Invermere BC Homes & Real Estate
Included below are homes for sale and real estate in Invermere, BC.
Invermere, also known as Invermere on the lake, is a British Columbia community located on the northern shores of Windermere Lake, between the Rockies and Purcell mountain ranges. The community is an ideal location to live in as it offers year-round outdoor activities including, boating, fishing, golfing, skiing, hot springs, hiking and much more. Residents also have access to numerous boutiques, restaurants, cafés, galleries, gift shops, grocery stores, pharmacies, Invermere & District Hospital and other services. Homes for sale in Invermere feature condos, single-family homes, mobile homes, apartments and luxury homes with views of the river valley. Invermere is a tourist magnet during the summer months as people from all over Columbia valley and towns like Calgary and Montana flock to enjoy the lake (warmest in the valley), resorts, hiking and biking trails and everything that Invermere has to offer. Windermere is situated a few kilometres south of Radium Hot Springs and north of Fairmont Hot Springs via Highway 93/95/Kootenay Highway.
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The land that is now Invermere was occupied by the Ktunaxa people for 12000 years. They carried out fishing, hunting, and gathering. David Thompson (an explorer) later established a trading post near Invermere in 1807. In 1862, the land was used for gold mining and in 1890, the land was claimed by Edmund T. Johnston, who created a settlement and named it Copper City. Columbia Valley Irrigated Fruit Lands Ltd later purchased the settlement in 1909 and named it Invermere.
Windermere Lake is abundant with lots of fish. Fish varieties in the lake include Rainbow Trout, Pumpkinseed, Kokanee, Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Northern Pikeminnow, Largemouth Bass, Bourbon and Mountain Whitefish. You can find boat launches in James Chabot Provincial Park. Other fishing areas close to Invermere include Columbia Lake and Whiteswan and Alces Lakes, located within Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park.
Invermere is a few minutes away from two hot spring locations. To the north, Radium Hot Springs offers springs located in the nearby Kootenay National Park, where you can take a dip in the naturally heated water. To the south, Fairmont Hot Springs features more pools in Fairmont Resort and the famous Kutenai Baths.
During winter, Invermere is home to the longest skating park in the world by about 29 km. The Whiteway was established in 2006 by the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club to connect Lake Windermere communities during winter. The nearby Panorama Ski Resort also provides more skiing opportunities and also serves as a mountain retreat. It is located in the Toby Creek Valley in the Purcell Mountains and is accessible via Toby Creek Road. The resort features outdoor hot tubs, ice skating, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, snowshoe excursions, Nordic Skiing, Dog Sledding, mountaintop fondues and a whole lot more.
Beach & Parks
James Chabot Provincial Park is a park and beach area on the northern shore of Windermere Lake. It features a playground, boardwalk and stunning views of the lake and mountain ranges. Also nearby is Kinsmen Beach, situated on the western shores of the lake. It features a splash park, trails, playgrounds, winter skating, and boats for rent. Other parks include Mount Nelson Athletic Skating Park, Ray Brydon Park and Invermere dog park.
There is one golf course in Invermere: Eagle Ranch Golf Resort is an 18-hole championship course that features spectacular views of the landscape and well-maintained greens. Other courses include Copper Point in nearby Windermere, Setetkwa Golf Course RV Park just off Kootenay Highway a few minutes to the north, Spur Valley Greens and Radium Hot Springs Resort in Radium Hot Springs, Windermere Valley Golf Course in Windermere, and Fairmont Resort Courses: Riverside Golf Resort and Mountainside Golf Course.
Art & Festivals
Invermere features more fun activities such as festivals and art culture. You can explore the numerous art galleries in the town, shop in the boutiques, learn about the local history in Valley Pioneer Museum or visit the Saturday Farmers Market for fresh local produce. The town also hosts a few festivals annually including, the Wings Over the Rockies Bird Festival held in May and the Fall Fair held every September.
There are so many activities to discover in Invermere, so you have to explore the area to get the full experience.
Schools in the Invermere area include Windermere Elementary School, David Thompson Secondary School (grades 8-12), Eileen Madson Primary School, Mountain Ridge Academy (kindergarten) and College of the Rockies Invermere Campus.