DANIELLE GIBSON

What makes Fernie special to you?

The people.

Fernie’s contagious. To me it was that place where I never thought I’d ever get to live. The dream, the hopes and wants. I’m thankful for my family and friends. My school, writing, and skiing communities. My students, past and present.

The mountains. The trees. The river.

We came here for this. The lifestyle, the never-ending adventures and challenges. I love to hike and canoe and ski and bike…and…and…and…

The craft fairs. The events. The concerts.

Giant pompoms and wood buttons attached to multi-coloured toques that bounce around on small people and big people’s heads. Shred Kelly. Wapiti. Griz Days.

The life.

My life. My life with my awesome husband and two wonderful kids. My dog and cat. Even the fish and frog in my kitchen seem to smile at me every day. So I’ll just stay here, drinking my tea, watching my kids with the Lizard Range in the background, and smiling at the frog and fish. Life is good.


What makes you proud to be Canadian?

Beavers. Maple leaves. Hockey.

I’ve driven across Canada a few times and each trip I see new things, notice different landscapes and learn to appreciate how beautiful it is more and more.

It’s the home of the CBC, toques, and diversity.

It’s home to my English and French heritages. I was lucky to grow up in a bilingual home. Free of prejudice. Free of judgement. We openly spoke both languages like they were one. With my friends I spoke in “chiac” the Acadian version of a mix of English and French, with my mom I spoke proper French, and with my dad English.

But worry toi pas la brain, ça va être alright. La vie icitte, a lé belle.


What’s your Fernie story?

In 2006, my husband and I drove our canary yellow VW Westfalia across Canada. Our final stop was a ‘visit’ to my Uncle Richard. He’s lived here all his adult life and I had visited only a few times. On my first visit, when I was 9, I told my parents I would live in Fernie one day.

This is the day.

We fell in love with the town, the people, the lifestyle, and the mountains. Now, over a decade later we are raising our new generation of Fernie-ites. Our lives consist of our dream jobs (teacher/writer & millwright) and spending time with our two incredible children.

One day we hope to throw everyone back in our little yellow bus and travel across the same country that lead us to this incredible place.