• Invermere, Lake Windermere

Town of Invermere

This friendly town with Main Street shops and restaurants sits on the shores of one of the region’s warmest lakes, Lake Windermere. Spend time at Kinsman beach or James Chabot Park where boat rentals are available.

Highlights – Summer

  • Both the Kinsmen Beach and James Chabot Park have sand beaches and shallow swimming areas that are ideal for children.
  • Boat rental options include jet skis, water ski and wakeboard boats, fishing boats, peddle boats, kayaks and canoes.
  • Artym Gallery (1-250-342-7566) Take the scenic 1.5 hour drive to picturesque Invermere to see works from over 65 artists from across Canada: original paintings, sculptures and fine jewellery. Visit the gallery online or in person; Artym can ship your piece or personally deliver it to the Bow Valley or Calgary. Exhibits are hosted year round.
  • Championship golfing options in Invermere include Eagle Ranch (1-877-877-3889), Copper Point and the Ridge Courses (1-877-418-4653).
  • West of Invermere is Panorama Mountain Resort (1-800-663-2929) with waterpark, waterslide, kids’ adventure camps, mini-golf, ATV tours, tennis and walking trails. Ride the chairlift to sightseeing and downhill biking. Greywolf Golf Course is on-site.
  • South of Invermere, Fairmont Hot Springs (1-800-663-4979) has mineral pools, three golf courses, mini-golf, horseback riding and an RV resort.

Highlights – Winter

  • Winter Whiteway on Lake Windermere is a 34-km/21-mi cross-country and skate skiing, ice skating and walking trail that runs around the lakeshore. The Whiteway is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest skating path. Start at Kinsman Beach in Invermere or Windermere Beach on the east shore. There is also ice skating on Lake Lillian en route to Panorama.
  • Ice fish on local lakes; hut rentals are offered through Reel Axe Adventures (250-409-4276).
  • Golf courses include Eagle Ranch (1-877-877-3889), 18 holes perched along bluffs overlooking the Columbia River and Rocky and Purcell mountains; their Rustica Steakhouse and Trader’s Lounge are well-regarded dining venues that are open year-round. Copper Point (1-877-418-4653) also offers championship golf.
  • Indoor recreation includes skating/hockey at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena (1-250-342-6712); curling at Invermere Curling Centre (1-250-342-3315).
  • Windermere Valley Museum (1-250-342-9769) has heritage buildings/displays.
  • For skiing, check out Panorama Mountain Resort.
  • Windermere Valley Museum (1-250-342-9769) has heritage buildings and displays (open Tues noon-4 pm in winter).
  • Snowmobiling in the Purcell and Rocky mountains is epic; discover Forester Creek Meadows, Catamount Glacier, Thunderwater and Whirlpool Lakes. Toby Creek Adventures (1-888-357-4449) snowmobile tours near Panorama access Paradise Mountain forest trails, powder bowls, icefalls, trapper’s cabin (lunch spot) and silver mining ghost town. A free Banff/Canmore shuttle is available.