In the heart of the Windermere Valley, the town of Invermere sits on a low plateau at the northern end of one of the warmest lakes in the region.
The Canadian Rockies stand to the east; the Purcells to the west.
South of town at Columbia Lake, the Columbia River begins its marathon journey to the sea with a detour through Windermere Lake. From the multifaceted Panorama Mountain Resort, located west of Invermere at the head of the Toby Creek Valley, the jade-green water of the creek cascades down the valley to join the fledgling Columbia.
From Invermere to Golden, the river meanders through the 180km/112mi of marshes and sedge meadows that constitute the Columbia Wetlands, the largest stretch of intact wetland habitat in North America. This nature lover's paradise is teeming with birds and other wildlife. The area is best explored from the water on a guided float tour, or independently in a kayak or canoe.
Hot springs, those miracles of geology, occur along the western slopes of the Rockies at Fairmont Hot Springs, Radium Hot Springs and, in the wild, at Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park.
Invermere Climate & Weather
This is an arid zone, with cactus occurring on some southern slopes. Average temperatures range from a high of 26°C/79°F to a low of 8°C/46°F in July. The town enjoys 2,000 hours of sunshine per year, and an annual rainfall of just 241mm/9.5in.
Typical January temperatures run between a high of -5°C/23°F and a low of -15°C/5°F. The Windermere Valley's average annual snowfall is 111cm/44in, although snow accumulation in the valley bottom is usually very small.