Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Issue 4 - Spring 2017 - Page 6
The Fernie Museum and
Downtown Visitor Centre
At the centre of Historic Downtown, the Fernie Museum and Visitor Centre
makes its home in the 1908 Home Bank building. Learn all about Fernie’s rich and
dramatic history and heritage, things to do, attractions, upcoming events, festivals
INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS COMMUNITY INNOVATION
This Is Our Fernie explores the legend
of a curse, fires that razed the town to
the ground and mining disasters that
cut like a knife through the community.
This main floor exhibit includes the
interactive Fernie Faces audio/visual
programs to explore history through the
eyes of early residents, a mine tunnel
and Discovery Drawers for the little
ones to peek into, and a timeline that
documents Fernie’s evolution spanning
an entire wall. In April, the Fernie & District Historical
Society will be launching a new heritage
initiative to support awareness and
the ongoing conservation of Fernie’s
heritage buildings in partnership with
the City of Fernie. Heritage buildings
are important community assets.
They give our community context and
meaning. Fernie’s historic buildings
define our community’s identity and
attract thousands of tourists annually.
Heritage buildings provide some of our
city’s most affordable housing and are
popular places to live, work and play.
Through workshops, granting programs
and tours, Heritage Fernie promotes
the conservation of heritage buildings
which promote our sense of place and
identity and foster community and
environmental sustainability. Visit
heritagefernie.com to learn more about
this exciting new program.
This summer the museum will be offering
guided walking tours of Fernie’s iconic
heritage buildings on weekends, and
scheduled cemetery tours and bus tours
to abandoned mining sites.
The Museum will also offer a series of
walking tours this summer; see P28.
691 2nd Ave | 250-423-7016