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Pastry Chef – Catherine Chartrand

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!

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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Thanksgiving Dinner – Island Lake Style! Sunday Oct 8th

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

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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New Interpretive Signs

August 3, 2017 - 09:32

Island Lake and the Cedar Valley in which it sits, has a long history full of fascinating information.  From the long history of use by locals and and early forestry companies, to the flora and fauna and geology of the valley – there are many interesting facts. Guests to the area are always fascinated and want to know as much as a possible.  In order to help facilitate this, we have designed and set up 5 new Interpretative signs.  There are located 4 on the Lake Trail and 1 on the Fir Tail. Go for a stroll and check them out.

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