A year-round recreation destination, Invermere is set on the shore of Windermere Lake and is a gateway to hot springs, mountain hiking trails and multiple rivers. The town centre features numerous waterfront parks and eateries, along with a riverside golf course, art museums and historic museums.
Things to do in Invermere
Invermere’s town centre is a hub for charming cafes and relaxed restaurants, such as Strand's Old House Restaurant, which serves French, German and Italian cuisine. Grab a drink at Copper City Saloon or head to Blue Dog Cafe for fresh coffee and light bites. The centre is also dotted with unique boutiques and inviting galleries, such as Effusion Art Gallery and Glass Studio and the Artym Gallery.
Looking for some outdoor adventure? Head to Windermere Lake during winter to skate along the Lake Windermere Whiteway. At almost 30 kilometres, it’s the world’s longest ice-skating trail. During summer, you can kick back on the sandy beach at James Chabot Provincial Park or head to Valley Zipline Adventures for some high-flying action.
Discover more about the region at the Windermere Valley Museum, which houses old hunting tools, guns and historical documents in traditional log houses. Afterwards, venture up to the historic Kootanae House, a former fur trading post built in 1807. You can see remnants of the house and learn more about its role through informative plaques.
If you love a round of golf, tee off at the Copper Point Golf Club, which boasts more than 36 challenging holes. Afterwards, drive to the neighbouring town of Radium Springs to take a dip in the mineral-rich Radium Hot Springs Pools, which range between 37 and 40 degrees Celsius.
Getting around Invermere
Invermere is about 275 kilometres from Calgary, connected via well-maintained highways and regular long-distance buses. The town centre is easily explored on foot, while a hire car is best for venturing further afield.