When you’re know as a superlative setting for the cat-ski crowd, there’s little doubt that heaps of snow and plenty of outdoor exploration are on the menu. And what if that menu lemon and garlic sous vide prawns, shanghai noodles, lemongrass & coconut broth, king oyster mushroom, daikon, pickled cucumbers & carrots, herb & scallion, kimchi oil. Are you getting hungry?
One of the delicious lunch menu items, photo courtesy of Island Lake Lodge
At Island Lake Lodge west of Fernie in the heart of the the Cedar Valley, with the epic Canadian Rockies as your backdrop this Thursday to Sunday event not only is simply yummy, you will have a chance to ride in a snow-cat, go snowshoeing (maybe for the first-time) and then relish a rejuvenating spa experience.
Rocky Mountain views from the Tamarack Dining Room, photo courtesy of Island Lake Lodge
The day’s festivities begin with a scenic 25-minute cat ride up to the lodge, followed by a two-course in the Tamarack Dining Room. Post-meal, you can go exploring on your own via snowshoe and then a saunter to the spa, where guests can indulge in treatments that include relaxation and deep tissue massage and hot stone therapy. Then take the snow-cat back to your vehicle. The snow-cat ride cat & lunch is $89 per person for the 2020 season (plus $20 for the snowshoe rentals), and additional dollars for a customized spa treatment.
Photo by Kari Medig, snowshoeing at Island Lake Lodge
~ Take extra time to research and plan your trip in advance. Many of our tourism businesses and services have adopted new COVID-19 protocols and changes to their schedules or policies to ensure your safety. You’ll want to become familiar with them ahead of time.
~ If you normally travel with extended family or with several friends, consider travelling in a smaller group this summer. Travelling with fewer people makes it easier for you to practise physical distancing in public, and may have less of an impact on the destination.
~ Consider a slower travel pace this winter to help curb the spread. Instead of checking in and out of multiple destinations during one trip, choose one or two destinations and one/two accommodation properties for your entire trip (and explore all the things to do & see nearby).
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Story by KootRocks Staffer (Shannon Harrison). Cover/top photo by Matt Kuhn.