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Invermere on the Lake

Invermere on the Lake BC, usually shortened to just ‘Invermere’, is at the north end of beautiful Lake Windermere in the Columbia Valley. It is the economic centre of the Upper Columbia River Valley and home to well over 3,000 full-time residents and at least that many part-time recreational home-owners. If you are looking to get away from the hectic life of the city, Invermere on the Lake is the perfect place to just kick back and leave the cares of the world behind.

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Only a short 3-hour drive from Calgary, Invermere is a year-round magnet to tourists and no matter what part of the valley you happen to visit, you will likely, at some point, find your way to Invermere on the Lake.

It’s a wonderful place to raise a family, too. There are great schools, including the Invermere Campus of the College of the Rockies, and year-round recreational opportunities that the whole family will enjoy, like hockey, figure skating, martial arts, outdoor sports and much more.

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August 4, 2019
Art in the Park | Pothole Park | Invermere BC

Art in the Park

Spend a lovely Sunday in August at Pothole Park visiting Art in the Park, a FREE outdoor art show and sale of the work of local artists.
August 3, 2019
Lake Windermere Aquathlon

Lake Windermere Aquathlon & Trail Run

Lake Windermere Aquathlon and Trail Run is an annual 1500m swim and 10-km run that takes place in Windermere.
July 19, 2019
Bull riding in the Rockies

Bull Riding in the Rockies

Come on, y'all! It's Bull Ridin' in the Rockies time of year. Dust off your cowboy hat and shine up your spurs! Get ready for some fun!
July 6, 2019
Mountain al Fresco

Mountain Al Fresco

The annual Mountain al Fresco is an elegant flash-mob-style dining affair at a secret outdoor Columbia Valley location. Delicious food, fine wines, dancing and everything is white.
July 1, 2019

Canada Day Celebrations in Invermere

Invermere's Canada Day Celebrations start with fireworks at midnight. In the morning, there's a parade and the Mountain Mosaic Festival with music, fun and birthday cake!
December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve Service at the Stolen Church

Everyone is invited to join with us Christmas Eve in the Stolen Church, Windermere, BC, for our annual celebration of the eve of this holy season.
December 24, 2018
Fireworks

Christmas Eve Fireworks an annual Wilmer celebration

Christmas Eve fireworks ia an annual tradition at Conrad Kain Park in Wilmer, with bonfires and hot chocolate and a spectacular display for everyone. Join the fun.
November 17, 2018

Invermere Light Up Celebration & Santa Claus Parade

The annual Light Up Celebration in Invermere is the official kick-off for the holiday season. Santa Claus Parade, Snowball Drop, lighting of the Christmas Tree, shopping specials.
November 17, 2018
Winter Wonderland Market

Winter Wonderland Market

The Winter Wonderland Market in Invermere is an annual festival of hand-made crafts and artisans. Buy gifts for everyone on your list plus home decor, baking, etc.
November 11, 2018
Poppies

Remembrance Day in East Kootenay

Remembrance Day in the East Kootenay is observed in many communities with solemn parades, commemoration ceremonies and laying of wreaths. Here's a list of the various events.
November 10, 2018
Handmade Market

Handmade Market in Windermere

Handmade Market at the Windermere Community Hall is a great opportunity to find beautiful, one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends and family members. Everything crafted locally.
November 3, 2018

Annual WVSC Ski & Gear Swap

The annual WVSC Ski & Gear Swap is the place to sell last year's ski gear and get fantastic bargains on just what you've always wanted!
September 29, 2018
Downtown Invermere Oktoberfest

Downtown Invermere Oktoberfest

Downtown Invermere Oktoberfest is an all-day event that takes place every year on 13th Street in front of the Invermere Legion. This is a super fun event for the whole family.
September 22, 2018
Columbia Valley Rockies golf tournament fundraiser

CV Rockies Golf Tournament Fundraiser

The Columbia Valley Rockies golf tournament is a fundraiser for the hockey team. This is the fifth year for this event and it will take place again at Copper Point, one of the very best championship courses in the valley.
September 14, 2018
Show & Shine

