About Us

Our history

The Fernie Taphouse is a prominent and iconic establishment with a rich history.

A casualty of the Great Fire of 1908, which destroyed most of the downtown core, the building was rebuilt as prohibition began. The famous bootlegger’s basement tunnels still exist today! For decades after the Rum Running era, it continued as the community pub and hotel. 

Simon and Wendy Howse, local outdoor enthusiasts and visionaries, purchased the historic Fernie Hotel in the 1990s. As founders of Parastone Developments, the region’s largest developer, they reimagined Fernie through their successful projects. Guided by Parastone’s values of excellence, integrity and community, the hotel and pub transformed. In 2019, it underwent another extensive renovation. The Fernie Taphouse is now the elevated and refreshed hub of downtown, complete with a new up-leveled menu.

Fernie’s favourite sports bar

Delicious pub food, from the famous beer-battered Fish and Chips to the unbeatable Daily Sandwich special, make The Fernie a favourite restaurant for locals. The outstanding staff ensure each guest’s experience is relaxed and comfortable, whether in the sports bar, private meeting room or heated patio. The perfect variety of BC Craft Draft and classic cold beer on tap will quench any thirst.

With over 20 large screen TVs plus a giant big screen for Main Events, sports enthusiasts can cheer on their favourite team with friends and neighbours. From golf to hockey to the popular rugby matches, The Fernie is your Game Day destination. For those on the go, easy online ordering is available – for pick up or delivery.

In the Community – with you

We believe in giving back to our community! It is what makes Fernie such an amazing place to live. Here are some events and charitable organizations we are proud to support:

  • Gravel Grind Post Race Afterparty
  • Coal Creek Heritage Society
  • Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club
  • Fernie Trails & Touring Club
  • Elk Valley Ruby Club
  • Fernie Golf & Country Club Tournaments
  • Fernie Griz Days
  • Festival of Trees
  • Elk Valley Suicide Task Force
  • Porky Blue Ride & Roast
  • Movember
  • Local Softball Team Sponsorships

Stay at The Fernie

For out-of-town guests, the former Fernie Hotel was repurposed to an upscale long-stay hostel. Perfect accommodations for visiting seasonal workers or laid back back-packers, lodgers can apply for minimum 6 month stays at The Fernie.

Learn more about the Parastone Team’s commitment to building community.