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Membership drive in full swing

Fernie Nordic Society - November 12, 2017 - 17:00

This year it is so easy to purchase your membership that you can do it at work or at home...kidding - about registering at work that is!  We've been working with Zone4 Registration to get our membership online this year and now you can join the Fernie Nordic Society from the comfort of your couch. Visit us HERE (click link) to register now. Your annual membership assists in meeting grooming expenses so be sure to get yours and your family's online now!  Our early bird prices end this Wednesday November 15.

There are only a few days left to get savings off at LAST YEAR'S membership prices! So make sure you and your friends are ready ... because the trail prep has begun!!

We still have several spots left in our lessons program for kids aged 3 to 16. This Saturday Nov 18 is the time to get the kids sized up for rental gear. The Skill Development Program (SDP) offered to our young skiers by the Fernie Nordic Society was actually developed by the nation-wide organization Cross Country Canada. The program is standardized across the country. All our volunteer coaches are trained according to the established structure to provide a consistent level of training to our skiers. Would you like to see your little ones learning to ski?  You can register for the SDP Program online HERE (click link) together with your membership and rental gear if desired.

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Great participation at the Pumpkin Hunt

Fernie Nordic Society - November 1, 2017 - 16:08

The Elk Valley Nordic Centre near Fernie was again this year the site of our 3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Hunt event. An event open to the community just ahead of the ski season. The weather was very favorable on this Saturday morning of October 21. Three hundred pumpkins had been hidden in the bushes and among the fallen leaves by club volunteers. At 11:30 the hunt was on for a great number of boys and girls aged up to 9. Two firepits were set up on the site for roasting marshmallows and wieners. Hot chocolate and coffee kept the young pumpkin hunters and their parents warm. All appeared to enjoy the event. Several photos of the event appeared on Facebook later that weekend.

The Fernie Nordic Society wishes to thank our sponsors for their support: Grow Children's Boutique, Save-On-Foods, Teck, Giv'er Shirts, Starbucks and Mr Allan Phillips

New in the warming hut, an iron gate for the wood stove just in time for the winter. It was designed and made by the Fernie Forge.

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Emily Brydon Youth Foundation Gala Dinner and Art Auction

Island Lake Lodge - October 27, 2017 - 10:19

Island Lake has been a long time supporter of the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation. This years gala and art auction is a great way to show your support for this wonderful community organization. Call and book now!

Mission: The Emily Brydon Youth Foundation enables the dreams and passion of youth in the Elk Valley through program support in sports, arts and education.

Vision: The Emily Brydon Youth Foundation strives to bring opportunity to the youth in the Elk Valley, including Fernie, Elkford and Sparwood, through sports, art and education by assisting individuals and families. Our support model is built on matching the financial means with a youth’s dreams, ambitions and desires. We truly believe that every child deserves equal opportunity. Youth are our future; the EBYF believes in supporting them today. The EBYF is a foundation that epitomizes the power of community: watch out for your neighbour, make a difference for the next generation, and pay it forward.

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Salomon Hillside Project Launch

Island Lake Lodge - October 25, 2017 - 15:57

We are proud to have collaborated with Salomon Snowboards on their Hillside project. Last January we hosted athletes: Wolle Nyvelt, Desiree Melancon, Nils Mindnich and Annie Boulanger to test out the new line of boards and shred some cold smoke.  Have a look at the video below and enter to win a custom Island Lake x Salomon snowboard!

The Hillside Project at Island Lake Lodge

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Winter 2016/17 Favourite Photos

Island Lake Lodge - October 22, 2017 - 15:25

Have a look through some of our favourite images from the 2016 / 17 ski season. The images are a compilation from our professional in-house photographers, which includes: Matt Kuhn, Nick Nault, ,Mark Gallup, Kyle Hamilton and Mike McPhee.

