CHINESE CULTURAL DINNER
SEPT 13 | 5:30 - 8:30 PM
FERNIE FAMILY CENTRE

Join members of Fernie's Chinese community, our guest speaker, the Calgary Chinese Music Development Association and the Vantol Percussion Collective for this year's Chautauqua Cultural Dinner. Catering by the Old Elevator Chinese Restaurant.

VANTOL PERCUSSION COLLECTIVE

VANTOL PERCUSSION COLLECTIVE

5:30 - 6:00 | OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE

Members of the Vantol Percussion Collective of Lethbridge will entertain guests from 5:00 to 5:30 pm with a demonstration of traditional Chinese drumming.
CHINESE MUSIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION

CHINESE MUSIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION

5:30 - 6:00 PM | 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Members of the Calgary Chinese Music Development Association are delighted to join us, with Frank Yuen playing the erhu (a Chinese bowed instrument), Paula Pang playing the guzheng (a Chinese plucked instrument), Janel Kirstein playing the dizi (a Chinese flute), and Kim Woo playing the ruan (a Chinese base plucked instrument).
1 | FERNIE FIRE DEPARTMENT

1 | FERNIE FIRE DEPARTMENT

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Fires have taken lives and destroyed property, but they have also focussed community spirit. Following each fire, the community has rallied together to rebuild and make Fernie even stronger and better than before. Much of what you see today in Fernie is a result of these disasters.

The young town of Fernie’s first major fire reduced the business section to ashes in four hours. From these ashes rose a “fireproof” downtown and the newly incorporated City of Fernie.

In the early morning hours of April 29, 1904, at Richards General Store, a small, unnoticed fire quickly grew and spread. With no alarm to call out firefighters and a lack of pressure in the water mains, it was difficult to contain. The chemical fire engine worked well until the only person able to operate it was overcome with the smoke. Fortunately no lives were lost, but by morning, the entire business section of Fernie was gone; sixty-five buildings along six blocks of Victoria Avenue (Second) and Baker Avenue (First) valued at almost $500,000 (1904 dollars).

It didn’t take Fernie long to recover. The Board of Trade met the next day in the Fire Hall. Discussions of widening Victoria Avenue and resurveying lots led to the ongoing topic of incorporation. Spurred on by the spring fire, the city of Fernie was incorporated July 28, and the first municipal election took place August 19.
DOORS OPEN
SEPT 15 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The 1908 Great Fire destroyed much of Fernie in 90 minutes on August 1, 1908.  Fernie rebuilt, stronger than ever.  During Chautauqua's Doors Open, you will be able to explore 7 of Fernie's architectural gems and visit one of Fernie's early fire trucks.  Stop by the Fernie Fire Hall to also learn more about fire safety!

Hosted by Heritage Fernie.
2 | FERNIE CITY HALL

2 | FERNIE CITY HALL

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3 | CHRIST CHURCH ANGLICAN

3 | CHRIST CHURCH ANGLICAN

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The Christ Church Anglican Parish was organized in 1898. Services were held in a variety of buildings, cumulating with the construction of a beautiful wooden frame church. It was destroyed by the 1908 fire, and today's brick structure took two years to rebuild. The cornerstone within the foundation contains a prayer, a hymn book and a copy of the Bible.
4 | HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH

4 | HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH

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The history of the church dates back to the beginning of Fernie when Father J. Welsh was sent from Cranbrook to hold masses for approximately 200 miners in 1898. Some of these miners donated one day’s wages every month towards the construction of a place of worship and volunteer parishioners completed this church in 1912. It was and still is home to Fernie’s largest congregation.
5 | FERNIE HERITAGE LIBRARY

5 | FERNIE HERITAGE LIBRARY

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This imposing Romanesque Revival building reflects Fernie’s importance as a government centre for the region; the engraved stone signs above the entrance to the Post Office and Customs Office are still in place. The building, for a time, served as the US consul office for the region.

Built in 1907, the building was gutted but not destroyed in 1908 Great Fire. An exhibit on the 1908 Great Fire is located on the landing of the main staircase.

Today, the building houses the Fernie Heritage Library, an active cultural centre.
6 | FERNIE MUSEUM

6 | FERNIE MUSEUM

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o In 1905, the Crow’s Nest Pass Coal Co. constructed this building as the head office to manage its expanding coal mining operations. It also housed the offices of the Crow’s Nest Pass Electric Co. and the Morrissey-Fernie-Michel Railway, subsidiaries of the coal company. Constructed in cement blocks and standing on a spacious lot, the building survived the 1908 Great Fire and served as a place of refuge during and after the fire. It has served as Fernie’s City Hall since 1984.

The Miner’s Walk, established in 2011, is a fascinating glimpse into Fernie’s coal mining heritage. The walk features interpretive panels, sculpture, challenges for children, ironwork art from the Fernie Forge and municipal garden with picnic tables and benches.
7 | KNOX UNITED CHURCH

7 | KNOX UNITED CHURCH

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The first Presbyterian church services were held in a general store i9n 1898. Many of Fernie's early residents were Presbyterians from Ontario and the Maritimes, and along with their pastor, they erected Fernie's first church that winter. The Presbyterian church, as with most of Fernie, was burnt to the ground in the 1908 fire.

