Invermere, with 3000 residents, is located at the northern end of Lake Windermere. It is the commercial centre of the Columbia River valley and grew out of the early minining settlements of Athalmer and Wilmer. The community was founded in 1890 by Edmund Johnston and was first called Copper City. In 1900, it was changed to Canterbury and a few years later to Invermere, from the Scottish words for "out of the mouth of the lake."
In 1912 the Columbia Valley Fruit Lands Ltd began developing land for experimental farming and settlement, but growth did not happen until after the end of World War I. In the early years, the town was dependent on the local Paradise Mine, which extracted lead and zinc, though over time agriculture and forestry become significant.
Today tourism is the town's major industry. Visitors come for the town's relaxed pace, and its quaint sops, arts and crafts, and collage of flowers around town.
You can rent craft for windsurfing, water skiing, jet skiing, canoeing, and Zodiac boats at the beach beside the Lakeside Inn. The road to Panorama Resort runs west 18 kilometres from the north side of town.
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Summer Jumpstart Festival (May), Volleyball Boogie & Bash (late May), Canada Day Fireworks (July 1), Visitor Appreciation Day & Toby Creek Boat Race (3rd weekend in July), Lakeside Hang-gliding/Water Landing Competition (August), Loop of the Lake Relay (August), Individual & Team Triathlon (late August), Valley Artisans Market (November)
The town is served by Windermere Elementary (Grades K-7) and high school students attend David Thompson Secondary (grades 8-12) in nearby Invermere.
The town has a quaint shopping district downtown along 7th Ave and in the nearby industrial district.
The town is on the northern shore of scenic Lake Windermere, with all its aquatic recreation, with Panorama Mountain Village about 17 km to the west with a 1,116 metres (4,300 feet) vertical drop, the second highest in North America. Fairmont Hot Springs & Ski Resort 25 kilometres to the south. The community is served by Kinsmen Beach just south of downtown, as well as two provincial parks James Chabot PP (also with a great beach), and Windermere PP. The town also has an arena, a curling rink, a cultural centre, a community hall, and a museum.
Recreational homes in this community run from $200,000