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Summer Guide 2018
Summer 2018 - News . Packages . Menus . Hiking . Biking . Spa . Fly Fishing
Explore Your Happy Place
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Our summer season runs from June 8th to October 8th
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 2nd annual â€“ Untamed Kootenays Culinary Event. June 8th - 10th. Guests will have the chance to immerse themselves in mountain culture with two full days including two impressive dinners, guided hiking, relaxing in the spa and kicking back on the patio. To further elevate this summit of Kootenay cuisine, Island Lakeâ€™s Chef Keith Farkas has invited two notable Calgary chefs to join him in the kitchen for the 2nd annual affair: Blair Clemis, Chef de Cuisine of Model Milk in Calgary and Executive Chef John Paul Pedhirney of the highly acclaimed Bridgette Bar. Spots are limited for this unique event with 20 rooms for guests wishing to spend the weekend exploring the culinary offerings and scenic natural surroundings. More info here New Collaborative Poster - In a continuation of our series of collectible limited edition posters from Clawhammer Press, we are proud to announce a fishing themed print. Inspired by fly fishing in the area, only 100 of these posters will be printed. New Iconic Photo Spots and Contest This summer we are adding another 3 photo spots for a total of 20! You will have a chance to win a great prize package by visiting, shooting and Iconic Photo Spot tagging all 20 spots. More info here New Hiking Trail - Goldilocks - After two years of building, this amazing alpine trail is finished! Read the full description on page 11. We also have new lunch and dinner menus, a delicious new cocktail menu and a new spa menu further along in this publication. Keep Reading!
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Everything we do is inspired by our surroundings.
: r e v E e c i v d Best A Hike More! 2018 Scheduled Guided Hikes: * Sunday, July 1st – Big White Peak (Glacier Lilies are out!) * Sunday, July 15th – Heiko’s Trail * Sunday, July 29th – Goldilocks – ** Grand Opening ** * Sunday, August 5th – Heiko’s Trail – (Prime Wildflowers) * Sunday Aug 12th – Heiko’s Trail * Sunday, August 19th – Goldilocks * Sunday, August 26th – Big White Peak * Sunday, Sept 9th – Heiko’s Trail * Sunday, Sept 16th – Lizard Lake
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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 halfday trails: Mt Badly, Fir Trail, Spineback trail and Tamarack Viewpoint. Must be booked at least 24 hrs in advance. Full Day Route Hike - $99 per person - Minimum of 2 people. Must be booked at least 24 hrs in advance. With a certified hiking guide. More info on Guided Hiking
New Hiking Trail:
Photos: Mike McPhee
After working hard for two years on this new trail - it is ready to go! Our all-female trail crew spent an
enormous amount of sweat and calories to complete this gem of the Lizard Range. The trail itself starts at the top of the Spineback trail (at the second bench) and follows the valley between Baby Bear and Papa Bear peaks. It wraps around the back of Baby Bear to the Upper Nonstop saddle with dramatic views of the headwall and The Valley. The trail continues around the east side of Baby Bear and follows a series of switchbacks down the valley between Baby Bear and Mama Bear peaks. It then completes the loop back at the top of the Spineback Trail. Why the name Goldilocks? Well, a trail through the peaks of the 3 Bears built by all women kinda named itself. Length: 2.5 kms Elevation Gain: 210 metres Max Elevation: 2,075 metres Min elevation: 1,865 metres When Combined with the Spineback Trail - Length: 6 kms Elevation Gain: 740 metres Rating: Advanced
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 * Goldilocks TRAIL - (2.5 km, elevation gain 210 m, 2-3 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) * TAMARACK 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 More info
After your hike there is #ApresHike!
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Relax and Rejuvenate in our Spa Life is busy, you deserve some time in our day spa! Located just outside of Fernie
BC, our spa is built to promote relaxation and rejuvenation. Replenish your health and awaken the senses.
