Lake WindermereCanada

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From beaches and watersports in summer to cross-country skiing and skating in winter, this lake sets the scene for year-round leisure activities.

For a fun-filled outdoor vacation, visit Lake Windermere, one of British Columbia’s most beloved areas for outdoor recreation. This destination for all seasons offers everything from golf to hiking, skiing and watersports. The lake is a broadening of the Columbia River in a valley framed by the Kootenay Rockies and Purcell Mountains. Spread along its shores are tourist-friendly villages and provincial parks.

Summer is a great time to be at the lake, when visitors relax in the sunshine at beaches such as Kinsmen Beach in the village of Invermere. Explore the mild water by rented kayak or motorboat and try wakeboarding, waterskiing and windsurfing. In winter, powdery snow falls upon the lake and surrounding countryside. Go cross-country skiing, ice-skating or skate skiing on Lake Windermere Whiteway, a 21-mile (34-kilometer) groomed trail. Watch pond hockey or curling on the frozen lake.

Spend time browsing the exhibits at Pynelogs Cultural Centre and Windermere Valley Museum in Invermere. Find a beach, children’s playground and picnic tables at James Chabot Provincial Park. On the lake’s eastern shores is the peaceful and picturesque hamlet of Windermere. Spot deer and elk while walking in the grasslands of Windermere Lake Provincial Park.

A 10-minute drive north of Invermere is Radium Hot Springs. This is the gateway to Kootenay National Park and the Radium Hot Springs Pools. To the south is Fairmont Hot Springs, a jumping-off point for Columbia Lake Provincial Park and Fairmont Hot Springs Ski Area.

Tour the Columbia Valley Golf Trail, which incorporates eight courses situated between Radium Hot Springs and Fairmount Hot Springs. Eagle Ranch, The Ridge at Copper Point and Windermere Valley are all just a short drive from the lakeshore.

Lake Windermere is about a 170-mile (280-kilometer) drive southwest of Calgary. Rent a car and get here via the scenic highways that cut through the dramatic landscapes of Kootenay National Park. Check for avalanche warnings if visiting in winter.

Top Hotels in Lake Windermere

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Copper Point Resort
Copper Point Resort
4 out of 5
760 Cooper Road, Invermere, BC
$90
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Situated in Invermere, this spa resort is within a 5-minute walk of Columbia Mountains and Copper Point Golf Course. Eagle Ranch Golf Course is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,639 reviews)

"Very good price. good amenities. It’s more like a 3.5 star rather than a 4."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Copper Point Resort
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
3.5 out of 5
5225 Fairmont Resort Rd, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC
$93
per night
Mar 19 - Mar 20

Situated in the mountains, this spa lodge is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Mountainside Golf Course and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Riverside Golf Course. Copper Point Golf Course ...

4.2/5Very Good! (220 reviews)

"Hot spring, lot of restaurant, ski resort, spa, very silent resort at night."…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort, Best Western Premier Collection
Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort, Best Western Premier Collection
3 out of 5
7493 Main Street West, Radium Hot Springs, BC
$85
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

Situated in Radium Hot Springs, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Columbia Mountains and Sinclair Canyon. Radium Hot Springs Pools and Radium ...

4.1/5Very Good! (759 reviews)

"They had an electronic device to idicate if you needed maid service"…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort, Best Western Premier Collection

Popular things to do in Lake Windermere

Panorama Mountain Ski Area
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Panorama Mountain Ski Area

In winter or summer, families will love their time on and off the slopes in this all-inclusive holiday village in the stunning Purcell Mountains.

Radium Hot Springs Pools
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Radium Hot Springs Pools

Enjoy a trip to Radium Hot Springs Pools and popular activities like golfing in Radium Hot Springs. Discover the area's hot springs and top-notch restaurants.

Top activities in Lake Windermere

White Water Rafting 01:00 PM
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White Water Rafting 01:00 PM

$69
Per adult