Island Lake Lodge

Visit an uncut remnant of an ancient interior rain forest in Cedar Valley. Old-growth western red cedar trees were spared by logging company executives who preferred a wilderness setting for their retreat at Island Lake Lodge. Now a resort, forest and lodge are open for you for rigorous hiking, cross-country skiing and refined dining.

A web cam looks over the deck of the Lodge toward the Three Bears, the high peaks in the background: http://islandlakecatskiing.com/web-cams/

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Latitude: 49.509494781 Longitude: -115.169334412 Elevation: 4642 ft
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Lodging Style and Amenities

Hiking through a grove of 800-year-old cedars and along mountain ridges with magnificent views may seem at odds with chamomile body scrubs and hot stone massage treatments. But at Island Lake Lodge, only a 20-minute drive from Fernie, B.C, rugged mountain hikes and pampered treatments at a world-class spa come together in perfect harmony.

Sitting above an emerald green spring-fed lake, surrounded by spectacular mountain peaks, Island Lake Lodge Hiking and Mountain Spa is a unique combination of rustic mountain living and an upscale resort experience that features one-of-a-kind spa treatments, gourmet dining and alpine-inspired lodging. Also the perfect place for a mountain wedding or corporate retreat.

Three lodges, 26 suites in total, are built in a log-cabin style of exposed wood beams and are furnished with hand-made wood furniture. Named the Tamarack, the Cedar and the Red Eagle, the lodges each have their own unique amenities. But all rooms in all three lodges have one thing in common: no phones, computer jacks or televisions, only comfy beds and views of mountain peaks. The lodges do have wireless connectivity, however, if you must bring your laptop. There are no distractions of modern life here, only quiet contemplation of natural beauty and rejuvenating treatments and replenishing, great food.

Guests can soak in an outdoor hot tub or take in a treatment or two at the spa, such as a moor mud wrap, a blend of soothing and healing botanicals from the medicinal waters of Hungary’s famed Sarvar Spring. Following ancient traditions of natural healing, the spa’s many treatments will not only soothe an aching body after a day of outdoor excursions, they will also replenish the spirit and mind.

It’s all part of the over-arching theme of the lodge — a calm and peaceful refuge from modern life. The Lodge is also environmentally friendly. Having recently won an award for environmental excellence from the Hotel Association of Canada, Island Lake Lodge uses green practices whenever possible, including producing its own power, using earth-friendly micro-hydro stations on site.

Guest can also enjoy exceptional fine dining. Some of Western Canada’s finest chefs have created healthy, delicious delicacies using local fare as well as some of the best organic and freshest ingredients from the West Coast and Interior B.C . Lunch is served on the Bear Lodge patio with views as inspired as the culinary offerings on the menu. A 3,000- bottle wine library from the Tamarack Lodge provides a wide selection of some of the best wines from the Okanagan and around the world.

But beyond the luxurious comfort of the lodge lays the real beauty and appeal of the backcountry. An old-growth, cedar forest — refreshingly cool on a hot summer day – provides its own natural aromatherapy. An inspiring cedar scent invigorates as you walk along one of the many paths, including the latest additions to the extensive hiking network, the Rail Trail. A restored former rail line used nearly a century ago for logging connects the valley through old growth forest to alpine meadow. It is one of many hiking options that range from challenging scrambles to leisurely nature walks.

Breakfast Style Served

Gourmet Breakfast

Season Open

Open winter: mid-Dec through March; Open summer: mid-June through September

Additional Services Available

Hiking trails begin at the doorstep of each lodge gaining access to gentle walks and rocky mountain peaks. The 7,000 acres of pristine wilderness at Island Lake Lodge provides countless hiking opportunities. Whether you are interested in a 30-minute stroll or a full day hike, Island Lake will help you reach your goal.

The variety of programs allows you to choose an option best suited to your needs from joining a Discovery Walk or Adventure Hike to choosing a privately-guided trip or self-guided tour. Known for its world famous powder skiing, Island Lake Lodge also offers cat-skiing. The remote lodges nestled in the peaks of the Canadian Rockies, offers fine mountain dining, massage, outdoor hot tubs and the feeling of untouched powder run after run.

Download the Google Earth file at left for a bird's eye view of the trail system surrounding Island Lake Lodge.

Rate Range

Summer, 2-night min stay on weekends, double occupancy, starts at $230; Winter, pp/tour, starts at $1,611

Driving Directions

The Canadian Rockies International Airport is the closest airport to Fernie, British Columbia and to Island Lake Lodge. Head northeast from Cranbrook on Highway 3/95 towards Fernie. You will see the turn off to Island Lake Resort (Mt. Fernie Park Road) on your left after you pass the turn-off to Fernie Alpine Resort. During the summer months, you may drive to the lodge. Once you turn onto Mt. Fernie Park Road, it is an 8 km drive to the lodge.

To reach the parking area, travel through Mt Fernie Provincial Park campground. Then follow the road for approximately 1 km.

During the winter, transportation is provided from a designated parking area to the lodge.

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