On Saturday September 15th. Open Doors invited residents and visitors to take a look inside six of Fernie’s heritage buildings. At City Hall, participants were interested in the council chambers and many took the opportunity to sit in the mayor’s chair. Outside the chamber, the heritage consultants working on Fernie’s Heritage Strategy were on hand with a display of panels showing key sections from the Heritage Context Statement, phase one of the Strategy. Downstairs, information was available from the Columbia Basin Trust, a funding partner for the Heritage Strategy.
An enthusiastic and large number of visitors dropped in and kept the consultants busy all day chatting about Fernie’s heritage, offering comment and notes. The consultants were very pleased to see how much residents cared about their city and how interested they were in the heritage. Post cards with the address of the online survey proved to be a popular item. The survey had an impressive response rate before the open house and the consultants are looking forward to additional results.
During the Fernie Heritage Strategy Open House, the consultants also offered two very well attended walking tours. One looked at the six buildings that have received Columbia Basin Trust grants and discussed some of the issues involved in each. The second tour looked at the catalogue and ‘ready made’ houses found in Fernie. Again, there was an enthusiastic response to the tours along with incisive questions and comments from both audiences.