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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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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A well-heeled group relaxes and a Chinese cook stands on the porch of one of Athalmer’s first buildings. Though historical records are spotty, there are a combined 28 names of clearly Chinese origin on the 1901 and 1911 censuses for the area. With the Chinese New Year underway, now is a good time to reflect on the contributions Chinese people made to the valley’s early history. If you have any more information on this or any historical photo, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo C564 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Athalmer waterfront, circa 1890

Posted on January 31st, 2014 by


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In this image, dated September 6th,1924, A. Richie lends a serious 
expression as this photo is captured with  him in front of the waterfalls that lead into the Hanging Glacier Creek. The trail Mr. Richie hiked begins at Horsethief Creek Forest Service Road. 
If you have any more information, 
e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com. Photo A1416 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society.

Hanging out at Hanging Glacier Creek, 1924

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Driver on the set, 1922

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In this photo taken in 1957 or 1958, a car and truck are parked on 7th Avenue in Invermere in front of Lake Auto Service, which at the time was a Texaco dealer of Dodge and DeSoto cars and trucks. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com .	Photo (C299) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Service Station flashback, late 1950s

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Bill and Annie Hillier’s daughter Shirley enjoys frolicking amidst a skiff of snow outside on Christmas Day, 1938. Young Shirley is dressed properly for the cold weather and even remembered to bring her purse, in case any imminent purchasing opportunities would pesent themselves. If you have any more information on this or any other historical photo, please e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com  .

Photo A1445 courtesy of the  Windermere District Historical Society

Christmas Day, 1938

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A line of horses and riders follow a rudimentary road in the Invermere area in this shot from the early 1930s CGIT 
Horseback Camp. Left to right: guide Dave Nixon, Jean Blake, Mary Frater, Carmen Dacosta, Elsie Johnston, and Joy Johnston. Photo A1450 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Historic horsewomen, 1930s

Posted on December 20th, 2013 by


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In the 1940s, before the advent of the electric fridge, two men brought their horses and a sleigh to Columbia Lake, where thick blocks of ice were being collected for the preservation of edibles in “ice houses”, a common outbuilding for homes of that era. Through passive cooling, the ice houses kept the ice blocks cool enough to last all summer. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo A1429 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Frozen foraging, 1940s

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Skookum Inn,1950s

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Defencemen try to hold off a rush as skaters do their best to emulate Rocket Richard in this hockey game sometime in the 1950s. The outdoor rink, found next to Invermere’s curling centre, was built in the 1930s and was used until the 1960s. Photo by J.W. McLeod from the Cathy Clausen collection. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo A1378 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

That’s hockey, 1950s style

Posted on November 29th, 2013 by


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The High Level Bridge, which spanned a snow-covered Toby Creek, stands strong in this shot from the  1930s or 1940s. The original print can be found in a  frame at the Windermere Valley Museum. If you have any more information on this or any other Historical Photo, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo A1345 courtesy of the Windermere District  Historical Society

The bridge over snowy Toby Creek

Posted on November 22nd, 2013 by


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