Windermere BC is a beautiful little community just a 5-minute drive south from Invermere on highway 93/95. For such a tiny spot on the map, Windermere has a very large history.
Gilbert Malcolm Sproat, a Scottish-born businessman, office holder, and author who spent time in the East Kootenay, named it in 1883, along with the lake upon whose shores it sits. Windermere was home to settlers from Europe and elsewhere, who came to farm the land, pan it for gold or raise cattle. Eventually, the logging industry became the main source of livelihood and today, the community is a must-visit place for historians, art lovers and those who come to relax away from the stresses of life in a big city.
If you are a history buff, you will love the many original Windermere buildings that still stand as a reminder of those first settlers. The Stolen Church, for instance, tells a beautiful love story we shall leave you to discover for yourself.