Drive through the ancient old growth cedar forest to the apex of the Cedar Valley, and Island Lake Lodge.
Open June 8 - October 8, 2018
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 that the beautiful Old Growth Cedar trees grow.
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.
Heiko's Trail, which ends at Island Lake Lodge, is a spectacular trail crossing 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 tranquil lake below the lodge is a welcoming location for 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. B&B starts from just $159 per night. 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.
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.