Some of our Goals and Objectives include:
-Foster a supportive relationship with small businesses in the Elk Valley, by making it a priority to hire local sub-contractors, consultants and promote other local tourism operators; purchasing materials and office supplies from local vendors and above all else encourage local partnerships whenever possible.
– Maintain an open dialogue with community grassroots conservation groups like Wildsight, as well as other local organizations like the Fernie Trails Alliance, Fernie Nordic Club and Snowmobile Associations to communicate management decisions, restrictions and openings when possible. This open dialogue strengthens relationships and builds mutual trust and respect.
-Through the purchase of local and organic produce and products when possible. Island Lake Lodge is a firm believer in eating locally; using produce from Snow Valley Farms, as well as other farms present at the Fernie Farmers Market. In the spring, local meat is purchased from the Fernie 4H Club for the restaurant. These animals are raised 10 kms from the lodge through an organization supporting youth volunteering and leadership. View our Food Philosophy here.
-Monetary donations and sponsorships of many local organizations and events, particularly those with a focus on supporting children and the environment. Ex: Emily Brydon Youth Foundation, Fernie Grizzly Centre, Fernie Alpine Ski Team, Feel Good Fernie, Summer Socials Committee, Elk Valley Society – Children’s Summer Program, Fernie Family Housing Society, etc.
– Managers involved in community and industry organizations:
Doug Feely – Board of Directors with Fernie Trails Alliance and Board of Directors/Treasurer for Heli Cat Canada.
Mike McPhee – Board of Directors / Vice Chair with Tourism Fernie, past board of directors with Fernie Chamber of Commerce, Member of Provincial Marketing Committee – Destination British Columbia.
-Provide ample opportunities for locals to visit, bring friends and family for a meal, hike, or to enjoy our spa services in both summer and winter.
-Partner with local organizations and events to provide access of the Island Lake property. Ex: Fernie Ultra, Trans Rockies, Annual Family Nordic Event, and others.
-Partner with the College of the Rockies Fernie Campus and Mountain Activities Skills Training (MAST) Program for programs and services offered on contract through many of Island Lake Lodge’s professional guides and/or by providing access to the property.
-Allow access to lands for Avalanche Awareness programs and education. Island Lake Catskiing also shares all collected snow data with the Canadian Avalanche Association for regional updates on the Avalanche boards.
– Support local community conservation efforts by displaying literature and cooperating with programs from organizations like Wildsight and Stream Keepers.
If you have an event or organization you would like us to support, please fill out the form below. Thank You