5 Must-Do Activities at Island Lake Lodge
Paddle, hike, drink, relax and eat your way to happiness at this Rocky Mountain retreat.
It’s tempting to spend your entire stay at Island Lake Lodge relaxing on the sunny patio at Bear Lodge taking in the iconic mountains that tower above the resort. But there’s so much to do in this backcountry paradise near Fernie B.C., that it would be a shame not to see those peaks up close. 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 and leisurely maneuver the classic Canadian watercraft around the small island in the middle that gives the lake 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. Hike Fernie.
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, a view of iconic peaks across the valley that loom above the lodge. 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 into those well-used hiking muscles.
Enjoy a Delicious 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 kabocha squash ravioli, or feed your protein-hungry muscles with slow-braised bison short ribs decadently served with truffled cheddar polenta fries and veggies roasted in red wine sauce. Afterwards,
snuggle under your down duvet while the summer sky fades to indigo. Dine in Fernie.
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