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Canada, British Colombia – Windermere and the Surroundings

Published: 16.9.2021
The Canadian city of Windermere is located on the eastern shore of the lake of the same name, which is located between two mountains, the Purcell Mountains in the west and the Rockies in the east. The city was founded in 1902 and was named after the city of Windemere in England. People visit Canadian Windemere mainly because of the beautiful nature.

When you are here, be sure to visit the public beach and swim in the waters of the lake. Swimming is very popular here because the water is relatively shallow and warm. Even if the weather is not the best for swimming, then at least you will enjoy the wonderful views. There are also plenty of places on the beach where you can spread a blanket and enjoy a picnic.

What is perhaps even better than swimming in a lake are the hot springs. They are only half an hour away by car from Windermere. You can choose from Fairmon Hot Springs, which is south of town and Radium Hot Springs, located north of Windermere.


Fairmont Hot Spring boasts the largest mineral hot springs, as well as a swimming pool, diving pool and even a spa. The temperature of the hot pool is maintained at a great 39 ° C. However, the swimming pool is a bit colder.

In addition, you can take a short hike on the Hoodoo Trail, try the zipline in the mountains, go to Fantasia Fun Park, play golf or mini golf, go horseback riding or enjoy paddleboarding around Fairmont.



Radium, located inside Kootenay National Park, has one large hot water pool and a two-thirds Olympic pool.

If we are to return to Windermere itself, then here you can take a historical tour, which can be arranged by the local museum. You will see ten historic buildings and real estate, which is located near the lake. As in the US Washington, D.C., and Windermere is located in the White House.


The most famous of the historic buildings in Windermere is the so-called Stolen Church or St. Peter's Church. A woman from Donald once allegedly missed a visit to the church. At the turn of the century, her husband allegedly worked to have her adored church dismantled and transported by ship and train to the city of Golden. From there, the dismantled church was transported by stagecoach and steamer to Windemere.


Another activity that is worth mentioning due to its adventurous nature is flying in a glider. About a ten minute drive from Windermere you will find the Ivermere Soaring Center, where the gliders are located. The best time for air sailing is May to September. You will enjoy fabulous views of the Canadian part of the Rockies. In the right weather conditions, you can reach a height of 3,500 meters, so you will have lakes, mountain peaks and forests in the palm of your hand.


GPS: 50°27'46.7"N 115°59'15.4"W

Text: Maxim Kucer

Photos: Wikimedia Commons: Abbasi1111, Jay090888, RuthAS, Łukasz Nurczyński, P.K.Niyogi 

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