The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that voting is now open for the 2022 People’s Choice Award. Given out every year at the annual Fernie Business Excellence Awards, any business or organization that is nominated for any award will be in the running to win the People’s Choice Award.

The general public can now cast their vote at

Join Island Lake Lodge for a special evening in their Tamarack Dining Room.

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that the annual Fernie Business Excellence Awards will take place again this year on Friday 21 October at the Rusty Edge. Nominations from the public are now open! The nominations period will run from today until 5pm on Friday 2 September 2022.

To nominate your favourite business, organization or individual across the categories – please head to to cast your nomination.

Remember vinyl records? Cassettes? CDs? I sure do! My basement is full of them. Living rooms and dens around the world used to be bursting with these, with audiophiles boasting about their expansive collection of physical media. Now, every track or album you ever would want to listen to is in the cloud and can be streamed on to your mobile device with the tap of a button. 

CENTURY 21 Mountain Lifestyles Inc.
362B 2 Ave

CENTURY 21 Mountain Lifestyles is pleased to welcome Mariah Runions to their team.

I am writing my column from Prince George where Chambers of Commerce from across British Columbia are gathered in-person for the first time in three years for the BC Chamber AGM and Conference. It has been an awesome week – packed with amazing presentations from government officials, business analysts, and industry leaders. And of course, being in the mix and networking with people who do my role around the province is worth the price of admission alone. There has been a lot of valuable information that I can’t wait to bring back to Fernie and put in action in our local Chamber. 

Summer has finally arrived y’all! And unlike the past two summers, this year we can dare to look forward to a full-scale return of Fernie’s signature festivals, events, races, and activities. Events are such a key part of what makes our mountain town so vibrant, and it’s been tough to see many of them sidelined or significantly scaled down for years on account of the pandemic. But it seems the light has finally appeared at the end of the tunnel.

We are so lucky to have such a vibrant mix of community groups serving all kinds of different needs here in Fernie. There is so much passion and dedication from these groups to making our way of life here more rich, more interesting, and more sustainable. One of the oldest community groups in the Elk Valley is the one I happen to work for – the Fernie Chamber of Commerce.

Way back in January of 2009, I wrote an article about a new device that was taking the world by storm. The iPhone. You may have heard of it. When I bought one, it was version 3 and had been out for about 18 months at that point.

It was then and is now an amazing piece of technology. The new iPhone 13 is a powerful computer and multimedia device that also lets you make phone calls. Pretty neat. I upgraded to an iPhone 13 a few months ago. The camera is amazing. It’s faster. The screen is better. But is it so much better that I needed to upgrade?