Photo: Mike McPhee @mcphoto99
Summer Guide 2017
Summer 2017 - News . Packages . Menus . Hiking . Biking . Spa . Fly Fishing
Photo: Kyle Hamilton @khphotography
Our summer season runs from June 9th to October 9th
Welcome to another edition of the Island Lake Summer e-magazine.
As the past winter dissipates from our minds, we are watching the days grow longer and wild flowers rise from the ground.
LODGE NEWS Island Lake Lodge is pleased to announce the first annual – Untamed Kootenays Culinary Event. June 16-18. Guests will have the chance to immerse themselves in mountain culture with two full days that include two impressive dinners, along with an opportunity to explore the area on guided hikes, relax in the spa, and kick back on the patio with exclusive samplings from Fernie Brewing Co. and BC Wine Studio – the wine-makers behind the Lodge’s new house wines and bubbles. Spots are limited for this impressive event with 30 seats per dinner and 15 rooms for guests wishing to spend the weekend exploring the culinary offerings and scenic natural surroundings. Our Very Own Bubbles! Inspired by celebration and the natural elements that surround us, Bruin Brut has been custom blended for Island Lake Lodge. Whether it’s the best snow day, the most epic hike or a romantic getaway, these bubbles will elevate your favourite Lodge moments and memories. The Bruin Brut offers peach and pineapple aromas with subtle herbaceous notes, pleasant effervescence, and a nice crisp finish. New Collaborative Poster In a continuation of our series of collectible limited edition posters from Clawhammer Press, we are proud to announce a bike themed print. Inspired by the Lazy Lizard bike trail, only 100 of these posters will be printed.
Iconic Photo Spot
Iconic Photo Spots of Island Lake Last summer we began marking our iconic photo spots and started by identifying 12. This summer we are adding another 5 and will be having monthly photo contests for those who tag them! Click to see a map and read about the new spots. Here
We also have new new lunch and dinner menus and a delicious new cocktail menu. Drop by and check it all out.
Our custom branded Take A Hike Bavarian Pilsner will be available again this summer.
Photo: Matt Glastonbury @mattglastonbury
Everything we do is inspired by nature
Best Advice Ever - Hike More 2017 Scheduled Guided Hikes: * Sunday, June 18th – Fathers Day (Tam View or Lake Trail depending on weather) * Sunday, July 2nd – Big White Peak hike (Glacier Lilies are out!) * Sunday, July 16th – Heiko’s Trail * Sunday, July 30th – Lizard Lake * Sunday, August 6th – Heiko’s Trail – (Prime wildflowers in the alpine) * Sunday, August 20th – Lizard Lake – Cabin Bowl Loop * Sunday, August 27th – Big White Peak hike * Sunday, Sept 10th – Heiko’s Trail
Photo: Matt Glastonbury @mattglastonbury
Hire a guide! If youâ€™d like to learn about the flora and fauna of the area or just want to let someone lead the way, Island Lake has guides available: Half Day Hike - $45 per person - Minimum of 2 people. Choice of our half-day trails: Mt Badly, The Fir Trail, The Spineback trail and Tamarack Viewpoint. Must be booked at least 24 hrs in advance. Route Hike - $99 per person - Minimum of 2 people. Must be booked at least 24 hrs in advance. With an ACMG certified hiking guide. More info on Guided Hiking
Marked Hiking Trails * LAKE TRAIL - (2 km, 1 hr) Rating: Easy FIR TRAIL Extension (add 3 km & 1 hr) Rating: Easy * RAIL TRAIL - (3 km, elevation gain 50 m, 45 mins - 1.5 hrs) Rating: Rail Trail: Easy * OLD GROWTH TRAIL - (4 km, elevation gain 250 m, 45min - 1.5 hr) Rating: Moderate * SPINEBACK TRAIL - (3.5 km, elevation gain 530 m, 3-4 hrs) Rating: Advanced * MOUNT BALDY LOOP - (10.5 km, elevation gain 620 m, 4-6 hrs) Rating: Advanced * TAMARACK TRAIL - (8 km, elevation gain 640 m, 5 hrs) VIEWPOINT - (4 km, elevation gain 200 m, 3 hrs) Rating: Moderate to Advanced
