Fernie Chautauqua: Doors Open
Explore Fernie's architectural gems. 7 community buildings throughout Fernie’s Heritage District will be open to the public with displays about their history and efforts to preserve their heritage in many.
Doors Open is an international event that provides free and rare access to architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings. Fernie Doors Open is hosted by Heritage Fernie.
Included in this year's Doors Open event are: Fernie Fire Hall, Fernie City Hall, Fernie Heritage Library, Fernie Museum, Knox United Church, Christ Church Anglican Parish, Holy Family Catholic Church. Each of the buildings will feature displays about the building's history and efforts to conserve them.
The Fernie Fire Hall will also be hosting during the day Fernie Fire Safety Day and will have a display about fires in early Fernie along with early fire fighting artifacts, including their prized antique fire truck.
The Fernie Heritage Strategy will also be hosting an Open House at Fernie City Hall to gain feedback on work done on the Fernie Heritage Strategy to date. Representatives from Heritage BC will also be on hand to talk about the Columbia Basin Trust Heritage Grant program, administered by Heritage BC - learn how your organization or building can benefit from these grants.
Throughout the day, Heritage Fernie will also be offering numerous tours with a focus on building awareness of Fernie's heritage buildings and the efforts to conserve them, including Fernie's Greatest Heritage Hits (current Heritage BC/Columbia Basin Trust heritage projects), Is That From Eatons (catalogue home tour), Fernie At War (WWI themed tour) and a tour of the IGS Building (restoration of what was once the largest department store west of Winnipeg). Meet at the Fernie Museum for all tours.