Island Lake Lodge Recognizes the Announcement of East Kootenay MLA Bill Bennett Appointed as Tourism Minister

Fernie, British Columbia Canada (PressExposure) July 03, 2008 -- Island Lake Lodge welcomes the announcement of Bill Bennett as BC’s new Minister of Tourism. “Many people think of Bill Bennett as coming from a mining background but he grew up working in the tourism industry with over 20 years of experience.” says the GM of Island Lake Lodge Steve Kuijt. Kuijt went on to say “the importance of tourism in a region with a long history of resource extraction is paramount. In order to thrive and continue to be sustainable our communities need to have a good balance of both to be strong in the long run.”

A longtime leader in East Kootenay eco-tourism, Island Lake Lodge is committed to working with local and provincial governments to preserve the environment and efforts to minimize energy use in daily operations. A cornerstone of the operating philosophy, Island Lake Lodge received a 4-Key rating in the Hotel Association of Canada’s Green Key Program, and recently received the Energy and Environment Award of Excellence, also from the HAC. Key among these initiatives is the installation and operation of 2 micro-hydro stations to generate 100% of the Lodge’s electrical needs. “We are very proud of our efforts in creating a sustainable and eco-friendly operation” says Kyle Hamilton, Building Services Manager, who was integral in reviewing the company’s environmental practices. Island Lake Lodge is looking forward to working with the new Minister on furthering all types of tourism in the area.

For additional information on Island Lake Lodge and its environmental initiatives contact Steve Kuijt or visit

Steve Kuijt Island Lake Lodge (250) 423-3700 ext. 3010 (250) 423-4055

About Island Lake Lodge

About Island Lake Lodge - The lodge sits above a stunning mountain lake on 7000 acres of pristine wilderness. In the winter it operates as a catskiing company, servicing 36 guests in three snow cats. In the summer it is a luxurious backcountry lodge, offering hiking, spa, fine dining and deluxe lodging. Located 20 minutes from Fernie B.C. it is an easy 2.5-hour drive from the airport in Kalispell, Montana a 3 hour drive from Calgary International Airport in Alberta, or a 1 hour drive from the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook British Columbia.

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Press Release Submitted On: June 30, 2008 at 1:12 pm
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