In summer, the Columbia Valley BC’s beautiful Lake Windermere attracts enthusiastic crowds of recreationists to its shores. In winter, the Lake Windermere Whiteway transforms it into a winter paradise where families can make happy memories as they play on the ice together. In 2014, the Guinness Book of Records declared it the longest skating path in the world!
What is the Lake Windermere Whiteway?
A unique project of a partnership between the Columbia River Greenways Alliance (CRGA) and the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club, the Lake Windermere Whiteway is a 30+ km groomed track that links Invermere and Windermere together on the ice.
The track forms 4 loops of varying lengths, that lazily meander around the lake, allowing users to choose a loop or two, or even all of them, depending upon how far they wish to travel.
Everybody gets to have fun!
There are well-groomed tracks for classic cross-country skiing and skate skiing, plus a cleared track for ice skating, offering family recreation adventures for all ages and abilities right in the heart of the two communities, while, at the same time, having a negligible carbon impact on the environment.
Skiers, skaters, snowshoers, fat bicyclers, runners, or walkers with infant strollers and sleds enjoy getting out on the ice for fun and exercise. Even dogs are welcome off the leash as long as owners clean up after them. And because motorized vehicles are not permitted on the Lake Windermere Whiteway, the atmosphere is peaceful, making for a pleasant experience for all.
Since ice fishing has long been such a popular sport on the lake, ample space is available for the usual ice fishing huts which dot the lake every winter and provide so much enjoyment for enthusiasts.
Skating rinks for hockey and pleasure skating are groomed with an ice resurfacing machine and 100m of hose, provided by the business committee.
If you didn’t bring yours with you when you come to visit, cross-country skis and ice skates are available to rent in Invermere at:
- The Inside Edge Sports Store – 905 7th Ave, Invermere – 250-342-0402
- Columbia Cycle & Ski – 375 Laurier Street – Athalmer – 250-342-6164
So come on down to the Lake Windermere Whiteway and join the fun. Hope to see you there!
To find out more about the Columbia River Greenways Alliance, visit: http://greenways.ca.
To find information about the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club, see: http://tobycreeknordic.ca.
There are 3 official entry points onto the Lake Windermere Whiteway, one each at Kinsmen Beach in Invermere, the Invermere Bay Condos and Windermere Beach. At each entry point, there is a large timber frame sign which provides users with information about both the Whiteway itself and the Nordic Ski Club, maps, and a box for donations.