Hiking Routes of the Cedar Valley Rating for Routes: Difficult These routes are unmarked with no trails above the tree-line. Significant route finding and navigation skills are required. Hazards include: Steep inclines, loose rock, becoming lost, encountering wild animals and stream crossings. A hiking guide is recommended. * MOUNTAIN LAKES TRAIL (HEIKOâ€™S TRAIL) (22 km, elevation gain 4500 m, 8-10 hrs) Rating: Difficult * CABIN RIDGE * LIZARD LAKE * BIG WHITE PEAK
Photo: Kari Medig
The Island Lake Lodge Bucket List Paddle, hike, drink, relax and eat your way to happiness in the mountains
It’s tempting to spend your entire stay at Island Lake Lodge staring up at the
iconic mountains that tower above the resort from the comfort of the sunny patio at Bear Lodge. But there’s so much to do in this backcountry paradise that it would be a shame not to see those peaks up close or experience the lodge beyond its famous happy hour spot. To make the most of your stay, make sure you add the following excursions and indulgences to your itinerary. CANOE ON ISLAND LAKE Start the day with a meditative paddle on tranquil Island Lake. Rent a canoe from Bear Lodge ($10 for an hour), hike the short trail down to the water’s edge, and then slowly maneuver the classic Canadian watercraft around the small island in the middle of the lake that gives the lodge its name.
HIKE THE SPINEBACK TRAIL This spectacular day hike starts from Island Lake and ascends a ridge, depositing hikers high in the alpine over a distance of just 3.5 kilometers. The moderately strenuous hike is worth the effort—you’ll walk beneath towering spruce trees and negotiate a boulder field before emerging into the wildflower-studded high country, where a bench is conveniently placed for a well-deserved rest. The valley views are breathtaking, with Island Lake visible far below, and you’ll be amazed how high you’ve climbed in just two hours. Continue on to a second bench nestled in the cirque between Papa Bear and Baby Bear.
Photo: Mike McPhee @mcphoto99
SIP A SUNNY SIDE ON THE PATIO AT BEAR LODGE Your reward for a day of outdoor exertion should be a cold drink at the best happy hour venue in the Fernie area. Not only is the Bear Lodge patio sunny, it boasts the best view in town - a look at the Three Bears peaks that loom above the lodge and across the valley. Order a Sunny Side cocktail, which is a refreshing lavender infused lemonade that’s spiked with Spirit Bear gin and garnished with a nasturtium.
INDULGE IN A RELAXATION AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE It’s hard to beat a hot tub with a view after a long hike, but The Spa at Island Lake takes relaxation to the next level with its aromatherapy massages. Sink into the cushy massage table while the therapist rubs a local, handcrafted essential oil blend—chosen based on what she thinks your body needs—into those fatigued glutes, quads and calves. If your legs were shaking bowls of jelly on the descent down Spineback Trail, they will be transformed into puddles of bliss after an hour in the therapy room.
INGEST A TO-DIE-FOR DINNER IN THE TAMARACK DINING ROOM End the day on a delicious note inside the casual yet elegant Tamarack Dining Room. Executive chef Keith Farkas and his team do their best to source local produce, organic and traditionally raised foods, and sustainable seafood, and then put their talent to the test by turning it into some of the Elk Valley’s best fare. Savour the hand-rolled ravioli, stuffed with rich Dungeness crab, or feed your protein-starved muscles with slow-braised bison short ribs decadently served with slow braised on the bone, truffled cheddar polenta, roasted vegetables and cinnamon red wine braising juices. After all that, you will collapse under your down duvet while the summer sky fades to indigo.
Alpine wildflowers are in full bloom - Late July - Early August
Photo: Mike McPhee @mcphoto99
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Our beautiful day spa at the foot of the Lizard Range in the Rocky Mountains has 6 environment inspired treatment rooms, change rooms and relaxation rooms including our stunning outdoor relaxation area and hot tub, with the best views in Fernie. Our spa practitioners are some of the best around and will help you relax and rejuvenate.
