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Fernie's Economy

Click here for: Business Retention and Expansion Survey Report


If you are looking for a reason or a method to come to Fernie we invite you to visit ImagineKootenay.com for business and investment opportunities. 


Since the settlement's establishment in 1898, Fernie's natural environment has been - and continues to be - its most valuable economic resource. Early entrepreneurs quickly recognized the potential of the coal reserves within the Elk Valley, their abundance, quality, and ease of accessibility meant coal mining would be crucial for Fernie's formative years. Similarly, the dense forests of fir, pine, spruce, and cedar provided the basis for successful lumber mills to locate their operations in the Fernie area. More recently, the community has developed as a tourist destination known for its ski hill, mountain trails for hiking and biking, and historic culture. 

  2014 Population 2011 Population
Fernie 4,528 4,532

Kootenay Development

148,379 148,470


For more information please see:

Community Profile - Fall 2015, prepared by Rural Development Institute

Fernie Catchment, Community and Employer Partnership Plan, prepared by EK Employment


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