The mountains are a great place to visit, whether you’re just making a short weekend trip or planning to stay a bit longer. Invermere is an extremely popular destination year-round due to its location. The temperature in Invermere is often warmer than other mountain destinations on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains, making it more tolerable in the winter months. Whether you want to hit the slopes and do some skiing in the winter or explore some of the beautiful local scenery in the summer, Invermere is a four-season playground! But, because of its appeal and location in the mountains, it can get pricey.
If you’re looking to escape to the mountains without breaking the bank, we’ve put together 4 things you can do while travelling Invermere on a budget!
Soak in The Radium or Fairmont Hot Springs
There is nothing better after a long day of exploring than visiting one of the local hot springs, especially in the wintertime. Invermere has two hot springs close by, one in Radium and the other in Fairmont. Both hot springs are unique, making it hard to choose a favourite. Fairmont Hot Springs boasts a large pool next to the real hot springs, which is great if you want to swim some lengths before taking a dip in the hot pools. Radium Hot Springs is tucked in beside a large rock wall, making it a dramatic setting. Regardless of which hot springs you decide to visit, both are a great, budget-friendly way to spend some time in Invermere.
Hike or Bike the Westside Legacy Trail
The Westside Legacy Trail is a multi-use, non-motorized recreational trail that connects the communities of Invermere and Fairmont Hot Sprints. The entire trail is approximately 25 kilometers long and has several different creek crossings that allow users to really immerse themselves in nature. If you’re looking for a great budget-friendly activity to do in Invermere, going for a hike or bike along the trail is a great way to get outdoors and see the gorgeous local scenery.
Have A Drink at Arrowhead Brewing Company
Arrowhead Brewing Company is a craft beer brewery located within Invermere. They brew and package all of their beer in-house, so you can either enjoy a beer in their taproom pick up a 6 pack to take home with you. On average, they have at least 10 beers on tap, with 2 or 3 seasonal brews on rotation. If you’re looking to wet your whistle after a long day of exploring, stopping for a pint at Arrowhead is a great activity if you don’t want to break the bank!
Go Cross-Country Skiing
If you’re visiting Invermere during the winter months and are looking for some budget-friendly activities that will help you fill up your time in the mountains, consider going cross-country skiing. The Panorama Nordic Centre is a great place to start, boasting 20 kilometres of trails to explore. If you’re looking for a great place to warm up and a pretty destination, head for Hale Hut!
One of the best cross-country skiing spots is the Whiteway on Lake Windermere. Once the lake freezes solid, the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club gets to work on clearing a 30-kilometer path around the lake to be used for skating. The snow that is removed can then be used for skiing, which is a great way to spend a day in Invermere!
Whether you want to get outside and explore all that Invermere and the Rocky Mountains have to offer, or stay close to town and relax, there are plenty of great activities to do that are budget-friendly!