Island Lake Lodge’s Iconic Hiking-Photo Spots

Island Lake Lodge’s Iconic Hiking-Photo Spots

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Island Lake Lodge in Fernie, BC has been quietly going about building their summer adventure offerings to match those of their world renowned cat-skiing and snowboarding tours. They have spent the last several years building one of the finest hiking trail networks in the Kootenays.


Whether you are after a leisurely stroll around the lake, a journey up the historical Rail Trail that follows an early 20th century logging line, standing in awe amongst the eastern most stand of Ancient Cedars in North America, or tackling something more adventurous in the alpine, Island Lake Lodge caters to every level and type of hiker.

Photo by Mike McPhee


Added in 2016, the Lazy Lizard is a 7-km (4-mi), a family-friendly, bike trail leads from the property’s gates up to the lodges. The trail is a well-graded, flowy track, offering enjoyment to every skill level.


New for 2018 summer, is their Goldilocks trail (2.5-km/1.5-mi; elevation gain 210 meters). After working on it for two-years this trail is ready to go! Their all-female trail crew spent an enormous amount of time to complete this gem of the Lizard Range. The trail itself starts at the top of the Spineback trail (at the second bench) and follows the valley between Baby Bear and Papa Bear Peaks. It wraps around the back of Baby Bear to the Upper Nonstop Saddle with dramatic views of the headwall and The Valley. The trail continues around the east side of Baby Bear and follows a series of switchbacks down the valley between Baby and Mama Bear peaks. It then completes the loop back to the top of the Spineback Trail.  Why the name Goldilocks? Well, a trail through the peaks of 3 Bears built by all women kind of named itself.


To assist you with exploring these amazing trails, they have identified 20 Iconic Photo Spots of Island Lake Lodgehikes. The spots are identified using a white sign that includes a hashtag and unique number of the spot.

This summer (2018) take a photo of the view from the spot and tag it with the hashtag shown on the sign (for example #islandlakelodge1) for your your chance to win a $1,000 travel voucher for the lodge and a North Face Tent! There will also be monthly prizes from The North Face awarded for the best photo. 

Photo by Mike McPhee


*Hiking Tip*

By joining the Lake Loop up with the Spineback Trail, I was able to get five of the locations in one hike from the lodge. All of the locations offer stunning views of the Island Lake Lodge property, as well as the surrounding area.  

Photo by Mike McPhee

Original story shared: Aug 31, 2016

Words by Kyle Hamilton; cover/top photo by Bonnie Castle-Dixon.

Kyle Hamilton, is a local Kootenay photographer who ended up settling in Fernie, BC. Kyle has love for the mountains and it has led him to focus on photography of mountain inspired activities.  You could find him on a side of a mountain in -25C winter conditions with snow blowing around him shooting a heli-skiing event or next to a gentle mountain in the summer with one of his wedding clients... either way you could see him out exploring the areas around Fernie.

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