Fernie - The Elk Valley - South East BC - Crowsnest Pass Highway
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Fernie Fernie, a city of 5000, is located in the Elk Valley in the southeast corner of British Columbia in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The local region is the East Kootenays. Fernie is on Highway #3 (Crowsnest Pass Highway) 97 km (60 mi.) east of Cranbrook, 50 km west of the Alberta/BC border . It is about 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Banff, Alberta and about 300 road kilometers (180 miles) from Calgary Alberta. Scheduled bus routes access the town. Latitude & Longitude for GPS: 49° 53' 00" N - 119° 29' 00" W

Fernie offers a wide variety of restaurants, entertainment venues and year round accommodations. The Elk Valley offers a choice of bed and breakfasts, vacation rental condos and chalets, hotels and motels, mountain lodges, and RV parks and camping facilities. Bikes, boats, skis, and boards are all available for rent.

The easiest way for most Americans to reach the area is to fly in to Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) in Kalispell Montana. Kalispell is a 2.5 hour drive on Highway 93 north to Fernie.

Air Canada Jazz and Pacific Coastal Airlines fly into the Cranbrook airport (YXC), 97 km west of Fernie from Calgary Alberta and Vancouver, BC. Connections from world wide destinations can be made through either city.

In winter, Fernie Alpine Resort draws skiers and boarders for some of the most lustrous powder snow in North America, averaging 8.8 m (29 ft) a year.

During the last weekend of February, join Fernie as the town gets together to celebrate Griz Days. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, sign up a team for the Original Canadian Street Hockey Tournament, and then head up to the Fernie Alpine resort to watch the torchlight parade and firework show.

In summer, mountain bikers abound as well as golfers, anglers, hikers and rafters.

The East Kootenays - one of British Columbia's best kept secrets - are often described as Shangri-la and one of the most fantastic areas on earth. The region has majestic mountain ranges, picturesque lakes, lush valleys, natural hot springs and charming historic communities boasting a wealth of heritage buildings. 

This area of BC Rockies are ideal for the outdoor recreationalist. Hikers can take gentle strolls along abandoned rail beds or rugged excursions. Some of the best fishing in BC can be done in the pristine lakes and rivers in the area. The Elk River, Bow River, Crowsnest River, Saint Mary's River, and Oldman River have all been touted in serious fly-fishing circles. Catch large Brown, Bull, Westslope Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout with consistent dry-fly action and incredible hatches.

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