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Invermere’s Whiteway: And All Things Winter

The Whiteway on Lake Windermere is the World’s Longest Skating Path, a 34-km (21 mile) groomed track that runs all the way around the lake and connects the towns of Invermere and WindermereIn addition to the cleared skating path, there are other “must see” attractions and winter experiences in the area. (The Whiteway is closed for the season.)

This is our TOP 10 LIST:

Ice-skating on The Whiteway, photo by Zoya Lynch

#1 – Nordic Skiing (for both classic and skate-ski). Bring the whole family, including your dog, to cross-country ski and skate the tracks along The Whiteway. 

#2 – It’s Canadian-eh… who doesn’t love a pick-up game of hockey! Located near the shore of Kinsmen Beach, there are hockey pond rinks to play a game of four on four.

#3 — Ice fishing for bass is a popular winter activity for the locals on Lake Windermere; if you’re out skating, you’ll see the ice fishing shelters on the south end of the lake closer to Windermere.

#4 — To warm you up, a dip or soak Fairmont Hot Springs (28-km drive) is a ‘must do’!

Soaking in Fairmont Hot Springs, photo by Kari Medig

#5 — Did you know that Invermere is home to Arrowhead Brewing Company and the new Taynton Bay Spirits? The brewery has 8 craft beers on tap plus additional seasonal brews and the distillery offers vodka, gin and tequila spirits. Both have their own tasting rooms for sampling.

#6 — Just a 20-km drive up into the Purcell mountain range is
 Panorama Mountain Resort.  Last season they upped their in bound terrain by 52 hectares (128 acres) and added four new runs: The Monster, Get Out!, Spectre and Ridgeback.  In the 2018/19 season, they added a new ‘Monster-X’ snow-cat lift access to all of the amazing new terrain. 

Photo courtesy of Panorama Mountain Resort

#7 — Want to explore the high alpine? Toby Creek Adventures offers one, two, three and full day snowmobile adventures.  Follow the leader through groomed scenic trails next to old growth forests, pass by a spectacular frozen waterfall to their alpine cabin and warm up by the roaring fire.

#8 — Hoodoo Hike: Check out the views of the Columbia River Valley south towards Canal Flats, plus the Canadian Rocky and Purcell mountains.  The easy 2-km trek is open year-round, access via the Westside Road that offers great views of Lake Windermere (from above).

The Hoodoos near Fairmont Hot Springs, photo by Kari Medig

#9 — Invermere offers fine contemporary and traditional crafts in pottery, glass, fiber, metal, photography and fine art.  With over 20 artisans, be sure to visit the local shops. 

#10 — There’s always something yummy to savour near The Whiteway in Invermere.  Enjoy a freshly brewed coffee (Kick Ass is a local favourite) with a delicious Quinoa cupcake at the Kicking Horse Café; is it the stacked home-made sandwiches with cauliflower cheddar soup from the Blue Dog Café, or relax with fine dining at the Birchwood restaurant.  There are lots of options and choices!

The Whiteway from above near Windermere, photo by RipTide Studio 

Know Before You Go – Ensure the ice on the lake’s services are thick enough to enjoy! Avoid any soft spots. Remember to #tripplan. Follow the three Ts – Trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. Familiarize yourself with the Leave No Trace principles to limit your footprint when in the outdoors. BC Adventure Smart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.

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Story by KootRocks Staffer (Shannon Harrison). Top photo/cover by Zoya Lynch (on The Whiteway).

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