Destination guide

Fernie vacation rentals: home base for your next outdoor adventure

With an area of 13.5 square kilometres and a population of just over 5,000, Fernie is a small town. But don't let that fool you – what Fernie lacks in size, it makes up with scope. This city in the heart of the Canadian Rockies is adventure capital for the entire family. In summer, you can hike or bike through the forest, or go white-water rafting or fly-fishing on Elk River. In winter, you can go skiing or snowboarding, and explore the snow-cloaked wilderness. Fernie vacation rentals will put you in the centre of your next adventure.

History

From your Fernie vacation rental, you can readily explore the city's historic downtown. Established in 1898, Fernie grew from a small coal mining village into a charming town surrounded by mountains. Downtown's rose-and-cream brick buildings are especially treasured, as they are survivors of the great fire that swept the city in 1908. You can discover more about Fernie's coal mining past and present at Fernie Museum in the centre of Downtown. Up the ski hill, Fernie Alpine Resort stands testament to the city's attempt to host the skiing events at the Winter Olympics in 1968.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Fernie

Are you looking for attractions to see while you're in town? Travelers enjoy Fernie for its skiing, biking and hiking. Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Fernie a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Fernie Alpine Resort (2.4 mi / 3.8 km)
  • Coal Creek Heritage Trailhead (3.9 mi / 6.3 km)
  • Fernie Aquatic Centre (4 mi / 6.4 km)
  • Annex Park (4.9 mi / 7.8 km)
  • Fernie Golf and Country Club (5 mi / 8.1 km)
  • Sparwood Golf Club (20.8 mi / 33.4 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Fernie

Fernie is well known for its skiing. If you've planned your trip around snowy activities, consider visiting in February, November, March or January, when snowfall averages 31.00 inches and temperatures average 10°F.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Fernie

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Fernie. These are some of the area's noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Ancient Cottonwoods Trailhead (3.8 mi / 6.2 km)
  • Annex Park (4.9 mi / 7.8 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Fernie

Fly into Cranbrook, BC (YXC-Canadian Rockies Intl.), the closest airport, located 35.2 mi (56.7 km) from the city center.

How to get around

How to get around Fernie from your vacation rental

Fernie doesn't have a public transit system, but that shouldn't worry you. Even without wheels, you can easily get around the city, as many Fernie vacation rentals are within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and pubs. You can also rent a bike and cycle your way through town, or call for the 24/7 Kootenay Taxi service. In ski season, you can take the free shuttle to commute between the ski hill and downtown. Or, if you're feeling sociable, you can hitch a ride to town from a kind local at the hitching post at West Fernie Bridge.

Food & drink 

Taste the world around your Fernie vacation rental

Fernie may sit high up in the middle of a mountain range, but in no way does this mean the city is cut off from the rest of the world. Fernie's food scene is cosmopolitan; whether you're craving good sushi, a spicy curry, South American tapas, or a classic burger, you can find it on a jaunt through downtown. Regardless of the cuisine, much of Fernie's food stands out thanks to locally grown and produced ingredients. After you've eaten your fill, make sure to wash it all down with a pint of Fernie craft brew.

Essential info

Fast facts for your Fernie vacation rental

Fernie is the only Canadian city completely surrounded by mountains. It stands 1,010 metres above sea level and is accessible via Highway 3, a 3-hour drive from Calgary, Alberta. You can visit Fernie any time of the year, but it gets busiest in the colder months, when winter sport enthusiasts flock to the town's ski resort. The city receives around 9 metres of snow a year, and winter temperatures can drop to -20 degrees. It can get chilly even in summer evenings, so a light sweater can help ward off the chill.

Where to stay near Fernie?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 268 house rentals near Fernie. From 65 Houses to 5 Cabins, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Fernie for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Fernie?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Fernie. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Elk Quad: 266 home rentals
  • Ancient Cottonwoods Trailhead: 266 home rentals
  • Mighty Moose Platter: 266 home rentals
  • Fernie Golf and Country Club: 267 home rentals
  • Great Bear Express Quad: 266 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Fernie listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Fernie?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 65 Houses in Fernie. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Fernie include:

  • Cabins: 5 lodging choices
  • Condos/Apartments: 165 lodging choices
  • Chalets: 14 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Fernie?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 133 vacation homes with pool available in Fernie.