The Fernie Derrick Society maintains & updates the historic wooden oil derrick at the eastern entrance to Fernie on Highway 3. We are part of the Fernie Gateway Group that is dedicated to improving the eastern approach to Fernie.

This derrick is the last standing wooden oil derrick in BC. The metal components of the rig were used to drill the first oil wells in British Columbia.

These were in the Akamina and Sage Creek areas of the Flathead Valley. The components were moved from the Flathead and rebuilt on the present site in 1984. There are still the remains of 23 drilling rigs and oil wells that were drilled SouthEast BC in the 1907 – 1930 era. No commercial quantities of oil were ever found.