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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.