Invermere (riverboat)

Invermere was a river boat that operated in British Columbia on the Columbia River from 1912 to about 1915. It was named for the town of Invermere.

Invermere and crew, circa 1912
Name: Invermere (CAN 130892) (Mills 025370)
Owner: Alexander Blakely
Port of registry: Golden, BC
Route: Inland British Columbia on the Columbia River in the Columbia Valley
Launched: 1912 at Golden, BC
Fate: Removed from registry 1915
General characteristics
Type: inland passenger/freighter
Tonnage: 66
Length: 75 ft (23 m)
Beam: 13 ft (4 m)
Depth: 4.0 ft (1 m) depth of hold
Installed power: propeller-driven, gasoline or diesel engine
Capacity: Licensed for 20 passengers[1]

Design and Construction

Invermere was built at Golden, British Columbia, in 1912 by riverboat captain Alexander Blakely Although built in the style of a steamboat, Invermere was powered by a gasoline or diesel engine, then a newer method of marine propulsion. In 1914, Invermere was licensed to carry 20 passengers.[1]


Invermere's owner, Alexander Blakely, was a steamboat captain who operated on the upper Columbia route from Golden to Windermere Lake.[2]


Invermere was removed from the official registry in 1915. Other boats on the river were taken out of service at the same time, as riverboat operations were coming to an end.[2]


  1. Mills List of Canadian Steam Vessels, 1817-1930 (searchable online version from Great Lakes Marine Historical Society)
  2. Downs, Art, Paddlewheels on the Frontier -- The Story of British Columbia and Yukon Sternwheel Steamers, Superior Publishing, Seattle, WA 1972

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