Best Mountain Town: Fernie


The manicured trails and wild alpine bowls of Fernie Alpine Resort are visible from town and it only takes 10 to drive to the base of the ski area. Like the town, the resort has a cool laid-back vibe and there are investment opportunities here, where ski-in/ski-out properties are particularly prized. Last winter, Fernie Alpine Resort received a choking 13–nearly five storeys–of Rocky Mountain powder. Fernie’s a wide-open mountain, with more than 1,000 acres of skiing spread across five separate bowls, plus scores of trails through the trees. Known for steep and deep conditions, Fernie attracts freeriders from all over the world.


Tucked away in a sub-range of the Rocky Mountains called the Elk Range, Fernie blends well-preserved history with its lovingly restored storefronts and interiors on Second Avenue, with high-paying mining jobs and world-class fly-fishing, skiing and snowboarding. From hockey and mountain biking to fine dining are art galleries, Fernie has a personality that led Rolling Stone magazine to name it the Coolest Town in North America. Real estate moves here in fits and starts as it’s influenced by the health of Calgary’s energy industry. Montane–a new neighbourhood 242 hectares of developable land and park space–is attracting a lot of buyer interest right now.


Resort: Spacious two-bedroom, two-bathroom, ski in/ski out property can be divided and locked off to maximize revenue potential. MLS®2431111. $275,000

Town: 1,603 square foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home close to downtown in The Annex neighbourhood. MLS®2429107. $479,000

Posted in Winter 2018