Nestled in the Columbia Valley, BC (also known as the Windermere Valley), Lake Windermere is a long, narrow lake surrounded on both sides with some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world. Just a 2/12 to 3-hour drive from Calgary, Alberta, its clear, sparkling blue waters provide great fishing, boating, water-skiing, boardsailing, hang-gliding and swimming.
The vibrant little hamlet of Windermere, on the eastern shore of the lake, is a haven of quiet and relaxed living year-round for its permanent residents and popular with part-time vacation home-owners. Rich in history, it has retained many of its original buildings constructed in the 1800’s. A colony of artists and artisans such as woodcarvers, glass blowers, painters and more make their homes in the area and welcome visitors to their studios. Windermere Beach offers plenty of sand, cool shady trees, picnic tables and a playground for kids.
Within an easy distance from Windermere, there is an abundance of world-class golf courses, trails for hiking and biking, hot springs, Kootenay National Park, Panorama Mountain Village ski resort, shops, art galleries and lots more.