Destination guide

Making memories in Windermere Lake

Set at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Windermere Lake is one of British Columbia's top outdoor destinations. It's nestled in the Columbia River Valley and backed by the snowcapped peaks of the Kootenay Ranges. From sun-soaked days on the beach to champagne powder mornings on the slopes, it's a true all-season playground, and with Windermere Lake vacation rentals, you can secure your very own slice of the shoreline. From luxurious waterfront homes to rustic forest cottages, they provide an idyllic setting for making family memories that will last a lifetime.

Things to do

Relax in the Rockies in Windermere Lake

Home to some of the most-recognized national parks on the planet, the Canadian Rocky Mountains are an attraction in themselves. Nearby Kootenay National Park is filled with glacier lakes, tumbling waterfalls, mineral hot springs, flower-strewn meadows and ancient forests. Stretching out amid the scenery, the Lake Windermere Whiteway is the longest maintained skating trail in the world. After a long day, there's nothing better than a soak at Fairmont Hot Springs. Or, simply uncork a bottle of wine and retreat to the hot tub of your Windermere Lake vacation rentals property.

Activities

Outdoor adventures in Windermere Lake

In summer, Windermere Lake is an outdoor playground. You can paddle on the lake, whitewater raft down the Kootenay River or work up a sweat on iconic trails like Jumbo Pass. Invermere is Lake Windermere's bustling main town and is filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. Kinsmen Beach is just steps from the town center. Golden sand, shallow water and plenty of shade make it a favorite with families. Things don't slow down in the winter, when Windermere Lake lures skiers, snowboarders and ice fishers. For the ultimate thrill, why not try heli-skiing at Panorama Mountain Resort? Or treat the kids to a Canadian dogsledding ride.

Weather

Sun-drenched summers in Windermere Lake

Summer is high season in the Kootenays and Windermere Lake is no exception. In fact, the population triples over the hot summer months. Planning a summer getaway? With spacious decks and direct access to the water, Windermere Lake vacation rentals make the most of the Kootenay sunshine. Snow starts to fall from November onwards, when Windermere Lake serves as a popular base for those hitting the slopes at Panorama Mountain Resort. Fall can be a stunning time to visit, with clear skies, crisp temperatures and fiery foliage.

Natural features

Wetlands and wildlife in Windermere Lake

Windermere Lake is technically a widening of the Columbia River. It stretches for 17 kilometers and is part of the lush Columbia Wetlands. With a footprint of over 15,000 hectares, it's one of the biggest wetland reserves in North America. Wildlife watchers will be in their element, with the chance to spot endangered species like peregrine falcons and American badgers. For a local experience, spend the day at James Chabot Provincial Park, a lakeside space fringed by a sandy beach and grassy foreshore.

Where to stay around Windermere?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 230 vacation rentals near Windermere. From 65 Houses to 27 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Windermere for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Windermere?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Windermere. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Canal Flats Arena: 40 vacation rentals
  • Riverside Golf Course: 271 vacation rentals
  • Copper Point Golf Course: 368 vacation rentals
  • Funtasia Fun Park: 271 vacation rentals
  • Eagle Ranch Golf Course: 368 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Windermere listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Windermere?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 65 Houses in Windermere. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Windermere include:

  • Cabins: 27 rentals available
  • Cottages: 27 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 27 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Windermere?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 107 vacation rentals with pool available in Windermere. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.