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Five Minutes with Executive Chef Keith Farkas A quick Q&A with Island Lake Lodge’s Executive Chef, Keith Farkas: CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE FOOD PHILOSOPHY OF ISLAND LAKE LODGE? Yes, I actually get asked this question a lot by our own team – our philosophy is unpretentious; complex without being complicated. What does this mean? To me, it means seeking good flavours without being too fussy, or overdoing it. It’s about simple pairings and seeking local wherever possible. Perhaps most importantly however, for dining at Island Lake Lodge, it’s as much about the incredible natural setting; the view and the calm atmosphere. WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE SOURCED LOCALLY, AND WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO YOU? The honey we use at the Lodge is locally-produced honey from the bees of the Elk Valley and harvested by Elk River Apiaries. Our Elk Chorizo is reared and produced locally in the Valley. Our coffee beans are the “Island Lake Blend” from local coffee roasters, Zaltana. We source locally wherever we can, it’s important to us. Throughout the summer, I can be found most Sundays at the Fernie Farmer’s Market – it’s where I talk with the farmers, where I’ve developed a relationship with them. I like to know where our produce is coming from, the journey it’s had before I serve it at dinner.
WE HEAR YOU FORAGE FOR INGREDIENTS FROM THE LODGE; WHAT ITEMS APPEAR ON THE MENU? Yes, we do. We pick stinging nettles from just outside the Lodge, which we then use for soups. We forage lots of fireweed too, that is flavoured with pesto and served in our Market Salad – which happens to be one of our dinner menu’s most popular items. We create a deliciously-sweet cedar syrup with maple too. We will often use wild flowers from just outside our backdoor to garnish our desserts and cocktails served in the Lodge. It’s important, as it’s our connection to our landscape. TELL US ABOUT YOUR COMMITMENT TO ‘LODGE MADE’ Of course, lodge made speaks to the elements of our dishes that are made right here at the lodge from scratch. From our house made granola we serve at breakfast, to the condiments we create here in the Island Lake Lodge kitchen, such as our own ketchup and mayonnaise. I believe in it, and I know it inspires our cooking team when they can have confidence in the fact that even the little details of our menu are created by hand. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DISHES ON THE ISLAND LAKE LODGE MENU? The Bison Short Ribs! Due to the popularity of this dish with our guests, I’ve not been able to take them off the menu for years! The Market Salad is a popular one too. I like this dish for its simplicity, its flavour and its freshness – also, the foraged fireweed that features as a key part of the salad, it’s delicious. Our guests agree – I think it’s appealing that the salad is prepared from local ingredients. Photos: Matt Kuhn
Food and Drink Apéritif a·pe·ri·tif - An apéritif is a cocktail that is specifically served before a meal. In the culinary arts, the purpose of an apéritif is to stimulate or arouse the appetite. Thyme to Celebrate $12 Chilled 200ml Freixenet Cava layered with Odd Society Crème de Cassis, garnished with fresh thyme skewered blackberry Mountain Flower Gimlet $11 1 ½ parts Bohemian Pink Colossal Gin, ½ part Elderflower liquor, Rose water, fresh lime juice Shaken & served on the rocks Lazy Lizard $9 1 part Bohemian Vagabond Vodka, ½ part Soho lychee liqueur, BC made apricot preserve, grapefruit juice & sparkling water Geisha House $9 Bacardi white rum muddled with hand harvested lodge mint, lime, spearmint simple syrup, layered with Chambord, raspberry juice & sparkling water The Bear $11 1 ½ parts knob creek bourbon, pure Canadian maple syrup, fresh lemon, farmer Don’s apple juice, shaken & served on the rocks then finished with cayenne pepper Lodge Caesar $8 1 part bacon infused Bohemian Vagabond Vodka, lodge caesar mix, horseradish, clamato & spicy pickled beans Tres Hermanas Margarita $12 1 ½ parts tequila, ¾ parts St. Germaine, organic agave nectar & fresh lime shaken & served on the rocks Cedar Valley Spearmint Julep $11 2 parts Ballantine blended scotch whisky muddled with lemon & lodge grown spearmint infused simple syrup, shaken & served on the rocks Sunny Side $8 Small batch handmade lemonade infused with french lavender simple syrup and 1 part Bohemian Pink Colossal Gin Long Hot Summer $10 Muddled fresh raspberries, jalapenos, 1 ½ parts Bohemian Vagabond Vodka, ½ part Chambord finished with bear paw ginger beer
