6 Fun Things To To This Winter

Nestled between the Purcells and the Rocky Mountains in the beautiful Columbia Valley, Invermere is a hub of activity both in the summer and in the winter months. Located on the “warmer side” of the Rocky Mountains, Invermere benefits from warmer weather than locations farther east, making it a perfect place to spend time this winter.

Whether heading to Invermere for a weekend or a week, there is lots to keep you busy this winter.

SNOWFLAKE FESTIVAL

The 11th annual Snowflake Festival combined with the 37th annual Bonspiel on the Lake takes place the weekend of January 17-19, 2020. 

The Snowflake Festival features skating on the lake, live music, bonfires and even a fireworks display. This popular event takes over the Kinsmen Beach and gets participation from the entire town including local restaurants that take part in a “Taste of the Valley Passport,” that allows you to receive tasty food samples from local participating restaurants.

Click here for more information on the Invermere Snowflake Festival.

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SKATE THE WHITEWAY

The Whiteway is located on Lake Windermere and is holds the Guinness World Record for the longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world. The Whiteway is a 34 km groomed track that runs all the way around the lake and connects the towns of Invermere and Windermere. The Whiteway has tracks to accommodate classic cross-country skiers, a groomed skate skiing track and a cleared ice-skating track. Additionally, there are a number of cleared rink areas for hockey. 

There are shorter loops on the Whiteway if you don’t want to skate/ski the entire length, making it an awesome place for outdoor adventure.

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PANORAMA RESORT

Panorama Resort was the 2016 winner for Best Resort in North America at the World Snow Awards. From pro-skiers to first timers, Panorama has something for everyone with nearly 3,000 acres of skiable terrain across 4,000 vertical feet of fall line. The coolest thing about Panorama is that it’s not just for skiers.

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Fat Biking at Panorama

Panorama has added fat biking to its options of non-skiing activities and fat biking is another great way to get outside and enjoy nature. Rent a bike right on the hill and enjoy 20 plus kilometers of the nordic trails.

THE INVERMERE FILM FESTIVAL

This year marks the debut of the first annual Invermere Film Festival. Taking place February 7th-9th, at the Columbia Valley Centre Theatre, the film festival will feature three days of films, including Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of my Voice, Gordon Lightfoot – If You Could Read My Mind, Free Solo and many more, as well as special guests. For tickets and showtimes click here.

Image Courtesy of the Invermere Film Festival

SNOWSHOEING AND CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Invermere, and area, is filled with gorgeous terrain perfect for both snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. True Key Adventures, offers the opportunity to do both as well as snow skating and tobogganing via Nipika. Nipika focuses on self-propelled outdoor activities experienced in harmony with the natural British Columbia settings. Check it out here for more information.

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After a day of exploring all that Invermere has to offer you’ll be looking for the perfect place to relax. Bighorn Meadows Resort is the ideal place for families and couples this winter season with a host of accommodation options as well as an outdoor hot tub to help you relax after a day of adventuring. 

Bighorn Meadows Resort offers the perfect place to gather with family and friends for a weekend away. Check out our accommodations and book your stay today!