MASSAGE Relaxation Aromatherapy Massage: Relax your mind and body with a Swedish styled relaxation massage. Locally-crafted essential oils are applied throughout, penetrating the body to restore health and well-being. Common ailments that can be alleviated include stress, anxiety, headaches, fluid retention, poor circulation and fatigue. Deep Tissue Sports Massage: This specific, individualised massage utilises a combination of techniques to relieve muscle tensions, promote tissue repair and recovery, release toxins and ease chronic pain. 60 minutes: $115 90 minutes: $165 SKIN CARE AND BODY TREATMENTS Scrub Nâ€™ Glow: Our organic salt, sugar and coconut oil scrub is the perfect way to brighten up and refresh dull skin, your whole body over. Application of the scrub stimulates blood vessels within the skin layers, promoting healthy circulation and nutrient supply to your skin. To complete your treatment, you will receive a full-body application of our deeply moisturizing and nutrient-rich body butter from locally made SOCO Soaps. - 60 minutes: $135 Scrub Nâ€™ Detox: A treat for your hands and feet that your mind and body will thank you for. After soothing your feet with an Epsom salts foot-bath you will receive a hand and foot scrub. Next a warm, detoxifying clay mask for both hands and feet will have you wrapped in comfort. To finalize your treatment you will receive massage of your hands and feet, extending up your arms and legs, with focus on acupressure points for stress relief, relaxation and whole-body detoxification. - 60 minutes: $125 The Harmony Facial: A relaxing and rejuvenating treatment for your face, head, neck and shoulders. Using wholesome products from local companies SOCO Soaps and Healing Hollow, this treatment comes with careful cleansing and ex-foliation, a facial masque and a deep moisturizing and toning facial massage. Together with aromatherapy, hand, shoulder and scalp massage this is truly a treatment for your skin and your soul. - 60 minutes: $115 Add on 30 minutes of massage to extend the length and depth of any skin care and body treatment. $55
MANICURES AND PEDICURES Includes exfoliation, nail cleaning and shaping, a hot moisturizing and detoxifying mask treatment, hand or foot massage and SpaRitual polish application. Spa Manicure: $75 Spa Pedicure: $85 Both: $150 Gel removal charge*: $10 * SPA PACKAGES * THE HIBERNATION: Begin your day in our spa with a warm lavender, honey and milk foot-bath. Enjoy a fullbody scrub that will leave your skin smooth and glowing. This is followed by a one-hour custom massage before taking a break to enjoy lunch at the Bear Lodge Bistro. After, sit back and relax once more to enjoy a deluxe spa manicure and pedicure. The Hibernation is the ultimate head-to-toe experience. $365 Includes all spa treatments and a $25 voucher towards food and cocktails at the Bistro. Allow 6 hours (9:00am â€“ 3:00pm) CEDAR RETREAT: A calming lavender foot-bath to unwind before an organic coconut oil, salt & sugar scrub that will leave you glowing from head to toe. This is followed by a warm mountain water rinse and full body application of SOCO Soaps hydrating body butter enriched with skin-loving essential oils. Complete your spa visit with a therapeutic or relaxation massage tailored to your specific needs. $215 2 - 1/2 hours ANCIENT ROOTS: You will be treated to a eucalyptus and mint Epsom salt foot-bath to soothe tired feet. Our custom hand and foot treatment, followed by an application of hot compresses and acupressure, will rejuvenate and detoxify fatigued and aching limbs. Finally, a one-hour custom massage is tailored to exactly what you need on the day, leaving you ready to venture back out into those beautiful mountains. $205 2 - 1/2hours THE LAZY ACSENT: A warm lavender and honey foot-bath begins your spa experience. A tailored massage will take you to higher places as tensions and stresses are worked out. Then sit back and enjoy your choice of our deluxe Spa Pedicure or Spa Manicure. $170 2 - 1/2 hours MOUNTAIN HARMONY: Lie back, relax and revel in comfort as you experience our Harmony Facial. Feel the tension leave you through facial massage using local products with skin-loving ingredients. Following your facial, soothe your senses with a calming lavender and honey footbath, preparing your feet for our luxurious Spa Pedicure. $170 2 - 1/2hours WEDDING PACKAGE: Holding your wedding with us at Island Lake Lodge? Relax before or after your special day with a custom spa package designed specifically for your needs as the wedding couple. The package includes any two spa treatments each, just for the two of you. $395 Wedding Guests: 15% off Massage & Body Treatments & 10% off Packages SUMMER SPECIALS: Ladies Day each Wednesday: book a Spa Manicure / Spa Pedicure combination for $110 (a $160 value) Book 2 or more treatments and receive 15% off (does not include manicures or pedicures). Both specials must be for the same client on the same day.
