Getting Here

Drive

Driving from Cranbrook, BC

Distance 90 km (60 Miles) – 1 hour drive

The Cranbrook Airport is the closest airport to Island Lake Lodge. Domestic flights arrive regularly with connections from Calgary or Vancouver Airports. Rental cars are available, or we can arrange transportation for you and your group. To get to the Island Lake Lodge parking area drive east on Highway #3. You will see our sign on the left 3 kms past Fernie Alpine Resort before you reach the town of Fernie. Turn left and travel through the Mount Fernie Provincial Park campground. Follow the road for approximately 12 km until you reach our lodges.

Driving from Kalispell, MT

Distance is 177 km (110 miles) – 2 hr drive 

For our American guests, domestic flights arrive regularly at the Kalispell International Airport. Rental cars are available, or we can arrange transportation for you and your group. To get to Fernie, drive north on Highway #93.  Cross the Canadian border and continue until you reach Highway #3. Turn right. You will see the Island Lake Lodge sign on the left 3 kms past Fernie Alpine Resort before you reach the town of Fernie. Turn left and travel through the Mount Fernie Provincial Park campground. Follow the road for approximately 12 km until you reach our lodges. (Don’t forget your passport)

Driving from Calgary, AB

Distance is 300 km (190 Miles) – 3.5 hour drive

Most major airlines and rental car companies service Calgary International Airport. We can also arrange transportation for you and your group from this airport. The drive from Calgary is a breathtaking ride into the Rocky Mountains. Take Highway #2 South, turn west on Highway #7 and take it to Black Diamond. Turn south onto Highway #22. At the t-intersection, turn west again on Highway #3. Two kms past Fernie, you will see the Island Lake Lodge sign. Turn right and travel through the Mt. Fernie Provincial Park campground. Follow the road for approximately 12 km until you reach our lodges.

Driving from Spokane, WA

Distance is 450km –  4.5 hour drive

Another option for our American guests is to fly into the Spokane International Airport. Car rental is the only option for transportation – there are no shuttles between Spokane and Island Lake Lodge. From Spokane International Airport drive south on US-395/US2 to I-90 East. Go east on I-90E to US-95. Go north on US-95 to the Canadian border. Go northeast on Highway #95 to Highway #3. Turn east. You will see the Island Lake Lodge sign on the left 3 kms past Fernie Alpine Resort before you reach the town of Fernie. Turn left and travel through the Mount Fernie Provincial Park campground. Follow the road for approximately 12 km until you reach our lodges. Please note the time difference; Spokane is 1 hour behind Fernie.

Fly

You have three choices. If coming from the USA and looking for reasonable flights, you might want to consider Kalispell, Montana. From the airport, you will reach Island Lake in approximately two hours by car.  The closest major centre is Calgary, Alberta – three to four hours away. The beautiful drive south through the Foothills of the Canadian Rockies is well worth the trip. If road travel is not your thing, then consider flying all the way to Cranbrook in British Columbia – only one hour from Island Lake, it is the preferred choice for some. You can get to Cranbrook by connecting through either the Calgary or Vancouver airports.

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Arriving in Winter

You can rent a vehicle from Kalispell, Cranbrook and Calgary or let us book coach transportation for you from any of the above airports. Transportation to the lodge is not included in the package price. Kalispell airport works best if you are a large group. Island Lake strongly recommends that our guests arrive a day in advance to avoid any possible delays.  Please call or email well in advance for any transportation or accommodation information. Our Snow Cat pickup is located 3km north of Highway #3 near Fernie. Turn north off Hwy #3 at the Lodge sign, 2km west of Fernie. The Island Lake sign at the end of the road will denote the parking lot. You need to be at the parking lot no later than 5:00pm on the evening of your arrival. Guests will be transported back to the parking lot leaving the lodge no later than 4:30 pm on the last day of the tour.

Alternative and or Late Arrival Fees

Island Lake Lodge is 8km up the Cedar Valley. Guests travel to and from the lodge via Snow Cat, which takes approximately half an hour. Guest pickup is at the parking lot at 5:00pm, the night prior to the first ski day. There will be a charge per person for late, early or alternative pickups.  Please call the office if you will not be arriving at the parking lot by 5:00 pm or if your travel plans have changed.