Welcome to Windermere Valley Museum

2022 / 2023 Winter Hours (October 1 until late spring 2023)

  • We are open one day a week, Saturdays only, from 10 AM to 4 PM
  • The main museum building, The Station, has interesting displays and special features.  Please feel welcome anytime, to stroll our boardwalks, grounds and view the outside displays with our beautiful new interpretive signs.  Admission by donation

Something new at the museum – guided tour opportunity

On Tuesday, June 14 (10:30 AM) – join us for a guided tour of the museum.  Please register with curator JD, by calling 250-342-9769

Covid Update

As of March 11, 2022, B.C.’s indoor mask order was repealed. “Wearing masks in public indoor settings is not required by public health. Wearing a mask is a personal choice. It’s important that we respect the choices of people, businesses and one another.”

Other Stuff

  • We are on Facebook too!
  • See this fun video invitation to visit the museum.
  • Visit this wonderful blog – full of intriguing, documented, stories about the origins of local place names – In the Windermere

Windermere Valley Museum Pandemic Protocol (relaxed, but evolving)

Visiting the Museum

  • On arrival, please go to the main museum building (The Station)
  • We have reconfigured the registration area to allow people to enter and exit without crowding.
  • We have limited the number of people in The Station at any one time and have “one group at a time” limit in the smaller museum buildings.
  • We have created a one-way tour route to allow social distancing while visiting each of the buildings of the museum.  Tour route information here.
  • We may ask visitors to pause their tour or to start at different points on the tour route so every visitor will feel comfortable and relaxed while visiting.

Group functions

  • We will not be providing informal guided tours to large groups.
  • If a group wishes to tour the museum, we will ask you to break up into smaller groups, maintain social distancing, and tour the buildings on your own.
  • Through the summer, we will host a variety of fun, learning activities for family groups – drop-in, outside only, with social distancing, self-supervised – evolving as public health requires.

Archives

  • The Windermere District Historical Society manages the archives to to ensure health safety for our staff, volunteers, and researchers. More information here

Cleaning

  • We will clean each building often.
  • Please do not touch the artifacts as cleaning may not be possible and may damage fragile items.
  • The washrooms will be cleaned frequently. The main floor washroom is for visitors only and our basement washroom is for staff and volunteers.

Health and Safety

  • We may request contact information to allow public health contact tracing.
  • Practice social distancing at all times.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located in every building.
  • And, please, stay home when you are unwell

Please call (250) 342-9769 or write to [email protected] to learn more about our evolving COVID response.

Admission by donation

About the Windermere Valley Museum

Visit soon to explore heritage buildings, view outside exhibits and enjoy grassy shaded grounds with beautiful views of Windermere Lake, the Columbia River and mountains beyond. It is fun and rewarding to volunteer at the museum. Think about it!!

In these pages, you will find information about our museum and the local area to help plan your visit. Enjoy photos of the heritage buildings and exhibits, and read about our programs, events, and special exhibits. Learn about our archives, about the services we provide, and how you can join us and participate.

The Windermere District Historical Society works through the year receiving new artifacts, improving the archives and photo collections, creating new exhibits, maintaining facilities, publishing newsletters, and more. Check back often to keep up with programs, news, and changes at the Windermere Valley Museum and Archives!