrated Maria’s birthday. Our cousin, as we celebrated my niece. And most recently, our uncle as I awoke on my birthday. 

Posted Apr 15, 2023 by Krista Turcasso

There is just something about the month of April. Maybe it’s the feeling that spring has actually arrived. Perhaps it’s that we get to celebrate the end of our winter season with events like Hot Dog Day and Fernival. Or, I could cherish this month so much because it typically means my gravel bike has hit the roads. But more likely, it’s because I am an April (and also an Easter) baby.