Windermere is a growing town (pop. 1500) located on the east shore of Windermere Lake. Located just off of Highway 93, this community ideally situated close to the town of Invermere for shopping and services but is distinctly separate with panoramic views of Windermere Lake. This part of the Columbia Valley has seen considerable development in cottages, camping grounds, recreational beaches, golf courses and various tourist attractions.

Long, hot summers and snowy winters attract people from all over to enjoy the lake and ski hills. Winters are fairly mild with most of the snow falling in the mountain areas. Back country and heli-skiing are favourites with the locals. During the summer, the lake is a destination for boaters and anglers from both provinces and swimmers enjoy the warm, late season water temperatures. Several local golf courses are open most of the year for your enjoyment.

High style and low-key rhythm draw artisans to live and work in the area, providing a cultural experience unique to this area of the Purcell Mountains. The Pynelogs Art Gallery is host to a number of events year round including art shows, a fall concert series, and a youth open mike night each month. From October to April, the Cinefest Independent Film Series screen films from the latest producers.

Windermere real estate

Windermere features an eclectic mix of home types and styles ranging from mobiles, character homes, luxury properties, and forest cottages. Land ownership varies by development. Both freehold and leased land (mostly recreational) are available depending on use and budget. Starter homes are affordable for single people and retirees.

Homes in this area might be situated directly on the lake with foreshore access for boating and a swimming dock or at an elevation that provides views of the entire lake and spectacular sunsets. If you prefer water, forest, views, or something closer to town, Windermere has it all.

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Community highlights

  • Lakeshore location

  • Local amenities and services

  • Vibrant arts and culture scene

  • Four season tourism destination

  • Strong real estate market

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