Past Events and Activities

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What's Happening at the Museum in 2018??

We have been forced to rebuild our website because our previous host and software provider (Microsoft 365) has stopped providing this particular service.  As our first post, we (amateur, volunteer website builders) have transferred this outdated information from our Activities and Events page on our old website. Stay tuned for updates as we begin to fill the pages of this new website!

What's Happening at the Museum in 2017??

Special Exhibits

Summer 2017  - Our Mountains

The museum is now open seven days a week - 10 to 4 PM.  Lots of mountain exhibits.


Summer 2016 - Uses of the Lake - Summer and Winter

The museum is now open seven days a week - 10 to 4 PM

See our new lake exhibits!

Summer 2015 - Kootenay Central Railway - 100 Years

The museum is now open seven days a week - 10 to 4 PM

See our new exhibits!


Summer 2014 - WW1:  The Valley Remembers


Summer 2013 - Music!

More of our Paul Dean - Loverboy items... autographed programs and t-shirts!

Summer 2012 - Centenary BC Forest Service!

Many new exhibits - old BCFS First Aid Kit, with cascara tablets!


Summer 2011- Toys Alive!

Featured toys from the archives and from community members.

BC Parks

Photos, maps and stories of local parks are on display to help celebrate 100 years of BC parks.

Legacy of the Last Spike - 125 Years


"We wish to celebrate this important milestone with a Legacy Gift to the Windermere Valley Museum of several unique artifacts from our archives. This gift is intended to celebrate our connected histories and to honour your organization's vital role in celebrating Canada's diverse history and culture.

The artifacts include a silver bread tray and sugar bowl, once used on such renowned CPR trains as The Trans Canada Limited and The Dominion, as well as a simple but elegant serving dish from the Royal Alexandra Hotel, once a Winnipeg landmark.

On behalf of Canadian Pacific and its employees, I hope you will accept this special selection of artifacts as a tangible legacy of our shared history and that your institution will display them so that all Canadians will be able to connect with their past."

Letter from Fred Green, President & CEO. Canadian Pacific (excerpt)

Some of the new CP artifacts


Children's Summer Program


Children's Program, Tuesdays, 10:30 AM to Noon, July 11th to August 22nd, preregistration is required, 20 children maximum, call 250-342-9769

or e-mail.  Drop-ins are welcome if fewer than 20 children registered. 


Begins Tuesday July 12, 2016.  Check back for further details.


Begins Tuesday July 14, 2015 at 10:30 AM.There are only 20 spaces each week so registration is a must.  Drop-ins will still be taken if there is any available space, first come first serve.  To register or ask questions; contact JD by phone, 250-342-9769 or e-mail,  Check here for all the details.  2015 Children's Program


Join us Tuesdays starting July 8th through the summer in 2014.  We offer activities, games and crafts with a historical theme for kids 6 to 10 years old. There is no charge but donations are welcome.


Space is limited and so pre-registration is recommended!  

See our Summer 2014 Brochure for more details.

Call the museum at 250-342-9769 to register.  


Join us Tuesdays starting July 9th through the summer in 2013. We offer activities, games and crafts with a historical theme for kids 6 to 11 years old. There is no charge but donations to the museum are welcome.   


New for 2013 - Pre-Registration

More information available in our Summer 2013 Brochure


Bus Tours and Large Groups

Tour groups welcome through the year by prior arrangement


Usually held in the afternoon of the third Thursday of each month. Refreshments, new members welcome!!


New Museum Logo

Do you have an flair for design? Let us know!!

Historical Tours

Written guides are available at the museum for two self-guided history tours.  Learn and experience the history of Invermere and Windermere by following the routes described.

View the guides here...




On the Trail of David Thompson

Written guide available at the museum for the short, self-guided driving tour (or download the guide). Learn about explorers David Thompson and Charlotte Small and see three locations near the museum remember and commemorate his arrival in the valley in 1807. Visit Parks Canada - David Thompson to learn more about David Thompson.


Did you know there is a geocache on the museum grounds? Click the link for more information about geocaching and the particulars of the musuem cache - Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site.

New interpretive sign