The Fernie Legion hosted a busy garage sale this past Saturday. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

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FAR offers season pass discounts

In response to the unprecedented early closure of Fernie Alpine Resort’s (FAR) winter season, renewing pass holders from 2019/2020 are eligible to receive 15 per cent off their 2020/2021 early bird season pass. Emails will be sent out to all renewing pass holders in the next few weeks, outlining further instruction.

New this year is a ‘no questions asked’ refund policy for unused seasons passes. Though refund options otherwise remain the same as in previous years, unused passes are now eligible for a refund, no questions asked. The refund is, however, subject to a nine per cent processing fee for pass holders refusing refund options at time of purchase.

Lastly, FAR and Resorts of the Canadian Rockie’s previous 80+ pass is now converted into the 75+ pass.

Those interested in purchasing 2020/2021 season passes are requested to check FAR’s website for updates on when sales will open.

Elk Rim Trail opens for assorted trail sports

South Country’s Elk Rim Trail is now open for hiking and biking. The 20 kilometre trail sees a 400 metre elevation loss and gain, and follows part of the historic Old Fort Steele Trail, looping to the confluence of the Elk River and the Kootenay River.

The Old Fort Steele trail holds significant history, having been built in the 1800s and used to smuggle gold to the United States. The trail lays on the territory of the Ktunaxa Nation, and contributes to the application of the Koocanusa recreation strategy, which seeks to encourage responsible recreation and tourism on crown land. Due to the area being designated as a Motor Vehicle Closure Area under the Wildlife Act, electric bikes are not permitted on the trail.

Infinitea jams out with live music

After months of restaurant closures, Infinitea T-Bar hosted their first post-closure live music night at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 12. Hosted by local legend Redge, the event was restricted to groups of six and maintained a limited capacity, however a full dine in menu and drink list was offered until midnight to keep patrons smiling.

Infinitea is now open from 5 p.m. till 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday for both dine in food and drink, as well as hot or heat at home take out meals. Infinitea’s Sunday Roast Dinners continue to be offered for $10 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Those looking to book are instructed to call 778-233-0258.

Royal available for weekend party bookings

Fernieites looking to bust a move or shoot some pool can officially book out Fernie’s Royal Hotel for private parties. Bookings for groups of 12 to 50 people are available for both weekends and weekdays. Though no rental charge is required, a deposit must be supplied upon booking. Royal staff are also available to assist with providing DJs or other entertainment, however people are also given the option to provide their own entertainment and decorations.

Anyone interested is asked to contact Julie Annette Comete on Facebook messenger, or via email at, at least 24 hours in advance.

Northern opens up with late night hours

The Northern Bar and Stage officially reopened on June 11. With a streetside patio and full menu, the vibrant bar has been following strict COVID-19 guidelines, including hightened sanitation, health monitoring, a scrupulous focus on hygiene, distanced seating, low contact sections, and recommended contactless payment.

To help donate to those in need, a portion of The Northern’s monthly charity tap proceeds are currently going towards the Salvation Army Food Bank. Together with patrons, The Northern’s charity tap has raised over $5,000 for local charities since its inception.

Fernie Chamber of Commerce business community meetings continue

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce continued to hold their now biweekly Zoom round table meetings for the Fernie business community. Hosted at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, the meeting touched on decisions being made with regard to Second Avenue closures, as well as initiatives the city was implementing to help businesses reopen. The meeting was headed by Brad Parsell, executive director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce. Ange Qualizza, the City of Fernie’s mayor, was also present, as were representatives from Tourism Fernie, Teck, and the Elk Valley Hospital. Those participating in meetings may raise questions in the question period following the speakers.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 25, however the chamber will only continue with meetings based on demand.

Essential Yoga Studio reopens

Fernie’s Essential Yoga Studio is once again open for inclass sessions following updated guidelines to ensure client and staff safety.

To further reduce contact, all payments are to be carried out through the Mindbody app or via their website. Those requiring assistance may speak to staff prior to classes, call the studio at 250 423 9672 or email them at

To ensure safety, class sizes are reduced, doors open 15 minutes prior to class times, and all patrons are to be health screened prior to entry. Alongside heightened sanitation practices, showers are currently closed off to the public, and the use of washrooms is discouraged. All hands on assistance will also be on hold, and in-studio props will not be used.

The studio will continue offering online classes via Zoom for community members unable to attend classes in person. For more information including class times, visit their website. To book classes, interested yogis are to use the MindBody app.

Save-On-Food offers online shopping options

Save-On-Food is now offering ECOMM, a new online shopping option. To use the service, residents must first create an account at After choosing groceries via the online catalogue offering fresh produce, dairy, meat and frozen options for the same price as found in store, employees will carry out the shopping. Patrons are to decide how to receive their order, selecting a preferred delivery time, or time of pick up. For more information, visit Save-On-Food’s website.

Nevados brings burritos to the streets of Fernie

Nevados recently launched a sub-business, Luchadora Burrito Co., open for take out every night from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Options include burritos adorned with assorted meats, a vegetarian burrito stuffed with battered fries or roasted yam, a gluten free burrito bowl, loaded nacho fries, sweet churro bites, and many more customizable treats.

To place an order, call 250-423-5566 and pick up at 531 Second Avenue in Fernie.

For updates, visit Luchadora’s Instagram page @luchadora.fernie.

Legion offers out collected donations

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 32 hosted a garage sale on Saturday, June 13, garnering a line of thrifters that wrapped around the block. Allowing six people in at once, the event was created to resell the donations received during pandemic collection days. Available for pick up were stacks of clothing, kitchen items, books, sporting equipment and more, all for sale by cash donation.

Dawgs on the Run opens for season

Sparwood’s hot dog cart, Dawgs on the Run, is officially open for the season. Offering smokies, farmers sausages, hot dogs, and bratwurst, customers are free to top all purchases with an assortment of grilled onions, grilled cheese, or delicious condiments. Located at the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce parking lot, Dawgs on the Run is open from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., weather permitting. Every Friday, their cart will be at the Sparwood Farmer’s Market by the World’s Largest Mining Truck.

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Kaileigh McCallum, Becca Quinn, and Rebecca Kelly-Paul find jean treasures at The Legion’s donation sale. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

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