Columbia Valley Classics Autumn Show and Shine

Enjoy a delightful trip down Memory Lane at Columbia Valley Classics Autumn Show and Shine, held each year at The Springs Golf Course, Radium Hot Springs.
August 17, 2018
Invermere Music Festival

Invermere Music Festival

The 2018 Invermere Music Festival covers 2 glorious days of great food & drink, fantastic musicians. Hear the best of the best. Tickets on sale now.
August 11, 2018
Loop the Lake | Invermere BC

Loop the Lake 2018

Run, jog or walk at your own pace and comfort level. It's great exercise in the fresh air, fun for every age and ability. It's Loop the Lake!
August 11, 2018
Lakeside Event| Invermere BC Event

Lakeside Event

The Lakeside Event is a summer's Tradition. Bring lawn chairs, blankets & refreshments to James Chabot Park to watch the show! After-party with live music!
July 29, 2018
Lake Windermere Open Water Swim

Lake Windermere Open Water Swim

The annual Lake Windermere Open Water Swim offers participants a choice of a 2km or a 5km swim in the warm and magical waters of the lake.
July 21, 2018
Valley Appreciation Day

Valley Appreciation Day

Everyone's invited to come and celebrate all the reasons why we love the Columbia Valley! Pancake breakfast, live music, farmers market, bouncy castle, kids games etc.
July 14, 2018
Book sale

The BIG Book Sale

The BIG BOOK SALE is your once-a-year opportunity to find books you've want to read - for the price of a donation! Thousands of books on sale!
July 8, 2018
Triathlon winner

Invermere Heart of the Rockies Triathlon

Invermere Heart of the Rockies Triathlon welcomes all athletes of both novice and accomplished levels to participate in this challenging annual event at James Chabot Park.
July 8, 2018
Gran Fondo

Invermere Heart of the Rockies Gran Fondo

The Invermere Heart of the Rockies Gran Fondo will take place in and around Lake Windermere and between Invermere and Canal Flats. 60 km and 100km distances.
July 8, 2018
Duathlon

Invermere Heart of the Rockies Duathlon

The Invermere Heart of the Rockies Duathlon inaugural event will be in tandem with the Triathlon, open Run Races and Gran Fondo at James Chabot Park, invermere.
July 8, 2018
Invermere Heart of the Rockies Aquathon

Invermere Heart of the Rockies Aquathon

Invermere Heart of the Rockies Aquathon Individual Standard event includes a 1500 m swim in Lake Windermere & a 40 km bike race from James Chabot Park.
July 8, 2018
Invermere Heart of the Rockies Run Event

Invermere Heart of the Rockies Run event

The Invermere Heart of the Rockies Run is in tandem with the other events at James Chabot Park.. There's a 10 km and a 5 km race.
July 7, 2018
Lotsa kids on bikes

Invermere Young Hearts Triathlon

Hey Kids! The Invermere Young Hearts Triathlon is about doing your best and having lots of fun. You'll win an award when you cross the finish line.
July 5, 2018
Horsethief Hideout Bike Rally

Horsethief Hideout Memorial Rally

The annual Horsethief Hideout Memorial Rally brings motorcycle enthusiasts to the Columbia Valley for a jam-packed weekend, both for those who have wheels & those who don't.
July 4, 2018

Summer Reading Club’s got ‘Motion Commotion’

The Summer Reading Club at Invermere Library is for kids from grade 1 to 5. Have fun with crafts, activities and books.
July 1, 2018

Mountain Mosaic Festival of the Arts

Follow the Canada Day Parade to the Mountain Mosaic Festival at Kinsmen Park. FREE family fun. Live music, dance, magic, kids activities, food & boat-building contest.
June 24, 2018
Hike for Hospice

Hike For Hospice

The pledge-based Hike for Hospice, a fundraiser for the Hospice Society, is at the historic K2 Ranch this year! Everyone's welcome and kids hike FREE!
June 9, 2018
Crafts & Collectibles Market at Home Hardware, Invermere

Crafts & Collectibles Market

The Crafts and Collectibles Market in the parking lot at Home Hardware is to help raise funds for the local Cadets. Everyone's invited. There's a BBQ too!
June 1, 2018
Vibrant Music Festival

The Vibrant Music Festival rocks again!