Extended Hours for The Bear Lodge! Open 11 – 5 daily June & Sept. 11 – 8 from June 30th to Sept 3rd
Summer 2017 Bear Lodge Menu Sub Alpine Pizza
Grilled Salmon Tacos blackened kuterra salmon, citrus slaw, coriander, pico de gallo, corn tortillas, avocado, chipotle aioli
Sprouted Lentil Salad
trio of sprouted lentils, heirloom tomato confit, buffalo mozzarella, fine herbs, smoked buffalo carpaccio, pistachio, red wine vinaigrette
slow roasted pork belly, soba noodles, pickled carrot, cucumber ginger scallion relish, kimchi puree, fresh coriander
The ‘Bolter’ Burger
Daily Soup & Sandwich
Smoked Beet Reuben
all day tomato sauce, grilled artichoke, smoked mozza and arugula pesto Or, 6 onion cream, prosciutto, fig sausage, provolone & parmesan
3 crows farm lettuces, roasted beets, pickled cucumber, avocado yogurt cream, pumpkin seed brittle, honeyed orange
made from the chef’s daily conception
local beef and pulled pork patty, cheddar, aioli, lodge ketchup, lettuce, pickled onion, tomato, baby potatoes and organic greens
smoked garnet beets, grilled portabella, emmanthal swiss, sauerkraut, island dressing, baby potatoes and organic greens Chorizo and Clam Pasta lodge made elk chorizo, fresh clams, lemon, parsley, wild mushrooms, tomatoes, cipoline, pappardelle noodles
Summer 2017 Dinner Menu Starters Sea Scallop Crudo
Crispy Cutter Ranch Pork Belly
Sweet peas, mint coulis, charred celery, preserved lemon, mignonette, crisp garlic fingerling potato confit, organic tomatoes, water melon & dill, hot peppers, salsa verde apricot mostarda, brussel sprout salad, garlic and onion pûrée, radish
Kabocha Squash Ravioli
$16 beurre noisette, figs, aged sherry vinegar, sage, pistachio crumbs, roasted kabocha squash, hand rolled
Sprouted Lentil Salad $14 trio of sprouted lentils, heirloom tomato confit, buffalo mozzarella, fine herbs, smoked buffalo carpaccio
Harissa Spiced Lamb Sirloin
african spiced tomato sauce, sour cucumber cream, bitter greens, smoky eggplant, fried chickpeas
sustainable, foraged & envirowise produce; chef’s conception
Mains Pan Seared Pacific Ling Cod natural corn velouté, anise & shrimp risotto, edamame, heirloom tomato bruschetta
Alberta Beef Tenderloin
potato pûrée, bordelaise, pickled mushrooms, roasted baby carrots, chives
Smoked Cauliflower Steak
Free Range Chicken
Slow Poached Rainbow Trout
slow braised on the bone, truffled cheddar polenta, roasted vegetables, cinnamon red wine braising juices
Sous Vide Duck Breast
melted leeks, potato fondants, juiced beet jus, braised greens lone wolf bacon dashi, miso vegetables, grilled ginger rice grilled radicchio, brown butter potatoes & peashoots, anchovy vinaigrette, microgreens
thyme spaetzle, wild mushrooms, braised greens, cherry grand marnier jus
Desserts Lemon & Olive Oil Cake
Frozen lemon sabayon, extra virgin olive oil cake, fresh berries, black pepper honeycomb
Seasonal Fruit Galette
Almond sponge, coffee cream, dark chocolate ganache, nougatine, snap dragons, cocoa nibs
evolving and revolving flavours, biscotti
Dark Chocolate Torte
caramelized white chocolate bark, chocolate macaron, natural berry compote, red wine jelly
Ice Cream or Sorbet
Canadian & Artisan Cheese fresh fruits and dried fruit & nut bread
sweet dough crust, goat cheese ice cream, bourbon caramel
cycling flavours, toasted pirouline biscuit, fresh berries
gluten, lactose, allergen free by request These are sample menus - items and prices subject to change
Weddings... Island Lake Style
A Wilderness Wedding Weekend The spectacular Lizard Mountain Range acts as a backdrop to I Dew Point, Island
Lake Lodgeâ€™s wedding ceremony site. Amid spire peaks and 800-year-old Cedars, you and your guests will celebrate your union in an unparalleled mountain setting with incredible service and modern amenities. Treat our 7,000 acre property as your wilderness playground and enjoy a world class reception dinner made with local organic ingredients.
