Summer Hours

Our opening hours are changing for fall and winter.  As of October 2nd, 2021, we are open just one day a week, Saturdays, from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Our outside buildings are unheated and as winter closes in, they will be closed.  The main museum building, The Station, has interesting displays and special features and is heated!  Please feel welcome to stroll our boardwalks, grounds and view the outside displays with our beautiful new interpretive signs.

Covid Update as of August 20, 2021, Interior Health (IH) is introducing new public health orders covering the entire Interior Health region to manage COVID-19 activity.  “Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces for people 12 years and older.” 

Please be sure to talk to our staff on arrival to learn about our Covid-19 protocol. We are BSAFE certified by Go2HR and still have some COVID protocols in place to keep people safe during their visit  (summarized below).  We are on Facebook too!

See this fun video invitation to visit the museum.

Windermere Valley Museum Pandemic Protocol

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 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.


  • The Windermere District Historical Society has temporarily closed the archives. This action is to ensure safety for our staff, volunteers, and researchers.
  • Staff will work on research requests as time allows.


  • 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 will request contact information to allow public health contact tracing. We will keep your information properly secured, ensure it is used only for that express purpose and we will properly destroy it after 30 days.
  • Practice social distancing at all times.
  • Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces for people 12 years and older.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located in every building.
  • Avoid touching your face. Please cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • And, please, stay home when you are unwell

Please call (250) 342-9769 or write to [email protected] to learn more about our temporary COVID policies regarding the archives.

Admission by donation

Welcome to 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!