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Island Lake Lodge is pleased to announce the first annual – Untamed Kootenays Culinary Event. June 16-18
Fernie’s Island Lake Lodge is well-established as a premiere Canadian destination, attracting visitors from all corners of the globe who come for various outdoor activities and the stunning backcountry terrain within the Lizard Range. However, on June 16 – 18, 2017, the Lodge is inviting new and returning guests to experience Fernie’s culinary talent with a weekend of local flavours and fares known as the Untamed Kootenays event. During the weekend, the Tamarack Dining Room will welcome food lovers to dine on Lodge-made gourmet, created with an abundance of ingredients sourced and foraged from the surrounding Elk Valley.
To further elevate this summit of Kootenay cuisine, Island Lake’s Chef Keith Farkas has invited two notable Calgary chefs to join him in the kitchen for the first annual affair. Award-winning Chef Justin Leboe, proprietor of Model Milk and Pigeonhole, and winner of Enroute Magazine’s Best New Restaurant in Canada in 2015, along with Executive Chef John Paul Pedhirney of the highly acclaimed Bridgette Bar will be joining Farkas to create an unforgettable weekend showcasing the culinary wealth found within the region.
Guests will have the chance to immerse themselves in mountain culture with two full days that include two impressive dinners, along with an opportunity to explore the area on guided hikes, relax in the spa, and kick back on the patio with exclusive samplings from Fernie Brewing Co. and BC Wine Studio – the winemakers behind the Lodge’s new house wines and bubbles.
Spots are limited for this impressive event with 30 seats per dinner and 15 rooms for guests wishing to spend the weekend exploring the culinary offerings and scenic natural surroundings. Anyone wishing to reserve their spot is encouraged to contact Island Lake Lodge at their earliest convenience.
- Friday Night – Wine Makers Dinner (6 – 9 pm) hosted by BC Wine Studio. Wine maker Mark Simpson will give a talk about winery process and select vintages with pairings for each course. The Island Lake chef team will showcase 5 courses with 5 select wines.
- Saturday – Day Activities: Forage with chefs in the forest, then help prepare the finds and or take part in a 1/2 day guided hike. If you would prefer some R & R time, Spa Specials will be available.
- Saturday Night – Chef Showcase – (6 – 10 pm) – 5 courses prepared by 5 chefs. 3 in-house Island Lake Chefs and 2 guest Chefs. Each chef prepares a course with a local “Kootenay ” theme.
Sunday – Departure Brunch 8 – 10 am. Spa specials and guided hiking will also be available on this day.
- 2 nights accommodation
- 2 dinners with wine
- 2 breakfasts
- 1 lunch (Saturday)
- ILL Cookbook
- $999 – Per Couple – Red Eagle
- $1,049 – Per Couple – Deluxe
- 1,119 – Per Couple – Deluxe View Rooms
Dinner only – Friday Night – $129 pp
Dinner only – Saturday Night – $149 pp
Limited availability for both accommodation packages and dinner tickets. Call now to reserve your spot! 1-888-422-8754
Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club invites you to a Apres-Ski BBQ and fire pit at our Montane Hut! XC ski, bike, hike, snowshoe, to get there and the event is dog friendly. Hot dogs, chips, hot chocolate, cookies all provided. Come have some spring fun!
Fernie Search and Rescue (SAR) was activated on Saturday, March 11 to search for two skiers who had not been heard from or seen since March 9 and who had been missing for over 36 hours. Witnesses had last seen the subjects in the area of Lost Boys Pass heading towards Sand Creek and the […]
I recently enjoyed a nice walk to Thunder Meadows via Cabin Bowl. Cornices were referenced in the Avalanche Report as being Considerable hazard and Polaris Bowl and Easy Street are known for such activity, so we took the long route for safety. It had been years since I climbed the summer trail in winter and […]
The limestone spire peaks of the 3 Bears rise above Island Lake Lodge like sentinels guarding a secret place. With the 3 Bears as inspiration, we partnered with BC Wine Studio to create both a special new red and white for our cellar.
