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.
Driving from Cranbrook, B.C.
Distance 90 km (60 Miles) – 1 hour drive
The Cranbrook Airport is the closest airport to Island Lake Lodge. Domestic flights arrive within a one (1) hour drive. Rental cars are available in Cranbrook or we can arrange for transportation for you and your group. Head northeast from Cranbrook on Highway #3/#95 towards Fernie. You will see the turn off to Island Lake Resort on your left after you pass the turn-off to Fernie Alpine Resort.
Driving from Kalispell, MT
Distance is 177 km (110 miles) – 2 hr drive
The distance from Kalispell to Fernie is 100 km. For our American guests, domestic flights arrive within a 2 hour drive to Fernie. Rental Cars are available at the Kalispell Airport or we can arrange van transportation for you and your group. To get to Fernie and Island Lake Resort, drive north on Highway #93. Cross the Canadian Border and continue until you reach Highway #3. Turn east on Highway #3 towards Fernie. You will see the turn off to Island Lake Resort on your left after you pass the turn-off to Fernie Alpine Resort.
Driving from Calgary, AB
Distance is 300 km (190 Miles) – 3.5 hour drive
Most major airlines and car rental companies service Calgary International Airport. The drive is a breathtaking 3.5 hour ride through the foothills and into the Rocky Mountains. Take Highway #2 South, turn west on Highway #7 and follow it to Black Diamond. Turn south onto Highway #22. You will eventually come to a T – intersection. Turn west onto Highway #3 which will bring you to Fernie. Continue through Fernie and along Highway #3 you will see the sign for Island Lake Lodge on your right.