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Food and Drink
Our Food Philosophy We believe there should be strong connections between plate, planet, people and culture. It is from this belief that we are committed to the procurement of ethically raised and envirowise products and offer them in healthy and balanced dishes. We make our best efforts to use organic and traditionally raised foods and prepare them with unpretentious flavourings and well-executed techniques. These real foods offer countless flavours and textures and concentrated sources of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Executive Chef Keith Farkas is committed to community involvement. Every Sunday you will see him at the local farmers market purchasing the freshest seasonal produce from the local farmers and community gardens. This helps shorten the distance our food travels and reduces our carbon footprint. Island Lake Lodge is a member of the Ocean Wise program. Ocean Wise is a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood. It is our hope that you, the customer, will take as much enjoyment in this conscientious style of eating as we do in its preparation. As chefs, we continually put a great deal of thought and care into each dish. We feel that our guests deserve nothing less. Sincerely, Executive Chef Keith Farkas and the Island Lake Lodge Culinary Team
New MenusSummer 2018 Bear Lodge Menu Share Plates Slow Roasted Pork Belly Bites / $18 Ginger scallion relish, kimchi puree, pickled carrot, cucumber, grilled pita Summer Vegetables / $17 fresh & roasted vegetables, sprouted lentil hummus, harissa yogurt, grilled pita Bison & Beef / $20 Smoked bison carpaccio, marinated beef, red cabbage agro dolce, mustard, arugula, grilled pita
AA / $15 Grilled artichoke, arugula pesto, all day tomato sauce, smoked mozza Choriz-erita / $15 Elk chorizo, organic tomato, fresh basil, all day tomato sauce, mozza Lorraine / $16 6 onion cream, prosciutto, fig & walnut sausage, provolone & reggiano
Chefâ€™s Plate / MP Made from the chefâ€™s daily conception
Summer Salad / $13 3 crows farm lettuces, feta, roasted beets, pickled cucumber, avocado yogurt cream, pumpkin seed crumble, honey orange vinaigrette Grilled Caesar Salad / $14 Baby romaine, parmigiano reggiano, grilled lemon
Sandwiches The ‘Bolter’ Burger / $18 Local beef and pulled pork patty, cheddar, aioli, lodge ketchup, lettuce, pickled onion, tomato, baby potatoes and organic greens Daily Soup & Sandwich / $14 Smoked Beet Reuben / $15 Smoked garnet beets, grilled portabella, emmanthal swiss, sauerkraut, island dressing, baby potatoes and organic greens Grilled Salmon Tacos / $15 Blackened Kuterra salmon, citrus slaw, coriander, pico de gallo, corn tortillas, avocado, chipotle aioli
Lemon Sabayon / $11 Angel food cake, citrus candy, lavender meringue, caramelized banana Seasonal Fruit Galette / $11 Goat cheese chantilly, seasonal fruit coulis, crumble, fresh fruit Pistachio Parfait / $12 White chocolate & milk chocolate bavaroise, almond joconde, raspberry tuile, berry jelly Crème Brûlée / $10 Evolving and revolving flavours, cookie Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate / $13 Torte spiral, fudge, cocoa nib coulis, beet macaron, caramelized white chocolate ice cream, salt & pepper bark, brownie crumble Ice Cream or Sorbet / $9 Cycling flavours, fruit tuile, fresh berries Gluten, lactose, allergen free by request These are sample menus - items and prices subject to change
Summer 2018 Tamarack Lodge Menu Small Plates
Sea Scallop Crudo / $17 Sweet peas, mint coulis, charred celery, preserved lemon, mignonette, crisp garlic Grilled Prawns / $15 Fingerling potato confit, tomato, watermelon, dill, pickled hot peppers, salsa verde Sprouted Lentils / $14 Heirloom tomato, creamed cucumber, parmigiano potato nest, pistachio, sumac vinaigrette, quail egg Crispy Cutter Ranch Pork Belly / $17 Apricot mostarda, brussel sprout salad, onion soubise, radish Asparagus & Ricotta Ravioli / $16 Aged sherry brown butter vinaigrette, fig sausage, hazelnut crumbs, reggiano, chive Market Salad / $15 Sustainable, foraged & envirowise produce; chefâ€™s conception
Meat & Poultry AAA Alberta Beef Tenderloin, soubise, chives / $26 Cutter Ranch Pork Loin, cedar maple gastrique, poached apple / $23 Quail, lavender & stone fruit glaze / $20 Canada Prime Beef Striploin bordelaise, shallots / $28 Starches Polenta, aged cheddar, truffle / $8 Fingerling Potato confit, salsa verde / $7 Risotto, anise, reggiano / $9 Spaetzle, mustard, thyme / $8 Vegetables Charred carrots, carrot top pesto, pepitas / $7 Wild mushrooms & cipoline onions, butter, garlic / $10 Broccolini, harissa, sesame, pickled shallot / $8
