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  • Heading out for the day Cat-skiing with Island Lake

A winter wonderland experience.

Island Lake Lodge winter operations begin in December until April. Primarily a snowcat skiing lodge they also offer other great experiences for those that want to visit during the day.

Book a ride on the Island Lake Snowcat, your cozy transportation through the ancient old growth cedar forest to the apex of the Cedar Valley and Island Lake Lodge. During the winter you can enjoy gourmet lunch, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or a relaxing spa session and on select dates gourmet dinners and overnight B&B stays.

Winter Snowcat Ride & Lunch

Experience the Old Growth Forest under snow cover from the comfort of a cosy snowcat, then delight in a delicious lunch at the beautiful Island Lake Lodge. Optional spa add-ons, or take a snowshoe or nordic ski around the lake before being transported back by snowcat to your waiting vehicle.

  • Available Thursday - Sundays starting December 15, 2016 throught the whole winter season
  • Price $69/person includes gourmet lunch and snowcat shuttle to and from the lodge
  • Children 50% off (ages 4-12). Tot (0-3) free
  • Round out your winter lodge experience with some time in our Spa. Let our experienced therapists help you relax and rejuvenate. Have a look at the winter spa menu.
  • If you want to go on for a little adventure while at the lodge, snowshoes or cross-country skis are available. Rent snowshoes for $10 and XC skis for $15.

Book ahead to reserve your seats.

Cross Country Skiing
Explore the wonders of the mystical Island Lake Lodge under snow cover. Arrive at a winter wonderland and explore the regularly groomed trails leading out from the lodge. Cross-country skis are available to rent, or free when you stay at the lodge. Take a tour of the trails when you visit for lunch this winter!

Explore the wonders of the mystical Island Lake Lodge under snow cover. Trails lead up from the parking lot through snowy old growth forests, or book a Snowcat ride & lunch package and explore the tranquil frozen lake trails. Snowshoes are available to rent, or free when you stay at the lodge.

Cat Skiing
Island Lake is the pinnacle of luxury cat skiing, the benchmark to which all others aspire. Island Lake offers 2, 3 and 4-day, all-inclusive cat ski packages throughout the winter season. Also available are family and all women’s cat ski tours.

Spring Ski Touring - April
Single & Multi-day cat-assisted guided touring packages from world-class Island Lake in the spectacular Cedar Valley.

Winter B&B
Available on select dates, contact the lodge for details. Pillowy soft beds, warm wooden walls, gentle accents, and no TVs or phones, for the ultimate in romantic relaxation. Book a Snowcat ride to the lodge and enjoy a night of gourmet dining, peaceful slumber and a gentle snowshoe or nordic ski through tranquil forests.

Winter Spa
The perfect add-on to any B&B or Snowcat ride & lunch package. Book your treatment and enjoy winter relaxation at its finest.


A number of well-marked 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.

The Mountain Lakes Trail, also known as Heiko's Trail, ends at Island Lake Lodge. This 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!

Island Lake
The tranquil lake below the lodge is perfect for relaxing activities including fly fishing, kayaking and canoeing (available for rent) and wonderful wildlife viewing options. 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 & hot tub to enjoy before and after your treatment.

The Bear Patio is open daily throughout the summer for casual lunches and cocktails. The menu includes hand-pressed burgers, salads, seafood and as much local produce as possible.
In the evening, the Ancient Timbers Dining Room is an elegant yet relaxed space with fine dining and 3,000 bottle wine cellar and an open kitchen for glimpses of the culinary action.

Stay a while 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 tranquility 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.

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.

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  • 1-250-423-3700
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  • Cedar Valley Rd. , Fernie, BC V0B 1M0
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