For the red, BC Wine Studio has custom crafted a bold Meritage blend from prime South Okanagan fruit. This wine loves a big steak, crackling fireplace and good friends after an epic day in the mountains. Enjoy rich lengthy tannins laced with dark fruit and subtle spice from 22 months in 100% French oak. The blend is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc; Vintage 2014.
For the white, BC Wine Studio has crafted a lovely blend from prime South Okanagan fruit. This wine features flavours of lemon zest and crisp apple giving way to a lush tropical finish. While the Riesling is fermented in stainless steel, the Viognier is aged in Acacia barrels. The blend is 85 % Riesling and 15% Viognier; Vintage 2015.
Winemaker – Mark Simpson
With a refined view of the Okanagan Valley, winemaker Mark Simpson’s vision for BC Wine Studio was to create a special place for sharing wine best practices, encouraging creativity and producing high quality, distinctive hand-crafted wines.
Besides a love for winemaking, Mark also shares a great passion for the mountains, especially skiing. When not it the winery, Mark can often be found on skis in the backcountry or riding sweet singletrack. In fact, Mark’s connection with Island Lake Lodge goes way back, when former GM John Birrell was Mark’s first examiner for his ski instructor certification. Mark’s first career was in brewing where he was Brewmaster for craft beer pioneer Granville Island Brewing before being recruited by winery giant Vincor into the world of wine. This love of both brewing and winemaking intertwines in the craft of making beautiful wine.
BC Wine Studio specializes in custom crush winemaking and developing unique and interesting boutique brands, especially small lot wines linked to precise varietal character, intriguing blends and minimal intervention in the winemaking process. Mark has travelled and studied winemaking in Italy, USA, France and Australia, as well as collaborated with many chefs and other winemakers to stimulate creativity and bring a world view to BC winemaking.
Good food, good wine and good hospitality are all closely linked, so it has been a real honour to create some custom wines for Island Lake Lodge. I hope you enjoy these beautiful wines with good friends around a cracking fireplace after an epic ski day.
We currently have a Craig Kelly exhibit of Mark Gallups photos in the Bear Lodge. The history is thick and the photos inspiring.
“Life with Style”
Mark Gallup first brought Craig Kelly to Island Lake Lodge in 1992. Needless to say Craig was impressed. He arranged to return, often, whenever his busy schedule would allow. Craig broke new ground as a professional snowboard athlete. Initially travelling all over the world to compete – successfully – Craig gradually shifted his focus to freeriding. He pioneered a new concept: ride powder and get paid to do it. A few years later, Craig was part of the group of investors that initially bought Island Lake Lodge and the land that surrounds it. This was another ground- breaking move, professional athlete participating in ownership of a world-renowned ski destination. Craig is snowboarding’s greatest hero. What many people don’t realize is his riding ability was only part of the story. His savvy business skills helped take him to the top. Craig’s role as shareholder and director in Island Lake is a great example of his on-and-off-snow intelligence.
Craig passed away in 2003, shortly before he finished training to become the first ACMG-certified backcountry snowboard guide. Always a ground-breaker, Craig was truly the ninja.
Island Lake was his dojo.
In the spring of 2016, the crew from TGR came up to Island Lake Catskiing for some late season shredding. The results were a segment in TGRs feature movie – Tight Loose and heaps of footage in the stand alone Island Lake TV show – Winter of our Content. The athletes hit some jumps including a large hip and big step up machine built jump in the alpine. They also shredded a few big lines and hit some natural features on “Movie Slope”. Athletes include: Nick McNutt, Dash Longe, Tim Durtschi and Dane Tudor. Have a look at this cool behind the scenes video.
The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club is hosting its 2016 Annual General Meeting. Members and new members are welcome to attend. The agenda will be posted here soon. Date: Thursday, February 23, @ 7 PM Place: Silver Rock Condominiums, 1500 McDonald Ave, Fernie, BC V0B 1M1
Tunnel Creek entered the new year with Solar Power! The new solar panels will power the new lights. Additional avalanche awareness signage was also added to hurts exterior.