Lake Windermere

Travel Guide
Kootenay National Park showing tranquil scenes as well as an individual male

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.

Where to stay in Lake Windermere

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
3.5 out of 5
5225 Fairmont Resort Rd, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC
The price is CA $104 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Conveniently near skiing facilities, this Fairmont Hot Springs lodge is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Mountainside Golf Course and Riverside ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (411 reviews)
"Always love staying here whether it’s a quick work stay or a vacation. They always are friendly and helpful for any needs. Can’t wait to stay again!"

Reviewed on Nov. 23, 2021

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort, Best Western Premier Collection
Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort, Best Western Premier Collection
3.5 out of 5
7493 Main Street West, Radium Hot Springs, BC
The price is CA $120 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
Situated in Radium Hot Springs, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kootenay National Park and Sinclair Canyon. Radium Hot Springs Pools and Radium ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (974 reviews)
"It was a great stay"

Reviewed on Dec. 5, 2021

Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort, Best Western Premier Collection
Bighorn Meadows Resort
Bighorn Meadows Resort
4 out of 5
10 Bighorn Boulevard, Radium Hot Springs, BC
The price is CA $119 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Situated in Radium Hot Springs, this golf condo resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kootenay National Park, Radium Resort - The Springs Course, and Radium Hot Springs ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (425 reviews)
"Lots of space, clean. Wish check in and out were earlier and later respectively"

Reviewed on Nov. 19, 2021

Bighorn Meadows Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Mountain View Suites at Fairmont Hot Springs
Mountain View Suites at Fairmont Hot Springs
3 out of 5
5052 Riverview Rd, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC
The price is CA $89 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Situated in Fairmont Hot Springs, this golf apartment building is steps from Columbia Mountains and Columbia River. Riverside Golf Course and Mountainside Golf ...
4/5 Very Good! (523 reviews)
"Nice apartment, very clean and complete."

Reviewed on Nov. 17, 2021

Mountain View Suites at Fairmont Hot Springs
Bighorn Meadows Resort
Bighorn Meadows Resort
4 out of 5
10 Bighorn Boulevard, Radium Hot Springs, BC
The price is CA $119 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Situated in Radium Hot Springs, this golf condo resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kootenay National Park, Radium Resort - The Springs Course, and Radium Hot Springs ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (425 reviews)
"Lots of space, clean. Wish check in and out were earlier and later respectively"

Reviewed on Nov. 19, 2021

Bighorn Meadows Resort
Panorama Vacation Retreat at Horsethief Lodge
Panorama Vacation Retreat at Horsethief Lodge
3.5 out of 5
2000 Panorama Drive (Bag 7000), Panorama, BC
Located in the mountains, this Panorama condo resort offers ski-in/ski-out access and is within a 10-minute walk of Panorama Mountain Ski Area, Mile 1 Quad Express, ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (190 reviews)
"The accommodation itself was excellent. The only complaint we had was regarding the pillows. The condo is advertised as sleeping 6 but there were only 6 single bed sized pillows. I’d recommend the owner add/upgrade the pillows. Our condo was located in the “lower village” which is very tired looking ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2021

Panorama Vacation Retreat at Horsethief Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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