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Avalanche Bursary Recipient

Fernie Trails - October 14, 2017 - 17:49

The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club (FT&STC) is pleased to announce another recipient of an Avalanche Bursary. Yuri Lortscher was awarded $500 to help pay for a AvSAR course, a prerequisite for the Avalanche Operations Level II course. Above: FTSTC President Ian Stokie (left) presents a cheque to Yuri at our annual wood splitting […]

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Winter is Coming

Island Lake Lodge - October 10, 2017 - 10:04

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Fernie Huts Getting Ready for Winter

Fernie Trails - October 7, 2017 - 21:04

The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club is preparing it’s backcountry overnight Fernie huts for a busy winter season. The Thunder Meadows and Tunnel Creek are basic backcounty huts geared towards ski and split-board mountaineering and are rented on a nightly basis. Each Autumn Club members get together to gather firewood, fill the propane and […]

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2017 MINOR High Roller Waiver

Fernie Mountain Bike Club - September 21, 2017 - 10:23

If you are under the age of 19, you must have a parent/guardian sign a waiver for you.  Your parent/guardian has to SIGN the Waiver at the Royal on the morning of the event (it must be witnessed by a FMBC Volunteer).  The MINOR waiver can be downloaded here and printed off before hand to save some time. 

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Adult 2017 High Roller Waiver

Fernie Mountain Bike Club - September 21, 2017 - 10:18

You can print and fill out your High Roller Waiver before the day of the event.  Please wait to SIGN the Waiver until you get to the Royal (it must be witnessed by a FMBC Volunteer).

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Will you be attending the high roller?

Fernie Mountain Bike Club - September 20, 2017 - 10:53
Choices Yes! and BIG MONEY too! Yes! Low roller is my jam! No, I put my bike away when the trails closed No, but I can't wait for the Catherine Pendrel slideshow & chat! YES! every year rain or shine Maybe, I'm a fair weather rider!
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September 15th: ALL TRAILS REOPENED!

Fernie Mountain Bike Club - September 20, 2017 - 08:55

All trails have now reopened for biking/hiking. 

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Pastry Chef – Catherine Chartrand

Island Lake Lodge - September 7, 2017 - 14:09

We have a great culinary team at the lodge and it’s rounded out by a fantastic pastry chef whose skills leave us all trying desperately to leave room for dessert. Catherine (or Cat) has been in the tourism industry for several years and has always had a passion for food. She studied pastry in Quebec City in 2013 has never looked back. Over the years, she worked her way through various kitchen positions, pastry shops and markets.

Cat has been on the Island Lake team for 4 seasons now and in that time, staff and guests alike have noticed her artistic flare and unique flavour profiles.  In her words, “We have the chance to work with fresh local products and use all the creativity we want. I think there is always a new way to perfect the plate; to try new ideas and techniques using old classics and transform them to our own standard. It will always be a learning progress. It can always be better.” She adds, “I’m ready to bite into another season at the lodge and create the best dessert on the mountain!”

Here is a recipe for her pumpkin crème brulee because fall is coming!

  • 250g pumpkin puree
  • 250ml milk
  • 500ml 35% cream
  • 190g sugar
  • 12 egg yolks
  • pinch of cinnamon, cloves & ginger

Makes about 12 servings

Bring the milk, cream, pumpkin puree and half of the sugar to a boil. In a separate bowl, mix the yolks and the rest of the sugar. Ensure it is well combined.

Once the cream is boiling, temper the egg and mix everything together. Pour into ramekins in a Bain Marie.

Cook in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour, until it jiggles a little. Let rest for approximately 5 hours in the fridge.

Caramelize the top (with a blowtorch if you have one) and serve.

Bon Appetit!

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Hammock Day!

Island Lake Lodge - September 5, 2017 - 18:04

In conjunction with Elevation Showcase and ENO Hammocks, Island Lake Lodge is please to host – Hammock Day! 

Summer is not quite over yet! Come and lounge around the Island Lake property in an ENO Hammock! Sunday, Sept 10th @ Island Lake Lodge

  • There will be dozens of hammocks set up around the lodges and on the Lake Trail
  • Photo Competitionhammock giveaway. Tag @IslandLakeLodge and #ENOnation to win a hammock
  • ENO promo in store Sat & Sun (50% off accessories with purchase of hammock at Elevation Showcase in downtown Fernie)
  • Enjoy a signature cocktail and or a lunch special on the Bear Lodge Deck

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Harvey Hut Succumbs to Fire

Fernie Trails - September 5, 2017 - 13:02

The nearly completed Harvey Hut BC Recreation site was tragically lost in a wildfire that started in the Lodgepole and quickly spread across the landscape. Now at nearly 2000 hectares, this fast moving wildfire was fueled by erratic winds over the weekend that unexpectedly moved the fire towards the hut in the overnight hours. It […]

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What will you do now that the trails are closed to all activities?

