Invermere + Windermere
Invermere and the Columbia Valley area between Radium and Canal Flats is host to many of the best festivals and events in BC. From the Snowflake Festival in January to Invermere Music Fest at Kinsmen Beach your Invermere vacation can be as busy or as relaxed as you like.
Winter in Motion Festival
December - March
The Columbia Valley doesn't slow down when the snow hits! We turn up the volume on getting outdoors in our winter wonderland.
December - March is the time to be in the Columbia Valley to enjoy the following activities and events. Click here for a full list of events.
Kinsmen Ice Fishing Derby
The Annual Ice Fishing Derby drops line every January . Registration begins at 8 am. Catch a net full of squaw fish and you could win up to $500 (prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place). Follow up the fishing action with a great post-derby meal and drink at the Station Pub with your fellow ice fishermen.
Wings Over the Rockies
May 11 - 17, 2020
Wings takes place in Radium, Brisco, Edgewater, Windermere, Panorama, Fairmont and Canal Flats. Many different aspects of migration will be explored including the migration of waterfowl and songbirds and the seasonal movement of ungulates, carnivores, butterflies, bats, fish and even humans. The festival coincides with International Migratory Bird Day and will include hikes, river floats, workshops, presentations, children's activities, guest speakers, exhibits, food and more.
Loop the Lake Walk & Run
Loop The Lake Walk/Run is a half marathon family event. Go for your personal best, or come out, enjoy the route and cheer on the runners. Participants finish at Kinsmen Beach where you can enjoy your complimentary pancake breakfast and a cool down in the lake. http://www.loopthelake.bc.ca/
Invermere Farmer’s Market
Saturdays - end of June to mid September
Invermere's Farmers Market is a popular activity for locals and visitors. With over 20 vendors showcasing everything from fresh bread and locally grown vegetables to works of local artists, you are sure to enjoy perusing the variety of booths and likely will take some new treasure or tasty treat. Saturdays 9 am - 1 pm from the end of June to mid September
Lakeside Splash Down
Hang glider and paraglider pilots take off from Mt. Swansea and fly through the air and land in water targets on Lake Windermere. This is a great spectator sport from the comfort of a beach chair on James Chabot Beach. http://www.lakesideevent.com/
Valley Appreciation Day
This downtown Invermere festival will host the service clubs, complimentary pancake breakfast, Gagne Family logging show, a stage show, cart races and live entertainment. Incorporated into the event will be a market offering a variety of goods that cannot be found at the Farmer’s Market as well as children’s activities and interactive games.
Bonspiel on the Lake / Snowflake Festival
Jan 17 - 18, 2020
Bonspiel on the Lake is a curling event combined with Invermere's Snowflake festival. Friday kicks off with food vendors, live music, cocoa and warming stations as well as dazzling fireworks. Curlers from all over BC and Alberta enter teams to take on curling in the great outdoors on sheets of Lake Windermere ice.
Bull Riding in the Rockies
World professional bull riding, kid's mutton busting, rodeo clowns and mexican poker followed by an evening family dance. This event takes place on at the Invermere Curling Rink starting at 7 pm. A cowboy dinner is served from 5 to 6:45 pm
Columbia Valley Oktoberfest
Sept 28, 2019
Oktoberfest happens in downtown Invermere and features, vendors, food, beverages and activities for the whole family.
Heart of the Rockies Triathlon
The Heart of the Rockies Triathlon started over 30 years ago in 1983. The event started with 56 competitors and now hosts over 200 athletes. The triathlon is very well designed and even has a children's competition on the Saturday with the main event occurring on Sunday. For more information on this fabulous weekend visit their website at: http://www.heartoftherockiestri.ca/ . For the details on our special for this event click here.
Rocky Mountain Rally
The Columbia Valley offers some of the best on and off-road driving available in North America. Taking place June 4 & 5, this event will provide a larger service park for the competitors as well as exciting spectator points on all the stages for people to come out and watch the action! This event was organized by Northern Alberta Sports Car Club and Calgary Sports Car Club. Visit www.rockymountainrally.com for more information.
Nipika Toby Creek Nordic Skate Loppet
January 25 - 26, 2020
A weekend of Nordic skiing fun with Saturdays event being classic technique and Sunday is skate technique. There are lots of age categories for all events. There are distances for all ages and abilities and awards will be presented to the top skiers in each category on both days. There are lots of draw prizes to be had. Top male & female will be awarded a special prize for the two day total time. After the loppet, join in the awards barbecue.
Columbia Valley Rockies Pond Hockey Championship
This event formally known as the BC Pond Hockey Championship encompasses everything a Canadian winter weekend looks like (pond hockey, hot coco, beer, snow, ice, friends and fun). For hockey fanatics, it's hard to imagine it getting any better than this. Outdoor rinks, on either Lake Windermere or Lake Lillian, are approximately 75' x 150', nets are 6' wide and 10" tall and side boards are made of snow. It's 4-on-4 hockey with no goalies; teams can have up to 6 players. More information