by Rebecca Hall and Elana Zysblat The Built Heritage Grants, funded by Columbia Basin Trust and administered by Heritage BC, are helping to restore some of Fernie’s most significant and historic buildings. One of these is Knox United Church. As one of Fernie’s six historic church buildings and one of only three which still operate…

by Rebecca Hall and Elana Zysblat The Built Heritage Grants, funded by Columbia Basin Trust and administered by Heritage BC, are helping to restore some of Fernie’s most significant and historic buildings. One of these is the Fernie Museum. Administered by the Fernie and District Historical Society, the Fernie Museum found a permanent home at…

by Rebecca Hall and Elana Zysblat The Built Heritage Grants, funded by Columbia Basin Trust and administered by Heritage BC, are helping to restore some of Fernie’s most significant and historic buildings. One of these is the Holy Family Catholic Church. Constructed in 1911 and 1912, the church is valued as the finest religious building…

by Rebecca Hall, Elana Zysblat You may have noticed work being done on the stained glass windows at Holy Family Catholic Church or in the entrance to the Fernie Museum building (originally built as the Home Bank of Canada in 1910); these projects are evidence of new conservation work in progress, thanks to a funding…

by Ange Qualizza, Mayor, City of Fernie There are some very interesting careers to be had in local government and one that I think would be fascinating to no end is that of a city planner. A planner determines how to best use the city’s land resources, weighing decisions and recommendations on the future needs…

Heritage Fernie, in partnership with the City of Fernie, officially kicked off the development of the Fernie Heritage Master Plan on Friday, February 23, 2018 as part of BC Heritage Week. Development of the Fernie Heritage Master Plan has been funded through a $35,000 planning grant from the Columbia Basin Trust Built Heritage grant program…

Vancouver consultants Elana Zysblat and John Atkin spent four flurrying days in Fernie preparing Conservation Plans for local heritage buildings and helping to kick-off the Fernie Heritage Master Plan Task Force. Accompanied by Ron Ulrich, Executive Director of Heritage Fernie and Chair of the recently established Fernie Heritage Master Plan Steering Committee, we zoomed along…

The newly formed Fernie Heritage Master Plan Steering Committee, who will be leading, guiding and overseeing the creation of a Heritage Master Plan for the City of Fernie, began their work on August 23 with a dinner meeting. A Heritage Master Plan provides the context, tools and policies to manage change in such a way…

The Great Fire of 1908 was a dramatic, defining moment for Fernie that saw the community obliterated by fire in less than 90 minutes on August 1st, 1908. The fire claimed 10 lives and the property loss was valued at over $5 million dollars, a staggering amount at the time. It was the second major…

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