Always make noise when out in the bush to avoid surprising any animals. When surprised, some animals can become defensive and too-close encounters can occur.
Columbian Ground Squirrel – you’ll often see these cute critters peeking out from their holes. Please don’t feed them but be sure to watch your step around their tunnels.
Canadian Weasel – white or black depending on the season, last summer there was one living near the Bear Lodge. Keep an eye out, they are quick!
Chipmunk – Chances are good that you will see a lot of these guys around Island Lake Lodge searching for seeds, nuts and wild fungi. Only 1 species of chipmunk can be found outside of North America. Distinguishable by the white stripes down their back, they’re often darting behind the flower planters and under stairs.
Deer – Two common types can be found around Fernie. The whitetail (pictured) is often a light brown colour and will lift and wave it’s white tail like a flag when running away spooked. The Mule deer is often a darker colour, and has more of a bouncing motion when running away.
Moose – A Canadian symbol, the moose is the largest species in the deer family. A female moose has claimed the island in the middle of the lake as her territory and births and raises her calves here each year. They can sometimes be spotted swimming across the lake or walking the boardwalk at I Dew Point.
Grizzly Bear – known for the hump on their back, a dished face and aggression the Grizzly is not someone you would want to have a close encounter with. We don’t see that many Grizzlies at the lodge however, precautions should still be taken when hiking on the property. Avoid hiking alone, make noise and keep food contained and separate from your sleeping area when camping.
Black Bear – Contrary to the name a Black bear’s fur can range from black to chocoloate brown with gray combinations. In comparison with Grizzly Bear’s they have a longer, straighter face, flat shoulders and are generally smaller. Follow the same precautions as above to avoid a bear encounter. For more information on bear safety click here.