Windermere Lake (British Columbia)

Lake Windermere is a very large widening in the Columbia River. The village of Windermere is located on the east side of the lake, and the larger town of Invermere is located on the lake's northwestern corner. The average depth of the lake is only 15 feet (4.6 m).

Windermere Lake
LocationBritish Columbia
Coordinates50°27′N 116°00′W
Primary inflowsColumbia River
Primary outflowsColumbia River
Basin countriesCanada
Average depth15 ft (4.6 m)
SettlementsWindermere, Invermere

Lake Windermere is a very popular vacationing spot, especially for residents of Calgary, which is a 3-hour car drive to the west. The western side of the lake which fronts the Purcell Mountains has a railroad running along its shore, and as a result, housing and recreational development is minimal there. The eastern side of the lake has a more extensive flatland between the lake and the Rocky Mountains and has experienced considerable development including cottages, camping grounds, recreational beaches, golf courses and various tourist attractions.

Windermere Lake was once known as Lower Columbia Lake, and will be seen as such on older maps of the area.[1] It was given its current name by G.M. Sproat in 1902 because it resembled Lake Windemere in the English Lake District.[2]:297

Lake Windermere Whiteway

The longest ice skating trail can be found on the Lake Windermere Whiteway. The naturally frozen trail measures 29.98 kilometres (18.63 mi).[3] When Guinness Book of World Records verified the record in 2014, the ice measured between 12 inches (30 cm) and 30 inches (76 cm) depending where you were in one of the four loops that runs continuously around the lake.


  1. BGNIS Search Result for "Windermere Lake (run 11-28-2008)
  2. Akrigg, G.P.V.; Akrigg, Helen B. (1986), British Columbia Place Names (3rd, 1997 ed.), Vancouver: UBC Press, ISBN 0-7748-0636-2
  3. "Longest ice skating trail". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
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