Celebrating the people, places and community treasures which contribute to our community’s indomitable spirit and character.

Canada’s 150th celebrations seek to unite Canadians coast-to-coast by celebrating Canadian citizenship, diversity, and pride of country and community.  The Fernie Museum and the Fernie Arts Station support these objectives with the Canada 150 Cultural Series, an innovative multi-media, multi-disciplinary arts and heritage initiative.


MARCH 2 TO MAY 30, 2017

Whether it’s five days or five generations,
we are all part of the Fernie community.  

Ask the residents of Fernie why they chose to live in Fernie, and the resounding response is the community.  But who is this community?  Fernie is world-renowned for its outdoor lifestyle, but the people who live here are from a homogenous group of action-sports thrill seekers.

Kyle Hamilton, a Fernie photographer, wanted to explore further who theses people are that make Fernie the community that it is.  His initial goal was to create a portrait of every man, woman, and child who is a resident of Fernie in a one-year time span.  Three years into the project, he has just now captured over 1000 portraits. All of the portraits are captured in black and white, with similar lighting, in a studio setting, so that the viewer is forced to focus on the individual.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th, he has selected 150 portraits to show the diversity of our community.


150 Fernie-ites, 150 Canadians

Scroll down and click any of the portraits below to explore their unique stories.


About the photographer, Kyle Hamilton

Born in 1981 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Kyle Hamilton has carved out his niche as a photographer in the Kootenays.  Influenced in his approach by the likes of Chris Burkard, Nathan Elson, and Jordan Manley, Hamilton has taught himself the art, and science, of photography.

Recent works have been published in Canadian Geographic, Forecast Ski Magazine and Ski Canada.  He has also been commissioned for commercial work by Trans Canada Trail, Elan Skis, and the City of Fernie.  His landscape work can be found in private collections around the world.

The Fernie Museum wishes to thank Kyle for donating the 150 portraits exhibited to the Museum’s collections.



APRIL 26 TO MAY 30, 2017

150 students from Fernie’s three schools have collaborated with 10 local artists to create art projects which explore the concept of youth’s identity as Canadians – what makes them proud to be Canadian, what individuals they feel best represents Canada on a local, national and international stage, and what places, both locally and nationally, they identify as uniquely Canadian … and why.



How wanderlust and resident artists contribute to our understanding of Fernie’s natural, social/cultural and built landscapes is the subject of this exhibit, Fernie Artography. The exhibit draws on a wealth of artistic material from the works of Canadian artists A.Y. Jackson and David Paton to local contemporary visual artists such as Laura Nelson, Pat Moore, Glenys Takala, Patrick Markle and Melanie MacVoy, and video artists such as Gwen McGregor.  The artists will each share their personal connection and stories related to their work on exhibit’s website.


OCTOBER 12, 2017 TO MARCH 31, 2018

The fascination of historic objects is the foundation for museum collections.  Objects make us wonder: “Who made this?  Where was it made and used?  What stories are there about the people associated with the object?  Are the stories happy or sad, inspiring or confusing?”  There is intrigue in the vaults of a museum!  The Fernie Museum has almost 10,000 artifacts in its Cultural History Collection that relate to the human history of the Elk Valley. The objects reflect stories of commerce, immigration, education, community services, religion, transportation, military service, diversity and the personal lives of individuals who chose to live here.  Members of the Fernie community will select 150 treasures and curiosities from the vaults; each individual will reflect on the importance of the object to Fernie’s history and share their how the stories of the objects are relevant to their lives today.