Island Lake Lodge will be open for hiking, biking, canoeing, dining and some spa services as of June 26, 2020. Photo Submitted

Island Lake Lodge will be open for hiking, biking, canoeing, dining and some spa services as of June 26, 2020. Photo Submitted

Fernie businesses get back to work

As COVID-19 restrictions loosen, a variety of businesses in the valley are getting back to work

Island Lake Lodge opens for summer operation

Island Lake Lodge opened their gates at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 26 in anticipation of a busy summer full of activities. Hiking and biking trails are now open and Island Lake encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy nature. Canoes will also be available as of June 26.

Although operations at the Bear Lodge Bistro and the Tamarack Dining Room will look a little different this summer, both dining options are now open. The Bear Bistro’s hours of operation will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. while the Tamarack Dining Room will be open in the evenings from 5-9 p.m.

The Island Lake Lodge spa will only be available on a limited basis and by appointment only. Those interested in using the spa can check the Island Lake website for details or give them a call.

With a number of new policies and procedures in place to keep staff and guests safe, Island Lake Lodge is excited to welcome everyone back for some summer fun.

Ace Ferguson Studio welcoming public to shop

With some new guidelines and safety procedures, everyone’s favourite white school bus is back in action selling handmade goods. Ace Ferguson Studio, owned by Kate Moran, is once again offering up an array of beautiful handcrafted items to customers in Fernie.

When they arrive, a nifty new door sign will notify shoppers whether they can enter the bus or not to browse. Green means climb aboard and red means that someone is already inside the bus and the next customer should wait outside to respect their personal space. Moran is also offering hand sanitizer and asking shoppers not to handle the products unless they intend to buy. The back of the bus, where Moran sits and works is now protected by a large sneeze guard to ensure some safe separation as well.

With these measures in place, Moran invites everyone down to shop at Fernie’s first mobile retail shop.

Return of the popcorn fairy

The Vogue Theatre in Fernie is once again offering weekly popcorn delivery to residents of the Elk Valley. The initiative began as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and as a way to get rid of stock while also bringing delicious popcorn and candies to hungry citizens.

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“Now that we have a possible opening date in our sights, we were able to get our hands on some new product which means we can resume our weekly Friday popcorn deliveries,” the theatre said in a Facebook post on June 14. The deliveries restarted on June 26.

For $20, hungry residents of Sparwood, Elkford and Fernie can get a combo deal of four medium popcorns and two random candies. Orders can be made by e-transferring $20 to and deliveries will be made on Friday evenings between 5-7 p.m.