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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Kootenay Rockies > Invermere

Invermere is located 116 km (72 miles) south of Golden and towards the north 48 km (30 miles) from Canal Flats and 126 km (78 miles) from Cranbrook on Hwy 95/93. Situated on the north end of Windermere Lake Invermere lies in the beautiful Columbia River Valley with views of the Purcell and Rocky Mountains all around you.

Outstanding Lifestyle
Invermere is a small community where recreation and the great outdoors are foremost in everyone's minds. Great parks, excellent lakes and outstanding wildlife viewing are just some of the reasons you may want to visit Invermere.

Arid and Dry
The climate around Invermere is quite arid and dry. One small settlement close by is called Dry Gulch for a very good reason: sandy hoodoos, lack of rain through out the year and a desert environment similar to Osoyoos. Some claim that Windermere Lake is the warmest in Canada.

Four-Season Lakeside Resort
With this type of weather and tremendous water supply present from the Columbia River, Invermere has flourished into being a four-season lakeside resort community centred on Windermere Lake.

Windermere Lake
There are quite a few beaches and resorts that are on Windermere Lake. Generally speaking most are located on the north and east side of the lake in the community of Windermere, with most of the west side having CPR railroad tracks along its shoreline.

Invermere Beaches
If you are in Invermere you can visit the public beaches at the Kinsmen Beach & Dorothy Lake Recreation Area. Then just 2 km (1.3 miles) from the town centre near the mouth of the Columbia River is James Chabot Provincial Park featuring a broad sandy beach and picnic grounds.

British Columbia's Top Destination
Invermere area has also transformed itself to becoming one of British Columbia's top destinations for winter resorts with Panorama Mountain Resort and Fairmont Hot Springs Resort close by. As well, cross-country, back-country and snowmobiling are also superb with the Columbia Valley nicknamed, "The Valley of a Thousand Peaks."

Jumbo Glacier
There are also plans for the future development of an all-season snow destination at Jumbo Glacier, just west of Panorama towards Toby Creek. Jumbo Mountain features an elevation of 3,419 m (11,217 feet).

Places to See
If you're visiting the Invermere area there are a few places that you might want to see and visit. The Pynelogs Cultural Centre featuring art exhibits is located within the Kinsmen Beach & Dorothy Lake Recreation Area. Also the Windermere Valley Pioneer Museum will give you insight into the heritage of the first settlers and the First Nations Shuswap Band.

Driving Tour
For a driving tour travel south on Hwy 95/93 for around 29 km (18 miles) and view the awe-inspiring sight of the 120 metres (394 feet) high Dutch Creek hoodoos towering above Columbia Lake. Later you can visit nearby Fairmont Hot Springs Resort for relaxation therapy in Canada's largest hot spring pool.

Excellent Golf Courses
If you golf this area of British Columbia offers so many excellent courses all less than an hour from Invermere. From fabulous greens with panoramic views of the Rockies to calming water throughout the fairways, the variety of golfing is never ending.

Large Floodplain
This part of the Columbia River near Invermere happens to be a large floodplain stretching from the headwaters of the Columbia River, Columbia Lake all the way through to Spillimacheen and Golden.

Columbia River Wetlands
Called the Columbia River Wetlands, this is perhaps the largest continuous stretch of wetlands in North America providing a secure home for waterfowl and migrating birds. If you enjoy bird watching, photography and wildlife viewing, this place is incredible especially during the Wings Over the Rockies Festival.

Information on Invermere

Parks near Invermere



Map of Invermere, BC
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Dutch Creek Hoodoos
Dutch Creek Hoodoos

Windermere Lake - Rocky Mountains
Windermere Lake - Rocky Mountains


Kinsmen Beach
Kinsmen Beach


Pynelogs Cultural Centre Trail
Pynelogs Cultural Centre Trail


Windermere Valley Museum
Windermere Valley Museum


Fairmount Hot Springs
Fairmont Hot Springs


Lakeside Pub near James Chabot Park
Lakeside Pub near James Chabot Park



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