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Programs & Projects

Ongoing Pride Programs

Fernie Pride Society has several ongoing programs and undertakes new projects each year.

Rainbow Connections (formerly Beers & Queers)

These social events are designed to bring 2SLGBTQ+ individuals and allies together in relaxed environments. Great conversations start spontaneously, especially around issues or experiences specific to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Look for details on the next event on the calendar. We are always open to suggestions, too! 

Past Rainbow Connections events include arcade night, Sparwood loop ice skating, board game night, pottery class, golf and frisbee golf.

Youth Program

The youth program includes youth-specific social events, support of school GSA (gay straight alliance) and SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) groups, book donations and an annual scholarship for graduating students in the Elk Valley. Find out more on the Youth information page.

Fernie Pride also has a youth board position. Please reach out if you are interested in holding this role.

Elk Valley Pride Festival

 Our annual highlight, this multi-day festival is open to the whole community with a huge variety of events

Columbia Basin Capacity Project

This multi-phase project began with the Queer Out Here conference in 2023, an event to bring together pride organizations, groups and supporting groups throughout the East Kootenays. The regional groups are now holding monthly meetings to support each other and coordinate efforts.


Pride Projects & Past Programs


  • Hosted the Queer out Here conference in Fernie
  • Participated in the Coal Miner Days (Sparwood) Parade, Wildcat Days (Elkford) Parade, and Griz Days (Fernie) Parade
  • Board Goal-Setting retreat
  • Online Auction Fundraiser success
  • 7 Rainbow Connections events
  • DEI training for City of Fernie & two public workshops at the College of the Rockies
  • New website launched
  • Partnered with several local organizations for events
  • Initiated the Columbia Basin 2SLGBTQ+ Network which meets monthly, uniting 19 participating member organizations
  • …and more!


  • Created the Employer Resource Guide
  • Rainbow Sidewalk Painting
  • Sponsored two youth to attend summer camp
  • Hosted 3 Drag Storytime events
  • Hosted six Elk Valley Youth Pride Events
  • Strategic Plan completed and implementation began
  • Elk Valley Suicide Task Force Drag-a-Thon Collaboration
  • ..and more!


  • Drag Storytime Events with Curbside Crafts
  • Rainbow Fish Public Art Project at Isabella Dicken Elementary
  • Inclusive SexEd workshops
  • Established Elk Valley Youth Pride
  • Born This Way parent/caregiver monthly group
  • Multiple Youth events
  • Sponsored an athlete, Dylan Annis
  • Completed  EV Diversity & Inclusion Survey
  • Engaged Elk Valley employers
  • …and more!


  • Fernie Pride Festival, Covid Edition
  •  Zoom Socials
  • Several grants acquired
  • “Ears for Peers” peer-led support


  • Donated queer and trans books to the Fernie Heritage Library
  • Hired Courtney Baker as society administrator
  • Implemented RCMP Safe Place Program in Fernie
  • Hosted Beers & Queers (now Rainbow Connections) at Elk Valley Social
  • TransCare 101 Workshop
  • United Church education session
  • Pride Festival had over 1700 attendees!
  • and more…!


  • Queers and Beers (now Rainbow Connections) social events
  • Griz Days Parade Float
  • 2SLGBTQ+ 101 education sessions in partnership with Fernie Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Fernie & Wapiti Music Festival
  • Local artist Pruthvi Harshan painted a Fernie Pride dumpster
  • Consent & Sexual Harassment workshop
  • New Fernie Heritage library catalogue system labeling 2SLGBTQ+ resources
  • and more…!


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About Us

The Fernie Pride Society supports and connects the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the Elk Valley.  Incorporated in December 2016, the Society is a hub for 2SLGBTQ+ people and their allies, programming special events as well as providing resource referrals.


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102 Commerce Road
Fernie, BC
V0B 1M5

Fernie Pride acknowledges that we reside on land located within Qukin ʔamakʔis, the unceded traditional territory of Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it.

We recognize that we live and work within their vast lands. ʔakanuxunik̓ are from Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi‘it and are members of the Ktunaxa speaking peoples of British Columbia, Idaho, and Montana.

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