Location & Parking
491 2nd Avenue in Historic Downtown Fernie, BC.
Parking is free in Historic Downtown Fernie.
Parking is available on 2nd Ave, 5th St, and in the parking areas behind the Museum and the Library.
Hours & Access
MUSEUM HOURS | THURSDAY – SUNDAY: 11 am – 4 pm
The Museum is closed on Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Years Day holidays.
2021 ADMISSION FEES | ADULTS: $5 SENIORS: $4
FREE for Museum Members, Youth and Children
$3 per person for groups of 10 or more
$25 for school groups
Admission includes access to the Main Floor & Gallery Exhibits.
When the Gallery is closed, Admission is by donation.
The Archives Centre is not currently accessible to the public as we are cataloguing and archiving significant amounts of recently acquired archive material.
For more information or for research requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or enquire at the Museum Front Desk during regular opening hours.
Services and Facilities
Museum staff are available to assist you in exploring the Museum, community and the environment around us.
Public computers, photocopying services and a picnic park can be found at the Fernie Heritage Library behind the Museum on 3rd Avenue.
Two Floors of Exhibits:
This is Our Fernie, our permanent exhibit on the ground floor featuring the story of Fernie over the past 140 years.
2nd Floor Gallery featuring rotating exhibits. See ‘Gallery Exhibits’ for details. Elevator access available.
Trites & Wood Museum Gift Shop: featuring a curated collection of jewellery, accessories, décor, books, and stationery representing Fernie’s geography, culture and heritage.
Barrier free public washrooms.
Free public WiFi.
Visiting & Exploring Fernie
Fernie is one of British Columbia’s most celebrated vacation destinations. Explore Historic Downtown, with it’s century-old rose-gold and sandstone buildings, eclectic boutiques, public art, galleries featuring unique local art and crafts, and a fantastic selection of bars, restaurants and cafes.
Fernie is an outdoor-lover’s paradise, with miles of trails from easy riverside walking paths to extreme mountain biking and high alpine hiking trails to enjoy from May to October. Summer also offers world-class fly fishing, whitewater rafting, golf, eco-tours and much more. In winter, snowmobilers, skiers, snowboarders and back-country enthusiasts flock to Fernie to enjoy an average of 29ft of fresh powder snow.
Tragic disasters have devastated Fernie repeatedly since its founding over a hundred years ago. However, the persistence of local residents have always restored the town back to its glory. As you walk around town, look for evidence of the 1908 Great Fire in the form of soot and smoke residue on the brickwork, and of historical references in the form of ‘Ghost Signs’.
Begin a self-guided heritage walking tour of Fernie at the former CPR Station, 601 1st Avenue, now the Fernie Arts Station.
Accessible, paved sidewalks | Approx. 45 minutes – 1.5 hour
Guided tours are offered by the Fernie Museum on weekends in July & August.
Fernie Heritage and Flavour
Cute little museum in Fernie. Interesting coal town and history. Great to see old photos and staff friendly.
Lisa P. Tripadvisor. Nov 2019
An excellent use of $5 to support a super cool wee museum. Small, but packed with fascinating facts and interactive displays amid beautiful decor and architecture. Really enjoyed the temporary kimono exhibit up top. Staff also have tons of info and seem to love answering questions.
Penny T. Tripadvisor. Oct 2019
It is not a grand building from the outside, but inside this bijou museum they have packed a lot of fascination. And you don’t feel crowded! The historic displays are thorough, with just the right level of depth. Lots of interesting artifacts, without looking like an antique store. And perfect use of the ceiling space to really set the mood with banners and images. If you need a surprise for the kids, go there and open the bank vault! There’s an elevator inside: you’ll get extra points for that. We were also touched by the stunning art display on the second level, a truly profound insight into the “Q” and “T” part of the LGBTQ community. It was quite mind-opening, and we are so proud that small towns would host such welcoming art shows.
Ben. Tripadvisor. Oct 2018