Invermere-on-the-Lake (population 3,391) is a small, friendly town situated on the shores of one of the warmest lakes in the region. Spend the day at the beach or on the water, but take time to explore the galleries and quaint shops in town including:
Three Bears Gift Shop
Minutes west of Invermere, Panorama Mountain Resort is all about play. Kids love the waterpark, waterslide and adventure camps. Grown-ups enjoy the hot pools, shops, restaurants, the Greywolf Golf Course and the perfect setting. Great vacation packages are offered at both Panorama Mountain Resort and downtown properties.
Things to See and Do
Hiking and Mountain Biking
Panorama Bike Park offers chairlift accessed hiking and biking, terrain for all abilities and top-line bike rentals. Invermere showcases Swansea Mountain – its upper flanks are steep and rocky, making for some burly riding off the top. The views down the valley are incredible.
Kayak, Canoe and Paddle Board
Daily guide and self-guided tours on Lake Windermere or paddle town to town on the Columbia River, Invermere to Radium Hot Springs. Lake Windermere is a beach and boating haven – kayak, sail, water ski, swim, play – this area is a magnet for the sun crowd. Watersport rentals and excursions are offered.
Lakeside Classic & Loop the Lake Events
Takes place early-August each year. Watch hangglider and paraglider pilots soar through the air and attempt their water-landing. An excellent spectator sport at James Chabot Provincial Park. Walk, bike or run in the Loop the Lake Relay Event.
Town of Invermere’s history
The explorer David Thompson first visited this area in 1810 and built a trading post between Invermere and Wilmer; a stone cairn marks the approximate site of the fort. Edmund Johnston formed a settlement in 1890 called Copper City. Johnston then sold out to Lewis Garnett and in 1900, the name was officially changed to Canterbury. The Columbia Valley Fruit Lands Ltd. acquired a large portion of the land in 1909 and the townsite was renamed Invermere; ‘Inver’ meaning out of the mouth, and ‘mere’ – Scottish for lake. In 2003, the Windermere District Historical Society commemorated David Thompson and his wife, Charlotte, with a bronze statue.
The Windermere Valley Museum consists of 10 buildings furnished with pioneer artifacts. The Pynelogs Cultural Centre is a heritage building which hosts exhibits, concerts, gallery shows and workshops.