A slope-side resort has grown from very little in recent years, but there's still not much there except convenient lodging and a few restaurants, bars and sports shops, with the town being quiet at night. There's much more going on in the nearby town, named after the guy who discovered coal here and triggered a boom in the early 1900s. Some 'historic' buildings have survived. Fernie town is a place for locals alongside tourists, with some lively bars, decent places to eat and a reasonable range of shops. It is down to earth rather than charming, with many enjoying the feel of staying in a real town, though some are put off by the main road running through the centre. Most stress the friendly locals.
Good day care centre There's a day care centre in the Cornerstone Lodge, as well as an adventure park with cut-outs of bears and wolves. The ski school offers a 'family' private lesson option for up to two adults and three kids.