Fergie’s Café has been a local icon for years, famed for our riverside setting, wholesome dishes, and unwavering hospitality. So when a devastating fire on April 3, 2018 forced us to close, it wasn’t just our hearts breaking: we heard the cracks from across our community through the messages of support that came pouring in from all of Squamish, the Sea To Sky Corridor, Vancouver, Washington state, and beyond.
After grieving the loss of the beloved Cafe, owners Jake and Jess Freese set out to recreate something exceptional that would accommodate our growing popularity while preserving our connection to nature and the community. Reconstruction began October 15, 2018 and soft opening was announced less than a year later on September 6, 2019. As of November 14, 2019 we are fully open for business!
Our dishes are prepared with locally sourced ingredients focusing on seasonal produce, house-smoked items such as our signature potatoes and wild salmon, complemented by a thoughtful selection of espresso drinks, seasonal craft beers, natural wines and cocktails. We have negroni on tap, variations of the classic caesar as well as pitchers of mimosas, spiked coffees – so many options to keep you warm! Ask your server about vegan options too.
While we would have preferred not to have a fire, we did take this opportunity to make improvements where the old design was lacking. When you arrive, park in our newly expanded lot, walk a cedar pathway under the canopy of trees towards the restaurant and its delicious smells. The new entrance also exposes beautiful mountain and river views from different corners of the property.
The role that our new building would play in its environment was considered in every decision during the design and build. Sustainability is at our heart. The minimalist look honours the natural beauty that surrounds it and exemplifies quality and longevity.
“We wanted the design to emphasize the outdoors and minimize our environmental impact but we had to make that work with the constraints dictated by the property and permitting,’’ explains co-owner Jess Freese. “Jake and I were determined to use green materials and resources to build and fuel the restaurant, and to protect natural features like our black walnut tree. We prioritized functionality due to the restricted physical footprint we were granted but when we had to elevate the structure to meet building requirements, we found we were able to embrace the glorious views—standing on the deck looking at Mount Alpha or the bald eagles soaring overhead is a magical experience.”
In the winter months, we offer 50 indoor seats, with guests seated at the sunlit bar boasting panoramic mountain views or gathered around the wood-burning stove in the dining trailer. In the summer, when outdoor seating expands capacity to over 200, diners can shelter outdoors at communal tables and couches directly underneath while others can enjoy the view from picnic benches on the lawns.
We are honoured to bring back this Squamish institution to the local community that has welcomes us with open arms.
– Fergie’s Family