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Invermere, British Columbia
—  Municipality  —
Invermere, British Columbia, with Mount Nelson in the distance
Location of Invermere, British Columbia
Coordinates: 50°30′30″N 116°01′49″W / 50.50833°N 116.03028°W / 50.50833; -116.03028
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region East Kootenay
Incorporated 1951
Government
 - Mayor Gerry Taft
 - Governing body Invermere Council
 - MP Jim Abbott
 - MLA Norm Macdonald
Area
 - Total 8.43 km2 (3.3 sq mi)
Elevation 859 m (2,818 ft)
Population (2006)
 - Total 3,002
 - Density 353.9/km2 (916.6/sq mi)
Time zone Mountain Standard (MST) (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) Mountain Daylight (MDT) (UTC-6)
Postal code span V0A 1K0, V0A 1K2
Highways 93, 95
Waterways Columbia River, Windermere Lake
Website Town of Invermere

Invermere is a community in eastern British Columbia, Canada, near the border of Alberta. With its growing permanent population of almost 4,000 (including Athalmer and Wilmer), swelling to near 40,000 on summer weekends, it is the hub of the Columbia Valley between Golden, and Cranbrook. Invermere sits on the northwest shore of Windermere Lake and is a popular summer destination for people from Calgary.

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Geography

Invermere is located 14 kilometres (9 mi) south of Radium, and 104 kilometres (65 mi) south of Golden and 102 kilometres (63 mi) from the Trans-Canada Highway. Invermere is also 37 kilometres (23 mi) north of Fairmont Hot Springs, 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of Canal Flats, 128 kilometres (80 mi) north of Fort Steele, 130 kilometres (81 mi) north of Kimberley, and 144 kilometres (89 mi) north of the hub of Cranbrook and the Crowsnest Highway.

Residents of Invermere value the ecological wealth and diversity of the Columbia Valley. Invermere is situated within the Columbia River Wetlands, North America's largest intact wetland and a RAMSAR designated site. Located in the Rocky Mountain Trench, Invermere is 15 minutes to Kootenay National Park, Purcel Wilderness Conservancy, several provincial parks and hotsprings and other rare and protected wilderness and wildlife.

Climate

Invermere is said to be almost "protected" by Mt. Nelson to the west which towers over the community. Invermere has a temperate, semi-arid climate, characterized by warm summers and cold winters. The Rocky Mountains to the east shield Invermere from the worst effects of Arctic air in winter, although extreme cold spells do occur on occasion. Spring arrives earlier than on the plains to the east of the Rocky Mountains. Although warm, summers are variable, with weather alternating between hot, dry spells and cool, showery periods.

Sports and recreation

Hockey

The Columbia Valley Rockies play in Invermere. Former New York Islanders and University of Denver goaltender Wade Dubielewicz was born in Invermere.

Skiing

Panorama Ski Resort lies about 30 minutes nearby. Kimberley Alpine Resort about 1 hour away in Kimberly. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is about 1.5 hours away in Golden, British Columbia

Golfing

Invermere is also a major centre for golf courses.

Gliding and Soaring

The Invermere Airport is home to the non-profit Canadian Rockies Soaring Club. The club is active during the summer months, when it welcomes dozens of student pilots and private owners. The Invermere Soaring Center is a separate commercial operation which provides aerotowing services and glider rides to the general public.

Hot springs are numerous in the area, with the major developed ones being Fairmont and Radium Hot Springs; the latter is located inside Kootenay National Park.

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Coordinates: 50°30′30″N 116°1′49″W / 50.50833°N 116.03028°W / 50.50833; -116.03028 (Invermere)

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