The Vibrant Music Festival is back again for the 3rd year at an unknown location in the Invermere area. An unforgettable audio/visual experience for the festival goers.
May 29, 2018
DTSS REACH art show

REACH DTSS Student Art Show

The REACH DTSS Student Art Show features the best work of the Columbia Valley high school art students. See it at Pynelogs Art Gallery. Open daily 11am-5pm. The REACH DTSS student Art Show features the best work of the Columbia Valley high school art students. You can see it at
May 25, 2018
Rocky Mountain Rally 2018

Rocky Mountain Rally

The Rocky Mountain Rally in Invermere and Radium Hot Springs areas is a performance-based event, pitting the drivers and co-drivers against the road and the clock.
May 13, 2018
Roses

Mothers Day Dinner

On Mothers Day, show Mom how much you appreciate her by treating her to a special 3-course dinner at Strands Restaurant. She'll love you for it.
May 7, 2018
Wings Over the Rockies, 2018

Wings Over the Rockies Festival

Celebrate the biodiversity of wildlife in the Columbia River wetlands. Join people from all over the world at the 22nd annual Wings Over the Rockies Festival.
May 5, 2018
Children's Festival, Wings Over the Rockies 2018

Wings Over the Rockies Children’s Festival

Wings Over the Rockies Children's Festival was so popular last year that it's back in the 2018 line-up. Billed as "time for some fun and games", this part of the Wings festival will take place on Saturday, May 5, two days before the main line-up of events.
April 28, 2018
Bicycles

Columbia Valley Cycling Society gear swap

Ready to upgrade your gently-used biking gear? Sell it at the annual Columbia Valley Cycling Society Bike Swap and find tons of bargains for yourself.
April 25, 2018

Columbia Valley Junior Golf Tour

Columbia Valley Golf Junior Tour kicks off! It's open to school kids under 13 years and can develop a love for the game and build new skills.
April 14, 2018
Wildsight Invermere AGM film night 2018

Wildsight Invermere AGM and film night 2018

Wildsight Invermere AGM film night 2018 will feature a screening of The Messenger, an award-winning documentary about the worldwide disappearance of songbirds.
April 1, 2018
Easter girl

Strand’s Annual Easter Dinner Celebration

Strand's Annual Easter Dinner celebration is back with a special family menu. There's an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids after 5 pm too. Reservations a must. Call now!
March 24, 2018
Art From the Heart

Art From the Heart is back!

'Art From the Heart' features the artwork of the Columbia Valley elementary school kids with a sneak peek at Copper Point Resort & the main show at Pynelogs.
March 2, 2018

Invermere Coffee Fest

The Invermere Coffee Fest is a 3-day celebration of coffee and tea, with workshops, tastings,, even a trade fair! Learn how to make the best cuppa ever!
February 24, 2018
Fat biking

The Cross River Ripper Fat Bike Race

The Cross River Ripper Fat Bike Race promises to be a popular annual event at Nipika Mountain Resort. BBQ and awards ceremony to follow. Register early.
January 27, 2018
Kinsmen Fishing Derby

Kinsmen Fishing Derby

Catch the biggest fish and win big cash prizes in the annual Fishing Derby. Entry fees help Kinsmen Club to serve the community.
January 27, 2018
Cross-country skiing

Teck Kootenay Cup Race #5

Teck Kootenay Cup Race #5 is hosted by the Toby Creed Nordic Ski Club at the Nipika Mountain Resort. This event will be followed by BBQ & prizes
January 26, 2018
Columbia Valley Rockies pond hockey team

BC Pond Hockey Championships

Columbia Valley Rockies Pond Hockey Championships shaping up to be a fantastic weekend on Lake Windermere. Two divisions with 6-player teams get minimum of 5 games.
January 19, 2018
Bonspiel on the Lake | Invermere BC

