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

Windermere is located just south of Invermere on Hwy 93/95 by just 8 km (5 miles) and is situated on the east side of Windermere Lake.

Westerly Views
Windermere is populated with many people who own summer cottages and only live here part of the year, many of them from Alberta. Most of Windermere houses have beautiful westerly views of Windermere Lake with the access roads coming off Hwy 93/95.

Windermere Services
The business section of Windermere is very small with major stores and services situated in Invermere. There is though a high school, a small grocery store and postal outlet, plus service stations selling fuel along Hwy 93/95. Artist galleries also dot the community, including glass blowers and metal sculptors.

Long Proud Heritage
Windermere has a long proud heritage in the Columbia Valley with commercial enterprises dating back to 1883. You can view some of these historic buildings, including the Northwest Mounted Police barracks, Pitts Family Store, St. Peter's Church and one of the original hotels, the White House.

Windermere Valley Golf Course
Some recreational things to do in Windermere if you are visiting include golfing the beautiful 18-hole Windermere Valley Golf Course, visiting Windermere Beach Regional Park where your kids can enjoy a picnic or swim or the playground or, if you enjoy gardening, see the 20 spectacular gardens at Creekside Flower Gardens.

Beaches on Windermere Lake
Windermere can give you access to a couple of nice beaches on Windermere Lake. The lake is renowned for its warm temperature which some claim is the warmest in Canada, great waterskiing and warm sun. People especially like to come to Windermere Lake to try hang gliding and sailboarding when the thermal winds rise off the surface of the water in the afternoon.

Ktunaxa Indian Nation
The lands around the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers at Windermere are within the traditional area of the Ktunaxa First Nation. Inhabited for more than 10,000 years, the Ktunaxa have followed the natural vegetation and hunting cycles for their existence throughout the Columbia Valley.

Columbia Lake Band
The local Columbia Lake Band, the Akisqnuk First Nation which is a member of the Ktunaxa First Nation are located inbetween Fairmont Hot Springs and Windermere. Look for the Akisqnuk First Nation as you're driving through on Hwy 93/95.

Fairmont Resort
Located just south of Windermere is the Fairmont Resort. Here you can find hot springs, a golf course and places to stay. The Fairmont features an RV Resort that can hold and accommodate a number of large RV's.

Dry Gulch Provincial Park
There is a provincial park at Dry Gulch located just north of Windermere about 4.5 km (3 miles) south of Radium Hot Springs. The campground has been named quite appropriately for the type of terrain to be found here. Dry Gulch Provincial Park has 32 sites available, some of which are quite shady.

Tim Hortons
If you happen to be travelling on Hwy 93/95 and would like a coffee or food, keep in mind that Windermere is just south of a Tim Hortons by the entrance into Invermere.

Information on Windermere



Map of Windermere and Invermere
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Windermere Lake
Windermere Lake


Rocky Mountains at Fairmont
Rocky Mountains at Fairmont


Columbia Valley
Columbia Valley


Tim Hortons on Hwy 93/95
Tim Hortons on Hwy 93/95

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