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.


DECEMBER 1, 2017 TO APRIL 30, 2018

Collecting and safeguarding the community’s tangible heritage is the very heart of what a museum does. The objects it acquires from individuals, families, businesses, organizations, civic government and, at times, from other institutions, are held in trust on behalf of the community in perpetuity. These collections must, as a result, be documented and managed carefully to fulfill this obligation. 

Since it was formed in 1964, the Fernie & District Historical Society has acquired over 10,000 objects, 12,000 photographs, and 412 linear feet of archival records which represent the history of Fernie and the Elk Valley. From 1979 to 1999, the Society operated a museum in a building behind the Catholic Church. Forced to abandon the facility in 1999, the Society hastily inventoried and packed up the entire collection and put it into storage — a process that was managed with limited resources within a short period of time. After establishing a new museum facility in 2013, the Society must now focus on managing its collections according to today’s accepted standards of practice. 

This exhibit highlights some of the treasures it holds for future generations and sheds light on how the collections must be managed.