Kinsmen Park

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Kinsmen Park & Beach

Kinsmen Park is a beautiful green space on the shores of Lake Windermere in Invermere. The park is not only the centerpiece of a great deal of what summer is all about for residents, but also a popular attraction for visitors to the area. Regardless of where you vacation in the Columbia Valley, you will, at some point,  most likely find yourself heading to Kinsmen Park. Many community events take place there each year too – like the Snowflake Festival, Canada Day Celebrations and the Invermere Music Festival, to name a few.

Please note: There are no dogs allowed in the park or on the beach.

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Park features

With tall trees to provide plenty of shade on a hot summer’s day and its breathtaking views of both the Canadian Rockies and the Purcell range, Kinsmen Park offers an abundance of reasons why you will want to put it on your places-to-visit list for the family vacation. Here are just a few:

  • sandy beach
  • kids’ play area
  • concession
  • clean, accessible washrooms
  • showers and change rooms
  • plenty of parking
  • picnic tables
  • beach volleyball
  • splash and spray park in the lake
  • Pynelogs Cultural Centre
  • botanical gardens
  • Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens trail
  • a linear trail around Dorothy Lake
  • Lake Windermere Whiteway

The Lake

Lake Windermere is home to every imaginable kind of water sport. In summer, there are fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, water skiing, tubing and more. In winter, 30+ km of looping trails are cleared on the frozen lake to create the Lake Windermere Whiteway which is the longest of its kind in the world. Individuals and families play on cross-country skis, skates, sleds or just enjoy a crisp winter walk. The renowned Bonspiel-on-the-Lake is held just off-shore in January.

Pieces of history

Kinsmen Park offers some special glimpses of the unique cultural history of the Invermere area.

Pynelogs Cultural Centre and Art Gallery

This wonderful log house on the Kinsmen Park property is home to the Columbia Valley Arts Council. From April to Thanksgiving each year, the arts council hosts artist shows, music concerts, Cinefest movies and the annual Wings Over the Rockies week. Overlooking the lake is a gravestone marking the resting place of Lady Elizabeth Bruce, beloved wife of Robert Randolph Bruce, an early Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and the builder and original owner of the building.

Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens

This garden at Kinsmen Park, also known as the community garden, is part of a world-wide network of botanical gardens dedicated to plant conservation and education. The garden features heritage vegetables and flowers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Old CPR Lodge

Also in the park is the re-located and refurbished old CPR Lodge, a historic building that was originally the main lodge of the CPR workers’ camp in Invermere.

Kinsmen Park Events

Here are some of the exciting events that occur at Kinsmen Park & Beach each year. Note that events with past dates have not yet been scheduled for the coming year, but there’s still lots of useful information on their pages.

Invermere Music Festival
Aug 17, 2018

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.
Loop the Lake | Invermere BC
Aug 11, 2018

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!
Jul 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.
Kinsmen Fishing Derby
Jan 27, 2018

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.
Columbia Valley Rockies pond hockey team
Jan 26, 2018

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.
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Jan 19, 2018

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.
Jan 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.
Snow golf on Lake Windermere
Jan 13, 2018

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.
Columbia Salmon Festival
Sep 9, 2017

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.
Apr 15, 2017

Easter Egg Hunt at Kinsmen Park

Hey kids! Bring your baskets to Kinsmen Park for the annual Easter Egg hunt! See if you'll be the one to collect the most Easter eggs.

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Location Map & Directions
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