Discover the history and heritage that built the town we know and enjoy today with a knowledgeable local tour guide.
Tours Depart: from the Museum Saturdays and Sundays for Summer 2023:
July 1/2, 8/9, 15/16, 22/23, 29/30
August 5/6, 12/13, 19/20, 26/27
Approximate Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours.
Please wear suitable walking shoes and be prepared for potential weather changes. Sunglasses, hat, umbrella, rain jacket, water, bug spray and sunscreen are recommended.
Cost: $10, includes admission to the Museum & Gallery. Can be paid on arrival by cash, debit or credit card.
Reservations: Reservations are not required for the 11am and 3pm tours; but may be made to secure your spot and are recommended for groups of 6 or more. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance for the 1pm tour – Fernie at War. Please call the Museum during regular opening hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
11AM | THE GREAT FIRE
On August 1st, 1908, a wildfire swept through Fernie, razing the town in just 90 minutes and causing over $5 million in property damage. The resulting building ordinances created the town we enjoy today.
Your guide will explain what we know of the fire, show you how the town rebuilt, and guide you point out fascinating remnants of the fire.
1PM | FERNIE AT WAR – available by advance reservation only.
Far from the front, Fernie was still devastated by the impact of WWI. Many young men signed up and never returned, while local internment separated families and turned hardworking immigrant miners into convicts.
Learn about conscription, the internment camp at Morrissey, and how Fernie celebrated the return of their heroes.
3PM | RUMRUNNERS!
When prohibition hit Canada, local entrepreneurs did a roaring trade transporting whiskey and other goods between Fernie and the Crowsnest Pass. Events came to a head on September 21, 1922 with a car chase followed by a violent shoot-out which led to a tragic end for Fernie’s bottle king and his young assistant.
Canadian Prohibition was every bit as dramatic and deadly as you’ve seen in the movies. Don’t miss this true story of triumph and tragedy.