The Iconic Photo Spots of Island Lake

There are so many amazing photo spots on the Island Lake property that we wanted to identify some of them and help our guests find, experience and share them. There will be 12 iconic photo spots spread over the entire Island Lake trail system.  The spots will be identified using a white sign (see an example below) that lists the hashtag and unique number of the spot. This summer (2016) take a photo of the view from the spot and tag it with the hashtag shown on the sign for your chance to win a $1,000 travel voucher for the lodge!

The winner of the contest will be picked in early Oct 2016, so you have all summer to get the 12 shots. The prize will be awarded to one of the individuals that share all 12-photo spots on Instagram, using the proper tag for each photo spot. The prize of a $1000 travel voucher to ILL can be used in winter or summer.  Additional photo spots will be added in subsequent years, so stay tuned!

Use the map to plan your hikes and get to all the spots.

Photo Spot Descriptions:

  1. The Boat Launch – This is the most photographed place at Island Lake. #islandlakelodge1
  2. I Dew Point – This iconic ceremony spot makes for fantastic wedding photos. #islandlakelodge2
  3. The Lake Bench – This romantic bench on the lake trail offers a unique view of the island and lodge. #islandlakelodge3
  4. Moose Grass Lookout – The grassy bank on the west side of the lake is a perfect moose viewing area and offers another view of the lake and Lizard Range. #islandlakelodge4
  5. Fir Trail / Cedar and Fir Grove – The Fir trail is an easy extension to the Lake trail and has some magnificent groves of old growth forest including giant Douglas Fir and Cedar trees. This spot will also have an interpretive sign describing the Old Growth Forest. #islandlakelodge5
  6. Old Growth Trail – More trees! This photo spot will feature a giant Old Growth cedar. #islandlakelodge6
  7. Spineback Bench Bonsai Tree – The top of the Spineback trail offers a spectacular view, including the famous “Scot Schmidt” Bonsai tree.   #islandlakelodge7
  8. Spineback Upper Bench – The upper Spineback bench is located amongst alpine wildflowers of all colours. #islandlakelodge8
  9. Mt Baldy Summit – The top of Mt Baldy offers a 360 degree view of the valley, Lizard Range and Mt Fernie. #islandlakelodge9
  10. Tamarack Viewpoint – The Tamarack Viewpoint gives hikers a unique panoramic view of the lodge, lake and Lizard Range. #islandlakelodge10
  11. Lazy Lizard Lookout – The new Lazy Lizard bike trail includes machine built berms, bridges and Old Growth forest. The photo spot offers a view of the Bears and Lizard Range. #islandlakelodge11
  12. Big White Summit – This mountain top is the highest accessible peak in the area and offers a stunning panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains #islandlakelodge12

Have a look at the map: Iconic Photo Spots Map

Here is what the signs look like: 

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Here are photos from a few of the spots:

The summit of Big White

Big White Summit


Tamarack Viewpoint

Tamarack View Point


The Boat Launch

The Boat Launch


The Lazy Lizard Viewpoint

Lazy Lizard View Point
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