family fun

If you’re visiting Fernie with your family, you will be happily surprised to find the number of amenities available here for the younger cohort (and also those young at heart). As the number of families continues to grow, so does the programming, facilities and events geared to this market. Here are our top ten for you to explore this winter!

Sometimes, when the snow flies covering the Valley in a blanket of white, fluffy powder, instead of heading to the hill with the masses, a solo walk meandering in the trees is just what you need. Here are three of my three favourite places to “get lost” in winter.

Event Date: 
Repeats every day until Mon Dec 24 2018.
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Monday, December 24, 2018
10:00am - 2:00pm

Celebrate some Holiday Cheer as Fernie Alpine Resort welcomes Santa to the slopes! Get out and ski a couple of turns with the man in the big red suit in the morning and then get your picture taken with Santa in the daylodge in the afternoon. Get a traditional picture with Santa or try out our new Santa Photo Booth! No need to bring your camera, Santa’s little helpers will email the photos to you FREE of charge!

One thing about Fernie is how easy it is to choose how social you want to be without needing to make plans. You can turn up to free gallery openings, participate in group bike rides, sign up for workshops or join a regular yoga class and be surrounded by friends and friendly faces, all ready to chat and maybe grab a coffee or a beer afterwards.

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018
11:00am - 4:00pm

It’s not only adults who get to have fun at the Chautauqua and Fall Fair Festival. This year’s Children's Tent is better than ever! And activities are FREE! The Kid’s Area is within sight of the Main Stage, so you’ll never have to miss an act.

Activities will be scheduled from 11:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday September 15 for kids of all ages to enjoy, including organized games and an assortment of arts and crafts projects.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
5:30pm - 9:00pm

Deep Down Yonder is a multi instrumentalist/Producer who combines live instruments such as five string banjo, guitar, bass, dobro and harmonica with homemade electronic beats, samples, and synth pads. His sound is a whole new style of danceable, multi-layered, renegade electro-mountain music that blends genres and walks the line between country, funk, and psychedelic four on the floor house. 

Event Date: 
Sunday, August 12, 2018
11:00am - 3:00pm

The Fernie Show n' Shine brings out the best and brightest cars in the area. Come take in the show and vote for your favourite.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
5:30pm - 8:30pm

Ben Sures is a Singer Songwriter based in Edmonton, Canada. He connects with his audiences on many levels. Armed with an acoustic guitar, his songs reach you in a way that make you think, feel, understand the world in a whole new way and laugh at yourself while you are at it.

And don’t forget, the Wednesday Socials are about a lot more than just music. They have a drinks tent serving Fernie Brewing Co., Lonetree cider and wine + a kids corner with free crafts, food trucks and more! A great place to meet your friends, soak up some afternoon sun and listen to awesome live music.

Event Date: 
Friday, January 26, 2018
11:00am - 5:00pm

Join the Fernie Heritage Library for a special celebration of literacy! Drop in programs for all ages between 11:00am-2:00pm.

  • 11:15am Story time with guest readers from Trinity Lodge
  • 11:45am Morning Letterpress Demo by Clawhammer Press
  • 12:00-1:00 pm FREE Alphabet Soup
  • 1:30pm ABC Storytime
  • 2:00pm Afternoon Letterpress Demo Clawhammer Press
  • 11:00-5:00 Activities, board games, letter games, displays, scavenger hunts and Alphabet cookies to go!

Cross-country skiing is truly a sport for all-ages, and one that can be fun for parents, kids and even toddlers. Here are a few tips to make it fun while you introduce the sport to your family.