What makes Fernie special to you?
Fernie is a small clean city that is full of people who really want to be here. It is surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains and is divided by the Elk River – such a stunning setting offering plenty of options for outdoor sports, activities and adventures. Incorporated in 1904 – Fernie was here long before people had the time or desire to spend their days playing in the snow. I like to say that Fernie is a real town first and a tourist town second. If you are riding a chair lift or having a coffee downtown, you can meet people from all over the world that are here to recreate. Many of these visitors become regulars or residents and find their own way to belong in this friendly and exciting community. If you have been here for a short time or a long time – it is easy to feel welcome.
What makes you proud to be Canadian?
Canada – quite simply – is a great place to live. It is a country where you can expect to be treated fairly. It is a place with a large and diverse landscape, uncrowded for the most part. Famous for things like cold winters, where a large part of the year is full of snow and cold temps, and the people here like it just fine! Canadians, for the most part, embrace our change of seasons.
What’s your Fernie story?
I came to Fernie for the winter of 1975/76 to be a ski bum with a job. I found work as a t-bar operator at Fernie Snow Valley. I have worked at the ski hill every winter since then! Most of those years I have been working as a cat operator grooming the slopes. In 1995 my wife Lynn and I started Canyon Raft Company offering whitewater rafting in the Elk River Canyon. We feel very lucky to have had many wonderful people come to work as river guides for us. We are also grateful for all of the people who come out to ride the river with us.