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- 11 hours from Vancouver
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3-bed, 2-bath house near Fernie Alpine Resort
With a high percentage of both unionized mining jobs and entrepreneurial enterprises, Fernie is a small-town success story. Nestled in the snowy Elk Range about three hours south of Calgary, its economy benefits from a major Teck coal mine in Sparwood that exports coal (via rail) to China. Many Calgary professionals own second homes here and telecommute, especially during winter.
Fernie Alpine Resort welcomes powder-seekers from around the world. There’s historically been a lot of on-mountain real estate investment from skiers from the U.K., and there’s plenty of work in the construction trades up and down the Elk River valley.
Work: Coal has been dug out of the vast Crowsnest field since 1897 and currently there are five open pit mines in operation.
Play: Skiing and snowboarding are the major attraction in winter, but fly fishing on the Elk River is some of B.C.’s finest, especially during hatching season.
Culture: The refurbished heritage buildings downtown house retail stores, government services, professional offices and a funky local museum.
Note: Population is listed by either municipality or region. Sample listing represents a home near the median average selling price in 2017. Real estate trend metric uses B.C. Assessment data for value and includes sales of all property types.