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Budget Tips For Fernie

Updated: Apr 3, 2019

After a trip down to Breckinridge Colorado with my boyfriends family, I came home wanting to keep skiing the big mountains. So, a spur of the moment plan was made, and we started packing for Ferine. Fernie is so beautiful, and the people are incredible I will definitely be coming back, and since we now have a handful of friends here, I don’t see why we wouldn't. Fernie can be a little bit expensive depending upon what country you are coming from and what prices look like at home for you, but over the last few months, I’ve found a few ways to save some money.

Buy Government Owned Liqueur

I don’t know about you guys, but here in Canada there are government-owned liquor stores, and they are so much cheaper than anywhere else. The locally owned liquor stores in Fernie will have more micro-brews and less known brands in it. If you're looking for something new to try the local liquor store is better, but you will be paying more than the government-owned liquor stores. Another option if you just want beer and you are going to be in the area for a little bit longer is to go to Fernie Brewing CO. and buy your self a growler and just keep filling that up.

Go To An Independent Grocer

There are two grocery stores in Fernie one is the Independent Grocer, and the other is a save on foods. Although it’s called a save on foods, it is more expensive than the independent grocer. If you're going to be buying groceries a lot go on Sundays, they have lots of end of the week sales you can cash in on. If you do for some reason need to go to the save on foods get a membership card to get some hidden discounts. The save on foods more cards if free to sign up for and just needs you to fill out a little bit of info.


If you aren't driving to Fernie, there will be almost no need for a car unless you want to go visit other neighboring towns. There is a shuttle that runs all over Fernie and even up to the ski hill. The shuttle stops at most accommodations and will get you pretty close to anything in town. To make all your bus trips even cheaper you can get a bus pass for about $35 CAD for ten rides instead of paying 4 dollars each time. To find out where you can get a bus pass simply ask your accommodation some times they sell them at the front desk.

Pack Lunch

When Planning a visit to Fernie, most people plan on skiing while up there. While Fernie has some of the more reasonably priced on hill food, but it still can be pretty pricey for what you are getting. If you plan on skiing for a couple of days in a row packing a lunch and spending your money on dinner off the mountain or even cooking yourself, you'll save a nice chunk of cash. If you do end up buying lunch, you might want to eat at big bang bagels for a cheap fun lunch.