The Best Bagels West of New York–Big Bang Bagels

by torontogirlwest on March 2, 2011

Hola Bloggies:

How has your Wednesday night been?

I spent mine buried in a pile of paper doing my taxes. All I can say is thank-goodness that tax time only comes once a year!

In the end, I figured out I was going to get another tax refund!!!

Grand total? $22.13!!! Nyah-Nyah

HA! I think it’s safe to say that the score now looks like this –> Government of Canada 1 – Karen 0


Bagel Love

If you’re a long time follower, you know that I love bread. In all it’s forms. Yours truly has a pure unadulterated love affair with carbs in all their bready goodness!

Likewise, you also know that I have a soft spot for the Rocky Mountain resort town of Fernie, British Columbia.

Put the two together and you have one very happy Toronto Girl West! Smile


Even on a grey winter’s day, the main street in the town manages to be cute as a button.


Lately, I’ve found yet another reason to visit the lovely downtown area. You see, I’ve discovered Big Bang Bagels.

And let’s just say I kind of heart the place! Red heart


When you walk into the small corner store, you’re greeted by a list of about two dozen freshly baked bagels, an open kitchen, and homey surroundings.

There are so many delicious choices (and great locally brewed coffee too) but lately my stand-by is a plain whole wheat bagel with a bit of regular cream cheese.

To. Die. For.


Their bagels are made fresh in-house throughout the day. In fact, you can often see the (exceedingly friendly) workers making a new batch in the back.

Today, I got to talking with one of the girls at the store and she explained that Big Bang Bagels has been in its present location for a little over two years. Before that, the owner rented out some kitchen time in a nearby pizza shop. The owner, made a name for herself by selling her wares at farmer’s markets and similar events; eventually she realized she was popular enough to start her own place.

And based on how busy it gets over lunch time, I can honestly say that Big Bang Bagels is a resounding success!!!

In fact, during the busy times they’ll often sell 1000 bagels in a day! Surprised smile


Their bagels are subtly crispy on the outside and incredibly chewy on the inside. In one word – they’re bagel perfection.

In fact, I’m pretty sure that once you have a Big Bang Bagels there’s no going back. I’ve been wrecked to the world! Winking smile

Bottom Line: I can’t recommend this place enough! The food is delicious. The workers incredibly friendly. The coffee, beautifully roasted. The atmosphere, decidedly Fernie (read: laidback and cute). What’s not to love!?!?!?!


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Question: Are you a bagel person? What do you like in yours? Better yet, have you ever made bagels? Care to share the recipe?

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

nicole March 3, 2011 at 4:52 am

Asiago (sp?) Cheese bagels are my fave!!


torontogirlwest March 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Oh wow!!! That would taste amazing!!!

Send some my way, will you!?!? ;)


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty March 3, 2011 at 7:47 am

I love Fernie and I LOVE bagels!! Before becoming dairy free, we had this aweosme bagel shop here and they had a cheese and herb bagel that had cheese oooozing out of the bagel, and then they had about 50 different cream cheese choices!! yum!!
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torontogirlwest March 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I totally hadn’t realized you had visited Fernie! It’s such a lovely place! :)


Paula March 3, 2011 at 7:58 am

Love your photos in this post. If I ever make it out to BC, I’ll look for this shop.


torontogirlwest March 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Thank-you so much for the compliment!


Simply Life March 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm

oh I can see why you love it there!


torontogirlwest March 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm

:) It’s a truly awesome place!


kristen March 3, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Mmm…a good bagel is a thing of beauty really. I live in Montreal and don’t eat nearly enough of them. I should get some this weekend :)
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torontogirlwest March 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Can you believe I have never had a Montreal style bagel? Although I did watch a whole show on FoodTV tonight about a bagel store in Montreal.


Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel March 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm

“Or make it a Mr.Fernie” ok that sounds fabulous, what ever that entails! i had a friend from high school that lived in Fernie and moved back there to be with her family. it got some cute little shops up there it seems, and the buildings are quite cute :)



torontogirlwest March 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I can totally see why someone from Fernie would return to the area! It’s mega cute! :)


Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans March 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I love bagels! My favorite are made from Stonemill. So healthy and tasty and they are a eco conscious Canadian company…score!!
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torontogirlwest March 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Stonemill bakery is awesome – I heartily approve! ;)


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