Experience Our Version of Serenity
Island Lake has been named “One of the most Unique and Authentic places to stay in Canada” by National Geographic Traveler Magazine.
Nestled into the Lizard Mountain Range, 20 minutes from the small town of Fernie, British Columbia lays Island Lake Lodge. The air is fresher, the drinking water – gravitationally fed to the lodge from a nearby mountain spring – is crisper and the views are breathtaking. Three limestone spire peaks known as the Three Bears rise high into the blue sky, keeping guard over the backcountry lodge that over 25 years of operation has now become a world famous destination for summer travelers and powder hounds alike.
The Island Lake property has a history dating back to the early 1900’s when locals built a small day use cabin on the lake and through devastating fires, floods and even the curse of the Ghost-rider on the Elk Valley, this property has persevered. Having now grown to host four beautiful cabin style log buildings with 2 dining areas, 26 guest rooms, conference facilities and a full spa, the serenity of the location is unparalleled.
Island Lake Spa features five treatment rooms, a couple’s wellness room with deep Japanese soaking tub, retail boutique, change rooms and relaxation rooms. The 2013 Spa Menu utilizes Eminence, a top of the line handmade organic skin care line from Hungary – all of their premium ingredients are hand-picked and hand-mixed in small batches to increase the effectiveness and retain natural healing potencies.
While best known for the bottomless champagne powder Island Lake receives every winter, summer does not provide any shortage of activities. Some of the best marked and maintained hiking trails in the valley crisscross across the 7,000 acres of private and pristine wilderness. Offering easy jaunts around the lake to more adventurous guided trips, late July and early August are a great time to visit when the wildflowers are in full bloom and for an educational the resort’s guides can be booked to speak about the local floral and fauna.
The surrounding rivers are home to some of the best fly-fishing in North America. The Elk River and its tributaries hold Westslope Cutthroat and giant Bull Trout. Both of which are indigenous to the area and excellent sport fish. Island Lake packages with local guide outfitters for unparalleled fly-fishing experiences.
If the lure of a deep-rooted local history and secluded stay are not enough to draw you to this magnificent location, the Island Lake food program is a must do in its own right. Now the proud creators of a bestselling gourmet cookbook the resort’s culinary team refers to their food approach as simple – complexity without complication.
“We use our best efforts to source organic and traditionally raised foods and prepare them with unpretentious flavourings and well-executed techniques,” says Executive Chef Keith Farkas. With the belief that there should always be strong connections between plate, planet, people and culture and a commitment to the local community Keith can be caught every Sunday at the local farmer’s market purchasing fresh seasonal produce from local farmers and community gardeners.
Compliment your menu selection with a hand selected pairing from the 3,000 bottle wine library and book into one of the luxurious rooms for a pampered experience you will not be soon to forget.
It’s time you experienced one of the jewels of the Canadian Rocky Mountains
Island Lake Lodge can be reached by telephone at 1-888-422-8754 or online at www.islandlakelodge.com.