Celebrating Community


September 9 – 10, 2023

The Fernie Chautauqua is an annual festival celebrating Fernie’s culture, heritage and community, hosted by the Fernie Museum.  

The Fernie Museum is located on the traditional land of the Ktunaxa Nation. We extend our appreciation for the opportunity to live and learn on this land.



Reviving History

The Fernie Chautauqua recreates the Dominion Chautauqua, held in Fernie from 1917 to 1935. Chautauqua was a travelling institution begun at Chautauqua Lake, NY with roots in Canadian Methodist Temperance rallies. Chautauquas carried education, inspiration and entertainment across North America and consisted of musical numbers, lectures, dramatic productions and magic or puppet shows.

The Fernie Museum has brought back this tradition by hosting an annual festival celebrating Fernie’s rich history and culture. This annual family event has featured musical entertainment, lectures, dramatic productions and demonstrations. The festival is held in Fernie’s heritage district in cooperation with many community partners and with logistical support provided by the City of Fernie. 

Thank You To Our Sponsors

And our Community Partners

Hosted by the Fernie Museum

Museum Hours

11 am – 4 pm

Visit the Museum at:

491 2nd Ave


(250) 423-7016 | info@ferniemuseum.com