More Wedding Info
Photo: Yueko Image
Experience our Version of “Spectacular Setting”
September and October are Island
Lake weddings’ best kept secret. Oftentimes negatively coined the ‘low season’, these autumnal months offer an incredible time to get married at the lodge. Among changing golden larch and the characteristic freshness of fall, you will enjoy lower rates and less crowds. September and October feature clear blue skies, warm days and crisp evenings. These months also deal out some of the best hiking and mountain biking conditions of the whole season. See a few of our favorite shots from autumn weddings here.
Photo: Matt Kuhn @mkuhnphoto
Have you ever dreamt of a Winter Wedding? Ask about select dates for a winter wedding
Photo: 6:8 Photography Photo: Yueko Image
Island Lake Lodge is lucky to have some
of the most productive and stunning trout streams in North Amerca at its doorstep. Gin clear water, combined with stunning Rocky Mountain landscapes make this a destination for any fly angler. Cutthroat Trout and monster Bull Trout await you. #trouttown
Photo: Mike McPhee @mcphoto99
The Lazy Lizard Bike Trail The Lazy Lizard has quickly become the signature trail of the valley. Winding through lush
Old Growth forest, the trail is designed for various ability levels including novice and young riders. As it is machine built and extra wide, the trail can accommodate both up and down traffic. Smooth even grades with berms and wide bridges make it an excellent family trail. Trail highlights include steel frame wood decked bridges (some over 6.0 m spans), elevated boardwalks and an undulating path through a beautiful Old Growth forest, spectacular view points of the Lizard Range with the uphill ending at the lodges of Island Lake. Trail users can enjoy a cold drink, lunch or dinner before relishing in the flowy descent. Please use caution on the trail, be aware of other riders and use proper trail etiquette. Length: 7 km - Elevation Gain: 339 metres - Start: North side of the Island Lake gate
Photos: Mike McPhee @mcphoto99
With so much outdoor recreation at your doorstep, the only problem you will have is choosing which part of the Elk Valley you want to discover today!
In addition to the activities available at Island lake Lodge, the Fernie area offers spectacular fly fishing, hiking, golf, white water rafting and more! Fernie has many amazing activity providers, we would be happy to help you plan your day and add even more adventure to your stay with us.
White Water Rafting The Fernie area has a variety of river experiences available. From scenic floats to full-on white water adventure, there is something for everyone. We deal with 2 great companies - Canyon Raft and Mountain High Adventures, both of whom are safe and professional. Elk River A classic river run that has it all; exciting rapids, wilderness set deep in a quiet canyon providing outstanding scenery, cliff jumping, big game animals and birds of prey. The intensity of the rapids varies with the change of seasons. May and June bring the spring snowmelt and high water creating the biggest waves and most powerful rapids. Early July is a great time with lots of water still flowing, but warmer weather prevailing. Later in July and August water levels are at their friendliest, a great time for first time rafters and families with children eight years old and older who love water. Bull River The Bull River is a small volume mountain river running through beautiful mountains and lush forests. Medium to high water trips are run in May and June including exciting class 2/3/4 rapids. The excitement builds progressively with each set of rapids to the climax in the lower canyon. The Lower Bull Canyon is one of the most sustained stretches of class IV water in the area.
