The ultimate in relaxation - gourmet cuisine, spectacular views, romantic spa & B&B options, hiking to suit all abilities plus a tranquil lake for fishing, wildlife watching, kayaking, and canoeing.
Island Lake Lodge is open June 26 to early October, 2020
Drive through the ancient Old Growth cedar forest to the apex of the Cedar Valley, and Island Lake Lodge. Here you can enjoy casual lunches and cocktails on the patio for lunch or gourmet dining in the evening restaurant while the sun sets over the Three Bears. The property is a beautiful wilderness valley with spectacular views and the ultimate in R n' R. Fernie is the furthest East the beautiful Old Growth Cedar trees grow.
Covid-19 Update: A number of new policies and procedures have been implemented to keep staff and guests safe. These are posted around the lodges and on the Lodge website. Please adhere to all social distancing and Covid-19 related guidelines, signage and policies.
On some days, the lodge may not be available or open due to a private function or wedding - call or visit this webpage for updates. Visitors can always access the trails.
Hiking & Mountain Biking
A number of well-marked hiking trails lead from the lodge. Easier trails at the valley floor include the Rail Trail, Old Growth Trail and Lake & Fir Trails and are suitable for families with younger children. The Tamarack Trail is a short climb and offers beautiful views of the Lodge below, as well as the Three Bears peaks on the Lizard Range to the other side of the valley. Spineback Trail and the Mt Baldy Loop are more challenging trails for experienced hikers through alpine meadows to the upper reaches at the head of the Cedar Valley.
Biking the Lazy Lizard Trail at Island Lake Lodge
We know you’re itching to get out! The trails at Island Lake Lodge are now open for use and everyone is encouraged to get out and enjoy nature safely while practicing social distancing. Island Lake Lodge needs your help to limit or refrain from doing bike shuttles by vehicle up the road to the lodge for the Lazy Lizard trail. The trail was built as an “up and down” trail and the Lodge asks that you use it as such. You can park at the trailhead for Lazy Lizard by the Island Lake Lodge gate. Your help is appreciated - enjoy the trails!
Heiko's Trail, ending at Island Lake Lodge, is a spectacular trail crosses 2 mountain passes and includes waterfalls, alpine meadows, and the Bisaro Cave. The hike is a strenuous 10-12 hours and can be done as a day hike or as an overnight wilderness campout. Plan to end at Island Lake Lodge and enjoy a celebration dinner on arrival!
The Food Philosophy at Island Lake Lodge is centred around wholesome, local fare handled with artistry and the lightest touch. Expect to see the local landscape on your plate, from hints of fireweed and cedar to foraged mushrooms and huckleberries. Island Lake Lodge is a member of the Ocean Wise program.
The Bear Bistro is perfect for casual lunches and cocktails. The menu includes hand-pressed burgers, salads, seafood and as much local produce as possible. In the evening, the Tamarack Dining Room is an elegant yet relaxed space with fine dining, a 3,000 bottle wine library and an open kitchen for glimpses of the culinary action. Service will be adjusted to accommodate safe distancing and new health protocols, but you can expect the same great quality and service as always!
Reservations encouraged - call 250-423-3700.
Canoeing on Island Lake
The tranquil lake below the lodge is a welcoming location for fly fishing and canoeing in traditional Canadian Canoes - available to rent from the lodge. The lake is a wonderful spot for wildlife viewing and relaxing, moose and deer often visit the area.
The Spa at Island Lake
The Spa is open throughout the summer and offers a full range of relaxation & esthetics treatments plus a relaxing patio to enjoy before and after your treatment. Limited appointments are available by calling the Lodge in advance.
Covid-19 Update: Please note that the following services are being reassessed for summer 2020. Please call or email for more information:
Stay awhile in one of the beautiful and sublimely relaxing guest rooms. The three accommodation lodges; Tamarack, Cedar & Red Eagle each offer 8-10 guest rooms plus additional relaxation space and beautiful views. Rooms are designed with tranquillity in mind, pillowy soft bedding, soft accents and no TVs or phones in the rooms. Wifi is available throughout the property.
Island Lake Lodge is one of Fernie's premier wedding venues, offering a spectacular location with perfect accommodations & dining for smaller weddings. Now taking inquiries for summer 2021 and beyond.
NB: At certain times during the summer, lodge facilities may be unavailable or restricted due to private functions and events. Please visit the online calendar to determine services available on the date you plan to visit. Hiking trails are always open.
ISLAND LAKE LODGE is a winter wonderland from December to March, offering Snowcat & Lunch Packages, Nordic/Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and winter spa services, in addition to the main Snowcat Skiing services. Read More.