Kootenays

The RDEK is reminding residents about the need to be cautious around all waterways and prepared in the event of seasonal flooding as the warm temperatures this week have resulted in melting of the higher elevation snowpack. 

“We are expecting to see water levels rise as the high-elevation snowpack melts,” says Information Officer, Loree Duczek. “We encourage everyone to stay clear of creek banks and rivers during this spring run-off and urge anyone who lives in an area prone to seasonal flooding to take steps to protect their properties.” 

On August 14, 2017 Council received a report from the late Lloyd Smith, our Director of Leisure Services on the condition of our public works building. For those of us in the room, it was startling. 

“A number of buildings located at the public works yard have not been maintained adequately over the last thirty years. In 2016, the Quonset building was decommissioned after engineers identified structural issues. These issues had been previously outlined in a report completed and supplied to the City in 1997 but were never addressed.” 

The City of Fernie is pleased to support our local food-service providers by promoting pop-up COVID-safe dining options throughout the city.  Picnic tables will be installed on 6th Street, the Station Square parking lot, on City Hall grounds starting on May 21st in time for the May long weekend.  

Volunteers are the heart of the RDEK’s rural communities. If you know an outstanding volunteer in one of the rural areas in the region, the RDEK encourages you to nominate them for the 2021 Electoral Area Volunteer of the Year award. 

Nomination forms are now available and, as it has in past years, the Regional District will be honouring one outstanding volunteer or couple from each of its six Electoral Areas. 

There is nothing that creates a sense of community more than people coming together for a great cause! On April 2-4, 81 people ran or walked 4 miles (or biked 16km) every 4 hrs for 48hrs to raise funds to contribute to the start-up of Foundry East Kootenay. The Foundry will offer young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and supports online and through integrated service.

The Elk Valley will once again be part of the regional organics program after the Elk Valley Directors reversed a decision earlier this year and voted in favour of re-joining the East Kootenay Regional Organics Strategy and constructing an organics processing facility at the Sparwood Transfer Station.

Event Date: 
Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Aug 26 2021.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Thursday, August 5, 2021
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Thursday, August 19, 2021
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Time: 
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Ladies Night every Wednesday with COVID-19 protocols in place. Golf in your bubble! Tee-off between 4:00pm and 6:00pm.

Green fees $20.00, carts $10.00, prizes $5.00. Come on out, swing a club, have a gab, stay safe and socially distant. Food and beverages are available at East to West Lifestyle Pub.

Contact the Sparwood Golf Club for more details or call the pro shop at 250-425-2612 to register.

Event Date: 
Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Aug 26 2021.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Thursday, August 5, 2021
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Thursday, August 19, 2021
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Time: 
9:00am - 6:00pm

Senior's Day every Thursday from 9:00am - 6:00pm at the Sparwood Golf Club. Anyone 65 years or older golfs for $20.00, carts $10.00. Come join for a relaxing day of golf with social distancing in effect.

The overall Fernie community is made up of a patchwork of many smaller and vibrant, well, communities! We have an incredible snowboarding community, for example. An awesome arts community. We also have an ever-growing community of people who work remotely from home.