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Invermere coffee lovers had the chance to learn how to produce their own gourmet coffee, when more than a dozen enthusiasts joined Jeremy Ho, as the 2012 Canadian Barista Champion put on a coffee-making clinic Manual Brew Methods for Home Brewers at Eagle Ranch on the afternoon of Saturday, April 5th. It was one of several events in a successful debut of the Invermere Coffee Fest. 
Photo by  Erin Knutson

Caffeine king

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


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In this image from the mid-1940s, townspeople can be seen socializing outside of the old Invermere Garage, which was located on the north side of 13th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue. The shop was owned by Invermere Contracting Co.
	      Photo A1432 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Gauging good times at the Invermere Garage, mid-1940s

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


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Sit-skier Emma Befus, 14, and Panorama Adaptive Sports Society volunteer Catrien Dainard greet  Emma’s family with  a beaming grin and high fives at the bottom of the beginner slope at Panorama last weekend. It was Emma‘s first time ever skiing, a huge thrill for both her and the large crowd of her extended family who cheered her every turn on the way down. 

Photo by Steve Hubrecht

MIRACLE IN MOTION

Posted on April 4th, 2014 by


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Two men in suits (Casey Oliver on the left with M. Bagley on the right) pose with their pipes near the Kootenay National Park gateway entrance building in 1934. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo (A1438) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Retro vintage in Radium Hot Springs

Posted on April 4th, 2014 by


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With little more than a month to go until the 18th Annual Wings Over The Rockies festival in the Columbia Valley, avian visitors are making their presence known. During their northward spring journey to the Arctic, tundra swans (the specks on the ice in this shot) enjoyed an icy stopover in the Wilmer Wetlands on Tuesday, March 11th. The swans, not to be confused with the similar-looking trumpeter swan, are enjoying the remaining ice patches and the open water in the wetlands. Inset photo: a songbird,  also captured in a shot from Wilmer on February 24th, can be seen as a sign of spring.

Photo by Pat Morrow/www.patmorrow.com; inset photo by  Kim Hutton

FEATHERED FIESTA

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by


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A 77-year-old Hope Brewer is shown stacking fire-killed Tamarac firewood onto a friend’s truck at an old burn area close to Salter Creek. This picture was taken on November 5th, 1963. (For reference, that date is about two weeks before U.S. president John F. Kennedy was assasinated.) See Ray Crook’s letter, “A recollection of Hope Brewer”, on page 7 for more information. If you have any more information on this or any other historical photo, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo courtesy of Ray Crook

Friends foraging for firewood, 1963

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by


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ALL EYES ON THE PRIZE

Posted on March 21st, 2014 by


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In this image, Hubert Taylor, Tom N. Weir, James Dunn, W.H. Cleland and Ian Weir (sitting on the tractor) gather in front of the garage of Invermere Contracting Co. Ltd. in Invermere in the late 1930s. The source of the photo is J. McIsaac. If you have any more information on this or any other historical photo, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo A1417 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Invermere Contracting Co. Ltd. in the late 1930s

Posted on March 21st, 2014 by


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Magazine memories and more

In this image taken sometime after 1980 are Mr. and Mrs. Carlos and Lenora Svendsen. The Svendsens opened a coffee shop in 1947, that expanded to include music, magazines, toys and school supplies. They sold their business in 1980 and donated their store sign and cash register to the Windermere Valley Museum.  If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com .  Photo A1405 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Magazine memories and more

Posted on March 14th, 2014 by


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NOW STARRING IN SOCHI

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Across the highway from Lloyd Tegart’s garage in Windermere one could once find the Highway Service Station, operated in the mid-1920s by Gladys Pitt.The building was built by the Invermere Contracting Company as a gas station (complete with a covered, drive-in fueling stall)  and information bureau for tourists. If you have any more information on this or any historical photo, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo A1435 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

The Highway Service Station, mid-1920s

Posted on March 7th, 2014 by


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Rockies forward Ryan Henderson empties the tank in a second-period rush up the ice in the Rockies’ final playoff game against Creston Valley last Saturday, March 1st - but it was a case of too little, too late as the Rockies fell 9-2 in the game and were swept in four straight by the Thunder Cats. For Henderson and two other 20-year-old teammates, it was their final game in a Rockies uniform, and the second straight post-season appearance for the team after years of futility.

ROCKIES’ LAST STAND

Posted on March 7th, 2014 by


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From the left, Don McBlain, Matt Krebs, and Dan McLaughlin were awarded with plaques after winning the category of  Mule Deer Typical during the Lake Windermere Rod and Gun Club’s annual Wild Game Banquet at the Invermere Community Hall. The building was at capacity on Saturday, February 22nd, as those in attendance were eager to take a bite of everything from cougar meatballs to moose meatloaf during the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Photo by Dan Walton

Wild game gurus

Posted on February 28th, 2014 by


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Before taking a dip in the lake, two men are seen lounging in front of the Centennial Building, which was built by the Kinsmen Club as a concession stand and change room at Kinsmen Beach in Invermere. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com .	Photo A1361 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Lounging at the Centennial, 1971

Posted on February 28th, 2014 by


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In this image from the mid ‘40s, a group of children — two boys and two girls — are standing in front of a picket fence in Invermere with a collared dog in the foreground. Shirley Hillier and Stanley Proctor (the son of the Anglican minister at the time) are known to be in this photograph. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo (A1421) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Dressed in their Sunday best, 1940s

Posted on February 21st, 2014 by


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Emergency service crews from around the valley were invited to the Invermere Hospital on Tuesday, February 18th, when one of the teams from Calgary’s Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society, better known as STARS, was showing off the single AgustaWestland AW139 in their fleet, which can travel at speeds over 300 kilometres per hour. The air ambulance can reach Calgary from Invermere in roughly 45 minutes. In 2013 alone, 14 missions were carried out in Invermere and one in Canal Flats.  

Photo by Dan Walton

AIR AMBULANCE AUTHORITY

Posted on February 21st, 2014 by


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Young line dancers synchronize their moves in front of a temporary tarp-covered structure. 
Pictured from the left is Jim Frater, Margaret Tomkins (hidden), Paul Bennett, Jenny Weir, Mary Frater, Noel Stewart, and Jack Shibley (behind Mary). Email us at info@cv-pioneer.com if you have information on this or any other historical photo. Photo A1420 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Youthful dancing, early 1920s

Posted on February 14th, 2014 by


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Summit, an avalanche rescue dog in training, digs for buried victims during an avalanche scenario held by Columbia Valley Search and Rescue and other teams in the region on Saturday, February 8th. The practice, held on the Elmo run at Panorama Mountain Village, was co-ordinated by the ski resort’s own avalanche professional, Scott McClain. Photos by Dan Walton

DOWNWARD DOG

Posted on February 14th, 2014 by


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A kilt-wearing power forward from Invermere’s Badgers team attempts to skate around a defender from Spokane’s Dishman Dodge team during Pond Hockey tournament action near KInsmen Beach on Saturday, February 1st. A total of 22 teams, including seven from the valley, competed  for glory in the third annual two-day tournament amidst  sunny skies and chilly temperatures on Lake Windermere. Photo by Kim Hutton

POND PUCK POWER

Posted on February 7th, 2014 by


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Invermere alderman Joe Fuller and Invermere mayor Roy Lake pose with Finning tractor sales representative Bob Burns and the village of Invermere’s new Finning loader in this February 1973 photo taken with a Polaroid camera. If you have any more information on this or any historical photo, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com .

Photo A1401 courtesy 
of the Windermere District Historical Society

New loader, 1973

Posted on February 6th, 2014 by


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