Bonspiel on the Lake

For over 30 years, the Invermere Curling Club has hosted the annual Bonspiel on the Lake, a unique 3-day curling event on the ice of Lake Windermere.
January 19, 2018

Snowflake Festival

Invermere's annual Snowflake Festival is a real family affair with live music, fantastic food, drink, ice skating, fire pit and fireworks as a grand finale.
January 13, 2018
Snow golf on Lake Windermere

Snow Golf Tournament

The annual Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley Snow Golf Tournament is a fundraising event with great prizes to be won and a whole lot of fun for the players.
December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Service in Invermere

An Invermere Christmas Eve Service will be taking place at Christ Church Trinity this year. We welcome all to join with us in this holy tradition.
December 3, 2017
Feed the Town

Copper Point ‘Feed the Town’

The 14th annual 'Feed the Town' Christmas feast is coming to Copper Point Golf Club. The event is FREE. Everyone s invited. Bring a food bank donation.
December 1, 2017
Christmas craft sale, Invermere

The BIG Christmas Craft Sale

The BIG Christmas Craft Sale in Invermere is a favorite annual tradition for holiday shoppers who are looking for unique gift items they won't find anywhere else.
November 25, 2017

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, touring 150 communities in North America, will feature several fantastic films that cover topics of environmental concern to our local population.
October 23, 2017

Remembrance Day Ceremony in Invermere

Everyone is invited to join with the community of Invermere as, together, we remember those men and women who have sacrificed their lives in previous wars.
September 17, 2017

Windermere Fall Fair & Scarecrow Festival

Celebrate the coming autumn season at the Windermere Fall Fair and Scarecrow Festival! There's live music, exhibits, demos, kids zone and great food! Mark your calendar!
September 16, 2017
Show & Shine

Show & Shine Car Show dance

The annual Car Show Dance tops the charts every year! There is always a live band so you can dance your bobby socks off the whole night!
September 9, 2017
Columbia Salmon Festival

Columbia Salmon Festival

Visitors and the Ktunaxa people will have the chance to learn about the history and also the future of salmon in the Columbia River at Kinsmen Park.
August 6, 2017
Summer Splash

Lake Windermere Summer Splash!

Join the fun at James Chabot Beach! Summer Splash is an annual celebration of Lake Windermere and everything we love about it. Competitions, live music, learning.
July 7, 2017
Art Walk

Art Walk

Art Walk is one of summer's favorite cultural pleasures in Invermere. Visit participating local art galleries as you take a pleasant Friday evening stroll around town.
May 19, 2017
Spring Artisan market

Spring Artisan Market

Coming soon! A spring artisan market at the Columbia Valley Centre in Invermere. Featured will be items by valley artisans. See local honey, home baking, hand-blown glass, baking. FREE admission.
May 2, 2017
Pynelogs art show

Wings Over the Rockies Art Show

The Wings Over the Rockies Art Show is a showcase for the theme-related artwork of many local artists. It's free and runs at Pynelogs during the festival
April 29, 2017
Music

Big Band Dance

It's hard to believe it's the 34th year for the DTSS Big Band Dance! Fantastic music by the school stage band. Get your tickets now!
March 15, 2017
Meeting

Lake Windermere Ambassadors AGM

The Lake Windermere Ambassadors AGM is open to the public. Please join us to hear about what our team has been up to over the past year.
March 9, 2017
Meeting

Columbia Valley Arts AGM

The Columbia Valley Arts AGM at Pynelogs Cultural Centre is your opportunity to review last year's accomplishments and look forward to this year's plans. A FREE event.
November 18, 2016

Junior Fun Spiel

The annual Junior Fun Spiel is always a great way to get the local youth excited about the sport of curling. Junior & Advanced pools. Register now.
November 14, 2016

Invermere Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child offers you a way to brighten the heart of a child in need this holiday season. Pack a shoebox - change a life!
October 22, 2016

Fireman’s Ball

The annual Firemans Ball has been the Invermere Fire Rescue Services's largest fundraiser for more than 4 decades. Great food, dancing, silent auction, door prizes, Balloon Pop.
October 14, 2016
Link to Rink | invermere Curling Club

