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Father David John and Reverend Canon Andrea Brennan together in front of gathered community members in Fernie at an event to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 19, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie commemorates the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

The Holy Family Church bell tolled 96 times for the late Queen

 

Brad Harder, who grew up in Fernie, is helping to bring fresh drinking water to the people of Antigua. From left: Gaston Browne (prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda), Renee Beaucage (vice president with Waterworks Technologies) and Brad Harder (business development with Waterworks Technologies).

Former Fernie resident hooks up Caribbean Island with fresh water

Harder has met with top government officials in the process

 

Caroline Villeneuve surrounded by the many trophies earned during her competitive wakesurfing career. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie local Caro Villeneuve retiring from competitive wakesurfing following medal win

Villeneuve is hanging up her board after a fruitful competitive career in the sport

 

Elk River Alliance volunteers are pictured during the 2021 Elk River Cleanup. (Submitted file)

Elk River Alliance to host 2022 shoreline cleanup

The ERA is inviting people out to this year’s Elk River cleanup

Elk River Alliance volunteers are pictured during the 2021 Elk River Cleanup. (Submitted file)
People gathered on the City Hall lawn for Chautauqua 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

PHOTOS: Fernie Chautauqua festival returns in 2022

Events were held throughout the weekend to celebrate heritage and culture

People gathered on the City Hall lawn for Chautauqua 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Fernie Heritage Library hosted Drag Queen Storytime as a part of a previous Pride Festival. Free Press file

Elk Valley Pride Festival returning to Fernie in September

The goal of the festival is to celebrate the queer community in the region

The Fernie Heritage Library hosted Drag Queen Storytime as a part of a previous Pride Festival. Free Press file
The Fernie Ghostriders were geared up for the first game of the exhibition season against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Sept. 7, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Fernie Ghostriders were geared up for the first game of the exhibition season against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Sept. 7, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Fernie Ghostriders celebrate after scoring a goal against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on home ice on Nov. 27, 2021. The Ghostriders won the game 4-3. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

The Ghostriders exhibition season starts tonight

They will be facing Creston on home ice with an updated roster

The Fernie Ghostriders celebrate after scoring a goal against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on home ice on Nov. 27, 2021. The Ghostriders won the game 4-3. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Lots of smash-smash action took place at the Fernie Lions Club Demolition Derby on Sept. 4, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

GALLERY: Sunshine, dirt clouds and cheering crowds for Fernie Demolition Derby 2022

The stands were full for the return of the Fernie Lions Club demo derby

Lots of smash-smash action took place at the Fernie Lions Club Demolition Derby on Sept. 4, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The 2022 Fernie Dunbar Summer Series Canada Cup/BC Cup Downhill Mountain Bike Race took place at the Fernie Alpine Resort on July 16 an 17. (Ryan Schultz / Rjschultzphoto)

Three big biking events happening in Fernie this week

A dirt jump challenge and two mountain bike races are coming to town

The 2022 Fernie Dunbar Summer Series Canada Cup/BC Cup Downhill Mountain Bike Race took place at the Fernie Alpine Resort on July 16 an 17. (Ryan Schultz / Rjschultzphoto)
Renovations to Tunnel Creek Hut were underway in August, 2022. (Courtesy of Dan Savage)

Tunnel Creek Hut renovations are underway

The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club thanked all those who made the renovations possible

Renovations to Tunnel Creek Hut were underway in August, 2022. (Courtesy of Dan Savage)
The Fall Fair during the 2018 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. The 2022 Fall Fair will be held at the Mountain Market in Rotary Park on Sunday, Sept. 11. (Photo by Tourism Fernie)

Fernie’s Chautauqua festival returning to celebrate culture and heritage

The festival will be back in full form from Sept. 9 to 11

The Fall Fair during the 2018 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. The 2022 Fall Fair will be held at the Mountain Market in Rotary Park on Sunday, Sept. 11. (Photo by Tourism Fernie)
Peter Sczesny, 12, in front of an orange Corvette that was on display at the 10th annual Show N’ Shine in Fernie, held on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. He said he would want the car to be his first. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Peter Sczesny, 12, in front of an orange Corvette that was on display at the 10th annual Show N’ Shine in Fernie, held on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. He said he would want the car to be his first. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
File photo of the Timber Chair in summer. (Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press)

Timber Chair to be open for one day on Sept. 3

This will be the second and last time the chair opens this summer season

File photo of the Timber Chair in summer. (Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press)
Rob Britton placed first in the Elite/Pro Male category of the inaugural TransRockies Gravel Royale race that concluded in Fernie on Aug. 25, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

‘World class’: TransRockies Gravel Royale race concludes in Fernie

The inaugural Gravel Royale race went really well, according to the founder

Rob Britton placed first in the Elite/Pro Male category of the inaugural TransRockies Gravel Royale race that concluded in Fernie on Aug. 25, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
A competitor in the 2018 Fernie Demolition Derby. All photos by Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
A competitor in the 2018 Fernie Demolition Derby. All photos by Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
The 2021 Show N’ Shine car show in Fernie. The event is returning in 2022 on Aug. 27. (Courtesy of Elk Valley Cruisers)

10th annual Show N’ Shine car show coming to Fernie

The event is taking place on 3rd Ave. on Saturday and was described as a ‘family day’

The 2021 Show N’ Shine car show in Fernie. The event is returning in 2022 on Aug. 27. (Courtesy of Elk Valley Cruisers)
Montane Pipeline trail. (Images courtesy of Pat Gilmar)

City of Fernie throws support behind repairs to Easy Beaver trail

The Montane trail took damage in the November 2021 floods

Montane Pipeline trail. (Images courtesy of Pat Gilmar)
The TransRockies Gravel Royale bike race is finishing in Fernie on Aug. 25, 2022. (Image courtesy of Dan Savage)

Gravel Royale bike race to finish in Fernie with festivities and banquet

The TransRockies race will pass through Fernie on Aug. 25

The TransRockies Gravel Royale bike race is finishing in Fernie on Aug. 25, 2022. (Image courtesy of Dan Savage)
The Coal Creek Heritage Society, along with Tourism Fernie, Parastone Developments, and Columbia Basin Trust, worked on major parking lot and signage improvements at the Montane trailhead in Fernie in July, 2022. (Courtesy of Rick Wiess)

Montane trailhead gets a glow-up

The CCHS and their sponsors recently completed major work at the Montane trailhead parking lot

The Coal Creek Heritage Society, along with Tourism Fernie, Parastone Developments, and Columbia Basin Trust, worked on major parking lot and signage improvements at the Montane trailhead in Fernie in July, 2022. (Courtesy of Rick Wiess)