The Presbyterian congregation rebuilt their church on the same site in 1909. On June 6, 1925, the Presbyterians, Methodists, and Congregational churches amalgamated, forming the United Church of Canada. Needing only one building, the Methodists moved here and the building was renamed Knox United Church.
ANTIQUE CAR SHOW
SEPT 15 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
FERNIE HERITAGE LIBRARY

The automobile has been a way of life since 1919 in the Elk Valley. The advent of the automobile led to the formation of the Tourism Association of Southern Alberta and Southeast BC in 1912. Some of the early vehicles that would have taken to the road in search of adventure will be on display. Hosted by the Fernie Museum.

Hosted by the Fernie Museum.
ANTIQUE CAR SHOW

ANTIQUE CAR SHOW

FERNIE HERITAGE LIBRARY

The automobile has been a way of life since 1919 in the Elk Valley. The advent of the automobile led to the formation of the Tourism Association of Southern Alberta and Southeast BC in 1912. Some of the early vehicles that would have taken to the road in search of adventure will be on display.
CHAUTAUQUA VINTAGE MARKET

CHAUTAUQUA VINTAGE MARKET

What The Junk Vintage Market brings vintage and antique sellers from across the Kootenay region to Fernie for our first ever Vintage Market. Located at Fernie City Hall as part of the 2018 Chautauqua and Fall Fair Heritage on the Lawn event!
KTUNAXA CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

KTUNAXA CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

The Ktunaxa Nation is an ancient culture, who possess a language unlike any other in history. Their stories and traditions are deeply connected to the land, and the Nation is proud to share their culture and traditions with guests during Chautauqua. Activities include storytelling, displays and beading.
HERITAGE ON THE LAWN
SEPT 15 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
CITY HALL GROUNDS

History and culture meet on the grounds of Fernie's century-old City Hall for Heritage on the Lawn with hands-on activities for the whole family, including Ktunaxa tipi and cultural activities, museums and interpretive centres from throughout the East Kootenay and Crowsnest Pass region, and the Chautauqua Vintage Market.

HISTORIC TOURS

Join us for one (or all!) of our historic tours as we explore the many facets of Fernie's history and heritage preservation.  Presented in partnership with Heritage BC.

FERNIE'S GREATEST HERITAGE HITS

FERNIE'S GREATEST HERITAGE HITS

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | MEET AT THE FERNIE MUSEUM

Six significant Fernie heritage buildings have recently been successful recipients of Heritage Grants funded by the Columbia Basin Trust and managed by Heritage BC. Join heritage consultant, Elana Zysblat, on a walking tour to learn about their history, evolution, a few fascinating and little known facts, and the plans for their conservation. The buildings on tour are: City Hall (former Crowsnest Pass Coal Co. headquarters), Christ Church, Holy Family Church, Fernie Courthouse, Knox United Church and the Fernie Museum (former Home Bank of Canada).
ABOUT ELANA Elana Zysblat is an accomplished heritage consultant with expertise in heritage conservation, cultural tourism and community engagement. Since 2012, Elana’s practice as an independent heritage consultant has reached all areas of BC, with an emphasis on the Kootenay region since 2016.
IS THAT FROM EATONS? A TOUR OF FERNIE'S CATALOGUE HOMES

IS THAT FROM EATONS? A TOUR OF FERNIE'S CATALOGUE HOMES

1:00 - 2:30 PM | MEET AT THE FERNIE MUSEUM

Throughout the early 20th Century the design of neighbourhoods across North America were influenced by plan books published by firms based in cities such as Winnipeg, Seattle and Chicago, while firms such as Eaton’s, Sears, and Aladdin sold plans and delivered the required lumber to your building lot ready for assembly, while others such as the Vancouver-based BC Mills Ltd delivered prefabricated homes. On this FREE walking tour, heritage consultant John Atkin will explore the surprising wide range of plan book and prefabricated homes found on the streets of Fernie’s neighbourhoods.
ABOUT JOHN John Atkin is a storyteller at heart. With years of research experience and a strong familiarity with heritage in Vancouver and the Kootenay region, he provides building research services for clients that include Statements of Significance, Heritage and Character Assessments, and Conservation Plans.
FERNIE AT WAR WALKING TOUR

FERNIE AT WAR WALKING TOUR

3:00 - 4:00 PM | MEET AT THE FERNIE MUSEUM

Fernie entered the First World War in 1914 with optimism and a sense of national pride. Five years later, it emerged having experienced staggering losses and multiple controversies that threatened to tear the community apart. Fernie was profoundly affected by conflicting impulses of labour, loyalty, and ethnicity. Demands for internment of enemy aliens, resistance to prohibition and moral reform, the consequences of natural and man-made disasters, the unprecedented banning of recruitment, and the western labour revolt were all issues that contributed to a war-time experience for Fernie that was more dramatic and more revealing of underlying tensions than that of any other Canadian community. This walking tour features several buildings and places that figure prominently into this story.