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 are 20 iconic photo spots spread over the entire Island Lake trail system.  The spots are identified using a white sign (see an example below) that lists the hashtag and unique number of the spot.

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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

13 – Goldilocks – Upper Nonstop Pass – The top of this new trail is simply spectacular. You are sure to capture a stunning image here! #islandlakelodge13

14 – Tamarack Trail – Bubbling Brook – this iconic spot may be the most romantic. Located near the start of the Tamarack and Lazy Lizard trails, this spot has a quaint bench in a groove of old growth cedar trees beside a bubbling brook. #islandlakelodge14

15 – Tamarack Trail Ridge Top – Located at the top of the Tamarack Trail and on the Mount Fernie Ridge, this spot has dramatic views up and down the Cedar Valley and towards Windy Pass. This trail also makes up part of the famous Heiko’s Trail. At the end of July, you will find the ridge top and approach filled with a variety of wildflowers. #islandlakelodge15

16 – Mt Baldy Loop Creek Crossing – Located on the lower part of the Mt Baldy Loop, this spot has a creek crossing and at the right time of year, the banks are covered in wildflowers. Photo spot number #16 is well worth the effort and offers a unique photo opportunity.  #islandlakelodge16

17 – Rail Trail – The Rail Trail is a historic part of the Cedar Valley and used to be a narrow gauge railway. On one of the stretches of trail, there is a long straightaway with trees on either side making for interesting photos.  #islandlakelodge17

18 – Big White Trail – Tua Rock – Located on trail up to Big White, this photo spot is located under Tua Rock, a big outcrop feature in the alpine.  #islandlakelodge18

19 – Goldilocks – Located on new Goldilocks trail, this dramatic photo spot is on the East side of Baby Bear peak as you start the decent into the valley below.  #islandlakelodge19

20 – Tamarack Lodge Patio – This is one of the most photographed spots on the property. The Tamarack deck offers dining and spectacular views of the Lizard Range.   #islandlakelodge20

Here is what the signs look like: 

hike, fernie, iconic photo spots

From Our Customers


I wanted to drop a note to give you a kudos for an excellent spot, great attention to the natural environment you are so lucky to be a part of but mainly to give you a compliment on your great fortune in your staff.

Theresa Heller - Durango, CO