Business

After the tumult and financial bleeding of 2020, I think it is safe to say our local business community is cautiously optimistic for a new year and a new beginning in 2021. While the impacts to our economy from the pandemic have not magically evaporated at the stroke of midnight on New Years Day, there is light at the end of the tunnel – albeit perhaps a little way off yet. We have been told by the federal government that every Canadian who wants a COVID-19 vaccine will have it by September 2021. 

Fernie is increasingly known for its access to some of the best outdoor opportunities in the world. For its breathtaking views and landscapes just minutes from town. For its unique history and colourful, artistic community. And for the small businesses and boutiques that line its shopping centres.

Fernie is also a mountain town known for its array and diverse culinary choices.

There’s a new liqueur to add to your après ski routine after those heavy powder days. 

Fernie Arts Co-op
572 2nd Ave
250-423-7044

Fuel your winter stoke and get inspired by these must watch movie picks. Check it out here!

Fernie Brewing Company has asked their athlete team to share what they’ve been watching recently to fuel their winter stoke through the shoulder season. From skiing and snowboarding picks, to running documentaries and binge worthy YouTube series, there’s something for everyone on this list.

One thing we have heard a lot of this year is the call to action to “shop local” or “support local.” It is a concept that has always been important to local downtown cores and small businesses. But the message has been dramatically amplified (including by the Fernie Chamber) as people increasingly turned to shopping online during the pandemic over shopping at local stores – as it was perceived to be safer. 

Each season has its unique advantages in Real Estate. While listing a property for sale in the winter typically sees a less crowded market with little competition, we are seeing some new trends emerge as more purchasers have taken to online property searches due to the pandemic. 

If you’re a Millennial – born between 1981 and 1996 – you’re either in the very early or relatively early stages of your career, and as the old song goes, you’ve got a lot of living to do. Still, it’s not too soon to think about a financial issue you may have overlooked: the need for life insurance. 

Knine Excursions is owned and operated by Fernie local Jess Link. As a local Jess knows how the mines, tourism and outdoor activities can keep you busy and out of the house for sometimes the entire day!

Brad attempts to distill all of this down to three essential pandemic resources for any business owner or manager operating in BC. Having spent most of the past eight months trying to keep up with all this, I believe these three authoritative resources are the most comprehensive and helpful.