|  Your source for news and events in the Columbia Valley

Currently browsing Historical Lens

In this image, dated 1926, a group of school children have their class photos taken on the steps of their school in Athalmer, Invermere. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo (1873) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

The school children of Athalmer, 1926

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


Read More...
In this image dated 1959, Maud Rumsey (owner of the Skookum Inn) enjoys an old fashioned cup of tea in her kitchen at the Skookum Inn, which is currently located in Windermere. If you have any more information, please email us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Just a cup of tea at the Skookum Inn

Posted on July 11th, 2014 by


Read More...
In this image dated 1928, an Invermere soccer team poses with a trophy. In the back row (left to right) are [unknown], Oswald Young and Jack Kimm; in the centre row are William (Bill) Lee, T. N. Weir and Tom Gallagher; and in the front row are [unknown], Fred Cutts, Phil Rose, Murray (Maurice) Calcutt, Frank Jones, Bud (Ernest) Lee and Harry Archer. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo (A1415) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Soccer in Invermere circa 1928

Posted on July 4th, 2014 by


Read More...
In this image, dated the early 1930s, a girl sits on horseback at the C.G.I.T. Horseback Camp where Dave Nixon was a guide, with several other horses and a building in the background. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo (A1447) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Horseback camp in the early 1930s

Posted on June 27th, 2014 by


Read More...
In this image, dated June 21st, 1933, a solitary Ford is being driven through flood waters down the main street of Athalmer. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com Photo courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Recalling the flood year of 1933

Posted on June 20th, 2014 by


Read More...
Riders gallop along at full tilt in dusty pursuit of horse racing glory during a 1950s stampede at the Invermere Crossroads. The custom-built judge’s box is visible in the background at the far end of the field. If you have any information about this photo, please email us at info@cv-pioneer.com  Photo (A1375) submitted by the Windermere District Historical Society

1950s Stampede time

Posted on June 13th, 2014 by


Read More...

CGIT Horseback Camp in the early 1930s

Posted on June 6th, 2014 by


Read More...
This image, dated the mid-1920s, was taken after the cenotaph donated by Sir Robert Randolph Bruce in memory of those who died in World War I was unveiled. Lady Byng (walking away in white hat) did the honours while Reverend F.B. Atkinson held the service. Mr. Bruce is standing with the wreath. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo (A1425) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Invermere remembers World War I

Posted on May 30th, 2014 by


Read More...

Students of the past

Posted on May 23rd, 2014 by


Read More...
In this image from the 1920s, a large group of onlookers gather to watch Lady Byng (in the white hat, closest to the logs) bless the logs, which were being prepared to become Invermere’s first Legion clubhouse. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Foundation of the Legion, 1920s

Posted on May 16th, 2014 by


Read More...

Radium Hot Springs pools, 1951

Posted on May 9th, 2014 by


Read More...

In honour of a lady, 1937

Posted on May 2nd, 2014 by


Read More...
In this image from the early 1920s, four men (left to right: Dick Gold, Alex Gilmore, Walter Williams, and Gordon Palmer) and a horse pause for a photo by a log structure on an unidentified property in the Columbia Valley. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo A1404 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Four men and a horse, 1920s

Posted on April 25th, 2014 by


Read More...
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


Read More...
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


Read More...
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


Read More...
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


Read More...
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


Read More...
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


Read More...
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


Read More...