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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.