Lake Windermere Whiteway

British Columbia's breathtaking Columbia Valley is a winter outdoor enthusiast's dream. Lake Windermere Whiteway, nestled in the valley, is the longest skating trail in the world named by Guinness World Record Book. At over 30 km, this multi-use winter recreation area offers opportunities to ice skate, skate and classic cross-country ski on thoughtfully groomed trail. Enjoy a game of hockey or warm by fire pits along the shore. You can even glide your way between the towns of Windermere and Invermere!

 

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Latitude: 50.462633 Longitude: -115.992075 Elevation: 2648 ft
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Trail System

With the charming towns of Windermere and Invermere sitting lakeside of Lake Windermere a few locals saw the opportunity to turn the frozen lake into a winter playscape. In 2006, they saw their dream realized and today it offers a multitude of winter activities mere steps from town. 

There are typically four loops groomed across the length of the lake, so you have the option to do a shorter distance, combine a few loops or circumnavigate the lake connecting all the loops. The options are endless. 

Best Access and Parking Area

Large timber frame "trailheads" mark official entry points and provide user information, maps and information about the local Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club.

Official entry points onto the Whiteway: Kinsmen beach in Invermere, Invermere Bay Condos in Invermere, and Windermere beach.

Approximate Operation Season

December to March

Rules and Regulations

Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club maintains the world-class Whiteway trails. The club asks for a small donation fee of $5 per use which can be deposited in the drop boxes at the information kiosks along the trail. Annual memberships allow for unlimited use of the Whiteway and are available at the Whiteway kiosks or by clicking here.

Comments

You can skate around the loop lunch, then XC ski around it, and lastly mountain bike around it. All in one day!

Stewart Midwinter, 1/8/2017

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