The City of Fernie has purchased two 24-passenger buses to run a shuttle service from Fernie Alpine Resort into the downtown. The service is scheduled to start running Dec. 21. Photo Courtesy of the City of Fernie

Shuttle to run every half hour from ski hill

City of Fernie, FAR and Tourism Fernie partnership brings regular shuttle service

This winter, the City of Fernie will have buses running from Fernie Alpine Resort to downtown every half hour through the day, thanks to a partnership with the resort, as well as Tourism Fernie.

Council gave the nod to go forward with the agreement at their meeting on Monday night, after getting a chance to see the shuttles that morning.

“It’s a permanent regular service that people can depend on,” said Mayor Mary Giuliano. “We really haven’t had a service like that.”

The shuttles, which are two, 24-passenger buses that the City purchased earlier this year with a Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) grant, are set to run every half hour from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

The service will run from Dec 21 to April 8. The City will be reassessing the shuttle program after the ski season, to measure its success.

“This is huge,” said the mayor. “This is going to show that Fernie is now in the league that it should have been when it comes to having bussing.”

She says previous bus programs were problematic, because the services were always contracted out and didn’t have enough funding.

She says that with the City owning a set of buses, they can now provide dependable service. It puts Fernie in the league with other resort communities in terms of transportation, she said.

The bus will cost $4.00 per ride each way, or $35.00 for a book of 10 tickets.

“The shuttle taskforce has done significant research and this model holds the most promise for a sustainable service over the long term,” said CAO Norm McInnis.

The City formed a taskforce to work on developing the bus service, which consisted of members from Tourism Fernie, The Fernie Chamber of Commerce as well as FAR.

As per the agreement, the City owned buses will be serviced and maintained by Resorts of the Canadian Rockies and Fernie Alpine Resort.

Just Posted

Ghostriders welcomed home

Fernie Ghostriders win 5-3 in front of a sold out crowd during home opener

Elkford considers public smoking ban ahead of cannabis legalization

Elkford residents can learn more about the proposed cannabis regulations at an open house today

Crews successfully battle overnight house fire in Tie Lake

No injuries, home damage minimal thanks to quick response by crews

More burning prohibitions rescinded in southeast B.C.

Category 2 and 3 fires will be permitted in Southeast Fire Centre as of 1p.m. on Wednesday.

UPDATED: Pratt to be acclaimed as Cranbrook mayor

Mayor will serve another term after running unopposed in the upcoming municipal election

Watch out for Pavement Patty: Drivers warned outside B.C. elementary school

New survey reveals unsafe school zones during 2018 back-to-school week

Youth give back to community

On August 30, Eliora and William Vandersteen, Matthew White, Isla Vandersteen, Alexis… Continue reading

Horvat leads Canucks to 4-3 shootout victory over Kings

Vancouver dumps L.A. in NHL pre-season contest

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

Why Whistler for ski jumping in 2026? Calgary proposal gets pushback

Calgary 2026 proposes re-using the 2010 ski jumping venue Whistler for that sport and nordic

VIDEO: Hundreds line highway as family brings home body of B.C. teen

Northern B.C. showed their support by lining Hwy 16 as Jessica Patrick’s body returned to Smithers.

Despite progress, threat of 232 tariffs dominates NAFTA negotiations

Any deal is seen to require congressional approval before Dec. 1 to survive new Mexican government

B.C. MP Todd Doherty receives award for saving man who collapsed on a plane

Conservative MP was flying from Vancouver to Prince George, B.C., in June last year

Alleged border jumper from Oregon facing 2 charges after police chase in B.C.

Colin Patrick Wilson charged with dangerous operation of motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer

Most Read