Today’s Travel Thursday is my post proper of my Fernie trip a few weekends ago! Canada isn’t as flashy as our neighbour to the south or our parents in Europe, but I like to think that we do still have a few gems that make us worth a visit or two. Banff and Whistler are the more popular skiing and snowboarding destinations in Western Canada; however, the extra hour or so spent driving to Fernie is certainly worth it! These are my highlights from a lovely mountain town…
My dad’s friend was supposed to go with him on the trip but couldn’t go last minute, so I was tapped in! I used to ski a lot when I was younger but don’t have skis or any of the apparel anymore. Enter: relaxing time for the Historian! We flew to Calgary from Winnipeg, rented a car, and drove the three and a half hours to Fernie. (Driving time varies between three and four hours, it all depends on roads and weather!)
Fernie is new for me and I was very excited to explore a new town and really just get away for a few days. I read a lot, listened to audiobooks, caught up on a show or two, and got in a ton of walking! As someone who lives in the middle of a field (quite literally), the mountains are always something novel to me. I also love towns that still have elements of their roots, particularly out west- you really get a sense of what life would have been like for the people mining and working the land eighty to a hundred years ago. These are my favourite pictures from the trip (some may be a repeat from my photo an hour post)!
We ate at the Bridge Bistro on the right- it’s where I enjoyed my Baroness Collins cocktail and some fantastic rotisserie chicken! Not outrageously priced and also not horribly busy, certainly worth stopping by!
The Fernie Free Press opened in late 1898 and has served Fernie and the surrounding area ever since!
I think the better story would be that the occupants of the house painted the names they wished they had…
Obviously I was going to stop by a cakery when walking through town! I had a classic vanilla cupcake and a chocolate raspberry, and both were delicious. I can’t say how impressed I am with this chalkboard; I have new goals for decorating my work space now!
On our last day, we left early and drove to Castle Mountain, a resort back on the way to Calgary for our flight! Dad skied for half of the day while I say in the tea/coffee bar and read. I have to say, the staff were incredibly nice about me sitting there like a hobo and even gave me a free piece of chocolate cake (it was delicious, if you were wondering…) and tea! I can’t recommend stopping by enough if you are in the area.
What is your favourite last minute trip?