Fernie Mountain Bike Club - September 4, 2017 - 10:32
Choices Head south! Head west! Spin/yoga/gym classes here I come! Dusting off the road bike! Netflix anyone! Island Lake Lodge hiking as much as I can!
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Fernie Mountain Bike Club - September 4, 2017 - 09:21

As of 1pm Sept. 2nd there is a FULL CLOSURE of all trails around Fernie for all activities/access.

Please obey all signage and stay off of the trails. This closure is a government mandated closure of all crown land due to extreme fire hazard. All private property owners have decided to close there land along with the crown.

This includes all the gravel roads in the area.

Island Lake lodge has hiking (no biking) trails open up at the lodge only, please check in at Tamarack lodge in case of any changes.
City of Fernie has closed off trail access from the city including,
-Old Stumpy
- Cemetery Bypass
- Montane Trail
- Coal Creek Heritage Trail (trails heads at Aquatic Centre and Old Landfill Site)
- Chamber Trail Head (located at Visitor Centre)
At this time local parks (Annex, James White etc and Dike trail are open)

The length of time of this closure is not known, the written order is in place until October 1st, but may be lifted if changes occur. We will continue to keep you posted if there are any changes to report.

Here is an article outlining the information.

Wildfire BC backcountry closure Southeast Fire Centre


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Fernie Backcountry is closed

Fernie Trails - September 3, 2017 - 13:11

All hiking and biking trails in Fernie and surrounding area are closed. This included our cabins; Thunder Meadows, Montane and Tunnel Creek. Unfortunately our Harvey Hut burnt in the out-of-control Lodgepole fire on the weekend. In the interest of public safety, effective at noon Pacific Time on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, all Crown land within […]

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Thanksgiving Dinner – Island Lake Style! Sunday Oct 8th

Island Lake Lodge - August 10, 2017 - 13:20

Fall is always a special time at the lodge and seems to have its own distinct feeling. The fall colours show themselves, the days are a bit shorter, the nights a bit cooler and the trails a bit quieter. Around harvest time and thanksgiving, everyone loves a good Turkey Dinner shared with friends and family. This year our creative culinary team is planning a very special 4 course harvest thanksgiving dinner using pumpkin/squash, turkey, apples/pears, sage, cheese and some local foraged items.  Help us give thanks to the end of another wonderful summer season and fall harvest.

  • First course: Spiced pumpkin veloute, smoked fennel
  • Second: Grilled kale salad, honeyed carrot crisps, oka cheese
  • Third: ‘Two way turkey’ sage roasted breast, confit leg, sweet potato gratin
  • Fourth: Chocolate souffle, poached pear
  • The 4 course wine pairing will feature the Island Lake Lodge private label 3 Bears wines and also highlight Naramata’s La Frenz Winery

Adults $99 (including 4 wine pairings) Children $39 (under 12)

Why drive home after filling yourself with such delicious food? Stay the night for just $129 per room. (plus tax and based on double occupancy)

Join us Sunday Oct 8th for this very special dinner and final evening of the season.


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Winter Wonderland Christmas

Island Lake Lodge - August 9, 2017 - 13:23

Christmas is of course a spectacular time around Island Lake.  The snow caked forest around the lodge and the peaks of the 3 bears just beyond are simply postcard perfect.  Imagine you and your family and or friends gathered around a picturesque fireplace in the cozy log lodges.  Our creative culinary team will take care of the food and add a bit of Island Lake flare to the traditional Christmas dinner.

There are 12 catski seats available, but lots of room for non-skiing friends and family.  In addition to catskiing, partake in snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, spa treatments or just lounge by the fire with a good book.

3 day / 3 night Catskiing packages start at $2,466 CAN

Non Skiing 3 day / night packages start at $599 CAN

December 23 – 26, 2017 (3 days and 3 nights)

A full moon illuminates the Tamarack Lodge, (right,) and the Bear Lodge, (lower left,) with Three Bears in the background at Island Lake Lodge, Fernie BC.
Aaron Whitfield Photography

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