Great Mountain, Quaint Town
… on the Edge of the Canadian Rockies is most easily accessed by via Calgary through famous Banff in Banff National Park and Kootenay National Park or from the South via the new Canadian Rockies International Airport serviced by Air Canada at Cranbrook or Idaho and Montana US border crossings less than 2 hours drive.
The community of Invermere on the Lake is the valley center conveniently surrounded by Radium Hot Springs, Panorama Mountain Village, and Fairmont Hot Springs and Columbia Lake to the south and a gateway to the entire Kootenay Rockies Tourism Region. Invermere on the Lake is both a popular visitor and a thriving business center for the surrounding communities. A popular seasonal/vacation home destination, Invermere together with the year-round resident base, make for an exceptionally vibrant community as a top skiing and winter destination as well as golf, mountains and the lake in the summer.
Invermere, is Gaelic for ‘at the mouth of the lake’ Invermere on the Lake’s history is recorded at the Windermere Valley Museum, including key figures such as David Thompson and mountaineer Conrad Kain, and Sir Randolph Bruce in displays and carefully preserved documents and photographs.
Invermere on the Lake’s quaint downtown district has a relaxed atmosphere with trendy, funky, boutiques and fine restaurants, cafes, pubs, galleries, gift, and specialty shops, grocery stores, pharmacies, bookstore, deli, and bakery. These are complemented by a variety of restaurants and shops in the village at Panorama too serviced by the Free daily Mt & Valley Shuttle between Panorama and Invermere (winter only)! From Arrowhead Brewery, Strands Old house Restaurant, Birchwood, The Station, and more the culinary scene is alive and well!
The work of talented local artists is on display at the artists’ co-op called Village Arts. Nearby galleries, Artym, Effusion, and Bavin Glass Studio, showcase works by local, national and international artists. No visit to Invermere is complete without a stop at Pynelogs Cultural Centre (at Kinsmen Beach), home to the Columbia Valley Arts Council, a gift shop, a café, and a public art gallery.
Winter events include the White Way” – the longest only outdoor skating trails for skating, groomed Nordic skiing track set snowshoeing and walking. Great events throughout the year include Wings over the Rockies spring bird festival, Athletic running events and August Music Festival! Canada Day (July 1st) is celebrated in grand style, with fireworks and outdoor fun for the whole family. The annual Hang Gliding and Paragliding Splash Landing Contest is a must-see.
Panorama Mountain Village, at Invermere on the Lake and Kootenay Rockies “Powder Highway” features one of the largest alpine skiing vertical rise resorts in North American with over 4000 vertical of continuous groomed slopes, alpine glades and bowls complimented by a ski in ski out family focused village base area complete with shops, restaurants, free village gondola and the Panorama Springs giant outdoor hot pools! Panorama is also home to RK Heli-Skiing on the edge of the famous Bugaboos, one of the largest heliski regions in the World as well as spectacular snowmobiling adventures direct from Panorama too!
Overnight hotel / accommodation options featured area the Best Western Hotel Invermere Inn in the center of town as well as the town center’s Canterbury Inn motel style as well as condominium and chalet nightly rentals through, High Country Properties at Lake Windermere Pointe while nearby Panorama Mountain Village offers the largest accommodation base in the region with full resort nightly accommodations and conference facilities are conveniently located nearby. The Visitor Centre at the crossroads on Highway 93/95 or online by following the link to the left.
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