Pan Seared Pacific Ling Cod / $32 Natural corn velouté, anise & shrimp risotto, edamame, heirloom tomato bruschetta Vegetables in Textures / $29 Braised turnip & king mushroom, cauliflower grits, fried shallots, garden greens Kuterra Salmon Confit / $31 Beetroot, fennel, celeriac puree, white anchovy vinaigrette, arugula Bison Shortribs / $38 Slow braised on the bone, truffled cheddar polenta, charred carrots, cinnamon red wine braising juices Spiced Duck Breast / $35 Island gastrique, thyme spaetzle, vegetable kraut, creamed greens
Sweet Plates Lemon sabayon / $11 Angel food cake, citrus candy, lavender meringue, caramelized banana Seasonal Fruit Galette / $11 Goat cheese chantilly, seasonal fruit coulis, crumble, fresh fruit Pistachio Parfait / $12 White chocolate & milk chocolate bavaroise, almond joconde, raspberry tuile, berry jelly Crème Brûlée / $10 Evolving and revolving flavours, cookie Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate / $13 Torte spiral, fudge, cocoa nib coulis, beet macaron, caramelized white chocolate ice cream, salt & pepper bark, brownie crumble Ice Cream or Sorbet / $9 Cycling flavours, fruit tuile, fresh berries gluten, lactose, allergen free by request These are sample menus - items and prices subject to change
u n e M l i a t k Coc Northern Sparkler / $13 Crisp freixenet cava layered with elderflower liqueur and fresh rosemary
Lumberjack Lemonade / $12 Canadian whisky blended with maple sweetened small batch lemonade
Lodge Caesar / $9 House infused bacon bohemian vodka lodge blended caesar mix & spicy beans
Geisha House / $10 Hand harvested mint muddled with fresh lime layered with rum, chambord & raspberry finished with sparkling water
Cedar Valley Julep / $12 Blended scotch whisky muddled with lemon hand harvested spearmint, shaken on the rocks Lazy Lizard / $10 Bohemian vagabond vodka, lychee liqueur BC apricot preserve, shaken with grapefruit & finished with sparkling water Sunny Side / $9 Small batch lemonade infused with french lavender & bohemian pink gin Smoked Sage / $12 Sage smudged rocks glass with makers mark citrus sage simple syrup, finished with organic pear juice
Bandito / $12 Jose cuervo & odd society black current liqueur shaken with fresh ginger & lime served on the rocks Old Faithful / $10 Bulleit bourbon gently stirred on the rocks with maple syrup & burnt orange bitters finished with orange bruleĂŠ Breathless Peach / $9 White wine peach sangria with fresh seasonal fruit Colossal Mountain Gimlet / $12 Bohemian gin shaken with hibiscus rose simple syrup & fresh lime, served neat
Weddings... Island Lake Style
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Island Lake Lodge is a spectacular wilderness setting for boutique-style weddings up
to 100 people. Set on 7,000 acres of private land, the property features an extensive trail network, 800-year-old Cedars and a pristine mountain lake. I Dew Point, the stunning ceremony site, is right on the water with the spire peaks of the Lizard Range as a backdrop. Three log lodges hold twenty-six rooms where you and your guests can enjoy modern comforts while immersed in the backcountry. The talented culinary team will prepare your 3-course reception dinner in the signature Island Lake style. A priority on sustainability and the best ingredients sees many food items sourced from the local farmers market and other nearby providers. Top 6 Reasons Island Lake is the Perfect Mountain Venue: 1) I Dew Point - The beauty of the wedding ceremony site is unparalleled. 2) Food & Wine Program - Incredible locally-sourced meals in signature Island Lake style and an extensive and eclectic wine library with selections to complement the cuisine. 3) On-Site Accommodation - Twenty-six guest rooms on site that can accommodate approximately 55 people. Any other guests are a short drive away. 4) Two Meal Facilities - We use both our Tamarack and Bear Lodges over the course of the wedding stay, allowing for seamless event transition and the guests never seeing set-up or tear-down. 5) Level of Service - All Island Lake staff are professionally-trained to ensure guests receive world class service. Once you arrive to the lodge, we handle most wedding setup and logistics so you can just enjoy. 6) The Extras - An abundance of activities right outside the lodge doors including hiking, biking and fishing. A full-service spa on-property for which wedding guests receive 15% off treatments. The option to have a firepit on the patio at your reception party.
