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The Superheroes of the Maintenance Team

February 22, 2019 - 14:16

Operating four lodges in the backcountry is no easy feat. The lodgeistics of keeping the operation going day to day is truly impressive. The constant flow of food, supplies, staff, guests and everything in between keeps everyone on their toes. The maintenance department is tasked with keeping the buildings in tip-top shape, making sure all equipment is running and being maintained, as well as getting everything and everyone up and down from the lodge safely. Though they do all of this in the background and are not as visible as other departments, their efforts are essential. When issues arise, they spring into action and deal with the problem – often at less than ideal times and in bad weather. If you see the maintenance crew around, make sure to give them a high five.

The team consists of:

Andrew Brown / Operations Manager – Andrew has been with the lodge for 14 years. As a ski industry veteran with a background as a millwright, Andrew brings an expertise to many different aspects of the department. His even-keeled personality lends a sense of calm when things go awry.


Dave Henderson / Head Mechanic – Dave is originally from Australia but has been fully Canadianized with his love of cold weather, moose and shredding pow. He has been with the lodge for 20 years. Dave keeps the lodges operational and is constantly fixing and maintaining all things mechanical.


Laura McCoy / Maintenance / Shuttle Driver – Laura has been with the lodge for 13 years. She can be found taking care of all the things that keep the place humming. Food deliveries, shuttling staff by snowcat, landscaping and dealing with all the unexpected issues that arise almost daily.


Peter Rosendahl / Building Maintenance – Originally from Sweden, Peter has been with the lodge for 14 years. He takes care of building maintenance. Log buildings in a very snowy environment need a lot of love! Peter loves biking, golfing and shredding powder.


Kevin Harel / Building Maintenance Helper – Kevin is the newest member of the team and has been with the operation for 10 months. He is dedicated to helping with maintenance around the property, which includes a diverse range of tasks.


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What a week! Thanks Ullr

February 16, 2019 - 10:16

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Cutter Ranch – Partner Spotlight

January 9, 2019 - 11:33

On the edge of the southern Rocky Mountains near Cranbrook BC, an impressive and dramatic ridge rises from the valley floor. “The Steeples”, as they are called, are as photo-worthy as anything in the region. At the base of these impressive peaks lies the also impressive Cutter Ranch. Cutter Ranch is a family affair with kids, dogs and owners Tyler McNaughton and Sacha Bentall living their dream and doing things in a well thought out and progressive way. Tyler is a self professed “Ag Geek” with a B.Sc.Ag.-business degree & Ag Diploma in crop management from the University of Manitoba. Their passion and knowledge for the business are apparent throughout the operation and they were recently named Outstanding Young Farmers in BC and Yukon for 2018.

Here at Island Lake, we love to partner with like-minded local businesses who hold similar philosophies about quality, respect for the environment and community. We sat down with Tyler and Sacha for a little Q&A:

What made you guys settle in the East Kootenays? Initially, we came to visit family close to where we live now and immediately fell in love with the landscape. We  recognized the many benefits to moving our farm to the East Kootenays both for the needs of a young family and farm business. What we did not expect was the the overwhelming community support for our products and way of farming. People in the Kootenays have a very progressive and open-minded attitude toward the improvement of our local food system.

Cutter Ranch has gained a reputation for high quality products. Do you have an underlying philosophy that drives you?  How much space do you have for this article? LOL. This can be best summed up with our core goals:  pursue the endeavor as a couple, dedicate time to raise a family, be good stewards of the land, be self-employed, grow high quality nutritious food while providing a high level of animal welfare, and build a farm enterprise that will support our core goals.

Can you describe the new paddock system you put in for the pigs and its benefits? We had experimented for many years with different methods of pasturing pigs and no one method was ever simply managed. We knew this would not be the way to efficiently raise hogs outdoors and to scale up our operation. It was not until the last few years that we made bigger investments in specialized outdoor hog-raising equipment from Europe. This made a tremendous difference in efficiency from a labour standpoint. We also designed and had manufactured a specialized fence panel which can be positioned to any configuration around our fields. Our outdoor hog system is now totally modular and, more importantly, mobile. The benefits are numerous including labour savings as one of the most important and also the ability and speed with which we can rotate our hog paddocks. Managing animals on our land with more precision is a key tenant to  our philosophy of land stewardship.

What breed of pigs do you have? We raise different breeds of pigs to suit different customers needs: a combination of Berkshire, Duroc and Yorkshire breeds.

What is your plan with cattle? We have steadily growing demand for the type of finished beef we raise: pasture raised with a grain finish, Beef Done Right(®). Our short-term plans are to build the herd to meet demand and make our beef more widely available to restaurants and customers further afield (pun intended). Our beef herd serves as an alternative offering to pork on the consumer side and also adds diversity for risk management on the business side. Our goal is to be focused primarily on red meat production, and cattle are a logical fit to utilize the improved forage production from plant nutrients on the swine side.

Where can people buy your products? Why, Island Lake Lodge of course! Locally our products can be found at Little Soul Cafe, Farm to Folk and Rick’s Fine Meats in Cranbrook; Creme Cheese and Centex in Kimberley; and Kootenay Co-op in Nelson.

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Our magic kingdom!

January 2, 2019 - 15:22

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Winter Weddings

December 20, 2018 - 22:06

Five Reasons to Have a Winter Wedding

While summer tends to be the more popular season to get married, wintertime boasts many advantages of tying the knot when the snow flies. Here at Island Lake, we have the perfect winter wonderland for tying the knot and can host weddings early and late season. Following are a few reasons to have a winter wedding.

  • Romantic Ambiance – Imagine a crackling fireplace and hot toddies while you relax with your loved ones as the snow falls outside. Winter encourages you to get cozy inside wood lodges or put on a fluffy coat for a winter walk, hand-in-hand. Bonus: with a white snow backdrop, your photos will be stunning.
  • Less Weather-Reliant – Summer wedding couples are oftentimes concerned about what the weather will be like on their special day. Summer rain can mean a change of ceremony location and the inability to get the photos you want. If you choose a winter wedding date, you know it will be cold out and, even if it precipitates, it will be pretty snow. In the winter, you are able to plan for the weather more easily.
  • Less Vendor-Related Competition – With summertime being such a popular time to get married, couples may not be able to book their favourite photographer, florist, etc. due to competition. In winter, you have a higher chance of booking your ideal vendors.
  • Tied Into Holidays – Tying a December wedding in with the holiday spirit provides several advantages. Oftentimes, family will already be together at this time of year so your guests may have to travel less. They may already have time off work, meaning you wouldn’t have to ask them to take more vacation. Planning for decorations may also be easier as you can work around the holiday theme.
  • Quieter & More Intimate – Getting married at a less popular time of year means you are more likely to have the whole day with just your family and friends. In the busier summer season, you may have to share your venue with other guests who aren’t a part of your group, and you may even see other wedding couples. A winter wedding provides more intimacy and privacy.

For more information on weddings at Island Lake Lodge, contact Katie at

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