Island Lake opens for the summer.

Island Lake Lodge officially started its summer operations on June 12, with some new additions and changes for the 2016 season.

Island Lake Lodge officially started its summer operations on June 12, with some new additions and changes for the 2016 season.

One of the changes is the extended hours at the Bear Lodge Bistro. Starting on July 1, the Bear Lodge Bistro will be open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., allowing for a late lunch or early evening dinner with the Bear Lodge menu.

Island Lake Lodge also partnered with Fernie Brewing Company to produce a private label beer. According to Mike McPhee, director of sales and marketing for Island Lake Lodge, the ale showcases a strong partnership between local businesses.

“’Take a Hike’ is a refreshing Bavarian style Pilsner that is the perfect après hike beer,” he said. “The 750 ml bottle will be perfect for enjoying the cuisine and views from our spectacular patios. The label artwork is based on a stand alone limited edition poster, created by local artist Mike Hepher of Clawhammer Press. This three-way local collaboration is a great example of the combined power of unique businesses and partnerships in our community.”

Along with changes to both their food and beverage menus, Island Lake Lodge announced their plans to construct a new hiking trail on their property.

“Being a hiking mecca and all, we thought it was time to start building a new hiking trail,” said McPhee. “Though still in the planning phase, we do know that it will be an alpine loop in the Lizard Range. Stay tuned for more details.”

Some of the staple features will be back for the summer, including Wine Tasting Wednesdays and Date Night Mondays, along with their guided hiking tours and spa packages.

On June 9, Island Lake hosted a small gathering to taste their new menu, including Take a Hike ale and the new additions to the Bear Bistro Lodge lunch menu.

For more information on Island Lake Lodge or to view their updated menus, visit Islandlakecatskiing.com.

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