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Experience the magic of Island Lake Lodge for your winter wedding. Accessible by snowcat
only, you and your guests will enjoy exclusive use of lodge facilities while taking in the pristine wilderness of Island Lakeâ€™s property covered in a blanket of snow. Snowshoe rentals and crosscountry ski trails allow for guests to explore the forest and lake while experiencing a whole new level of tranquility. Choose between an outdoor ceremony on the Bear Lodge deck with the Lizard Mountain Range as a backdrop or say your vows inside next to the crackle of the river rock fireplace. Winter weddings are available early-mid December and early April.
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s e g a k c a P d n a s e g d o L 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.
Mountain Romance Package
With the drama of the Lizard Range, rustic charm of our wood cabin lodges and secluded location surrounded by ancient forests and pristine hiking trails, Island Lake Lodge is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. This package will transport you away from the stresses of the outside world to an intimate place where you can focus on each other. It is perfect for anniversaries, honeymoons and special occasions. Immerse yourselves in our stunning mountain setting as you fall in love all over again. Package Includes: 2 nights stay in deluxe accommodation, breakfast each morning, a custom chocolate/fruit plate to greet you on arrival, a chilled bottle of bubbly, 2 massage treatments in our spa, free wifi and canoe rentals. Packages from $679 + tax per couple
Explore one of the most renowned lodges and properties in North America with our Zoomers package. With 7,000 acres of wilderness, trails, streams and a scenic lake, Island Lake Lodge is a special place where you can disconnect from the real world and reconnect with yourself. Pair your time at the lodge with a fine meal in one of two restaurants, sample wine from our extensive cellar, unwind in our spa or enjoy a canoe ride on our scenic mountain lake. Named for those born in t-he baby boomer generation, this package is perfect for those looking to reinvigorate themselves but can be enjoyed by anyone who has a desire to escape the ordinary and get outside. Package includes: 2 nights stay in deluxe accommodation, breakfast each morning, 1 1/2 day flora and fauna guided hike, a copy of our best-selling Island Lake cookbook, $50 lodge credit to use during your stay, free wifi and canoe rentals. Packages from $499 + tax per couple
Custom Spa Packages
Escape the busyness of life and join us at the lodge. Why not experience a couple days of complete relaxation and stress free living . Let our reservation agents create a custom stay and spa package for you.
Custom Hiking Packages
Island Lake, the Cedar Valley and surrounding area have a network of well-maintained and spectacular hiking trails. 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.
Custom Fly-Fishing Packages
Island Lake Lodge is surrounded by some of the best fly-fishing rivers in North America. We will set you up with a professional guide and drift boat, or a walk and wade trip. Call and let us customize a package for you.
Photo: Dave Heath
Photos: Kyle Hamilton
The Tamarack Lodge
The Lodge is surrounded by a number of
awesome bike trails including our signature machine built trail, The Lazy Lizard Photo: Nick Nault
There is a reason why Fernie is known as Trout Town.
The area is home to the famous Elk River and its many trout filled tributaries. Let one of our local guides take you out on a fly fishing adventure.
Photos: Mike McPhee
Given the pristine delicateness of its surrounding wilderness environment, Island
Lake Lodge places the highest priority on sustainability in all area of operation. Holding a Gold Level certification from Green Tourism, the worldâ€™s largest sustainable tourism certification program, Island Lake is continuously evaluated on numerous areas including waste and energy management, green supplier screening, community support and wildlife cohabitation. We believe in constant improvement and regularly hold Green Committee meetings to brainstorm new ideas of how Island Lake can advance and expand its green initiatives.
Read more about our Sustainability Plan
Some of our Partners
Itâ€™s never too early to book a catski adventure Click here to check availability for winter 2018/19
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Wake Up in Your Happy Place
Explore Your Happy Place! Come and experience amazing hiking trails, dining, day spa, biking, canoeing and lodges.
Published on May 8, 2018
Explore Your Happy Place! Come and experience amazing hiking trails, dining, day spa, biking, canoeing and lodges.