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  • Community Information

    Located in the Elk Valley in southeast British Columbia, the mountain community of Fernie was traditionally a mining town. However, its location in one of the last great accessible wilderness areas in North American has made it a popular tourist destination in recent years. Amidst towering peaks and beautiful scenery, Fernie offers residents and visitors alike a host of recreational opportunities including fly-fishing, alpine skiing and golf. Heritage buildings in the downtown area lend character and quaintness to the town.

    INDUSTRY:
    Tourism, outdoor recreation


    • Population

      Town Population: 4,448 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)

      Ages of Population:

      0-17: 19.3%

      18-24: 10.3%

      25-64: 59.0%

      65+: 11.4% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures)

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Interior Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: East Kootenay

      Regional District: East Kootenay Regional District

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: A

      RRP Points: 25.00

    • Practitioner + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 19 (www.cpsbc.ca) + 6 Specialists

      Clinics

      Rocky Mountain Health Centre

      Box 2019, 901 – 5th Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

      P: 250 423-4718

      Sparling East Medical Centre

      Box 820, 402- 2nd Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

      P: 250 423-4442

      Fernie Health Centre

      1501 – 5th Avenue

      Fernie, BC, VOB IMO

      P: 250 423-8288

      Leroux Clinic

      521 2nd Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

      P: 250 423-6404


  • Elk Valley Hospital is a busy Level 1 community hospital set in the picturesque Elk Valley. It serves as a hub for the South Country and for the Primary Care and Community Health Centres in the neighbouring communities of Sparwood and Elkford. Staff and physicians enjoy the professional and recreational opportunities as the Elk Valley boasts world class skiing, biking, fishing, and hiking.

    • Contact Info

      Elk Valley Hospital

      Box 670, 1501 – 5th Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

      P: 250 423-4453 | F: 250 423-3732

    • Hospital Info

      Acute Care Beds: 20

      Referral Hospital: Kelowna

      Major Medical Centre: Transfer to Kelowna, BC. (629 km’s)

    • Emergency Room

      There is a full service Emergency Room in this community that provides acute and trauma care along with limited obstetrical care. It is open 24/7.

      Number of Visits Per Year: 11,573 (2009/2010: IHA Stats)

      Travel distance to transfer hospital: 629 km to Kelowna

    • Hospital CAEP and CTAS

      CAEP Classification

      Description Level 4 – Facility with inpatient beds. May be optional services i.e. obstetrics, definitive for appropriate conditions, stabilization and transfer to another facility as required, open 24/7

      CTAS Level

      CTAS Level I (Resuscitation)

      CTAS Level II (Emergent)

      CTAS Level III (Urgent)

      CTAS Level IV (Less Urgent)

      CTAS Level V (Non Urgent)

    • Surgery

      There are surgical services in this community, including:

      orthopedic, ear nose throat (ENT), and gynaecological surgery.

    • Maternity

      There are Caesarian section services in this community.

      Midwives from Cranbrook service this area.

      East Kootenay Midwives

      12 – 1617 Baker Street

      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1B4

      P: 250 489-3198 | F: 250 489-3752

    • Lab services

      Elk Valley Hospital Lab

      Box 670, 1501 – 5th Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

      P: 250 423-4453 | F: 250 423-3732

    • Blood Bank

      There is a blood bank in this community.

    • Imaging services

      X-Ray

      Elk Valley Hospital Diagnostic Imaging

      Box 670, 1501 – 5th Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

      P: 250 423-4453 | F: 250 423-3732

      CT

      There are CT imaging services in this community.

      Mammography

      Mammography services provided by BC Cancer Agency twice a year.

      See www.bccancer.bc.ca for details.


    • BC Ambulance

      BC Ambulance Service provides coverage to this community, including Air Ambulance services.

    • Pharmacy

      Extra Foods Pharmacy

      Box 2620, 1792 – 9th Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

      P: 250 423-3264 | F: 250 423-8074

      IGS Value Drug Mart

      Box 2560, 441 – 2nd Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

      P: 250 423-4511 | F: 250 423-4543

      Overwaitea Pharmacy #219

      Box 1238, 792 – 2nd Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

      P: 250 423-7704 | F: 250 423-3916

    • Extended Care

      Rocky Mountain Village (61 beds)

      55 Cokato Road

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M4

      P: 250 423-4214

    • Home Nursing

      Elk Valley Hospital

      Box 670, 1501 – 5th Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

      P: 250 423-4453 | F: 250 423-3732

      Home & Community Care Office

      P: 250 423-8288

    • Dietetics

      Elk Valley Hospital Dietetic Services

      Box 670, 1501 – 5th Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

      P: 250 423-4453 | F: 250 423-3732

    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Elk Valley Hospital Diabetes Education

      Box 670, 1501 – 5th Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

      P: 250 423-4453 | F: 250 423-3732

    • Midwifery

      Midwives from Cranbrook service this area.

      East Kootenay Midwives

      12 – 1617 Baker Street

      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1B4

      P: 250 489-3198 | F: 250 489-3752

    • Physiotherapy

      Elk Valley Hospital

      Box 670, 1501 – 5th Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

      P: 250 423-4453 | F: 250 423-3732

      In-community

      Fernie Athletic Therapy and Rehabilitation

      2nd Floor Rocky Mountain Health Centre

      Box 1978, 901 – 5th Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

      P: 250 423-4800 | TFP: 1 888 423-9006 | F: 250 423-3443

      www.ferniephysio.com

    • Occupational therapy

      Elk Valley Hospital Physio

      Box 670, 1501 – 5th Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

      P: 250 423-4453 | F: 250 423-3732

      In-community

      Cotton Recovery Solutions

      56 Mt. Proctor Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M3

      P: 250 423-6846 | F: 250 423-6864


    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Community Mental Health

      Elk Valley Hospital

      Box 670, 1501 – 5th Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

      P: 250 423-4453 ext. 281 | F: 250 423-3732

      In-community

      CYMH Fernie

      341 – 2nd Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

      P: 250 423-5311

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

      East Kootenay Addiction Services Society

      EKASS Elk Valley

      802 – 2nd Avenue

      Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

      P: 250 423-4423

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm


  • Pain Management Outreach
    Elk Valley Hospital
    Box 670, 1501 – 5th Avenue
    Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0
    P: 250 423-4453 | F: 250 423-3732
    Additional Outreach: Orthopedic, Obstetrician/Gynecology, ENT, Neurology

    Ankors AIDS Network
    #46 – 17th Avenue South
    Cranbrook, BC, V1C 5A8
    P: 250 426-3383 | TFP: 1 800 421-2437
    Hrs: Drop-in: Tues & Thurs 2 pm – 4 pm
    Hrs: Needle Exchange: Tues & Thurs 2 pm – 4 pm

    Women’s Resource Centre
    Pregnancy Outreach Program
    Box 2054, 691A – 4th Avenue
    Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0
    P: 250 423-4687 | F: 250 423-3633
    Services: Better Babies offers: Education and Support to pregnant women, new mothers and families, Home Visits, Nutrition and Health Counselling, Pre-natal Vitamins, Food Vouchers, Breastfeeding Support, Doula Services. All of are free.

    The Canadian Diabetes Association
    Fernie & District Branch
    1589 Sutherland Avenue
    Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5Y7
    P: 250 762-9447
    www.diabetes.ca

    Fernie Women’s Resource and Drop-In Centre
    Violence Against Women Counseling Services
    691A – 4th Avenue
    Fernie, BC, V0B 1V0
    P: 250 423-4687