Radium Hot Springs and Kimberly, on Hwy 95, you will come across Invermere
located on Lake Windermere. This valley, known as one of the sunniest
spots in Canada, can be reached by jet or car, as there is a new airport
at Fairmont Hot Springs serviced by flights from Vancouver and Calgary.
Windermere is one of the warmest in the Rockies. In the summer fishing,
sailing, water-skiing, swimming and canoeing are the main activities.
Bird watching enthusiasts can see Bald Eagles gathering to feast on
spawning Kokanee at the mouth of Windermere Creek in October and September.
The Columbia Valley wetlands is an excellent place for birding.
the West Side of Lake Windermere, Invermere has 2 beautiful beaches.
The village contains many captivating boutiques and cafes. In July
you can enjoy the music and other entertainment during Visitor Appreciation
Day along with a complimentary pancake breakfast. In August there
is the Windermere Loop Triathlon and every summer the village hosts
a major hanggliding competition. Invermere is also home to the Windermere
Valley Museum and the Pynelogs Cultural Centre. The museum features
mining and railway history and is housed in a heritage building. The
cultural centre is housed in a historic building, built by a former
Lieutenant Governor of BC, and holds exhibits, theatre, concerts,
Edmund Johnston formed a settlement in 1890 called Copper City and then sold it to Lewis Garnett in 1900 who renamed it Canterbury. By 1909, the Columbia Valley Fruit Lands Ltd acquired a large portion of the land and renamed the site Invermere. 'Inver' means - out of the mouth and 'mere' is Scottish for lake, 'mouth of the lake'.
In the past, the town had survived principally from agriculture and the natural resources industry. Today, however, tourism has become the main source of income for the town. Resorts such as Panorama Mountain Village and the development of vacation properties supports the community's 3,000 people.
Many of the early pioneer business buildings still stand today and have been renovated for modern use. This preservation has added to the town's charm and signs marking historic sights have been erected throughout the town.