Invermere, located in the southeastern portion of British Columbia near the B.C./Alberta border, is home to a population of around 3,000 people.
The city covers 8.43 square kilometres near the communities of Windermere, Radium Hot Springs, Fairmont Hot Springs, and Edgewater.
Mountains in the area include Mount Farnham, Mount King George, The Judge, Mount Assiniboine, Mount Harrison, and Mount Mike.
Invermere is situated on the northwest shore of Lake Windermere, and its combination of lake and mountain views make it a popular tourist destination.
Province: British Columbia
Area: 8.43 km2
Residential areas, small businesses, the Columbia River, hiking trails, an RV park, accommodations, wetlands, lakes, natural areas, and a golf course can all be found in the city’s northern section.
The central section is the most densely populated part of Invermere and is home to the majority of the city’s commercial areas. Residential areas, accommodations, service providers, restaurants, a museum, a provincial park, a marina, a hospital, an athletic park, schools, a golf club, churches, a community hall, an arena, a veterinary hospital, an RCMP office, and an airport are all located here.
In the southern section, there are residential areas, a cultural centre, a beach area, restaurants, shops, schools, churches, small lakes, parks, a community association, a bowling alley, and service providers.
The Windermere Valley Museum includes multiple historic buildings, including an old train station, a schoolhouse, a general store, multiple cabins, and a legion building. There is also an implement shed and a wagon shed, as well as a number of outdoor displays. Each building presents displays using furniture, tools and equipment, textiles, and other objects from the past to bring the area’s history to life. The museum also has outdoor picnic areas, flower gardens, a sheltered area, and restroom facilities. A variety of activities and events are held at the venue throughout the year.
Golfers can enjoy playing a round at either Eagle Ranch Golf Resort or Copper Point Golf Club. James Chabot Provincial Park is located along Lake Windermere and includes a sandy beach area, greenspace, a playground, a volleyball court, picnic areas, restroom facilities, and mountain views. Popular activities at the park include swimming, boating, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking, waterskiing, windsurfing, cycling, and wildlife viewing.
Tourism is an important industry in Invermere, and includes accommodations like hotels and inns, restaurants, shops, a provincial park, skiing resorts, and outdoor outfitters for fishing, hiking, and hunting. Invermere is the area’s largest commercial centre, providing residents with retail options, service providers, and dining options. Other important industries include healthcare and social assistance, forestry, mining, manufacturing, and educational services.
The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce provides Invermere business owners and interested investors with resources, support, and networking opportunities to help boost and maintain the local economy.
Vacant land is very common in the northern section of Invermere, but comes with high price tags, especially for lots near the waterfront. Large luxury homes can be found on the edges of the city, while more affordable, older single-family homes are more common farther into the city. Condo options are also available, with many newer buildings to choose from. There is also some industrial commercial property in this section.
Single-family homes tend to be in the mid to high price range in the central section of the city, but are often on large lots. Condo units are a more affordable option, and there are many to choose from in this section. Vacant land is expensive in this section, particularly near the lake.
Large parcels of vacant land are a common option in the southern section of Invermere, and these lots come with high price tags. There are many condo options in this section, usually located near the lake. Single-family homes here are often in the mid to high price range and are situated on sprawling, rural-style lots.
David Thompson Secondary School, J.A. Laird Elementary School, and Eileen Madson Primary School are the education options available in Invermere. Other options found in nearby communities include Windermere Elementary, Martin Morigeau Elementary, and Rocky Mountain Elementary School.
College of the Rockies is Invermere’s only post-secondary option, and offers courses in fields such as hairstyling, healthcare assistance, and business. Other nearby options include Okanagan College, Selkirk College, the University of British Columbia, and Thompson Rivers University.