Autumn Link to Rink Bonspiel

Link to Rink is a great 2-day opportunity to get one last ball down the fairway before packing up the clubs and starting the curling season.
October 8, 2016

Box City at Pothole Park

Box City at Pothole Park is the Summit Youth's challenge to the community. Live for one night in a cardboard box. Experience the plight of the homeless.
October 3, 2016

‘Coats for Families’ keeps everyone warm

Coats for Families accepts donations of men's, women's and children's winter coats, boots, hats and mitts, clean and in good repair & distributes them to needy families.
July 22, 2016
Invermere ball diamond

Ballfest Slo-Pitch Tournament

The Ballfest Slo Pitch tournament is a great summertime weekend of FUN FIRST! There's cheering crowds, prizes and a licensed concession. All ability levels welcome. Register your team!
May 7, 2016

Emergency Preparedness Fair

The Emergency Preparedness Fair - get a chance to meet Columbia Valley first responders. Learn about the area's emergency plan. Put your plan in place.
April 14, 2016

Christmas Bureau AGM

The Christmas Bureau of the Columbia Valley is holding its annual general meeting at Christ Church Trinity. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
April 14, 2016

Columbia Valley Volunteer Appreciation event

Say thank-you to all your organization's volunteers at the Columbia Valley Volunteer Appreciation party at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Live music, appetizers and gifts. Meet other volunteers.

All Annual Events

Summer
Invermere on the Lake
A stroll through downtown Invermere in the Summer – CV Photo Archive

Summer in Invermere

Invermere on the Lake and the surrounding area abound with summertime adventures for every taste. You can boat on Lake Windermere, golf at one of the many nearby 9-hole or 18-hole championship golf courses, take a trail ride in the backcountry, camp or hike in the many local and provincial parks. You can go white-water rafting, see the valley from a different perspective in a helicopter, hang-glide from Mount Swansea, fish in the well-stocked lakes and rivers, and camp in a nearby campground.

Plan for a day to just enjoy the town. Visit the Saturday Farmers Markets, shop at the lovely boutiques, watch a glass-blower at work or visit an art gallery. Grab a bite to eat or picnic at Chabot Park or Kinsmen Park while you and the kids play on the beaches and splash in the warm water of Lake Windermere. Don’t forget to bring skateboards to Mount Nelson Athletic Park – the kids will love it!

Take a short ride north to Radium Hot Springs or south to Fairmont Hot Springs and soak to your heart’s content in the famed hot pools, then, at the end of the day, dine in style at one of Invermere’s fine restaurants.

Winter
Friends skating on the Whiteway - CV Photo Archive
Friends skating on the Whiteway – CV Photo Archive

Winter in Invermere

In winter, Invermere on the Lake plays in the snow! Locals and visitors from all over the world come to ski, snowboard and heli-ski at Panorama Mountain Resort, just a 20-minute drive away. You can strap on some snowshoes or cross-country skis and take to the many back-country trails.

The Lake Windermere Whiteway offers more than 30 km of groomed trails on the frozen surface of the lake where families can enjoy skating, Nordic skiing and skate-skiing. There are rinks for pond hockey and dozens of ice fishing huts dot the lake in winter. In January, the ice magically becomes a giant curling rink for the Bonspiel on the Lake, the only event like it in the world.

Arts & Culture
David Thompson Statue
David Thompson Statue – CV Photo Archive

Arts and Culture

Invermere on the Lake has a vibrant arts and cultural scene year-round. Located in the historic Pynelogs Cultural Centre, the Columbia Valley Arts Council brings quality films, renowned musicians and many artist shows to the valley.

The week-long annual “Wings Over The Rockies” in May is an important event which attracts nature lovers from all over the country to visit the wetlands and learn about the migratory habits of the local birds and the ecological impact human activity has on the habitats of wildlife.

For lovers of history, the Windermere District Historical Society is home to a fine museum filled with historic buildings and artifacts from the earliest days of the area.

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