Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Fernie Cultural Guide FALL 2018 - Page 40

RUINS ALONG The ELK VALLEY TRAIL Filled with sights and stories, the Elk Valley Trail is a 130km section of the Great Trail, also known as the Trans Canada Trail. Visit the Hosmer section just east of Fernie for a glimpse into the area’s rich past. ElkValleyCulture.com | TourismFernie.com From 1908, the Hosmer Mine—a subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Railway— produced coal. By 1910, over 1,200 people lived in what appeared to be a community with a bright future but in 1914, the C.P.R. unexpectedly announced that the mine would cease production immediately. Still inhabited today, the community is a popular spot where the Hosmer Cemetery, former power house, coke ovens, and other ruins can be explored.