Mountain Biking Fernie has a vibrant and growing mountain bike scene. There is a diverse range of trails all over the valley and you donâ€™t have to go far to find some world class single track. There is even an easy river trail around the town that is chariot and children friendly. A few great trails cross the lower property at Island Lake including Project 9 and Gorby. The Lazy Lizard trail goes all the way from the main property gate to the lodge.
Golf Operating since 1918, Fernie Golf and Country Club has been rated in the top 25 of BCâ€™s golf courses. The 18-hole, par-70, 6,556 yard course has plenty of options to challenge your skills. Home to the most extensive club-fitting and building program in the Kootenays, a beautiful club house, full pro shop and driving range. CPGA professionals are available for private, semi-private or group lessons should you need to tune up your game.
Lodges and Packages Here at Island Lake we have 4 lodges. The Bear Lodge is the original lodge and now hosts lunch and special functions in the summer. The Red Eagle is the second oldest and has 10 rooms, 2 common areas and a hot tub. Our newer lodges - The Tamarack and The Cedar each host 8 deluxe rooms and outdoor hot tubs.
The Mountain Romance Package
Includes: 2 relaxing nights in a deluxe lodge, a bottle of local B.C. bubbly, 2 spa massage treatments and a chocolate / fruit plate. Enjoy full use of our lodge facilities, as well as miles of pristine hiking trails in our remote mountain setting. Perfect for anniversaries and special occasions! From $679 per couple.
The Zoomers Package
Were you born in the baby boom generation? Are you reinvigorated and ready for the next phase of life? Well this package might be just what you need. With 7,000 acres of wilderness, trails, streams and scenic lake, Island Lake Lodge is a unique and special place. Pair your hike with a fine meal and perhaps a sample from our 3,000 bottle wine library. The Package includes: 2 nights in a deluxe lodge, breakfast, a 1/2 day flora and fauna guided hike, a copy of our best selling Island Lake Cookbook, $50 dollar lodge credit, free wifi and canoe rentals. From $419 Based on double occupancy.
Custom Fly-Fishing Packages
Island Lake Lodge is surrounded by some of the best fly-fishing rivers in North America. Warm up on our private lake before hitting the nearby waters. Experience our unique mountain lodges and spectacular setting, as well as the world famous Elk River. We will set you up with a professional guide and drift boat, or walk and wade trip. Call and let us customize a package for you.
Custom Hiking Packages
Island Lake, the Cedar Valley and surrounding area have a network of well-maintained and spectacular hiking trails. Whether you are interested in an afternoon interpretive walk or an all day adventure - we can customize a package for you. For the adventurous, Heikoâ€™s Trail is the signature trail in the Fernie area. The trail starts up Hartley Lake road and is approximately a 22-kilometer hike over high passes, mountain meadows, caves and waterfalls - ending at Island Lake Lodge.
The Tamarack Lodge
Photos: Eric Poulin
Green Philosophy This
spring, Island Lake Lodge was re-awarded its Gold level certification by the world’s largest sustainable tourism certification program, Green Tourism. To qualify for the Gold level, a minimum score of 80% is required on Green Tourism’s multifaceted assessment. Island Lake scored 90% for its efforts, a mark earned in large part for the inauguration of its first official sustainability report. Other tested areas included waste and energy management, green supplier screening, community involvement and wildlife cohabitation. Island Lake’s sustainability is an ongoing project with endless strides made for continuous improvement. Read more about our Green Plan
Photo: Matt Glastonbury @mattglastonbury
Itâ€™s never too early to book a catski adventure Click here to check availability for winter 2017/18
Photo: Matt Kuhn
Explore Your Happy Place
Photo: Matt Glastonbury @mattglastonbury
Have a look at what summer 2017 is looking like at Island Lake Lodge. Explore Your Happy Place!