Invermere, British Columbia

Invermere-on-the-Lake is a small, friendly town with quaint shops, galleries and eateries situated on the shores of one of the warmest lakes in the region. Spend the day at the beach, on the water, or exploring trails during the summer and in the winter enjoy Lake Windermere as it transforms into the world's longest skating trail called The Whiteway. The Whiteway at over 30 km, is a multi-use winter recreation area offering opportunities to ice skate, skate and classic cross-country ski on thoughtfully groomed trail connecting the communities of Invermere and Windermere. 

The explorer David Thompson first visited this area in 1810 and built a trading post between Invermere and Wilmer; a stone cairn marks the approximate site of the fort. Edmund Johnston formed a settlement in 1890 called Copper City. Johnston then sold out to Lewis Garnett and in 1900, the name was officially changed to Canterbury. The Columbia Valley Fruit Lands Ltd. acquired a large portion of the land in 1909 and the townsite was renamed Invermere; 'Inver' meaning out of the mouth, and 'mere' - Scottish for lake. In 2003, the Windermere District Historical Society commemorated David Thompson and his wife, Charlotte, with a bronze statue.

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Latitude: 50.5167 Longitude: -116.035 Elevation: 2631 ft
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Community Highlights

Culinary Delights
Tour Kicking Horse Coffee, Arrowhead Brewery or the Farmers Market Saturday mornings downtown during July and August in downtown Invermere. 

Hiking and Mountain Biking
There are a multitude of trails in and around Invermere and Lake Windermere. Columbia Valley Greenways Trails Alliance is an excellent source of where to go for your skill level.

Kayak, Canoe and Paddle Board
Daily guide and self-guided tours on Lake Windermere or paddle town to town on the Columbia River, Invermere to Radium Hot Springs. Lake Windermere is a beach and boating haven - kayak, sail, water ski, swim, play - this area is a magnet for the sun crowd. Watersport rentals and excursions are offered. Adventure Paddle School offers all levels of instructional classes and certifications for kayaking and paddle boarding.

Lakeside Classic & Loop the Lake Events
Takes place early-August each year. Watch hang glider and para glider pilots soar through the air and attempt their water-landing. An excellent spectator sport at James Chabot Provincial Park. Walk, bike or run in the Loop the Lake Relay Event.

First Nation Events
Columbia Salmon Fest takes place in September includes traditional dancing, Ktunaxa storytelling, and a Pow Wow hosted by the Shuswap Indian Band and Akisqnuk First Nation. In addition, there are Salmon educational displays and a Salmon feast.

Heritage & Cultural Centres

The Windermere Valley Museum consists of 10 buildings furnished with pioneer artifacts and the Pynelogs Cultural Centre is a heritage building which hosts exhibits, concerts, gallery shows, workshops and lakeside dining.

Wildlife Viewing                                                                        

The magnificent upper Columbia Valley in the Canadian Rockies is the setting for Wings Over the Rockies Festival taking place in May. It's a 7-day celebration that welcomes over 265 species of birds back home to the rich wetlands that flank the mighty Columbia River. Explore the wonders of the Columbia Valley with Wild Nature Tours year round, guided outdoor excursions for all ages and abilities, hosted by Wildsight Invermere.

Electric Charging Stations

  • 914, 8th Avenue EV Plug (J1772) located on the Municipal Office wall
  • 491 Arrow Road Level 2 EV Charger located on Kicking Horse Coffee Cafe

High Season Dates (Time periods when community is most busy with visitors)

Summer, typically weekends

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